University of Amsterdam
Linnet Taylor is a Marie Curie research fellow in the University of Amsterdam’s International Development faculty, with the Governance and Inclusive Development group. Her research focuses on the use of new types of digital data in research and policymaking around issues of development, urban planning and mobility.
Previously she was a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute on the project 'Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge'. Linnet studied a DPhil in International Development at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex where she was also part of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. Her doctoral research focused on the adoption of the internet in West Africa. Before her doctoral work she was a researcher at the Rockefeller Foundation where she developed programmes around economic security and human mobility.
Nick van Praag
Ground Truth Solutions
Nick van Praag set up Ground Truth Solutions in 2012 as a segue to a career that spans humanitarian and development work at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Aga Khan Development Network, and the World Bank.
Nick has focused on the linkages between humanitarian programs and development over many years, including as a member of the core team preparing the World Bank’s World Development Report for 2011 that focused on conflict, security and development.
His interest in beneficiary feedback and humanitarian performance stems from his work at the intersection of communication and public policy, and his experience of humanitarian aid delivery.
Peace Informatics Lab, Leiden University
Thomas is a project lead at the Peace Informatics Lab (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University) working on research development in the use of advanced data analytics for peace and justice. Within this capacity, he is now overseeing the development of the Data Pool. This project aims to design a platform bringing together different data streams in order to enhance situational awareness and leverage local knowledge in humanitarian contexts.
Thomas holds a Master in Conflict Studies and Human Rights for which he has conducted extensive fieldwork in inter alia Kosovo and Egypt on popular mobilization and conflict dynamics. Furthermore, he has particular expertise and working experience in responsible innovation, focusing on addressing ethical and social concerns in technological innovation in particular regarding data governance.