UN Global Pulse
Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an initiative of the Secretary-General which harnesses Big Data and real-time analytics for global development and crisis resilience.
He was the Founding CTO of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster technology non-profit organisation InSTEDD and Co-Founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. Robert has spent more than 15 years developing solutions with a focus on organisational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.
Nathaniel A. Raymond is Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard School of Public Health. He was formerly Director of Operations of the Satellite Sentinel Project at HHI, which was a co-recipient of the 2012 US Geospatial Foundation Industry Intelligence Achievement Award.
Raymond was previously Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights and served in a variety of roles at Oxfam America, including Communications Advisor for Humanitarian Response and Interim Coordinator for Tsunami Communications for Oxfam International. He has served in the field in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, the Gulf Coast, Jordan, and elsewhere.
He is a 2013 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a 2010 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Security and Human Rights Reform Fellow. Raymond is a co-winner of the 2013 USAID and Humanity United Tech Challenge for Mass Atrocity Prevention. He has co-written four major peer-reviewed articles on the use of information communication technologies in humanitarian response and human rights work, including the first call for a comprehensive code of ethics for crisis mapping and the first paper to propose a forensic approach to remote sensing analysis of mass atrocities.
Gideon is the director of the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University, a university think tank that both researches and executes enterprising projects that explore the juncture of education, technology and society. Motivated by a passion for learning and innovative research practices, Gideon manages a diverse portfolio of projects that examine both the future of education as well as non-traditional applications of up and coming technologies.
Over the course of the past few years, Gideon has co-founded the Leiden Online Learning Lab - which considers how online learning environments can enhance and extend the university’s reach as well as foster new learning landscapes - and the Peace Informatics Lab - a knowledge hub for scientists and practitioners interested in applying Big Data analytics to the fields of peace and justice.
Before joining Leiden University, Gideon has worked as a consultant and project manager at Accenture. He began his career in the realm of political economy, working at the World Bank on governance issues, subsequently setting up a foundation for serious gaming and simulations in international relations and conflict management. He received his MSc from the University of Amsterdam and lives in The Hague.