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Robert Kirkpatrick

Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse

Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the Secretary-General harnessing Big Data and real-time analytics for global development and crisis resilience. Robert was the founding CTO of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster technology NGO InSTEDD, and the co-founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. He has spent more than 15 years developing solutions for public and private sector organizations, with a focus on organizational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Next up for private sector: Data philanthropy and innovation

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Information can aid struggling countries only if it’s the right kind. Read about the “new” kind of corporate responsibility – that of sharing data, or data philanthropy.

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Information is aid

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The United Nations Global Pulse views information as aid to troubled regions. Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, tells why he likes that his job “helps address the world’s most wicked problems – with data.”

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