Ready to tackle the data dilemma in the fight against climate change? Last November, in Sharm el-Sheikh, world leaders renewed their commitments to keep the 1.5°C target within reach and pledged to invest in new climate technologies, but what about the practical strategies to turn data into action?

Catch up on the lively panel discussion on data for climate policy issues, with Johannes Jacob, Advisor on Data for Policy, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Reina Otsuka, Digital Innovation Lead for Nature, Climate Energy, UNDP and Gayan Peiris, Head of Data and Technology, Chief Digital Office, UNDP. Moderated by Mohammed Soliman Director, Strategic Technologies and Cyber Security Program, MEI, this expert panel covered policy questions and data gaps in the fight against climate change, highlighting the collective actions we can take.

Don't miss this opportunity to catch up on the views of fellow policymakers grappling with similar problems - together, let's tackle this challenge!

Speakers Profile

  • Gayan Peiris
    Head of Data and Technology, Chief Digital Office, UNDP

    LinkedIn | Twitter (@GayanPeiris)
    Gayan is the Head of Data and Technology with Chief Digital Office at UN Development Programme (UNDP). He leads the implementation of the Data Strategy for UNDP which includes driving the transformation of UNDP into a data-driven organisation and advising member states on their data, digital and cloud strategies. Gayan is an expert in bringing people’s voices into policy making. He has experience in digital campaigning and led data collection and analysis efforts of several global initiatives such as UN75 and MYWorld which brought in over 10 million voices worldwide through both public and private sector partnerships.
  • Reina Otsuka
    Digital Innovation Lead for Nature, Climate Energy, UNDP

    LinkedIn | Twitter (@reinaotsuka)
    Reina is UNDP’s Digital Innovation Lead for Nature, Climate, and Energy, and serves as technical lead for the emerging digital portfolio across the climate change and environment practice. Prior to joining UNDP HQ, she served in the Rwanda Country Office as Environmental Specialist and acting Innovation Advisor for Africa region, designing and managing projects including digital technology applications for climate change adaptation and biodiversity finance policies. She comes with over 10 years of experience as an award-winning social entrepreneur on sustainable consumption and production, running a digital platform to support MSMEs on green business development.
  • Johannes Jacob
    Advisor on Data for Policy, German Development Agency (GIZ)

    Johannes is an advisor at GIZ and is part of the Data4Policy initiative. With an academic background in economics and data science, he specializes in supporting governments to integrate data into their decision-making to benefit society as a whole. Prior to his current position, Johannes worked with the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, where he managed the implementation of a UN-wide human rights initiative, worked on the COVID-19 response and led the data analysis workstream of the Secretary-General’s “Our Common Agenda” report. 
  • Mohamed Soliman (Moderator)
    Director, Strategic Technologies and Cyber Security Program, MEI

    LinkedIn | Twitter (@ThisIsSoliman)
    Mohammed Soliman is the director of the Strategic Technologies and Cyber Security Program at the Middle East Institute, and a Manager at McLarty Associates’ MENA Practice. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, geopolitics, and business in emerging markets. A native of Cairo, Mohammed started his career as an engineer and worked as a consultant, providing strategic advisory services for local and international businesses. In Washington, DC, he has also served as a country analyst for the Peace Tech Lab at the US Institute of Peace, as a Huffington Fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and as a Junior Centennial Fellow at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Mohammed earned his Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from the Egyptian Aviation Academy and graduated with a Master of Science in Foreign Service with distinction from Georgetown University, where he chaired the Georgetown Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Forum. He is also a 2017 recipient of the Open Society Foundation’s Civil Society Leadership Award. Mohammed is a native Arabic speaker and has a reading knowledge of German, Turkish, and Persian.

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