Gavin Weale

Gavin Weale is the CEO of Digify Africa, a social enterprise based in South Africa that supports young people in Africa to create and grow their own livelihoods in the digital economy. The company is a youth-driven academy and agency that runs talent acceleration programmes across the continent aimed at creating jobs or supporting small businesses, as well as basic digital education for high school learners, and has trained almost 100,000 young people in the last 3 years. They believe demand-driven digital skills can be a catalyst for creating economic opportunity for young people on the continent, and are committed to tackling the danger of the digital divide that threatens disconnected youth to become left behind. | SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Nayla Zreik Fahed

Nayla Zreik Fahed is Co-founder and President of Lebanese Alternative Learning (LAL), an ed-tech NGO. LAL has a strong purpose to give every child access to quality education. LAL first developed a free e-platform in Arabic, English and French called “Tabshoura". This validated the efficacy of the locally developed content for Emergency Education contexts. Then LAL solved the unreliable internet connection in remote areas, by creating “Tabshoura-in-a-box," an offline box with a built-in server, the distribution problem by forming partnerships with schools and INGOs and signing an agreement with the Center of Education Research and Development (CERD). LAL closely collaborated with Joubel, the creators of H5P plugins, improved the delivery of users’ friendly content and their collaboration with MIT enhanced the offline boxes technology. | SDG 4: Quality Education 

Dorine Lugendo

Dorine Lugendo, an Education Specialist, is an ICT educator and mentor of developers at iEARN Kenya; She is also a lecturer of Educational Technology at Maseno University in Kenya. She researched and published on the potential of using mobile apps for providing school re-entry programmes for youth who drop out of school. | SDG 4: Quality Education 

Chelsea B. Han

Chelsea B. Han, a Graduate Researcher, has led innovation and digital transformation in legal and public sectors in Canada for five years. She is researching machine learning applications in education during her Master's studies in Technology, Innovation and Education at Harvard University. She received her Master of Science from the University of Oxford, and Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. | SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Yatin Nana

Yatin Nana is a Product Manager at the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. It is a not-for-profit social enterprise with extensive experience building solutions and innovations that can solve the global youth unemployment challenge. They partner with business, government, young people and many others who are committed to results that can work at scale. They connect employers who are looking for entry-level talent to high-potential South African youth who are hungry for opportunity but lack the finances and networks needed to find jobs because they come from poor households. They tackle the youth unemployment challenge using data, innovation, partnerships and on-the-ground experience to build pragmatic, implementable system solutions that get results. | SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Mook Chaichirawiwat

Mook Chaichirawiwat, a Product Manager, is building an impactful digital product at Temasek. Graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018, she went back to Asia and joined Temasek's newly established digital team called "Root Access". Temasek continually contributes to the SDGs through their investments and non-profit foundations. She is looking forward to making friends and build impactful solutions at the F8 Hackathon. | SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Jason Whittet

Jason Whittet works in Solutions Development and Innovation at 100RC. 100RC is a global NGO catalyzing the urban resilience movement. His background is in and around government technology - for example: he ran the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and built a $100M, 1200 mile open access fiber network connecting 1200 anchor institutions in 120 rural communities. | SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Rodrigo Baggio 

Rodrigo is the President of Recode/ CDI. Operating in all Brazilian states under the name of Recode and in 7 other countries as CDI (Center for Digital Inclusion) - Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, United States, El Salvador and Portugal - the organization currently has in its network 600 Digital Empowerment Centers such as public schools, community centers and libraries, whose members are trained in Recode’s methodology and replicate the free technology courses to young people in social vulnerability. Since 1995, they have benefited more than 1.7 million people worldwide, including inspiring histories of people who found a new path for their lives. | SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth  

Samhir Vasdev 

Samhir Vasdev is a Global Development Technology Specialist at IREX. IREX is a global education and development organization that strives for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world. At IREX since 2016 and at the World Bank for the six years previous, Samhir advises on ways to use data and technology to improve the impact of our aid efforts. Samhir also runs a strategy and information design company, Dev, and teaches courses on information design and technologies in global development at Georgetown University's graduate school of foreign service. | SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure & SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Ashirul Amin

Ashirul Amin is the Data Analytics Team Lead at BFA. BFA is a global consulting company. They harness finance and technology to craft solutions at the frontier that empower individuals, organizations and communities to create a more sustainable and equitable world. He leads the data analytics team where he gets to combine a dual background in Computer Science and International Development every day! | SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth & SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Oren Ahoobim 

Oren Ahoobim is a Strategy Consultant and Partner at Dalberg. Dalberg works to build a more inclusive and sustainable world where all people, everywhere, can reach their fullest potential. We partner with and serve communities, governments, and companies providing an innovative mix of services – advisory, investment, research, analytics, and design – to create a more sustainable and inclusive future. Their businesses provide strategic, policy and investment advice to the leadership of key institutions, foundations, corporations and governments, working collaboratively to address pressing global problems and generate positive social impact. Established in 2001, Dalberg now has over 25 offices worldwide. He helps lead Dalberg's work on sustainable cities, as well as their work on environment, renewable energy, and climate change. | SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth & SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure & SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Maurice Sayinzoga

Maurice Sayinzoga is the Manager of Insights & Impact at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL). DIAL is committed to identifying the most effective and efficient digital solutions to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He's worked in livelihoods development for SMEs, and his current work is specifically focused on helping countries, particularly low and middle income countries leverage digital technologies to achieve SDGs. He also has a masters degree in development studies. | SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Glenn Maail

Glenn Maail is a Research Manager at the World Wide Web Foundation. The foundation was established in 2009 by web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to advance the open web as a public good and a basic right. It is an independent, international organization fighting for digital equality — a world where everyone can access the web and use it to improve their lives. | SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure & SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Jahmal Cole 

Jahmal Cole is the Founder and CEO of My Block, My Hood, My City. My Block, a social impact organization that exposes people to experiences beyond their community or cultural group. Through the Explorer's program they take at-risk youth on field trips to expose them to new careers, cultures, and cuisines. While the One Block At A Time program exposes people of all ages to the importance of visiting new communities, volunteering and building community. | SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Gustavo Pereira Angelim 

Gustavo Pereira Angelim is the advisor to the Presidency of SEBRAE. SEBRAE (Brazilian Small Business Support Service) is an institution focused on small business development in Brazil. It acts in several subjects such as promotion of entrepreneurship, regulations to simplify the legal environment, actions to facilitate access to financial services (credit, guarantees and means of payment), actions to facilitate market access, training and management consulting for development business. He has a master's degree in business administration and has worked for 11 years at SEBRAE, 8 years with Strategic Planning and 3 years as an advisor to the Office of the President for general affairs. | SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 


Heather Gadonniex

Heather Gadonniex is the VP of Marketing + Impact at Samasource. Samasource works to connect people to dignified digital work, and paying living wages. Founded over a decade ago, the company has become an expert in image, video and sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms in industries including automotive, AR/VR, agriculture, manufacturing, and e-commerce. She studied environmental studies with an emphasis in sustainable development and marketing. She conducted her honors thesis on developing micro lending systems in rural Africa (Senegal) targeting women. | SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth & SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


Drew Bernard 

Drew Bernard is a Founding Partner working on Innovation & New Initiatives at Upswell. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in both the tech and the nonprofit fields, Drew is a rabid advocate for getting effective technology into the hands of the NGOs who can use it to create a healthier, more just and joyful world. At Upswell, Drew is focused on innovation and new initiatives. He loves brainstorming new ideas with Upswell clients, and he’s always looking for opportunities to have a big impact. Before founding Upswell, Drew co-founded ActionSprout, an online platform that helps thousands of NGOs around the world use Social Action Campaigns on Facebook to inspire, engage, mobilize their supporters.  When he’s not working, you can find Drew on his bike, in the mountains, or being laughed at by his wife and kids as he strums the four chords he can play on the guitar. | SDG 4: Quality Education & SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure