Global Data Pledge Launch – A foundation for tomorrow

Data is old news, or is it?
After decades of global efforts of handling and sharing data, are we that far along?
The current pandemic and other world crises underscore the need for our improved response to humanity’s greatest challenges. AI and Data have the potential to help us identify and develop solutions to address these challenges. Open data charters have established principles around sharing data and its usage by anyone, anywhere.

However, our ability to act is impacted by how we can collectively make data available when it matters. If you want to help change this, your active participation is welcome.

Join us, Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, Amir Banifatemi, General Manager and Chief Innovation Ofiicer at XPRIZE, Richard St-Pierre, executive Vice-Chairman at C2 and our partners the UN, ITU, XPRIZE, and the AI for Good Summit community.

The Global Data Pledge is a key step in addressing these issues. Under the Global Initiative on AI and Data Commons, the mission of the Global Data Pledge is to help identify, help support and make available data as a common global resource.

This first session will discuss the aims of the Global Data Pledge, including its approach towards establishing a multilateral system for data resource sharing.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    “Banker to the Poor”, Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fuelled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves. Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 for their work to "create economic and social development from below". Professor Yunus is the recipient of numerous international awards for his ideas and endeavors, including the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea. He is a member of the board of the United Nations Foundation.
    Executive Vice Chairman
    A deal-maker, passionate builder and social business advocate, Richard St-Pierre oversees C2’s international development and mobilizes the brightest and most influential minds from a wide network of countries and industries. These efforts result in a unique ecosystem of partners engaging with C2 during its annual flagship event in Montreal as well as during events of varying scale abroad. Prior to his journey at C2, Richard had accumulated more than 25 years of experience in operations, sales and corporate planning for various organizations, from governmental institutions to private corporations.
    General Manager, Innovation and Growth
    My general focus is on identifying and developing emerging and transformative technologies that can impact society in significant and exponential ways. I do this by helping create interdisciplinary frameworks for understanding and planning new developments and the funding required to bring new innovations to market. I help start, grow, and run innovative ventures, and focus on working with startups and growth-oriented companies on products and initiatives that could trigger significant breakthrough with substantial economic and societal impact. Particular emphasis on machine learning and predictive systems, IoT, knowledge sharing and crowdsourcing, Education, and digital health. I usually help teams on initial market opportunity validation, product roadmap strategy, pricing and business model, go-to-market operations, fundraising and mentorship, Mergers and high-growth partnerships. I also have managed a few private and public technology investment and venture capital funds and know how to establish fund operations and their overall strategies and requirements. I enjoy teaching and have been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, HEC Paris, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, and UC Irvine.


16 Jul 2020


CEST, Geneva
17:30 - 18:15


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