Dr Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director of Data-Pop Alliance, a global coalition on Big Data and development created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), MIT Media Lab and Overseas Development Institute (ODI), joined by Flowminder in 2016. He is a co-founder and serves as Program Director of the Open Algorithms (OPAL) project and is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab. He wrote UN Global Pulse's White Paper "Big Data for Development” in 2011, where he worked as Senior Development Economist, and has since then focused on Big Data’s applications and implications for governance, poverty and inequality, fragility and resilience, as well as ethics and privacy. He worked as a Development Economist for UNDP in New York (2006-09) on fiscal policy, post-conflict recovery and migration, and in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the French Ministry of Finance as a technical assistant in public finance and official statistics (2000-04). He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Economic Demography from Sciences Po Paris, an MA in International Affairs-Economic Development from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a political cartoonist for various media.
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