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Erica Kochi

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, Innovation, UNICEF


Erica Kochi co-founded and co-leads UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, a global group tasked with identifying, prototyping and scaling technologies that improve children's lives around the world. Erica also serves as Innovation Advisor to UNICEF’s Executive Director.

UNICEF Innovation has recognized success in innovative design of international development solutions. Erica was named to the TIME 100 “World’s Most Influential People” List in 2013. Other examples of this work include, gold and silver International Design Excellence (IDSA) Awards, a Red Hat prize for being one of the three top open source projects, and the award-winning RapidSMS - a system that uses basic mobile phones and SMS messages to communicate with front-line workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection and health and education services.