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Robert Kirkpatrick

Director, UN Global Pulse, United Nations


Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an initiative of the Secretary-General which harnesses Big Data and real-time analytics for global development and crisis resilience. He was the Founding CTO of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster technology non-profit organisation InSTEDD and Co-Founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. Robert has spent more than15 years developing solutions with a focus on organisational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.