Nicolas is the OPAL Project Coordinator in Colombia. With in-depth knowledge of both the private and the public sector and more than five years of professional experience. Master’s Degree in International Development from SciencesPo Paris additionally developed skills in areas such as startup creation, digital marketplaces development, lean development, project management, value creation, data research and quantitative/qualitative analysis.  Experiences include: Global Financial Analyst at the Abraaj Group, a leading private equity investor operating in growth markets. United Nations and the OECD as a research assistant/policy analyst. Helping a multinational communications holding company (Publicis Groupe) develop their Caribbean international network.

Nicolas is the OPAL Project Coordinator in Colombia. With in-depth knowledge of both the private and the public sector and more than five years of professional experience. Master’s Degree in International Development from SciencesPo Paris additionally developed skills in areas such as startup creation, digital marketplaces development, lean development, project management, value creation, data research and quantitative/qualitative analysis.

Experiences include: Global Financial Analyst at the Abraaj Group, a leading private equity investor operating in growth markets. United Nations and the OECD as a research assistant/policy analyst. Helping a multinational communications holding company (Publicis Groupe) develop their Caribbean international network.

NICOLAS DE LIGNY

Coordinator for Colombia

 Anta is the OPAL Project Coordinator in Senegal. Parallel to her engineering studies at the  Ecole Polytechnique de Lille , she obtained a Master’s Degree in Advanced Technologies for Communication and Mobility from the University of Lille. With organizations such as the  Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l' Aménagement et des Réseaux (IFSTTAR), Alstom  and  RATP , she has worked on  RFID  (radio frequency identification) technology and on the development and optimisation of new techniques for implementing communication systems in complex environments. Prior to joining OPAL, Anta worked in the Telecommunications sector in France and Senegal, notably as an End-to-End Quality Service Analyst. She has also carried out consultancy missions for the French Embassy in Dakar.

Anta is the OPAL Project Coordinator in Senegal. Parallel to her engineering studies at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lille, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Advanced Technologies for Communication and Mobility from the University of Lille. With organizations such as the Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l' Aménagement et des Réseaux (IFSTTAR), Alstom and RATP, she has worked on RFID (radio frequency identification) technology and on the development and optimisation of new techniques for implementing communication systems in complex environments. Prior to joining OPAL, Anta worked in the Telecommunications sector in France and Senegal, notably as an End-to-End Quality Service Analyst. She has also carried out consultancy missions for the French Embassy in Dakar.

ANTA DIENA

Coordinator for Senegal

 Natalie Grover is Operations Officer at Data-Pop Alliance. She graduated with dual degrees in International Politics and Mandarin. Prior to joining Data-Pop Alliance, she most recently worked in Oaxaca, Mexico with a microfinance organization. Natalie has also worked with NGOs focusing on gender equality and sustainable development in Brazil, Argentina, and China.

Natalie Grover is Operations Officer at Data-Pop Alliance. She graduated with dual degrees in International Politics and Mandarin. Prior to joining Data-Pop Alliance, she most recently worked in Oaxaca, Mexico with a microfinance organization. Natalie has also worked with NGOs focusing on gender equality and sustainable development in Brazil, Argentina, and China.

NATALIE GROVER

Global Program Manager

 Shubham is contributing to the development of the OPAL Platform.Shubham received his Bachelor's in Technology with Honors in Computer Science from IIT Bombay (India) in 2016. He was a founding member of Qure.ai, a startup working towards automating radiology using deep learning, where he lead the efforts in various tasks including medical image segmentation, development of the Web platform for deploying ML models and research in interpretable machine learning. He came back to academia as Research Assistant at Data Science Institute in Imperial College London. His research interests encompass software architecture, network security and privacy-enhancing technologies. 

Shubham is contributing to the development of the OPAL Platform.Shubham received his Bachelor's in Technology with Honors in Computer Science from IIT Bombay (India) in 2016. He was a founding member of Qure.ai, a startup working towards automating radiology using deep learning, where he lead the efforts in various tasks including medical image segmentation, development of the Web platform for deploying ML models and research in interpretable machine learning. He came back to academia as Research Assistant at Data Science Institute in Imperial College London. His research interests encompass software architecture, network security and privacy-enhancing technologies. 

Shubham Jain

 Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, a coalition on Big Data and development co-created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, Overseas Development Institute, joined in 2016 by the Flowminder Foundation as its 4th core member. He is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, a Research Affiliate at HHI and a Research Associate at ODI. He is the author of UN Global Pulse’s White Paper “Big Data for Development” (2012) and of the 2013 and 2014 OECD Fragiles States reports. His research and work focus on Big Data’s application and implications for official statistics, poverty and inequality, conflict, crime, and fragility, climate change, vulnerability and resilience, and human rights, ethics, and politics. He worked as a Development Economist for UNDP in New York from 2006-09 on fiscal policy, post-conflict economic recovery and migration, and between 2000-04 in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the French Ministry of Finance as a technical assistant in public finance and official statistics. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Economic Demography from Sciences Po Paris, an MA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He also a political cartoonist for various publications and media as ‘Manu’.

Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, a coalition on Big Data and development co-created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, Overseas Development Institute, joined in 2016 by the Flowminder Foundation as its 4th core member. He is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, a Research Affiliate at HHI and a Research Associate at ODI. He is the author of UN Global Pulse’s White Paper “Big Data for Development” (2012) and of the 2013 and 2014 OECD Fragiles States reports. His research and work focus on Big Data’s application and implications for official statistics, poverty and inequality, conflict, crime, and fragility, climate change, vulnerability and resilience, and human rights, ethics, and politics. He worked as a Development Economist for UNDP in New York from 2006-09 on fiscal policy, post-conflict economic recovery and migration, and between 2000-04 in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the French Ministry of Finance as a technical assistant in public finance and official statistics. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Economic Demography from Sciences Po Paris, an MA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He also a political cartoonist for various publications and media as ‘Manu’.

EMMANUEL LETOUZÉ

Program Director

 Carlos is the Technical Programme Manager responsible for coordination of the technical workstream for the development of the OPAL(Open Algorithms) platform and algorithm selection and support on partnership development with key technical partners.  His main professional experience comprises data analytics and telecommunications. Before joining OPAL, he worked as a Business Analytics Analyst / Research Software Engineer in a local startup in Pittsburgh PA, USA, where he supported the research, development and launch of a commercial mobile platform for performing textual analysis of daily financial news articles employing Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and state-of-the-art research. Previously, he worked in the telecommunications industry between 2008-2012 as a Core Network Engineer in Huawei Technologies, Guatemala, where he collaborated with the implementation of the first 3G mobile network in Central America and the Caribbean and supported other large-scale projects including an international long distance calls mobile switching center deployment in 14 different countries in Latin America.  He holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management with a Data Analytics specialization from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA. He also serves as a Visiting Scholar for the Latin American Programs of the Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Carlos is the Technical Programme Manager responsible for coordination of the technical workstream for the development of the OPAL(Open Algorithms) platform and algorithm selection and support on partnership development with key technical partners.

His main professional experience comprises data analytics and telecommunications. Before joining OPAL, he worked as a Business Analytics Analyst / Research Software Engineer in a local startup in Pittsburgh PA, USA, where he supported the research, development and launch of a commercial mobile platform for performing textual analysis of daily financial news articles employing Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and state-of-the-art research. Previously, he worked in the telecommunications industry between 2008-2012 as a Core Network Engineer in Huawei Technologies, Guatemala, where he collaborated with the implementation of the first 3G mobile network in Central America and the Caribbean and supported other large-scale projects including an international long distance calls mobile switching center deployment in 14 different countries in Latin America.

He holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management with a Data Analytics specialization from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA. He also serves as a Visiting Scholar for the Latin American Programs of the Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Carlos Mazariegos

Technical Program Manager

 Axel is the architect and leading the development of the OPAL platform. Axel received both a MEng in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from ENSEEIHT (France) and a MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College London in 2012. He worked for a year in the City for Societe Generale CIB as software developer. He contributed to the development of the real time credit risk engine for the bank and made his first steps in the world of high performance computing and distributed computing. He came back to Imperial College where he joined the Data Science Institute as a researcher and PhD student. His research mainly focuses on distributed computing, software architecture and privacy-preserving architectures.

Axel is the architect and leading the development of the OPAL platform. Axel received both a MEng in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from ENSEEIHT (France) and a MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College London in 2012. He worked for a year in the City for Societe Generale CIB as software developer. He contributed to the development of the real time credit risk engine for the bank and made his first steps in the world of high performance computing and distributed computing. He came back to Imperial College where he joined the Data Science Institute as a researcher and PhD student. His research mainly focuses on distributed computing, software architecture and privacy-preserving architectures.

AXEL OEHMICHEN

 

 Julie graduated with two Masters degrees (1) in International Development by the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po Paris) and (2) in Gender Studies by Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII). She also holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies (Sciences Po Paris). She has worked at the French Agency for Development, supporting the implementation of the gender strategy by doing research and developing knowledge products. Julie’s key responsibilities include leading capacity-building and training activities, conducting and coordinating research, and overseeing project design and delivery.

Julie graduated with two Masters degrees (1) in International Development by the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po Paris) and (2) in Gender Studies by Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII). She also holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies (Sciences Po Paris). She has worked at the French Agency for Development, supporting the implementation of the gender strategy by doing research and developing knowledge products. Julie’s key responsibilities include leading capacity-building and training activities, conducting and coordinating research, and overseeing project design and delivery.

JULIE RICARD

Capacity Building Manager