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Bilal is a development economist with 10 years of research experience. After earning his PhD in Economics from Oxford in 2012, and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, Bilal spent five years with the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit where he led the ‘Data and Evidence for Justice Reform’.
Bryan Sun worked as Managing Director at Nielsen, where he was responsible for leading the South, East and West Africa businesses. He has extensive experience in the consumer goods industry gained from working in many diverse international markets and a major global retailer. He has worked in global markets and brands across Africa, the Middle East, Central Eastern Europe and Greater China, as well as serving as the lead for Nielsen’s regional relationship with Unilever Asia. He holds an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Damian Walker is a health economist with more than 20 years of experience. Between 2010-2019 he worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, most recently as Deputy Director of Data and Analytics. In that role he was responsible for setting strategy and overseeing impact across investments worth more than $200m.
Dr. Umar Saif is the founder and CEO of AiSight (formerly SurveyAuto). He is also an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan. Dr. Saif received his PhD in Computer Science in 2001 at University of Cambridge and worked and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for several years. He was named as one of the top 35 young innovators in the world by the MIT Technology Review (TR35) and received the Google Faculty Research Award in 2011. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He has received the MIT Technovator Award, Mark Weiser Award, IDG Technology Pioneer Award and the British Council Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dr. Saif was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2014, one of the highest civil awards by government of Pakistan. He was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world consecutively between 2015-2018. In 2018, he was awarded the UNESCO Chair for using ICT for Development. Previously, Dr. Saif served as a Cabinet member in Government of Pakistan and headed the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). He was the founding Vice Chancellor of ITU and established it as one of premier technology universities in Pakistan. Dr. Saif has founded several technology companies and serves on the board of various private, public and financial institutions.