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Director of the UN Global Pulse

​Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General driving a big data revolution for global development and resilience ( Global Pulse's network of innovation Labs in New York, Uganda and Indonesia, allow UN System partners to discover and mainstream applications of big data and real-time analytics for humanitarian action and sustainable development. Global Pulse's advocacy agenda focuses on public-private "data philanthropy" partnerships, and data privacy & policy innovation to enable the harnessing of big data as a public good.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Kirkpatrick co-founded and led software development for two pioneering private-sector humanitarian technology teams, first at Groove Networks, and later as Lead Architect for Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. From 2007-2009 he served as CTO of the non-profit InSTEDD.

 Mr. Kirkpatrick was a member of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (2014), and currently sits on InSTEDD's Board of Directors, and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development.