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Tunde Fafunwa
Lead Advisor at Digital Centre for Excellence, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Profile

The world we live in continues to change from technology. Tunde’s mission is to create globally inclusive technology platforms that improve lives. As Lead Advisor to the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Digital Centre, Tunde is responsible for leading
and building ECA’s digital initiatives across Digital ID, Trade and Economy. These initiatives include leading the Africa Communications & Information Platform team, which covers over 600 million mobile users. Co-leading the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa with the African Union, which was adopted by the Heads of State at the AU Summit in 2020. Creating multi-stakeholder dialogue approaches for National Digital Strategies.

Leading the identification and facilitation of National Digital Transformation Projects and advocating for Good Digital ID framework principles. Supporting the harmonization of regulation between Civil Registration and Digital ID, and developing a Peer Exchange
Network for policymakers. As a business leader, Tunde has built and managed teams that delivered growth in $5 million to $5 billion businesses. He has led technology and telecommunications businesses in Africa, South East Asia, and the US. As a Senior Partner of Kitskoo, Tunde leads teams that advise and implement digital transformation projects for government cloud services, smart cities, as well as broadband and mobile platforms for inclusion. Previously, Tunde has been Managing Director of Bayan Telecoms (PH), as well as Vice President, Verizon.

Tunde serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He is an innovation judge for MIT and Etisalat; a digital growth and inclusion speaker at the International Institute of Finance Digital Financial Inclusion Summit, World Economic Forum, and World Summit on
the Information Society. Tunde has contributed to the Pathways for Prosperity Digital Diplomacy & Governance Report and was the coordinator for the eTransform landmark study. He has an MBA from the Sloan School and an MS in Technology & Policy, both
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).