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East Africa Com
25 - 26 April 2023
Radisson BluNairobi

Philip Thigo
Senior Director for Africa for the Thunderbird School of Global Management, & Senior Consultant at UNDP Regional Bureau, Africa Leading 4IR


Philip Thigo is a technology, data & public policy expert. He is the Director for Africa for the Thunderbird School for Global Management and a technical advisor at the Office of the Deputy President on Data, Innovation and Open Government. In 2018, Mr. Thigo was recognized by Apolitical as one of the World's 100 most influential people in digital government. Mr Thigo is also a Senior Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme's Africa Region - Africa Leading 4IR.

He's currently a member of the newly formed World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Futures Councils on Global Public Goods for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mr. Thigo has previously advised the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture in the Government of Kenya, key in developing the data aspects of the Big Four Food and Nutrition Security Presidential Priority and the Agriculture Transformation and Growth Strategy (2018 – 2022).

Mr. Thigo previously held executive positions, notably Infonet Africa and Foundation El Taller with experience spanning across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Philip previously supported the African Union Commission, Bureau of the Chairperson & the African Governance Architecture (AGA) where he co-created the first ever AU digital engagement through #DGTRENDS.

He currently serves as the Point of Contact for Open Government Partnership (OGP), is the national focal point for the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), which he co-founded with colleagues from governments of the United States, Colombia, the United Kingdom and private sector.

Mr. Thigo has worked to bring the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC), a founding steering committee member of Digital Earth Africa where he now serves in its Technical Advisory Committee. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Global Shapers Nairobi Hub and the Chair of the Board of Mtoto News, an award-winning digital platform based in Kenya that uses technology to raise awareness of children’s issues.

Mr. Thigo was honoured at the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Achievement, admitted to the honours wall at Morse College, Yale University in 2016.