Enabling Digital Platforms for Artificial Intelligence

January 9, 2019
Room: MC 6-100*
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 USA


Hosted by the Digital Development Global Practice

Disruptive technology applications, driven by the advent of big-data and analytics, global digital connectivity, cloud computing and cheaper storage and processing power, have led to new suite of data-driven technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), gene-editing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, drone technology and others.
While AI concepts date back to the early dates of Computer Sciences, it is now that we are seeing AI uptake in fields such as health, climate change, finance, and many others of relevance to development.

The increasing pace of development and diffusion is reshaping the way economic progress takes place for countries across the world, with deep implications for national development and livelihoods. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the developing countries to leapfrog. However Client countries’ governments face considerable challenges and risks, such as threats to employment, privacy, security, agency, inclusion and human rights. The debate about the impact of AI on the future of work is one good example. AI-based analytics and tools in the public sector pose new questions about transparency, accountability and auditability of decision-making.

Please join this BBL to learn more about the topic, how it is seen by academic researcher, consulting firms, and World Bank Group policy specialists.


Michael Dowling - Avasant Presents at World Bank‘s Digital Development Global Practice’s "Enabling Digital Platforms for Artificial Intelligence"

Prof. Dr. Michael Dowling


Prof. Dr. Michael Dowling is a Professor for Innovation and Technology Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Research Committee of the MÜNCHNER KREIS, a non-profit association providing orientation for decision makers in the digital world. www.muenchner-kreis.de/
His research interests include the strategic management of technology, high technology entrepreneurship, and the relationships between technology, public policy and economic development.

Anupam Govil WB - Avasant Presents at World Bank‘s Digital Development Global Practice’s "Enabling Digital Platforms for Artificial Intelligence"

Anupam Govil


Anupam Govil is a Partner with Avasant, a leading management consulting firm focusing on Digital Transformation, Sourcing and Globalization services. He is also the President of AvaSense (wholly owned subsidiary of Avasant) which provides vendor governance services. At Avasant, he leads the Digital Transformation Practice, Banking and Insurance vertical and the Global strategy practice for Latin America. He is on the board of several industry associations. As a renowned digital transformation and globalization advocate, Anupam has been providing strategic advisory services to global enterprises, technology firms and private equity funds for over 18 years. Anupam has advised governments and investment promotion agencies across more than 40 countries on driving economic development through ICT and Digital services. Nearshore Americas has consistently ranked him in the Top 30 Influential Industry Executives.

Aki Enkenberg - Avasant Presents at World Bank‘s Digital Development Global Practice’s "Enabling Digital Platforms for Artificial Intelligence"

Aki Enkenberg


Aki Enkenberg is Senior ICT Policy Specialist with the Digital Development Global Practice. Previous to joining the World Bank in 2018, he held the position of Senior Adviser for Science, Technology and Innovation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, leading thematic policy and advisory work in the context of Finnish development policy. He has an extensive background in working with innovation and emerging technologies both in the public and private sectors, including implementing and overseeing multiple large-scale development programs in this field in Southern Africa. Currently, he co-leads the Digital Development Partnership’s Mainstreaming window and is operationally engaged with projects around the digital economy and AI policies. Aki was one of the main contributors to the recent World Bank Report “Competing in the Digital Age: Policy Implications for the Russian Federation.”

Samia Melhem - Avasant Presents at World Bank‘s Digital Development Global Practice’s "Enabling Digital Platforms for Artificial Intelligence"

Samia Melhem


Samia Melhem is the Global Lead for the Digital Development Community of Practice. Her operational responsibilities include investment operations in digital platforms & services as well as thought leadership on digital development. She is leading the unit’s Digital government analytical work program. She has led digital government transformational projects in Rwanda, Egypt, Philippines, Vietnam, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Morocco, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire –  leveraging disruptive technologies to improve delivery of public services. She is currently focusing on digital economy, smart cities, innovation, entrepreneurship and with a focus on gender and youth inclusion. She has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Finance.


January 9, 2019
12:30PM – 2:00PM


Room MC 6-100
1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 USA

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