Robert Kirkpatrick

Robert Kirkpatrick




UN Global Pulse


Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an initiative of the United Nations 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 sustainable development and humanitarian action. UN Global Pulse’s advocacy agenda focuses on public-private data philanthropy partnerships, and data privacy and policy innovation to enable the responsible use of new technologies and new data sources for the public good.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Robert 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.

Robert currently sits on InSTEDD’s Board of Directors, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and the Advisory Board of the UN World Data Forum.


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