Data agency as a force for transforming agrifood systems

Redesigning food systems to be a force for sustainable, equitable outcomes for humanity and the planet will require timely, data-driven analysis to help guide action and measure progress, complemented by targeted digital services that can help effect the needed changes. We must get data agency right for an array of owners and subjects to navigate this challenge.

There has been a significant erosion of public trust in recent years regarding responsible access to and use of individuals’ data, giving rise to an array of initiatives to protect restricted data while supporting the agency of data owners.    In this session we will look at three such efforts—by no means exhaustive—and examine what approaches appear fit-for-purpose for supporting the transformations we seek to effect in food systems.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 2022 Sep 29
  • Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 am


Virtual Event


Global Coalition


  • Alesha Miller
    Alesha Miller
    Digital Green - Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships

    Alesha Miller serves as Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships for Digital Green. In this role she supports new partnership and program development, thought-leadership in key cross-organizational priorities, like gender, strategy, and learning. Prior to this role, Alesha was the Managing Director of the Global Food and Agriculture Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she led policy-oriented research and thought leadership efforts looking at key challenges and opportunities affecting the food system, from urbanization, the rise of global youth populations, water scarcity, to digital technology. Alesha began her career at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she held several roles over eight years to improve smallholder farmer livelihoods. She has a bachelors from University of Arizona and a masters from Syracuse University.

  • Janice Zdankus
    Janice Zdankus
    Vice President, Tech Strategy and Innovation for Social Impact Office of the CTO

    Janice Zdankus is Vice President, Technology Strategy and Innovation for Social Impact in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Office of the CTO. In this role, Zdankus is leading innovation to improve the ways data can be generated and exchanged equitably and efficiently. She also leads HPE’s Tech for Good program demonstrating that technology has the potential to drive real and positive change if harnessed effectively. By bringing together industry, technology, academia, and government partners to solve key societal challenges, global impact can be delivered and scaled.

  • Pythagoras Karampiperis
    Pythagoras Karampiperis
    Founder & CEO of SCiO

    Pythagoras Karampiperis is founder and CEO of SCiO, a deep-tech company that provides innovative, world-leading, bespoke AI-enabled services for the digital transformation of the agri-food value chain.

  • Ramesh Narayanan
    Ramesh Narayanan
    CTO, MOSIP (Modular Open Source Identity Platform)

    An entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in building software products and solutions, Ramesh Narayanan finds his passion in seeing transformation through technology. A graduate of the University of Mumbai, he has served as VP of Technology and CTO of Technoforte Pvt. Ltd., and founded two start-ups – the first with a focus on banking for rural India and the second focused on employability. An engineer by training and practice, Ramesh has built enterprise, consumer, and country-scale solutions in his flourishing career.

  • Sean de Cleene
    Sean de Cleene
    Member of the Executive Committee - Head, Food Systems Initiative - World Economic Forum
  • Stuart Tippins
    Stuart Tippins
    Information Technology Officer - CSI - Digitalization and Informatics Division.

    An Electronics Engineer by training, I have worked in ICT for over 30 years holding a number of positions including Head of Networking, Service-Desk, IT Security, and Client Computing at FAO as well as Head of the Information and Knoweldge Group at International Water Management Institute (IWMI). More recently managing FAOs Regional Digital Agricultural Desks for Africa and Asia. Outposted to Kenya, I work very closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Transformation Office (ATO) to help delivery the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) 2019-2029. One such Initiative helping to achieve ASTGS flaghips 2 and 8 to register farmers and provide subsidies through e-vouchers and drive data driven decisions, is FAOs Kenya Integrated Agriculture Management Information System (KIAMIS) platform.