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Calum Handforth

Senior Consultant at UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Calum Handforth has led innovation and digitalisation efforts globally, and has also advised governments around the world. Calum has a wide-ranging background that includes experience in central and local government, the private sector, civil society, and international development. He has drafted and led legislation, policy, and strategy to catalyse innovation; delivered digital infrastructure programmes, and shaped the development of numerous digital and innovation initiatives. He has also built strong expertise in driving and measuring the success and impact of digital and innovation in international development. This has included developing ‘Agile’ monitoring and evaluation approaches, exploring the potential of ‘Big Data’, and running a number of qualitative and quantitative research projects – including one of the largest Randomised Controlled Trials ever undertaken by the UK government. He has a BA in Politics, an MSc in Development Studies, an MSc in Epidemiology. Calum is also Co-Chair of the Digital Infrastructure Taskforce, part of the World Economic Forum’s G20 Working Group on Smart Cities. He is Panel Member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel, a Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, and a Churchill Fellow.