Philip Thigo

Senior Adviser, Data, Innovation and Open Government, Office of the Deputy President of Kenya

Philip Thigo is a Technology, data & public policy expert. He is the Director for Africa for the Thunderbird School for Global Management. Mr. Thigo is also a technical advisor at the Office of the Deputy President on Data, Innovation and Open Government, recently recognised by Apolitical as one of the World's 100 most influential people in digital government in 2018. He is also a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Councils on Food Systems Innovation. Mr. Thigo has previously advised the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture in the Government of Kenya, key in developing the data aspects of the Joint Agriculture Mechanism, the Big Four Food and Nutrition Security Presidential Priority and the Agriculture Transformation and Growth Strategy (2018 – 2022). He has previously held executive positions, notably Infonet Africa and Foundation El Taller with experience spanning across Asia, Africa, Arab World and Latin America. He has co-created unique technology-driven initiatives such as Apps4Africa together with the US State Department, Uchaguzi to monitor Elections in over 9 Countries in Africa, Budget Tracking Tool for citizen engagement and Sauti Yetu (Huduma) on public service delivery monitoring and the State House Summit for engaging high-level Government Officials with the public. Mr. Thigo has 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), leads the Philanthropic Engagement on SDGs with Private Sector Foundations and also acts as national focal point for the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data., which he co-founded with colleagues from Governments of the United States, Colombia, the United Kingdom, and Private Sector. Mr. Thigo is worked to bring the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC) enabling access to 17 years of Earth Observation Data (for free) to Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ghana and a member of the Steering Committee of Digital Earth Africa (DEA) to scale this initiative. Philip was honored at the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Achievement as Delegate and admitted to the honors wall at Yale Morse College Master’s Tea in 2016. He is fluent in French and Arabic (Maghreb dialect).