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 a Senior Advisor on Data & Innovation at the Office of the Deputy President and Director for Africa, Thunderbird School of Global Management, recognized by apolitical as one of the World's 100 most influential people in digital government in 2018. 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, 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 credited on working with NASA, GPSDD & Amazon Web Services on the Africa Regional Data Cube. He was honored at the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Achievement as Delegate, admitted to the honors wall at Morse College, Yale University in 2016. He is fluent in French and Arabic (Maghreb dialect).