The opening session of the forum took place on Monday 24th of October from 9:00am to 10:30am CEST.
"Do no harm" in the era of environmental emergency: revisiting Information Management in the aid sector
In 2022, the keynote address took the form of a stand-up debate between our two keynote speakers, Lars Peter Nissen, Director of ACAPS, and Benjamin Lang, an independant responsible digital technology expert. This debate was introduced by Sandra Sudhoff, Technical Director at CartONG.
Centered around the theme of the event "Do no harm" in the era of environmental emergency: revisiting Information Management in the aid sector, this stand-up debate aimed at taking stock of the environmental opportunity and cost that our data systems and approaches represent, to help open the conversation as to what we, as a sector, can and should do to make them more environmentally friendly.
Our two speakers, one coming from the aid sector and the other from the world of green tech, challenged each other on the different dimensions such a topic can take, to help frame the debate for the following three days of the event.
Lars Peter Nissen - Director of ACAPS
Lars Peter has been Director of ACAPS since 2009. Experienced in response to both sudden-onset disasters and more protracted crises, he has for the past 20 years worked in numerous crises across the world, including Myanmar, Pakistan, El Salvador, Turkey, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, DPRK, Afghanistan, and Zimbabwe. He has conducted a range of reviews and analyses of humanitarian programmes for NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Lars Peter is also hosting the podcast Trumanitarian.
Benjamin Lang - Independant Responsible Digital Technology Expert
Benjamin is an independent consultant in digital strategy, operational improvement and organizational and digital project management, with 10+ years of expertise in support of local authorities and public organizations in French. What’s more, he is an expert in responsible digital practices and regularly supports organizations wishing to obtain the Label Numérique Responsable in France. Benjamin also teaches at ISEP - School of Digital Engineering in Paris, and he is a regular contributor to the Institut du Numérique Responsible think tank. Last but not least, he is also very involved in the Fresque du Numérique, a collaborative awareness-raising activity on the environmental challenges of digital technology, that we will have the pleasure to welcome at this year’s edition