Road to EXPO2020 Webinar Series
Capacity development and training

  • Virtual
  • 23 November 2021

  • 08:00 - 09:30 EST (New York)
    10:00 - 11:30 BRT (Rio de Janiero)
    14:00 - 15:30 CET (Geneva)
    15:00 - 16:30 CAT (Kigali)
    17:00 - 18:30 GST (Dubai)
    21:00 - 22:30 CST (China)

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EXPO2020 takes place in Dubai between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022 with a focus on "Connecting Minds and Creating the Future" through sustainability, mobility and opportunity.

As part of the EXPO2020, the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Center of UAE (FCSC) will host a 3-day event in January 2022 organized jointly with the United Nations Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics (UN-CEBD). The event is about data solutions that will support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and help in overcoming emergency situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, by using mobile phone data. It will showcase collaboration opportunities on the UN Global Platform and the Regional Hubs for Big Data, especially the Regional Hub in Dubai. From October to December 2021, UN-CEBD will organize a series of webinars in close collaboration with FCSC/UAE, paving the road to the event.

The third of these webinars will be held on 23 November and will focus on the Capacity development and training work of the UN-CEBD.

What products are currently available and what is currently under development to support big data capability building at the NSO? In this webinar, experts from the UN-CEBD Task Team on Training, Competencies and Capacity Development share the tools and products that are already in place for use by individuals and the NSO, such as the Big Data Competency Framework and Big Data Maturity Matrix. The team will also be casting an eye to the horizon, and showcasing some of the products currently under development, including the Big Data Training Curriculum, Big Data Training Catalogue, and the new Learning Management System. Presentations from the Shipping Data, Mobile Phone Data, Scanner Data and Earth Observation Data Task Teams, will highlight the latest progress with their big data training curricula and course developments.

The first 2 webinars were held on 19 October and 8 November and the recordings and more information are available on their respective pages. The last webinar in the series will be held on 14 December.

Program // 23 Nov 2021

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Welcome & Opening
Dominik Rozkrut, Statistics Poland

UNGP Regional Hub: Training Opportunities in UAE
Latifa Alshehhi, FCSC, UAE
Khaled ElShabrawy, Microsoft UAE
Overview of the UN Big Data Competency Framework and Big Data Maturity Matrix
Klaudia Peszat, Statistics Poland
Ceri Regan, ONS UK
Overview of new UN Big Data Training Curriculum
Ceri Regan, ONS UK
An update from Task Teams: Curriculum and course development
  • Scanner Data Task Team - Thomas Jacobsen
  • AIS Task Team - Markie Muryawan
  • Earth Observation Task Team - Kerrie Mengersen
  • Mobile Phone Data Task Team - Cathy Riley
Access to Big Data training resources
Ralf Becker, UNSD
Closing Remarks
Dominik Rozkrut, Statistics Poland

Dominik Rozkrut
President, Statistics Poland

Dominik Rozkrut has been the President of Statistics Poland since 2016. Dr. Rozkrut is a member of the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC). He is the Chair of the European Statistical System Partnership Group (PG) for 2020-2021; currently, he is also chairing the PG TF on access to privately-held data. He is a member of the OECD's Committee on Statistics and Statistics Policy (CSSP) and serves as CSSP Bureau Vice-Chair since 2020. Moreover, he is a member of the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES) and holds a Conference Bureau Vice-Chair function. At the UN level, he represents Poland in the UN Statistical Commission and the UN Friends of the Chair Group on the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, the UN Global Working Group on Big Data for Official Statistics, UNECE High-Level Group on Modernisation of Official Statistics. In March 2021, he was appointed a member of the European Commission expert group on Facilitating the Use of New Data Sources for Official Statistics. Starting from 2021 he became a member of the ISI-Committee on Agricultural Statistics (ISI-CAS) and a member of UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB). In 2021, he was nominated for 2021-2023 as the President-Elect and 2023-2025 as the President of the International Association for Official Statistics.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Szczecin, where he received his Ph.D. in statistics and econometrics. Dr. Rozkrut is a member of the Main Council of the Polish Statistical Association.

Latifa Alshehhi
Head of Algorithm Development and Analysis, FCSC, UAE

Latifa is a data enthusiast, she is currently the Head of Algorithms Development and Analysis at the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Center. As part of her responsibilities and duties, she is in charge of Digital transformation of the Statistical business, using emerging data sources and most recent data technologies. Her portfolio of work includes the UAE open data portal"", enabling statistical data exchange "Emirates Data Network", leading Big data projects in collaboration with the private sector in addition, enabling the Data science community in the UAE.

Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Manager in the Emirates Islamic bank focusing on relationship management and branch operations.

She is also members in various international groups such as the Bureau of the United Nations Experts on Big data and Data Science , member of the UAE Advisory Committee of the Hope, also member of the UAE Chapter of Singularity University and the UAE representative in the ISI committee for women in statistics.

Latifa also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the Canadian University. Bachelor in Business from Zayed University Dubai. She graduated from the UAE Government leadership Program and has completed many international and local courses such as Governance of Artificial Intelligence program from Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.

Khaled ElShabrawy
Microsoft UAE , Government – Industry Solutions Lead | Public Sector

Khaled has 23 years of IT Consulting, Governance, Training and Services Management experience in the Information Technology sector with a mission to empower organizations throughout their digital transformation journey.

Khaled has held various specialized leadership positions that have allowed him to manage high impact projects and establish departments. Khaled has been instrumental in influencing and supporting the Digital Transformation of Governments across the region including their Cloud migration and adoption of Innovative Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IOT and Smart City Solutions.

Khaled has attended the Engineering College at Ain Shams University, graduating in 1997 with a B.SC. In Automatic Control and Computer Systems. Later in 2002, he combined the engineering knowledge with a passion for business to graduate from ESLSCA Business School with a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Management and a Research Project in the Factors that Affect the Alignment between IT and Business. Currently, Khaled is pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration from the Swiss Business School with a focus on Digital Transformation, Innovation, and Sustainability.

Khaled also attended the London Business School Course for "Leading the way with Public Sector" as well as the INSEAD certification course for "Business Model Innovation". In addition, he successfully completed the AI Business School course by INSEAD and Microsoft. Lately also Khaled attended and certified the AI Business School course with INSEAD.

Khaled is Certified as ITSM ITIL V3 Expert, Six Sigma Orange Belt, and HP Certified AIS Service Management, Microsoft Office 365 Ranger, and Technical Sales Ranger, among other certifications for Digital Transformation, Microsoft Azure, and Artificial Intelligence.

and local courses such as Governance of Artificial Intelligence program from Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.

Klaudia Peszat
Chief Specialist, Experimental Research and Analyses Unit, Statistics Poland

Klaudia Peszat has been working as a Chief Specialist at the Experimental Research and Analyses Unit, Statistics Poland since 2020. She is responsible for initiating, conceptualizing and coordinating research with the use of new data sources and integration of data from various sources. Klaudia is involved in the ESSnet Trusted Smart Statistics – Web Intelligence Network project, which one of the goal is exploration of the potential to extend the Web Intelligence Hub with new data sources and use cases. She participates also in UNECE’s initiatives, such as the in-depth review on collaboration with private sector data providers or ONS-UNECE Machine Learning 2021 Group.

She joined official statistics in 2017 as a researcher at the regional statistical office. In 2018 she obtained a PhD in socio-economic geography at the University of Warsaw, where she worked as a research assistant until 2019.

Ceri Regan
Senior International Programme Manager, Data Science Campus, UK Office for National Statistics

Ceri Regan is a Senior International Programme Manager, based at the UK Data Science Campus at the Office for National Statistics. Here, Ceri leads a team that is focused on international liaison, consultancy, and big data capacity development. In more recent years, Ceri has provided consultancy to other NSOs to support their data science capability building activities. She is currently overseeing the pilot of the International Data Science Accelerator Programme, which provides project-based training and brings international mentees and mentors together in a unique virtual mentoring programme.

Ceri has been a member of the UN-CEBD Task Team on Training, Competencies and Capacity Development since June 2019, leading on the development of the UN Big Data Readiness Assessment and NSO Big Data Maturity Matrix, as well as contributing to the UN Big Data Competency Framework. Ceri is now supporting the work to develop the UN Big Data Training Curriculum.

Ceri has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering analytical and data science training programmes within the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and has been working in an international capacity since September 2017. Ceri is a qualified teacher of Mathematics and holds a master’s degree in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton, UK.

Thomas Jacobsen
Senior Advisor, Statistics Denmark

Thomas Jacobsen has been working in the Price Division of Statistics Denmark since 2013. He was responsible for the introduction of scanner data in the Danish CPI/HICP and is now responsible for everything related to scanner data in the organization. Thomas is also general back-up on the CPI/HICP. His main interests are everything related to big-data and data analysis.

Markie Muryawan
Chief, Trade Statistics Section, United Nations Statistics Division

Mr. Markie Muryawan is currently Chief of Trade Statistics Section of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). As part of the trade statistics work program, he is responsible for its methodology and statistical classification, data - UN Comtrade database, capacity building activities in international trade statistics, and coordination with other organizations. In addition to IMTS, Mr. Muryawan is also active in the topics of International Trade. Globalization, Digitalization, and Big Data for Official Statistics and is currently leading the task team on AIS data.

Kerrie Mengersen
Professor of Statistics, Director of Centre for Data Science

Kerrie Mengersen holds a Chair in Statistical Science at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She is also the inaugural Director of the QUT Centre for Data Science which has 100+ members, and the founder of the Australian Data Science Network which includes 25+ centres across Australia. Dr Mengersen has published over 350 journal articles, around half of which address challenges related to environment and industry. She has been involved in the development of methods to analyse and use remotely sensed data, the translation of data-informed insights to decision-making, and the development of training programs to build capability and capacity in data science.

Cathy Riley
Strategic Partnerships Director, Flowminder

Cathy is a sustainable development professional with over 20 years’ experience in managing large, complex programmes for sustainable development, including 10 years working overseas for international development and humanitarian NGOs. At Flowminder she oversees a team of managers, in-country consultants, trainers, and technical staff and is passionate about the value of innovative data solutions for informed decision-making in low and middle income countries. Part of her portfolio includes responsibility for leading the development of Flowminder’s training portfolio to build capacity in low and middle-income countries for the use of geospatial data for development.

Ralf Becker
Chief, Statistical Capacity Management Section, United Nations Statistics Division

Ralf Becker is heading the Statistical Capacity Management Section of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) since 2018. In this Section he is leading a team reviewing UNSD’s approaches to capacity development.

In the work on Big Data, he represents UNSD in the Task Team on Training, Competencies and Capacity Development of the UN Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science in Official Statistics.

He is also an active member of several capacity development-related working groups in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations.

He has worked on the development of statistical standards in UNSD for more than 25 years, covering work on and coordination of statistical classifications, as well as standards for industrial statistics, energy statistics, trade in services statistics and others.

His work included capacity building activities in these areas, designing training courses in close cooperation with countries to assist them in the implementation of new standards and improving their data production methods.

He holds a PhD in Mathematics from Leipzig University in Germany.

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