2023 UN Datathon - Webinar 2
YOUth Engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

7 Sep 2023
08:00 - 09:00 AM (EDT)



This webinar aims at offering youth perspective on the use of data and technologies to accelerate the progress towards solving the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are very excited to welcome a panel of four speakers coming from diverse youth organizations that will open the discussion around how youth in particular can actively engage with the SDGs through the use of innovation and technology.

Please note that it is targeted to everyone curious to know more about how youth can help address SDGs.

Feel free to share the information regarding this webinar with friends and colleagues who might be interested.

Get inspired and empowered to make a difference on this exciting journey towards the #UNdatathon2023!


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Niels Ploug

Director of Social Statistics, Statistics Denmark
Vice Chair of the UNCEBD

Niels Ploug is the Director of Social Statistics at Statistics Denmark since 2008. In recent years Niels got heavily involved in the UN’s work on measuring the SDGs and on the use of big data and data science for official statistics. Niels is Vice-Chair of the UN Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science and Chair of the UN Task Team on Big Data for the SDGs. Niels is also teaching at the economics department at the University of Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Business School, and at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and he is still participating in research through international research publications.

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Alinne Olvera Martinez

Mexico City, Mexico
Focal Point In Young Scientists Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction @MGCY

Alinne Olvera currently studies Earth Sciences and is in the process of helping to create, establish and launch the Youth Network on Disaster Risk Reduction from the Americas and the Caribbean in collaboration with UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDRR and IFRC. She advocates for youth empowerment within DRR and Climate Action, being a Global Focal Point with Sendai Stakeholders (MGCY), Sendai Stakeholders Engagement Mechanism Focal Point for HLPF, and as former co-lead for the SDG 11 Thematic Session for SDG 11. Alinne currently lives in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Neeshad Sharif

Doha, Qatar
Expert on Climate & Energy Policy, Sustainability and Intelligent Water Management in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

Neeshad is an Environmentalist, and policy-oriented social change advocate. His core area of expertise includes analyzing global environmental and climate politics, Energy Transition, and sustainability issues. He was named in the Apolitical’s List of the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy in 2019 and 2022 respectively. Neeshad Co-founded the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCMQA). He is a Board Member at Climate Action Network (CAN) Arab World. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at Middle East Institute (MEI) and Agent of Change Fellow with Wilson Center.

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Lei Motilla

Manila, the Philippines
Co-founder of AI4GOV

Lei is the co-founder and innovation lead of AI4GOV— a social technology startup that helps government units improve service delivery and promote citizen participation. She has nine years of experience working in the public sector focused on entrepreneurship and youth development. She also served as part of the youth leadership board of the Avast Foundation for global digital freedom. She is currently taking a post-graduate degree in Artificial Intelligence for Public Services, a program co-created by the European Union in collaboration with four leading technology universities in Europe.. She is based in Manila, the Philippines.

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Karen Wang

London, UK
Co-founder of Climind and Researcher on green finance at Imperal College, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment (CCFI)

Karen Wang is the founder of Climind, a data-as-a-service platform building an actionable climate data infrastructure to enable AI-powered search through high-quality data. She is also a Research Assistant at Imperial College Centre For Climate Finance And Investment. Karen was recently recognized to be named the first female Chinese selected as a Young Leader for the SDGs recognized by the United Nations. And named Forbes 30 under 30 for building Carbonbase, MiraclePlus S21 (former Y Combinator China). Before that, Karen worked at Merrill Lynch and Microsoft in the data science sector. She is based in London, UK.