Director, Data-Pop Alliance; Program Director, OPAL Project; Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab
Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director of Data-Pop Alliance, a global coalition on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and human development created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), MIT Media Lab and Overseas Development Institute (ODI), joined by Flowminder in 2016. He is a co-founder and serves as Executive Director of the Open Algorithms (OPAL) project piloted in Colombia and Senegal. He is a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, a Connections Science Fellow at MIT, and a Research Associate at ODI. He wrote UN Global Pulse’s White Paper “Big Data for Development” in 2011, where he worked as Senior Development Economist, and the OECD Fragile States Reports 2013 and 2014. His work focuses on the applications and implications of Big Data, technology and Artificial Intelligence for development and democracy especially as related to poverty, inequality, official statistics, data literacy, criminality, resilience, the future of work, as well as ethics and privacy. He worked as a Development Economist for UNDP in New York (2006-09) on fiscal policy, post-conflict recovery and migration, and in Hanoi, Vietnam, for the French Ministry of Finance as a technical assistant in public finance and official statistics (2000-04). He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Economic Demography from Sciences Po Paris, an MA in International Affairs-Economic Development from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a political cartoonist for various media as “Manu” and an invited Member of The Cartoon Movement.