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Sherman Kong

Sr. Advisor and Focal Point - GovStack Initiative

DIAL at UN Foundation

Sherman's vision and thus career are rooted in the philosophy that achieving a culture of data consciousness and rights-protected digitally-enabled efficiency advances public systems and industries jointly. He currently reinforces this belief serving as a Sr. Advisor at UNF-DIAL, working with other actors incl. the UN system, cooperation agencies from EU and AU member states, and international donors, and partner countries and regional bodies to make coordinated investments on proven solutions and Digital Public Goods, and digital government strategies, a reality. In his role, he acts as key UNF-DIAL delegate to the multi-partner GovStack Initiative together w. ITU, GIZ and Estonia, and in general contributes to global policy interventions and ecosystem-level convergence efforts. He previously headed the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) hosted at the WHO Collaborating Center for Malaria Control, Elimination and Eradication within the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal), with overall management of strategy and work portfolio on technical syntheses re. the malaria R&D ecosystem, scientific direction and knowledge gaps within human understanding in the elimination of the disease. From 2014 to 2017, he acted as an adviser to the office of the president at Globe Telecom (Philippines) to develop and implement a portfolio of digital health innovations, with special focus on collaborating with public and INGO stakeholders of the Philippines. He has also experience assisting / advising WHO, UN-Habitat, UNDP, Grameen Foundation and other INGOs on policy review, programme design and coordination, and hailed from a 6-year span designing data strategies and enterprise-level architectures for large corporations and public entities.

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