Who's who in #globaldev: July 2018 appointments

Jack Ma, executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, has been appointed as co-chair of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Photo by: Jolanda Flubacher / World Economic Forum / CC BY-NC-SA

United Nations

United Nation’s Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Melinda Gates and Jack Ma as co-chairs of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. He has asked the panel to “identify policy, research and information gaps, and make proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space,” according to the press release.

Gates said of the panel: “If all people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, have equal access to digital technology, they will use it to improve life for themselves and their families and raise their voices in conversations about what the future holds. Enabling this widescale empowerment is what this Panel is about.”

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.