Friday, 9.30-10.00

Innovations in socio-technical integration for monitoring, evaluation and research in peacekeeping support operations. Jesus Melendez, Cabot7; Benjamin Barrows, Cabot7
Peace building contexts don’t necessarily receive the right level of attention when it comes to innovative ways of approaching Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and learning. Innovation in peacekeeping is not just in logistics and oversight, but also includes transformation and reimagining capabilities through ICT and “big data” enablement, integration of newly available platforms like satellites and UAVs, and innovative community relations practices that translate peacekeeping outcomes into meaning for stakeholders and populations. We’ll share what it takes to integrate these tools and engage communities to better protect human rights and vulnerable populations in humanitarian and peacekeeping settings.

Session Speaker:

Jesus Melendez, ICT4D Advisor and Program Manager, Cabot7. A senior Information Communications Technology (ICT) expert specialized in Telecom vertical, with 15 years of experience in strategic consulting and solution implementation across Europe, Middle East and Asia. Jesus is passionate for delivery, with a proven international history of advancement and achievement of high profile, business-critical initiatives, often working in complex and volatile environments such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Yemen and Iran. An expert in the latest technology and market trends, including communication and data services; cloud, digital and IoT, user universe and enablers, intelligent networks and systems, with a focus on Crisis Mapping and ICT4D/D4D/M4D solutions, his drive is to leverage ICTs to help turn global challenges and disasters into opportunities for a better and more sustainable future. Jesus has a Master of Arts in International relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and lives with his family in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. More on Jesus here, here, on Twitter @jesusmvicente and @datarotundi and at Cabot7.

Benjamin Barrows, CEO and Humanitarian Advisor, Cabot7. An emergency responder and technical advisor in the humanitarian field with 12 of years experience, Ben specializes in the design and implementation of economic recovery programs in disaster and conflict settings. His technical focus is on market-based approaches to resilient food security and livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and ICT4D. Work locations include Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, DRC, Kenya, Haiti, Pakistan Bangladesh, Mozambique, the Ivory Coast, and numerous others. Born and raised in Maine, he returned to the US from the field in 2013 to hold public office and focus on community development in Maine. For Ben, Cabot7 is a vehicle for collaborating with inspiring individuals and organizations, and for further developing and applying his professional skills and and personal values in North America and less developed countries. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from American University, a certificate in Mediation from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. More about Ben here, here, on Twitter @BenBBarrows and at Cabot7.