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Steve MacFeely is the Director of Data and Analytics at the World Health Organization. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies at University College Cork in Ireland and the Director of the IASE International Statistical Literacy Program. 

He is co-chair of the Committee of the Chief Statisticians of the UN System (CCS-UN), chairs the Advisory Board of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS, and is a member of the statistical advisory panel to the UNDP Human Development Index. He is an elected member of the International Statistics Institute.

He was a co-lead on the Data Strategy of the Secretary-General for Action by Everyone, Everywhere 2020 – 2022, and a lead author of the 2020 System-wide Roadmap for Innovating UN Data and Statistics.

Before joining WHO, Steve was the Head of Statistics and Information at UNCTAD. Prior to joining the UN, he was the Deputy Director-General at the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland and Programme Director of the joint CSO – Institute of Public Administration ‘Professional Diploma in Official Statistics & Policy Evaluation’.

Gerardo Diaz Bartolome is a career diplomat and currently Director of International Organizations at Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Keen advocate and passionate about foreign affairs, multilateralism and digital diplomacy.

He served in Argentina’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (2008-2014) and later as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Argentine Embassy in Washington DC (2018-2021), having previously headed the Political Affairs section of the Embassy (2016-2018).

Trevor Callaghan, is an emerging technology and policy lawyer and former General Counsel at Google DeepMind, and Legal Director at Google, where he worked with Google legal teams across the world on a range of operational and legal issues. 

Christopher Larouer, is currently Senior Speechwriter and Advisor, Emerging Technologies, at the ITU, previously he was Speechwriter & Strategic Communications Officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Special Assistant & Speechwriter to the U.S. Ambassador to France, and Speechwriter for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.