Apolitical’s list highlights the who’s who of digital government and aims to spotlight best practices across the world.
Global policy platform Apolitical has launched its inaugural list of what it sees as the world’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.
Apolitical says the list is the first of its kind to show the full international spread of innovative work in the field, and it includes digital government leaders from every continent. South America, East Asia and smaller European nations emerge among the most dynamic regions, Apolitical notes.
Public servants from all levels of government appear, alongside representatives of the private and third sectors and academia.
“Everyone included has exerted outsize influence on the transition to digital governments, whether through policy-making, research, advocacy or other means,” a statement from Apolitical says, adding: “All of them work to ensure the services government provides make full use of the opportunities offered by digital technology — while avoiding the pitfalls.”
A roadmap for digital policy
The list was curated from nominations from hundreds of digital government experts from leading organisations, including 14 national digital services, The Alan Turing Institute, the OECD, the UN, Future Cities Catapult, USAID, and the Open Government Partnership.
Apolitical expects the annual list to highlight what’s working in digital government and, through the work of those named, to provide both a snapshot and a roadmap for the future of digital policy.
Those in the top 20 include: Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, City of Barcelona; Hillary Hartley, CDO, Ontario; Park Won-soon, Mayor, Seoul; and Siim Sikkut, CIO, Government of Estonia.
Robyn Scott, CEO, Apolitical, commented: “People working in digital government often go unrecognised by the wider public, yet the work they do is vital as both the opportunities and risks of digital technologies increase.
“It’s a been a joy to produce this list recognising the most influential individuals in the field – including some incredible unsung heroes – from around the world.”
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