Chris Vein is the Chief Innovation Officer for Global Information and Communications Technology Development at the World Bank. Mr Vein’s role consists in helping the World Bank embed technological innovations across its operations and ensuring that the benefits of this are seen in projects throughout its client countries.

On Wednesday 18 September, Chris Vein will be giving a plenary talk and will be part of a high-level panel discussion with Jay Naidoo, Chairperson of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), as part of the Open Development and Sustainability programme at OKCon.

Formerly, Chris Vein was the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, he convened those with transformative ideas to support development of innovation ecosystems across the USA; supported the testing of those transformative ideas through open systems, repeatable methodologies, and rapid customer-centric iteration; and showcased those that work.

Prior to joining the White House, Chris Vein was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City and County of San Francisco (City) where he led the City in becoming a national force in the application of new media platforms, use of open source applications, creation of new models for expanding digital inclusion, emphasizing “green” technology, and transforming government.

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