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Building state capacity in the digital age

13 June 2024, 2:00 pm–3:15 pm

Building state capacity in the digital age

Join IIPP for this IIPP Forum 2024's plenary sessions on 'Building state capacity in the digital age: an infrastructure-based approach to the digital transition', taking place on Thursday 13 June at 14:00 - 15:15 BST.

This event is free.

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Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

IIPP

Location

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BE
United Kingdom

IIPP 2024 Forum

As part of the IIPP Forum 2024, IIPP is hosting five plenary sessions. These sessions are an opportunity to rethink existing policy systemsand explore whattransformative ‘market shaping’ policy approaches look like in practice.

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About the session

The digital era has brought about significant changes in how societies operate, and the expectations placed upon governments to deliver services, policies, and goods effectively and at scale. Paper-based, siloed government infrastructure and associated practices are no longer effective in the 21st century. Moving towards digital-era government implies rethinking how governments operate and what public infrastructure means.

In this session, we explored a new way of thinking about digital transformation: an infrastructural approach. By leveraging IIPP's practice-oriented research on digital public infrastructure (DPI), we discussed:

  • What an infrastructural approach looks like and how to develop the state capacity required to build it at scale;
  • How to build and govern DPI to maximise public value creation;
  • How a DPI approach can support a just green transition;
  • A common good approach to digital transformation.

Meet the panel

Our expert panel of scholars and policy makers includedMariana Mazzucato,Founding Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP),David Eaves,Co-Deputy Director and Associate Professor in Digital Government at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP),Beatriz Vasconcellos,Research Fellow at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), , Director of the Rural Environmental Registry at the Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services in Brazil, and , Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on Interational Economic Relations (ICRIER).

Key information

  • When:Thursday 13 June at 14:00 - 15:15 BST
  • Where:, 183 Euston Rd., London NW1 2BE

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About the Speakers

Mariana Mazzucato

Founding Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (), where she is founding director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She has won international prizes including theGrande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italianain 2021, Italy's highest civilian honour, the, the 2019, and the 2018Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. Most recently, Pope Francis appointed her to the Pontifical Academy for Life for bringing ‘more humanity’ to the world.

Professor Mazzucato is the author of four highly-acclaimed books:(2013),(2018),(2021) and(2023).

She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led, inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the, Co-Chair of the, Co-Chair on the, and a member of the

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David Eaves

Co-Deputy Director and Associate Professor in Digital Government at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

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David Eaves is Co-Deputy Director andAssociate Professor in Digital Governmentat the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Previously a lecturerat Harvard Kennedy School where he taught and wrote on digital era public administration, digital transformation and the governance of digital public infrastructure,David has co-founded, which has sought to bring together faculty from around the world to co-design and share an open licensed curriculum to teach the minimum needed digital competences for future public leaders. These materials are now used by dozens of faculty members in over 20 universities around the world Davidhas partnered with Public Digital to co-hosts an annual convening of digital government leaders from around the world. He has also taught policy analysis in the MPP core curriculum and ran a highly successful Executive Education program on Digital Transformation.

In addition to his work at HKS Davidco-founded and served as CEO of a civictech start up that successfully grew to serve over 400 governments across North America.He’s advised on governance and collaboration strategies for open source communities such as OpenMRS, Drupal and Mozilla and provided training to almost every cohort ofCode for America fellows, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows and Code for Canada fellows.

Davidis also proud of his work as a negotiation adviser to numerous tech organizations, governments and environmental groups. He served as negotiation advisor to a coalition of Canadian environmental government organizations during two years of negotiations with the Forestry Products Association of Canada (FPAC) which helped cement the ground-breaking Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. More about David Eaves

Beatriz Vasconcellos

Research Fellow at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

Beatriz Vasconcellos
Beatriz is a hands-on economist who strongly believes in governments' capacity to lead to better societal outcomes.

At IIPP, she leads a research group on State Capacity in the Digital Era and works with Professor David Eaves on research related to digital public infrastructures. Her areas of expertise are public governance, international development, digital transformation, and long-term state capacities.

Prior to joining IIPP, Beatriz worked with the private and public sectors at the local and national levels to co-develop and implement innovative governance approaches. She has accumulated experience in the design and facilitation of long-term capacity-building programs and policy design and delivery.

Beatriz holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she won the Raymond Vernon Award for Outstanding Commitment to International Development. She is a Lemann Foundation and a Person of The Year fellow.

Outside of work, Beatriz likes to write fiction stories and letters to friends, go on long hikes, meet friends for beers, and spend time with her family. She is very proud of her hometown Rio de Janeiro and loves touring her friends around. More about Beatriz Vasconcellos

Dr. Mansi Kedia

Senior Fellow at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Mansi Kedia
MansiKediais a Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Her work focuses on issues of the digital economy, including governance of the internet, emerging technology, competition and digital public infrastructure. She is currently a member of the CII National Committee on Telecom and Broadband. She was Co-Chair of the T20 Task Force on Our Common Digital Future: Affordable, Accessible and Inclusive Digital Public Infrastructure (2023),a Mid-Career Fellow of ISOC (2022) and a member of the Direct Tax Committee (2017).

Henrique Dolabella

Director of the Rural Environmental Registry at Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services in Brazil

Henrique Dolabella
Henrique Dolabellais a dedicated public servant with a strong background in environmental policy and digital infrastructure. Currently serving as the Director of the Rural Environmental Registry at the Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services in Brazil, he has been instrumental in managing the registry as a public digital infrastructure. With over a decade of experience in public policy and strategic management, Henrique has also contributed to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change as a Director of Planning and Strategic Management. Henrique is recognized for his expertise in public policy and governance, which is reflected in his extensive professional journey and his commitment to fostering sustainable development and innovation in public services.