Launch for DRC Global Event 2021 on Digitalisation

The Launch Event kicked off this year’s journey. DRC experts accompanied by our Collaborators engaged in inspirational keynote sessions as well as started exploring and interacting around digitalisation – the digital divide and forced displacement. Building on various macrotrends, the ambition is to open and spark our curiosity, with collaborators bringing readiness to connect purposefully with new playmates. We discussed and harvested knowledge across sectors and disciplines in co-creational spaces and set a ground for the deep dives that followed in mid-October.

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DRC Global Event 2021 on Digitalisation: Launch Event on the 29th of September. 

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Virtual Launch Event 29th September 2021

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10.30 - 11.00

Warm welcome

Welcome words by Charlotte Slente, Secretary General of DRC

"Why futures of digitalisation, the digital divide and forced displacement?" by Rikke Johannessen, DRC and Anders Hvid, DareDisrupt

11.00 - 11.30

From Inequality to Inclusivity in the Digital Space: Shaping the Future of Digital Technologies

Opening Keynote by Prof. Payal Arora, Erasmus University Rotterdam

11.30 - 12.00

Perspectives on Digitalisation, the Digital Divide and Forced Displacement

Interactive session with Collaborators and DRC Embassadors

12.00 - 12.40

Lunch Break

12.40 - 13.00

Exclusive Interview with Danish Tech Ambassador

Fireside Interview with Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen, Denmark's Tech Embassy in Silicon Valley

13.00 - 13.30

The Transformative Power of Converging Technologies

Talk by Eleanor 'Nell' Watson, Atlantic Council

13.30 - 14.00

Co-creating Futures of Digitalisation and the Digital Divide

Interactive workshop session harnessing diverse perspectives

14.00 - 14.15


14.15 - 15.00

Rights, Data, Protection and Digitalisation

Dialogue Session with Nathaniel A. Raymond, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; Thomas Gammeltoft Hansen, Copenhagen University & Anup Singh, Microsave

15.00 - 15.15

Looking Ahead: the Global Event Journey and the Deep Dives*


End of Programme

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Payal Arora

From Inequality to Inclusivity in the Digital Space: Shaping the Future of Digital Technologies

Payal Arora is a digital anthropologist, a TEDx speaker, and an author of several books, including the award-winning ‘The Next Billion Users’ with Harvard Press. Her expertise lies in global media cultures, digital inequality, and inclusive design. Forbes named her the “next billion champion” and the right kind of person to reform tech. She is a Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Co-Founder of FemLab, a feminist future of work initiative.

Amb. Anne Marie Engtofte Larsen

Fireside Interview

​Anne Marie is Denmark’s Tech Ambassador with responsibility for representing the Danish Government to the global tech industry and in global governance forums on emerging technologies. Prior to her appointment, Anne Marie worked at World Economic Forum in Geneva (2017-2020) where she led the WEF's work on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Global Public Goods. Anne Marie has also co-founded an innovation house for student entrepreneurship; co-founded ‘Democratic Capital’; worked as political advisor in the Danish Parliament; and served on the Board of Directors of Copenhagen Business School and The Danish Consumer Council.​

Nell Watson

The Transformative Power of Converging Technologies

​Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson is an engineer who lectures in machine intelligence research. She has contributed to IEEE SA ethics initiatives, including serving as vice chair of P7001 standard on transparency, and contributing to many ECPAIS certification working groups. Nell holds fellowships with the British Computing Society, Royal Statistical Society, The Atlantic Council, as well as holding Senior Membership within IEEE.​


Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen

Rights, Data, Protection and Digitalisation

Thomas is professor with special responsibilities in migration and refugee law at the University of Copenhagen. In addition, he is honorary professor at Aarhus University. His research focuses on Nordic and international refugee and migration law, mobility regulation, and the relationship between international law and politics. Thomas directs the Nordic Asylum Law & Data Lab, Nordic Asylum Law & Data Lab – University of Copenhagen.

Nathaniel A. Raymond

Rights, Data, Protection and Digitalisation

Nathaniel is a Lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and holds a second appointment as a Lecturer of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) at the Yale School of Public Health. His research interests have focused on the human rights and human security implications of information communication technologies (ICTs) for vulnerable populations, particularly in the context of armed conflict, as well as the health effects of forced displacement.

Anup Singh

Rights, Data, Protection and Digitalisation

Anup Singh leads MSC’s regional office in Anglophone Africa and heads the Helix Institute based in Nairobi, Kenya. With thirteen years of experience, his expertise includes digital transformation of financial institutions; fintech mapping, scoping, and policy design; digital readiness assessment of social protection programs; digital credit scoping, design and policy; and training programs. He has consulted over 100 institutions including governments, fintechs, financial institutions, investors, and multilateral organizations in Africa and Asia.

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