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Technology is making the world smaller. It and big data are changing the way governments, organizations, and individuals interact with each other — offering both opportunities and challenges for 21st century leadership. Innovative processes, methods, and products — from smart apps, to cloud-based platforms, to social networking sites — help facilitate dialogue and share best practices.

Sustained, inclusive communication is important to promoting a prosperous transatlantic community. Technology can serve as a driver of change, fostering dialogue and leading to cooperative solutions. Ensuring these discussions bridge the gap between local operators and government policymakers can help fuel more resilient communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

Next week, join Development Gateway and the Young Transatlantic Network of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) at the OpenGov Hub for an evening with entrepreneurs and thought-leaders about how digital tools and innovative policies can create more efficient, integrated, and sustainable transatlantic communities for the 21st century. Audience via social media (#GMFYTN) and conversation is encouraged.

Introduction: Andrew Chrismer, Program Officer, Urban and Regional Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Discussants: -Nancy McGuire Choi, Co-Executive Director, AidData and Senior Director of Operations, Development Gateway -Lovisa Williams, Global Digital Strategist, U.S. Department of State -Aaron Sherinian, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, UN Foundation

Moderator: Richard Lui, Anchor, MSNBC

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Nancy McGuire Choi is Senior Director of Operations at Development Gateway, responsible for the management and strategic direction of information management programs in over 30 countries, and is the Co-Executive Director of AidData, a research and innovation partnership. Choi has extensive experience leading aid management initiatives and working with governments and donors around the world to make development finance information more transparent and actionable. Previously, Choi monitored and responded to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies for USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. She holds a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Aaron Sherinian serves as the chief communications and marketing officer for the UN Foundation. He leads the Foundation’s public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and online presence. Before joining the UN Foundation, Sherinian served as managing director of public affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation where he oversaw the agency’s strategic communications portfolio, media relationships, and public relations agenda. His professional background includes a decade of service as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State. Before returning to Washington, he was press attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. He served in the Political and Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica and in the Office of Policy Planning under two assistant secretaries of state for the Western Hemisphere. Sherinian is a native of Pasadena, California. He holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Brigham Young University.

Lovisa Williams has over 15 years experience in communications, information technology, and digital technologies for the U.S. federal government. She is the digital strategist in the U.S. Department of State’s Digital Diplomacy Unit. As part of the Digital Diplomacy Unit, Williams is responsible for digital strategy and outreach. She is one of the early pioneers of Digital Diplomacy. She started the first social media office in the U.S. federal government, the Office of Innovative Engagement and co-wrote the Department of State’s first Social Media Use Policy. Williams has served on temporary assignment with the White House and most recently at the Broadcasting Board of Governors. In her capacity as a product manager for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Williams provided assistance in how to leverage digital platforms, develop better digital content, and build a business intelligence platform. She is also interested in exploring what makes organizations and people innovative, how technologies can empower people for global change, and how to transform governments into organizations capable of adapting to an ever changing world. Williams attended George Mason University, where she studied art history and studio arts.

Richard Lui has spent more than 25 years in business and communications. Currently, he is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, and before that, at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian-American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in the United States. Lui is also a contributing columnist, writing op-eds for USA Today, Politico, Huffington Post, and others. Additional roles include policy fellow at the University of California, Riverside; UN spokesperson; U.S. Department of State traveling speaker; and ambassador for several NGOs focusing on gender equality and human trafficking. Lui started in business, spending 15 years at technology enterprises. At Citibank, he co-founded a payments backbone he and his partners patented, and was a management consultant at Mercer for an IBM JV.

The Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) is a flagship initiative of GMF specifically geared toward professionals 35 years old and younger. The network is strengthening transatlantic relations by offering the next generation of leaders opportunities to engage critically on core challenges facing Europe and the United States, as well as new issues posed by the increasing geographic reach of transatlantic cooperation. YTN currently has active chapters in Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, and Washington, DC.

Development Gateway delivers information solutions to the people on the front lines of international development work. Whether they are government policy makers deciding how to invest scarce resources, aid workers building schools and clinics, or citizens who want to have a voice in the development process, Development Gateway offers tools and advisory services that empower them to be more effective. We work behind the scenes to enable others to make a difference by co-creating information solutions and cultivating skills to turn information into lasting results.

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