Can we beat the Chimps with Data and Statistics?


Can we beat the Chimps with Data and Statistics?


«International Geneva: Can We Beat the Champs with Data and Statistics?» took place on the 26th of January.  The event focused on exploring the role of data and statistics in various fields, including health, financing, data stewardship, and data science. The event opened with a welcome address by Alain Berset, the President of the Swiss Confederation.

The keynote speech on the role of data and statistics for health purposes was given by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Ola Rosling, the President of Gapminder Foundation, gave a keynote speech on the power of data.

 The session on Health Data featured a fishbowl discussion on the power of visualizing health data, with Alan Smith, Head of Visual and Data Journalism at the Financial Times, Steve Macfeely, Director of Data and Analytics at the WHO, and Caroline Perrin, Executive Director at Geneva Digital Health Hub. Caroline highlighted that in today’s world, data and statistics play a crucial role in making informed decisions. However, there are several challenges that come with this. One of the biggest challenges is the scarcity of human resources with technical and leadership expertise. Another challenge is related to the implementation design and processes, where an equity lens needs to be applied to avoid bias in training algorithms and to ensure equal access to devices.

 The gdhub, believes that knowledge management and advanced data analytics are key to addressing some of these challenges and developed the IMPLEMENTOME Platform to support science-based decision-making.

 In the afternoon, the session on Financing Data included an interview with Johannes Jütting, Executive Head at Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and a panel discussion on financing data with Nayana Das, Head of Research at IMPACT Initiatives, and Nicole Ruder, Assistant Director General at Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 The discussion on Data Stewardship featured an interview on the work of Switzerland and the United Nations on data stewardship with Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director General at Swiss Federal Statistical Office and Peggy Hicks, Director at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 The discussion on Data Science had a keynote speech and interview on data science for the common good by Jean-Yves Art, Senior Director at Microsoft. The panel discussion on data science included Enrica Porcari, Head of Information Technology at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, Jitsuko Hasegawa, Chief at the World Meteorological Organization, and Mercè Crosas, Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at Harvard University.

 The outlook and closing of the event discussed bringing data producers and users together in Geneva, with Jürg Lauber, the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, and Monique J. Beerli, Executive Director and Research Affiliate at the Global Governance Centre.

The event brought together leading experts to discuss the importance of data and statistics in various fields and how they can be utilized to create a better future.