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Shaida Badiee

Open Data Watch
Managing Director
Washington DC

Shaida Badiee is Managing Director of Open Data Watch. She brings several decades of experience in managing global development statistics as the long-time Director of the World Bank's Development Data Group. During her tenure, flagship global statistical products were launched such as the World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and the Atlas of Global Development. In 2010, she led the World Bank's Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank's extensive statistical databases. Prior to that, she played a key role in the creation and operation of PARIS21 as well as leading international efforts to coordinate technical and financial support for statistics through initiatives like the Marrakech Action Plan. She is one of 20 members of the UN's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development that published the landmark 2015 report "A World That Counts”.