The 2020 class of Data Fellows includes Nicholas Bodanac, Corina Demottaz and Carol McInerney. The Fellows each have a unique focus on one of the following areas: data storytelling, predictive analytics and statistics (mosaic effect). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Fellowship programme is being conducted remotely, with Fellows working from home in June and July 2020.

 

Programme Leadership

The Fellows are guided in their work by Stuart Campo, who leads the overall programme; Professor Kirsten Gelsdorf, who provides mentorship and instruction to the Fellows at the outset of the programme; and Katelyn Rogers, who supports the Data Fellows’ learning agenda.

 

Stuart Campo, Programme Lead and Senior Data Fellow

Stuart manages the Data Fellows Programme and is the Team Lead for Data Policy at the Centre for Humanitarian Data. He has over 12 years of experience working in the humanitarian and development sectors, with a focus on the safe, effective, and ethical use of technology, data, and social innovation methods. Stuart has worked in over 35 countries, including extended field postings in Kenya, Madagascar, South Sudan, and Uganda. Prior to joining OCHA, Stuart served as a Researcher on Standards and Ethics with the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and in a variety of global and country-level roles related to technology and innovation management with UNICEF.

 

Kirsten Gelsdorf, Senior Fellow

Kirsten is a Professor of Practice of Public Policy, and Director of Global Humanitarian Policy at the University of Virginia. Kirsten has 20 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector; most recently as the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Innovation at the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Her career includes supporting operational humanitarian responses in Ethiopia, South Africa, Liberia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Timor-Leste.  She also served as a humanitarian advisor to President Clinton in his role as the UN Special Envoy for Haiti and as a policy advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the global food crisis in 2008. She is the co-author, with Daniel Maxwell of Understanding the Humanitarian World (Routledge Press, 2019).

 

Katelyn Rogers, Data Fellows Learning Advisor

Katelyn Rogers supports the Data Fellows’ learning agenda and is the Data Literacy Co-Lead at the Centre for Humanitarian Data. She has over ten years of experience supporting not-for-profits, governments and international organizations to understand how they can ethically, efficiently and effectively use data and technology to increase their impact. Prior to joining OCHA, Katelyn led the School of Data and worked with the Open Knowledge Foundation as a researcher and project manager on a wide range of open source technology projects across the development and humanitarian nexus.

 

2020 Data Fellows

Nicholas Bodanac, Predictive Analytics Fellow

Nicholas is an economist and analyst who has worked in the development and humanitarian sector since 2012. Nicholas is currently Director of Mercy Corps Humanitarian Access Team (HAT) for Syria, and has previously worked in other humanitarian and conflict settings in Colombia, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Iraq. Nicholas’ research employs both quantitative and qualitative techniques (including primary data collection and design, econometric and statistical analysis), and has thematically focussed on issues of narcotic cultivation, forced displacement and migration, conflict and terrorism. Nicholas is an Australian national, with a Master of Philosophy (economics) and a Masters of Economics.

 

Corina Demottaz, Data Storytelling Fellow

Corina is a Communications and Advocacy Officer at the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) and as such, has been working to leverage the use and impact of the data and analysis resulting from the Service’s field support, through exploring visual techniques to communicate complex technical terms to partners in the field, including governments, humanitarian and development partners, and communities. This has included designing specific guidance and tools, and developing tailored digital products. Holding a Master’s degree in political science and business communication, Corina has 15 years of professional experience working in communications in diverse sectors, including driving corporate responsibility in the private sector and enhancing public and stakeholder relationships for non-profit actors in the humanitarian and development field. Corina is a Swiss national.

 

Carol McInerney, Statistics Fellow (Mosaic Effect)

Carol works as a research officer with the International Women’s Development Agency in Melbourne, Australia. She is involved in the collection, analysis and interpretation of survey data to explore poverty at the individual level, and is working towards the development of a new index of deprivation. Previously Carol worked as a biostatistical trainee gaining extensive experience in public health programmes and research through her time with the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, the Prevention Research Collaboration and New South Wales Ministry of Health. She has an honours Degree in Mathematics from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Biostatistics from the University of Sydney, and is an Australian national.

 

Learn more about the previous fellows.