After close to 10 years at Development Gateway (DG), Jean-Louis Sarbib is moving on from his job as Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2018. DG is now a well respected, thriving social enterprise with a talented, entrepreneurial, and dedicated staff. The organization has risen to meet the needs of the Data Revolution for the Sustainable Development Goals, and maintains strong relationships with country governments, development organizations, and foundations. The recent addition of policy and analytic capabilities has further raised DG’s profile and potential.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with my DG colleagues, and to help ensure the Data Revolution meets the needs of our partner countries and organizations,” said Jean-Louis Sarbib. “I am confident that DG will continue to thrive and help institutions use data to strengthen their effectiveness and responsiveness and better serve their citizens.”
I want to thank Jean-Louis for his leadership and stewardship. Over the years, DG has benefited from his deep experience in international development. He has nurtured and developed a strong team with expertise, energy, and a can-do spirit that augurs well for the future. I wish Jean-Louis the best in his next endeavors.
I am pleased to announce that, after a careful selection process, DG’s Board of Directors has appointed Josh Powell as Chief Executive Officer. Josh has a deep knowledge of the organization in which he has successfully played a variety of important roles. From his early days as an intern pioneering Mapping for Results; to supporting the revamping of the Aid Management Platform; to leading innovation, partnerships, and business development; and most recently as Deputy CEO, Josh has demonstrated leadership, wise judgment, and an excellent ability to listen to and motivate his colleagues.
“I am very grateful for and humbled by this opportunity,” said Josh Powell. “I look forward to continuing to work with my amazing colleagues, as we shape how DG will learn, grow, and further efforts to put data to use in the coming years. Now is an exciting time for DG, with a new strategy (coming soon!) and a growing set of close partners and funders, seeking to ensure the data revolution works to improve lives.”
The Board is very confident that under Josh’s leadership, together with a talented and dedicated management team and staff, DG will continue to be successful in working with its partners for global development results.
Chair of the Board of Directors
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In Episode 2 of "Data…for What?!," a podcast series from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) which explores our new strategic plan, Josh Powell met with experts from DG and IREX to discuss DG’s expansion into the education, media and disinformation, and youth sectors. The conversations explore the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities for data and technology to positively impact these sectors and discuss how these trends are likely to play out in the years ahead. Based on these trends, the experts explain the unique fit for DG’s skills and specific opportunities for collaboration that align with the vision of DG’s partnership with IREX, which has a long and successful history working in each sector.
To help contextualize the new Strategic Plan, we are launching a podcast series called Data… for What?! This series consists of 5 episodes in Josh Powell and Vanessa Goas talk to DGers throughout the organization – as well as collaborators within our strategic partner, IREX - about how and why we prioritized the various elements of the new strategy. In this first episode, we talk to Kristin Lord, President and CEO of IREX about how our partnership fits into the Strategic Plan; and to Aleks Dardelli, Executive Vice President of IREX and Chair of DG’s Board of Directors, about the process of putting the Plan together at this opportune, yet precarious, global moment.