Speaker

Tom Orrell

Managing Director

DataReady Limited

About Tom

Tom founded DataReady in 2018 having identified a need for less technical and more governance-oriented data services in the sustainable development and humanitarian sectors.

Tom’s experience spans the humanitarian and development, legal and policy worlds. Following completion of a BA in International Relations from Keele University in 2007, Tom spent the first years of his career working for the UN in Ethiopia and Togo, focusing on public health, monitoring and evaluation, and humanitarian relief. After being Called to the Bar in 2011, Tom worked at a number of London-based law firms, specialising in human rights and public law. As of 2015, Tom has focused on the protection of human rights online, first in the internet governance space and more recently in the data for development field.

Through DataReady, Tom has worked with numerous UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, governments and companies; supporting them with their data governance and management policies. Tom is currently leading a team of consultants to support with WHO with its data sharing policies.

Tom also actively contributes to international normative and policy processes; he is an observer member in the UN Statistical Committee’s Friends of the Chair Group on Open Data and a member of the Centre for Global Development’s Working Group on Data Governance.

Tom is British-Palestinian and grew up in Greece. He is fluent in English and Greek and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French.

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