Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Robert Opp, UNDP’s Chief Digital Officer

Robert Opp, UNDP's Chief Digital Officer

Who: Robert Opp is currently the Chief Digital Officer of UNDP, the United Nations’ global sustainable development organization working across 170 countries globally with more than 17,000 staff. He leads the agency’s digital transformation, an organization-wide effort, to harness the power of new technology to improve the lives of those furthest behind.

Topic: The challenges of digital transformation and how the private sector can work with the UNDP to help solve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Quote: “We want to find ways to work alongside more private sector companies and get them to invest in areas related to the achievement of the SDGs  [Sustainable Development Goals] by convincing them that this can be attractive for their businesses.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.