Christopher Fabian

Co-Founder, co-Lead: Giga (a UNICEF-ITU Partnership), United States

Chris (@chrisfabian) is a technology executive who founded and co-leads Giga.  Giga is a partnership between UNICEF and ITU that is structuring billions of dollars of financing to deliver affordable connectivity to every school in the world.

He has advised two UN Secretary-Generals on new technologies, founded and scaled UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, and worked with Heads of State and CEOs to build equitable open-source technology policy that can solve the world’s most pressing problems and advance humanity

Chris has built, invested in, and mentored technology companies from startup through exit. He launched RapidPro, one of the largest SMS/mobile data collection frameworks in the world, the first public-sector drone/UAV corridors, the first crypto-currency denominated fund in the public sector, the first venture fund in the United Nations, and the Digital Public Goods Alliance with the Government of Norway. 

He is a Commissioner for the Lancet Financial Times, an Honorary Scholar at the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts, a Board Member of the European Parliaments STOA Centre for Artificial Intelligence and was recognized by WIRED as one of the “25 People Changing the World” in 2019 and by Time Magazine as one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People” in 2013.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the American University in Cairo and a Master’s in Communication from the New School in New York.