Co-chair, UN, Innovation Network; Co-founder, Innovation Unit & Senior Advisor on Innovation, UNICEF, United States
Mr Chris Fabian (@hichrisfabian) leads UNICEF Ventures, which invests in open source technology for the public good. The team focuses on investments that address climate change, job loss, human population movements, pandemics, and other global risks. He co-founded UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in 2007, guiding the organisation’s innovation strategy, as well as advising Secretaries-General Ban and Guterres on frontier technology issues around AI, data science, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. He has led the creation of products like RapidPro, an SMS-based platform for moving information with more than 7m users, MagicBox which uses AI to track Ebola and other diseases, and four drone and unmanned aerial vehicle corridors for building policy and regulation to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Mr Fabian holds honorary scholar positions at the Chinese Central Academy for Fine Arts and New York University, as well as Edmund Hillary and Tribeca Disruption Fellowships. He was a member of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list 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.