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Head of Digital Transformation Cluster of Global & Sector Programmes, GIZ
Björn Richter is heading the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) Sector Programme for Digital Development, advising German Development Cooperation to utilize digital technologies for leap-frogging. His team of tech experts is supporting German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and partners from developing countries to develop innovative digital projects and new approaches to utilize digital transformation for development. Currently GIZ is working closely together with other EU member states in the Digital4Development hub, fostering “Team Europe” for joint approaches – such as the #SmartDevelopmentHack with over 1,000 digital innovations.
Before engaging in digital development he was working ten years in the media business, experiencing the impacts of digital transformation. Afterwards he joined German Development Cooperation and was advising senior representatives of partner countries in the ASEAN and SADC Countries as well a Afghanistan and Pakistan. He draws from these roles in his current work, tapping into his concrete experiences on the ground as well as first-hand expertise from disruption in the field of media.