Salzburg Global Fellows Named Among Top 100 Influencers in Digital Government

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Oct 18, 2019
by Claire Kidwell
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Salzburg Global Fellows Named Among Top 100 Influencers in Digital Government

Fellows have been listed in Apolitical’s Top 100 Most Influential Persons in Digital Government Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Two Salzburg Global Fellows have been included in Apolitical’s second annual list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.

The list contains a variety of change-makers from around the world, including public servants, ministers, academic researchers and activists.

The two Salzburg Global Fellows are Susan Crawford, who attended Transnational Perspectives on Intellectual Property and Communication Law, and Carlos Santiso, who attended Mechanics for the Future: How Can Governments Transform Themselves?

For Santiso, his inclusion in the list provided him with another reason to celebrate. He was also recently invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. Santiso said he was “honored and humbled” by both nominations.

Reflecting on his time in Salzburg, Santiso said, “My fellowship at Salzburg Global Seminar and participation in the Public Sector Strategy Network have been instrumental in achieving these recognitions, allowing me to interact with great minds and forward thinkers in the field from around the world.”

“For this, I am grateful to Salzburg Global Seminar for allowing me the space to think anew and afresh on new ways to think and tackle wicked challenges, benefiting from the insights of digital pioneers from around the world.”

The Public Sector Strategy Network equips governments to tackle complex challenges through improved foresight, innovation and implementation. The series is supported by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court in partnership with Apolitical.

Santiso works to create positive changes in his community. He’s currently in Colombia, setting up a new governance practice at CAF - Development Bank of Latin America, focusing on digital innovations in government.   

He said, “The digital revolution brings tremendous opportunities to improve lives in the digital age. It also carries considerable risks to mitigate. New technologies and data intelligence have become critical allies in the global fight against corruption. In this space, innovative gov-tech start-ups have a critical contribution to make. They need to be supported and nurtured.”