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Ms Dorothy Gordon

Chair, Information for All Programme (IFAP), UNESCO


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Dorothy Gordon works globally as a leader, manager, consultant and speaker in the field of  international development and technology.  She is the Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme and Board member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. She supports start-ups and purpose-driven innovation through her work with the World Summit Awards.


She has worked in the field of international development and technology for over thirty years, including her work as the founding Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT.  During her tenure she actively encouraged greater participation of women in STEM, supported Ghana’s start-up economy and built global tech partnerships to complement South-South cooperation with India. She has also served as a senior manager with UNDP in India and held other management and specialist positions with the UN in Geneva, New York and Zambia.


She mentors, volunteers, serves on governing boards and award juries with a number of number of local and global initiatives working to define a better technology mediated future. These include Chatham House, Creative Commons,

Kasahorow Foundation.


She holds degrees from the University of Ghana and the University of Sussex, Institute of Development Studies where she trained as a development economist. She works in both English and French.