DFID Digital Advisory Panel
Information about DFID's Digital Advisory Panel including its role and members.
Role of the Group
The Digital Advisory Panel was established by the Department for International Development to provide expert advice on digital issues as we work to meet the Government Digital Service (GDS) standards for digital by default. Their role is to take an overview of the strategy for digital and technology in our organisation and programmes. They will advise, challenge and inform our digital plans.
The panel was brought together following a commitment in our digital strategy.
They will help set the direction of our digital projects, advise on strategies and opportunities, provide technical advice where possible and challenge our thinking by prompting us to push boundaries, remain relevant, dynamic and innovative.
The members of the panel are:
- Ken Banks is the founder of kiwanja.net and creator of FrontlineSMS, a mobile messaging application aimed at the grassroots non-profit community
- Mark Graham is the director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute
- Nick Hughes was formerly the head of global payments at Vodafone Group, where he started M-PESA, and is the founder and strategy director of m-kopa
- Stephen King is a partner in Omidyar Network UK and was formerly chief executive of BBC Media Action
- Stephen Foreshew-Cain is the Chief Operating Officer of the Government Digital Service, which is leading the digital transformation of government, making public services digital by default, and simpler, clearer and faster to use
- Tim Unwin has many roles, including Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, Emeritus Professor of Geography and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London
The panel is chaired by DFID’s non-executive director Tim Robinson.
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference: Digital Advisory Panel (MS Word Document, 1.24MB)
- Department for International Development Digital Strategy 2012 to 2015
- Department for International Development Digital Strategy: 12 months on report