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Jeff Kaplan

Director of Multilateral and NGO, Socrata

Jeff Kaplan is Director of Multilateral & NGO at Socrata, the leading global Open Data company. He has primary responsibility for engagements with Socrata’s multilateral and NGO customers including UNDP, World Bank, Gates Foundation and others. Jeff has for years been a high-profile expert in the global Open Data space. Prior to joining Socrata, he worked as a Senior Consultant at the World Bank leading some of the Bank’s groundbreaking Open Data work with countries such as Kenya (1st Open Data portal in Africa), Mexico, Moldova (1st Open Data portal in Eastern Europe/CIS), Nigeria (1st sub-national Open Data portal in Africa), Peru, Russia, Rwanda and Tanzania -- often using a diagnostic tool he co-designed for the World Bank.

Previously, Jeff has worked on client engagements as diverse as Saudi Arabia’s National Digital Content Strategy and policy framework for public-private partnerships in e-services, the drafting of Azerbaijan’s first National e-Government Strategy and updating Jordan’s National e-Government Program.

Jeff’s also advised selected emerging market clients on growth of digital content businesses. For example, reporting to the Chairman and CEO of the largest media company in Arab world—with $1.4 billion market cap and over 1,000 employees—Jeff conceived and won Board approval of a 3-year business plan for spin-off of $60 million company with subsidiaries focused on digital content and online verticals.

Jeff was Founder & Director of the Open ePolicy Group, a pioneering, global network of government CIOs and industry executives based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, that published the Roadmap for ICT Ecosystems, a set of policy tools for use of open technologies to drive innovation. Jeff received a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Harvard Law School and a B.A. with honors from Yale University. He was also an International Affairs Fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.