Emmanuel Letouze

Emmanuel Letouzé,
Data-Pop Alliance

Flowminder's OPAL programme - Advisory Board member

Emmanuel Letouzé is a Marie Curie Fellow at the University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona and the Director of Data-Pop Alliance, a not-for-profit organization he founded in 2013 with the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), and ODI. He is an MIT Connection Science Fellow and a Visiting Scientist at HHI. In 2017-2020 he served as Executive Director of OPAL and is currently a member of the European Commission’s Expert group on the use of private data for official statistics. His work focuses on the applications and implications of data, statistics, technology and AI for development and democracy in the Global South. He is the author of UN Global Pulse’s White Paper on “Big Data for Development” (2012) and worked as an Economist for UNDP in New York (2006-10) on poverty, conflict, and migration, and in Vietnam for the French government as a Technical Assistant in official statistics (2000-04). He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Applied Economics-Economic Demography from Sciences Po Paris, an MA in Economic Development from Columbia University on a Fulbright Scholarship, and a PhD in Demography from UC Berkeley (2016), where his dissertation focused on cell-phone data analysis for demo-economic research, followed by a post-doctoral position at the MIT Media Lab (2016-17).

The uniqueness of the OPAL vision goes beyond the indicators; it is about ensuring that they respond to local needs and constraints and give voice and power to those who demand real economic and political change.

— Emmanuel Letouzé