The digilab by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) uses a multi-stakeholder approach involving private sector and civil society partner and wants to rethink development cooperation to increase efficiency and impact in a typical lab-atmosphere. The Scouting and Scaling of proven digital solutions, as well as applying new working methods throughout our activities cross-sector within the ministry is our mission. Our physical space – the digilab in Berlin – enables guests and public servants to experiment in a safe environment and try out agile working methods, like Scrum and Design Thinking. In our session you will get a glimpse on who we are and how and where we work. For the session, we invited one of GovStack’s partners, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt. They will share insights on their work on GovStack’s building block approach to e-government services.
Policy Advisor/ Coordinator digilab, BMZ
Stella is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem building and has experience in advising start ups and ecosystem-builders for sustainable development within the context of development cooperation. Actually working with the topic of scaling the most innovative technical solutions for development from Berlin; Germany. She has worked in a start up herself and extended experience in social business modelling.
Project Lead/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Manuel is a development practitioner with a broad network in the digital ecosystem. He combines organizational talent and an eye for strategic process design. Many years of professional experience in German Development Cooperation distinguish him as a solution-oriented digital4development expert. In the BMZ digilab, Manuel supports the implementation at all levels as the project lead and representative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). With his pragmatic approach and a keen sense for international cooperation, Manuel always has beneficiary needs and the most impactful solutions in mind.
Project Manager/ BMZ digilab
Jonathan is a Project Manager for the BMZ digilab and has a vast experience at the interface of private sector technology and public sector innovation. At digilab, Jonathan focuses primarily in identifying and scaling foundational technology (e.g., Payments Infrastructure, Digital Identity) as well as new investment areas that enable impact at scale across different use cases. Prior to joining the team, he has gained relevant experience at Zalando and BCG Digital Ventures and was among the core team setting up the WFP Innovation Accelerator in Munich and Nairobi.
Deputy Minister for Administrative Development, Digital Transformation and Automation/ The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Eng. Khaled El Attar is the Deputy Minister for Administrative Development, Digital Transformation and Automation, and the Head of Information Infrastructure sector at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in Egypt.
El Attar has more than 35 years of experience in informatics, supervising more than 150 projects in this field in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Germany and USA. He held several managerial positions at IBM and Raya, for 28 years, and worked as a lecturer at Cairo University.
Holding the position of the Head of Information Infrastructure sector at MCIT, El Attar supervises the implementation of development and modernization initiatives and projects, using IT to improve the level of automated services provided to citizens, in partnership with the state’s institutions.
El Attar obtained a B.Sc. in Engineering, with honors, an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), a Master’s degree in Research from the University of Liverpool, and a PhD in Change Management at Liverpool University.