Senior Director of Technology Partnerships
United Nations Foundation
Mitul Shah is the senior director of technology partnerships at the United Nations Foundation. He is directing a partnership between the Vodafone Group Foundation and the UN Foundation. The partnership leverages Vodafone’s core strengths—its mobile technology, global infrastructure and capacity for mass consumer outreach—with the UN’s scale, mission and human capital. Its goal is to support activities and manage initiatives that use technology tools to help the UN address the world’s toughest challenges more effectively and efficiently. He is also directing the UN Foundation’s efforts on program evaluation and performance measurement.
Prior to joining UNF, Mr. Shah was the director of programs at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) in Baltimore, MD. At IYF, he created and directed the Bridgeit program, a distance education program using mobile technology to empower teachers in the classroom. The program consisted of a multi-sector partnership comprising UNDP, Nokia and Pearson. Along with Bridgeit, Mr. Shah directed a USAID funded program in the Philippines called the Education and Livelihood Skills Alliance. Prior to working at IYF, he was a senior consultant at Inforte Corporation, an information technology and strategy consulting company. Mr. Shah holds an MBA from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Riverside.
About the UN Foundation
The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work - focused on select global problems - is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
About the UN Foundation and The Vodafone Foundation Partnership
The United Nations Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Partnership strives to be the leading public-private alliance using strategic technology programs to strengthen the UN’s humanitarian efforts worldwide. Created in October 2005, with a £10 million commitment from The Vodafone Foundation matched by £5 million from the UN Foundation, the Partnership has three core commitments: (1) to develop rapid response telecoms teams to aid disaster relief; (2) to develop health data systems that improve access to health data thereby helping to combat disease; and (3) to promote research and innovative initiatives using technology as an agent and tool for international development. Further information can be found at www.unfoundation.org/vodafone.
Presentation Material: http://www.globalproblems-globalsolutions-files.org/unf_website/assets/publications/technology/mhealth/mHealth_for_Development_full.pdf