Gavin Chait

Whythawk

Gavin Chait

Whythawk

Biography

Gavin Chait is Lead Consultant at Whythawk, which specialises in open data consulting and in promoting the use of data in economic development. He spent more than a decade in economic and business development initiatives in South Africa. He was the commercial lead of open data projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation, and led the implementation of Edo State, Nigeria’s first open data portal, the Pakistan Education Data Portal, Tanzania’s open data project (with the World Bank), open access research data for public health with the WHO, and numerous other open data projects around the world. He has written papers on cryto identity as a mechanism for legal empowerment of the poor, and is currently developing a platform to assess the business potential in empty commercial property in urban centres using open data.

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