Nov 3, 2022
Digital Transformation at the United Nations
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The UN recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and in this episode of CXOTalk, we speak about Digital Transformation with the Chief Information and Technology Officer of the United Nations, Bernardo Mariano Jr.

The conversation explores the current state of digital transformation at the UN and discusses the role of digital technologies in helping achieve sustainable development goals and a more peaceful world.

The conversation included these topics:
● On the Chief Information Technology Officer role at the UN
● On being Chief Information Officer at the World Health Organization
● On being a digital transformation leader at the UN
● On the benefits of digital transformation
● On how to overcome enterprise collaboration and diversity challenges
● On measuring the success of digital transformation initiatives
● On gaining technology consensus across UN member states
● On the role of data in digital transformation and decision-making
● On ensuring data security and integrity
● On the broad vision of transformation and digital ecosystems
● On advice to government policymakers on digital technologies and transformation


Bernardo Mariano Joaquim Junior of Mozambique is the Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology at United Nations Headquarters in New York (UNOICT).

He brings to the position 28 years of experience within the United Nations system and international organizations, most recently serving as the Chief Information Officer and Director for Digital Health and Innovation at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he led the organization’s digital transformation journey, leveraging digital technologies and innovations to accelerate the achievement of WHO strategic goals.

Bernardo started his career in 1993 with International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mozambique and continued with IOM in Haiti, Mali, Angola, Kenya, Kosovo and South Africa in addition to Geneva, Switzerland before joining WHO in 2018. He served as IOM Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa (2017-2018), Regional Director for Southern Africa (2009-2015) and served as IOM Chief Information Officer (2015-2017, 2002-2011), having championed business transformation initiatives, driving innovations in operation and management systems, Enterprise Resource Planning systems, information technology, project management and network infrastructure.

He holds a Master of Science in Global Management from Salford University (United Kingdom), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, with a very good knowledge of French.
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