Global Centre for Technology, Innovation
and Sustainable Development

About Us

We are the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development, a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme.

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We believe technology and innovation - when applied thoughtfully and inclusively - have the power to make a positive impact on the world. They can also accelerate the development journey of a country. But coming up with life-changing solutions requires more than just innovative thinking—it also requires deep collaboration. And that’s why we’re here. To foster connections between unlikely parties, to generate bold new partnerships, to provide applied and technical knowledge, and to build ecosystems that make a real contribution to achieving the 2030 Agenda.

The secret to success will be in scaling sustainable development solutions—and we can’t do that without cross-sectoral input. To that end we aim to connect policy-makers, practitioners, think tanks, leading private sector actors, entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders with UNDP’s networks. With this system-wide approach, we aim to catalyse new insights and stimulate action on the ground in the countries where UNDP works.

Sharing knowledge across geographical boundaries and initiating multi-stakeholder partnerships will accelerate progress. We believe combining the power of partnerships and innovation is the key to a more sustainable future.

The Team

We have a core team based in Singapore, but also work with a global network of partners and associates depending on the scale and focus of a project or programme.

Riad Meddeb, Director, a.i

Calum Handforth, Advisor, Smart Cities and Digitalisation

Elba Fuster, Technical Expert, Smart Cities and Digitalisation

Gandhar Desai, Analyst, Sustainable and Digital Agriculture

Arpik Baghdasaryan, Operations Analyst

Cheryl Dai, Admin Assistant

Mala Rajpal, Programme Lead for Youth Engagement, Youth Co: Lab Singapore

Karla Barradas, Youth Engagement Associate, Youth Co: Lab Singapore

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Want to start a conversation?

If you have enquiries, comments and feedback on our focus areas or would like to partner with the Global Centre please get in touch.