The Institute for Education NextGen Roundtable was pleased to welcome speaker Brian Forde, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Mobile and Data Innovation in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The event, held Thursday, February 27 at 4:45pm, was hosted by IFE Fellow Mark Schulte, Education Director at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC.
About Our Speaker: Brian Forde serves as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Mobile and Data Innovation in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, Brian served as the President of Llamadas, S.A. where he lead the strategic efforts to bring low-cost phone service to rural Nicaragua through a series of innovative telephony projects specifically created for the developing world. Llamadas, S.A. received the Pioneers of Prosperity award by the Seven Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank and was recognized by the US Ambassador to Nicaragua as one of the most innovative companies in the fight against poverty. Prior to founding Llamadas, Brian was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching small business classes to 11th-grade high school students in the mountains of Nicaragua. He is a current National Peace Corp Association board member for his work in Nicaragua 2003-2005. Brian graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the London Business School.