Challenges of Government Conference 2011: The Innovation Imperative

Under intense pressure to deliver more with less, governments are pioneering new ways to serve their citizens in the 21st century.

Held on 6-7 December 2011

Across the globe, governments of every kind are confronting demands to produce economic growth and provide efficient public services – with limited resources. In the US and much of Europe, leaders are struggling to cope with significant debt and deleveraging. In high growth and emerging economies, governments are seeking to broaden opportunities and welfare of their citizens. Governments are also grappling with how new technologies can transform societies as well as governments. In short, the innovation imperative is ferocious.

    Challenges of Government Conference 2011: The Innovation Imperative



    • Stories from the Edge -- Creating the Conditions for Innovative Government
    • Innovations in Transparency and Citizen Engagement
    • Resourcing Innovation at the Edge
    • Breakout parallel sessions: Making the most of people, Designing e-government approaches that work, The Last Mile: Partnering to ensure that Innovation delivers
    • Mobilising innovation in government, economy and society:
    • Joining up Government: Changing Everyday Lives for the Better
    • Global Cooperation and the challenges of the current crisis

    Speakers and session chairs

    • Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund
    • Dr Caroline Anstey, Managing Director of the World Bank
    • Leonardo Burlamaqui, Ford Foundation
    • Professor Paul Collier, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University
    • Ceci Connolly, Consultant, author and commentator
    • Datuk Daud, former Permanent Secretary of Higher Education, Brunei
    • Dr Alison Evans, Director of the Overseas Development Institute
    • Diana Farrell, Director, McKinsey Center for Government; Former Deputy Director of National Economic Council
    • Dr Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment & Water
    • Liia Hanni, Director of the E-Governance Academy, Estonia
    • Professor Helen Margetts, Director, Oxford Internet Institute
    • Michael Ignatieff, Author, academic and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
    • Jacques Meyer, Financial Director, South Africa Revenue Service
    • Professor Ncube Mthuli, Vice President and Chief Economist, African Development Bank
    • Geoff Mulgan, Executive Director of NESTA
    • D. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication, Kenya
    • Gideon Rachman, Chief foreign affairs commentator of the Financial Times and author of Zero-Sum World
    • Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff, OECD Andy Ratcliffe, African Governance Initiative
    • Vicki Sellick, Young Foundation Simon Tucker, Chief Executive of the Young Foundation
    • Professor Andrés Velasco, Senior Academic Adviser to the Blavatnik School of Government; former Finance Minister of Chile
    • Professor Sir John Vickers, Professor of Economics and Warden of All Souls College, Oxford University
    • Professor Jennifer Widner, Politics and International Affairs, Princeton
    • Brett Wigdortz, CEO and Founder, Teachfirst UK