João Ricardo Vasconcelos

Policy Analyst, Digital Government Team

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France

João Ricardo Vasconcelos is a digital government policy analyst at the Reform of the Public Sector Division, Public Governance Directorate of the OECD. His work focuses on the analysis of digital government development, supporting the governments of the OECD member and partner countries to take full benefit of the ongoing digital transformation of the public sector. João is the lead coordinator of several cross-cutting activities in the Digital Government team, namely the OECD Working Party of Senior Digital Government Officials (E-Leaders), the E-Leaders Thematic Groups and numerous OECD Digital Government Reviews (e.g. Brazil, Chile, Morocco, African Portuguese Speaking Countries and Timor Leste).

Before joining the OECD, João led the Innovation and International Relations Unit of AMA - Agency for the Administrative Modernization, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Portugal, coordinating projects such as the EGOV Innovation Hub, the Common Knowledge Network or He was the Portuguese representative in several high level international committees and groups from the OECD, the European Commission and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

João also served as project manager and project officer at the Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC), Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Portugal, being responsible for several projects in the areas of digital skills, digital inclusion and ICT in higher education.

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Two heads are better than one: working with governments

Chair: João Vasconcelos, Public Governance Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UK

Panelists: - Paula Forteza, French National Assembly Member (France) - Ana Neves, Cidadania 2.0 (Portugal) - Alvaro Herrero, Government of Buenos Aires City (Argentina)

Governments have a wealth of knowledge about the needs of their citizens. Civic Tech organisations often have innovative technologies that can meet those needs. What can we do to ensure that the two factions work effectively together to improve transparency, increase public engagement, and maximise benefits?