Mr Calum Handforth

Advisor, Smart Cities and Digitalisation
UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Calum has a wide-ranging smart cities and digitalisation background having worked on the delivery, strategy, and management of a range of innovation projects and programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and South-East Asia. He also has worked on advising and scaling tech-driven enterprises, including startups focusing on secure networks and connectivity, digital identity, and safety and security.

Calum has drafted and led legislation, policy, and strategy to rollout smart cities; delivered connectivity programmes (3G, 4G, and 5G pilots) and explored Internet-of-Things-related projects. He has also led the development of service delivery initiatives such as chatbots, digital identity projects, and digital inclusion programmes. He has worked in government, strategy consulting, and international development.

More widely, Calum has built strong expertise in driving and measuring the success and impact of smart city, digitalisation, and broader innovation projects and programmes – particularly in lower-income settings. This has included leading digital transformation efforts (and applying ‘Agile’ principles in international development), measuring behaviour change, exploring the potential of Big Data, building processes and workflows to leverage innovation, and translating findings to inform policy, strategy, and scaling.