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Shaida Badiee is Managing Director and co-founder of the Open Data Watch, an NGO providing knowledge and assistance to promote open and high-quality development data. She brings several decades of experience in managing global development statistics as the long-time Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group.  During her tenure, flagship global statistical products were launched such as the World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and the Atlas of Global Development. In 2010, she led the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank’s extensive statistical databases. Prior to that, she played a key role in the creation and operation of PARIS21 as well as leading international efforts to coordinate technical and financial support for statistics through initiatives like the Marrakech Action Plan. Shaida was recently a member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Group on the Data Revolution (IAEG) and is also currently involved in the establishment of the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data.