GeoTechHour, Atlantic Council, Practical steps towards data for good in 2021

December 9, 2020 12pm ET

In this webinar, the panelists highlight crucial next steps that must be taken in 2021 to advance more inclusive and participatory ways to employ data for good.

These include community approaches to oversee how data is used to benefit people, as well as data trusts (also known as data commons or data cooperatives). Data trusts represent legal, technology-enabled constructs that allow for more equitable ways of sharing the profits of data among different stakeholders, transforming the data economy from something that happens “to people” towards a collaborative effort “with people”. These new efforts in data governance and trust must be tailored to a specific community and regional needs to avoid a “one size fits all” approach and must involve multiple sectors to be successful.

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Ginger Zielinskie

Chief Growth Officer

Federation of American Scientists

Ginger Zielinskie is the Senior Advisor at, where she works to bring the power of data science to the world’s most challenging social problems. With over twenty years of experience, Ginger serves as an action-oriented executive leader focused on building strong partnerships to achieve systematic and meaningful change.

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Arturo Franco

Senior Vice President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Arturo Franco is a development economist and strategy consultant. His career combines high-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations and global organizations, with public policy and international development experience.

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Michael Ingrassia

President, General Counsel


Michael Ingrassia joined Trūata as President and General Counsel from Mastercard International, where he was the Senior Managing Counsel for Strategic Transactions and Global Mergers and Acquisitions. At Mastercard, Michael managed a broad array of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and investments.

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  • Moderator

David Bray, Ph.D.

Director, GeoTech Center and GeoTech Commission

Atlantic Council

Dr. David A. Bray has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-2005, time on the ground in Afghanistan in 2009, serving as the non-partisan Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission on R&D, and providing leadership as a non-partisan federal agency Senior Executive. He accepted a leadership role in December 2019 to incubate a new global Center with the Atlantic Council.

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