New Economy Forum: A GovTech Playbook: Lessons Learned from Cross-Country Experiences


Location: Meeting Halls A&B, HQ1-3-430A&B

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Discover how governments worldwide are adopting GovTech to foster effective governance, fiscal responsibility, and citizen services. By building on past initiatives, countries are strengthening institutional capacities and leveraging technology for digital advancements to boost their government services and operations into the digital age. Based on the lessons learned from previous experiences, countries are making promising advances in digitizing government functions to ensure equitable distribution of digital benefits. The panel will delve into practical experiences, shedding light on crucial elements for successful GovTech adoption from diverse global contexts.



Amanda Walker

Journalist, IMF Today

Amanda Walker is an award-winning British journalist who has spent nearly two decades reporting on breaking news around the world. From 2009 Amanda served as Russia Correspondent for Sky News before heading to Washington DC to become their US correspondent.



Taing Ngounly

Deputy Secretary General, Digital Economy and Business Committee Ministry of Economy and Finance Cambodia

Dr. Taing Nguonly is Deputy Secretary General of the General Secretariat of Digital Economy and Business Committee and the Director General of the General Department of Digital Economy at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Dr. Nguonly oversees various initiatives, including the Cambodia Data Exchange platform, Online Business Registration portal, and Startup Cambodia National Program. He is deeply involved in formulating digital-related policies and is a principal investigator of research projects. Priorly, Dr. Nguonly spent 15 years in the software industry and was a visiting lecturer on Distributed Systems and Machine Learning at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dr. Nguonly holds A B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, a M.Sc. in ICT from Waseda University, Japan, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dresden University of Technology, Germany.

Hisham AlShiek

Vice Governor Saudi Arabia Digital Government Authority

Hisham Abdulmalik AlSheikh serves as the Vice Governor of Shared Services in the Saudi Arabia Digital Government Authority since November 2021. He has built up a vast amount of expertise in change management, organizational development, financial and resource management, and various technological specializations throughout his 20 years of experience. He is a Board of Trustees Member of the King Abdulaziz Complex for Endowment Libraries and the supervisor of the Digital Government Authority Transformation Program. Before joining Digital Government Authority, he was the Deputy CEO of the Saudi e-Government Program "Yesser" from 2019 to 2021.

David Eaves

Associate Professor of Digital Government, University College London (UK)

David Eaves is Associate Professor of Digital Government and Co-Deputy Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London. David’s research focuses the governance and implementation of digital public infrastructure as well as the minimum viable knowledge public administrators need of technology to be effective in a digital era. He is a co-founder of Teaching Public Service in a Digital Age, a non-profit that seeks to increase the number of public servants receiving digital era public administration skills.

Ruud de Mooij

FAD Deputy Director, IMF

Ruud De Mooij is Deputy Director in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, where he previously headed the Tax Policy Division. He has extensive experience in providing capacity development on tax policy issues in over 25 countries. Before joining the International Monetary Fund, De Mooij was Professor of Public Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He has published extensively on tax issues, including in the American Economic Review and the Journal of Public Economics. De Mooij is research fellow at the University of Oxford, the University of Bergen, ZEW in Mannheim, and member of the CESifo network in Munich.