Online Conference: Why Countries Need Digital Resilience Strategies: Safeguarding Digital Transformation in the Age of Covid-19

Date: 30 June 2020
Other languages: Русский язык |
June 30th, 5:00-7:00pm (Bishkek time, GMT+6)

The University of Central Asia, in partnership with the World Bank and the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic, is pleased to invite you to an upcoming online conference on "Why Countries Need Digital Resilience Strategies: Safeguarding Digital Transformation in the Age of Covid-19" on June 30th at 5:00-7:00pm (Bishkek time, GMT+6)The event will be streamed online in English and Russian through Zoom and Facebook Live.

Digital resilience is critical to securing the foundations of a broader digital transformation at the national level. It brings together a focus on institutionalizing best practice in cyber security, business continuity, and personal data protection (data privacy). Countries that have adopted digital resilience as a central component of digital transformation in government and the economy are also proving more adaptable and successful in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

About the Conference
Following the success of the inaugural Digital Transformation in Central Asia (DTCA) conference in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) in 2019, this online conference will provide a platform to share views of an international panel of Cyber Security experts and decision makers across Central Asia. 

Rafal Rohozinki, CEO of the SecDev Group (Canada) will deliver the keynote address on "Securing and Sustaining Digital Transformation under Covid-19." He will present initial findings on how countries who are considered digital leaders have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rohozinski will also present a proposed framework for investments and priorities into making digital transformation resilient. It will be followed by a panel discussion on "Why Countries Need Digital Resilience Strategies"

How to Join
This Conference will be conducted online via Zoom video conferencing on Tuesday June 30th at 5:00-7:00pm (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time) at: Password: 001678. The lecture can also be joined via Facebook Live at

Moderated by: Shaukat Ali Khan, CIO, UCA

  • 5:00 pm
    Welcome remarks by Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector, University of Central Asia 
  • 5.05 pm
    Opening remarks by Altynbek Ismailov, Chairman of the State Committee of Information Technology and Communications of Kyrgyz Republic
  • 5:10 pm
    Welcome remarks by the Bolormaa Amgaabazar, World Bank Country Manager for the Kyrgyz Republic
  • 5:15 pm
    Welcome remarks by the Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Resident Representative for the Kyrgyz Republic
  • 5:20 pm
    Welcome remarks by Farid Nakhli, Programme Coordinator at International Telecommunication Union
  • 5:25 pm
    Keynote address by Rafal Rohozinki, CEO, The SecDev Group, Canada
  • 5:45 pm
    Panel Discussion: 
    Why Countries Need Digital Resilience Strategies
  • Moderated by: Rafal Rohozinki, CEO, The SecDev Group, Canada

    Oleg V. Petrov, Digital Resilience Lead for Central Asia, World Bank
    Melissa Hathaway, President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC
    Andrew Stott, Former UK Government Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chair of the UK Government Chief Technology Officers Council
    Randeep Sudan, Founder of Multiverz, Singapore

  • 6:45 pm
    Closing remarks by Altynbek Ismailov, Chairman of the State Committee of Information Technology and Communications of Kyrgyz Republic
About the Keynote Address by Rafal Rohozinki

Securing and Sustaining Digital Transformation under Covid-19: Why Countries Need Digital Resilience Strategies.

Digital transformation is driving an era of change globally. In 2016, the global digital economy accounted for 16% of global GDP with an expected increase to 26% by 2020. That was before Covid-19. The global pandemic has drastically accelerated digital transformation. With more than 20% of the global population currently under lockdown, governments, businesses, and societies have turned to digital solutions on a massive scale. Governments worldwide are pivoting to digital infrastructures to deliver essential public services, healthcare, education, as well as to sustain the economic livelihoods of populations. Digital resilience is at the core of securing the foundations of digital transformation and ensuring cybersecurity, business continuity, data privacy, and is a multi-stakeholder undertaking. Governments need to provide leadership, establish core capabilities, and provide an enabling legislative and regulatory environment especially in the area of data governance and privacy. Businesses need to mainstream digital resilience as principles of operation. Society must embrace and adopt digital skills and behaviours to ensure an educated digital citizenry prepared for the challenges of the digital era.  


Rafal Rohozinski – CEO, The SecDev Group, Canada
Rafal Rohozinski is a founder and principal of the SecDev Group, Canadian geo-political analytics firm working at the intersection of digital transformation and social, political, and economic change. Secdev’s clients include governments, multilateral organizations including the World Bank and United Nations, and companies in the IT, social media, and energy sectors. Rafal leads SecDev's digital practice. Prior to founding SecDev, Rafal directed the Advanced Network Research Group at the University of Cambridge, and served as an advisor to the UN and other organizations in over 37 countries. He's presently a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada), and previously held appointments with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (UK) , Munk School of Global Affairs, International Development Research Centre (Canada), Ford foundation,  Social Science Research Council (US), and the Global Security Programme (Cambridge University). He is the author of numerous books, reports and studies examining digital transformation and the evolution of policy and practice in cyberspace, and is a frequent commentator and keynote speaker.

Oleg V. Petrov – Digital Resilience Lead for Central Asia, World Bank
Oleg has been with the World Bank since 1996 driving knowledge sharing, digital transformation and data-driven economy development working with over 40 countries. He has been coordinating World Bank’s Digital CASA investment projects in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Smart City and AI project in Kazakhstan; Digital Economy advisory engagements in Russia and global knowledge sharing activities of the Bank's Digital Development team, including the High-level Experts, Leaders, and Practitioners (HELP) for Transformation, Smart Nations, Digital Economy and Open Data Communities. Oleg holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and Diplomas from the Plekhanov Russian Economics University and Moscow International University.

Melisa Hathaway – President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, Former Cybersecurity Advisor, George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations, Harvard Kennedy School, Former Senior Advisor on Cyber Security, USA
Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity.  She served in two U.S. presidential administrations, spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and leading the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) for President George W. Bush. As President of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, she brings a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional perspective to strategic consulting and strategy formulation for public and private sector clients. In addition, she is a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Regents at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada, and a non-resident Research Fellow at the Kosciuszko Institute in Poland. Hathaway holds a B.A. degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. and has completed graduate studies in international economics and technology transfer policy. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Armed Forces Staff College

Andrew Stott – Former UK Government Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chair of the UK Government Chief Technology Officers Council
Andrew Stott was UK Government Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chair of the UK Government Chief Technology Officers Council. He led the work on the UK Transformational Government strategy, on the UK G-Cloud strategy and on UK data policies. Following his retirement in December 2010 he continued to advise UK Ministers on their e-government and data programmes. As a senior consultant in the Transport and ICT Global Practice in the World Bank he has worked on Digital Government, Data Policy and Cloud issues in countries including Moldova, Macedonia, Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Andrew Stott joined the UK civil service in 1976 and subsequently worked in a variety of UK public sector bodies in policy, finance, programme management and in both strategy and implementation roles in information technology. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where he studied both Mathematics and Law.

Randeep Sudan – Founder, Board Advisor, Former Practice Manager, The World Bank and member of the Indian Administrative Service
Randeep is the founder of Multiverz, a Singaporean social enterprise that aims to leverage data analytics and AI for helping governments, businesses, and individuals to better anticipate and prepare for an uncertain future. Randeep is a board advisor at Ecosystm, a new-age technology research and consulting firm. He is also a board advisor for RecruiterPal, a digital recruitment platform for helping SMEs to better adapt to technology shifts. Randeep has previously served as the Global Advisor on Digital Strategy and Practice Manager for Digital Development at the World Bank. In this capacity, he led a global team of experts to support developing countries on policies and programs relating to the digital economy. Before joining the World Bank, he was a senior member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and helped the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, to achieve prominence in the area of digital government and become a key international destination for IT-based services.


Shaukat Ali Khan – Chief Information Officer, University of Central Asia
Shaukat has many years of experience in senior management and leading international IT organisations. Currently, he is working at the University of Central Asia as a Chief Information Officer (CIO). He joined UCA from Copenhagen Denmark, where he was working at Novo Nordisk HQ Copenhagen as a Head of IT Production infrastructure of global production facilities. Earlier, he was responsible as a Chief Architect for the network infrastructure which serves more than 43,000 employees in over 80 countries worldwide. Prior to Novo Nordisk, he was working at UNICEF HQ IT Center in Copenhagen, where he was responsible for local data networks and its integration with global data networks and support IT operations. He has earned his Master of Science in Computer Science (MS-CS) with emphasis on IT management and strategic change from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden. Full biography
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