Ms. Samia Melhem

Samia Melhem is the Global Lead for the Digital Development Community of Practice. Her operational responsibilities include investment operations in digital platforms & services as well as thought leadership on digital development. She has recently contributed to the Digital Development Partnership (DDP) setup, and is now leading the DDP’s Digital government analytical work. She has led several digital government transformational projects in Rwanda, Egypt, Philippines, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Morocco, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire – all leveraging disruptive technologies to improve access to, and delivery of, public services.

She is currently focusing on digital identification projects for regional integration and implementation of digital economy enablers.

Ms. Samia Melhem
Global Lead for the Digital Development Community of Practice, World Bank

In her previous assignments at the WBG, Samia worked in several regions such as East and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. She coordinated the Africa and Middle East digital development portfolio under the Sustainable Development Vice Presidency. She was a Senior Operations Officer at Infodev, leading the Telecoms Regulations analytical work program, policy dialogue with regulators, as well as donors’ relations and fund-raising. She led delivery of knowledge toolkits on Digital government readiness assessments, electronic procurement, cloud computing, entrepreneurship & innovation, Telecoms Policy, Private Public Partnerships, Public Private partnership business models, and gender inclusion in the technology space.

She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Sciences (MS), and Finance (MBA).

Topic: Considerations on building standards for smart cities
Samia Melhem, Global lead on digital development at the World Bank group with share global experiences in designing smart cities services. She will describe some of the success factors observed through World Bank research – with a focus on collaboration processes between central administration and local government, private sector providers, utilities providers and academia. She will share some of the latest research commissioned by the World Bank around digital government readiness, shared services, cloud computing, and open data for development in the context of smart cities strategies, roadmaps and program development. Her presentation will also discuss standards used for registration (people, vehicles, businesses and non-movable assets) as well as geo-spatial applications to improve public safety and promote tourism and inclusive community development.