Lauren Kahn, Head of Digital Policy & Programmes, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Lauren leads on the development and delivery of DFID’s Digital Strategy for Doing Development in a Digital World, which commits DFID to supporting an inclusive digital society, and to harnessing digital technology to tackle global poverty and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. She heads up a multi-disciplinary team tasked with building digital capability in the international development community, shaping emerging digital policy, spearheading trailblazing digital initiatives, and brokering innovative partnerships.

Previously, Lauren served as Head of Digital Inclusion Strategy at the UK Government Digital Service. Her role focused on leveraging evidence, policy and cross-sector partnerships to support individuals and organizations to use the internet in ways that unlock better social, health and economic outcomes.

Lauren has extensive experience in strategy, policy and research in the United Kingdom and internationally. She specializes in providing leadership and advice on the design and delivery of innovative solutions to complex social challenges – through user-centered approaches, new technologies and multi-disciplinary partnerships. Examples include co-creating a model for urban innovation with the British Council; developing a global physical activity action agenda with Nike; redesigning health and education systems and services with end users to create patient-powered and youth-led solutions; and co-designing the United Kingdom’s first smart energy system in partnership with government, academia, and energy and engineering multinationals

Lauren graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Master of Social Science in psychology.