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David Galipeau

Frontier Technology - UNDPFrom Thailand/Asia
Bio

Canadian, 35 years veteran of a hybrid business commercial/development career within the finance, FMCGs, pharmaceutical, publishing, and digital technology sectors in Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific both as a corporate senior manager, dotcom entrepreneur and social business innovator. After two successful start-up exits, joined the United Nations in 2010 managing the innovation, knowledge and digital portfolios for UNAIDS and UNCTAD. Most recently David founded and was the Chief Impact Officer of UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF), which brings together venture philanthropists, family trusts, foundations, corporations, governments and private sector growth investors to chart a new course toward creating a 'blended financing' platform - balancing both social and economic performance. David is currently focusing on researching, venture building, investing in frontier technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and its variations, Robotics/Bionics, IoT/5G, Blockchain/Crypto, Cognitive Computing and the crossroads of VR/AR and augmented humans. David maintains a firm belief that frontier technology convergence will be one of the most important drivers of both social and economic growth and therefore, can be leveraged to maximize social and financial value of next-gen technology start-ups and SDG achievement.