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Laura Manley

Open Data and ICT Consultant
Laura Manley is an Open Data Consultant with the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice. Laura specializes in Open Data for economic growth, working with governments from low- and middle-income countries on their Open Data policies.

Laura is also the Co-Founder for the Center for Open Data Enterprise in Washington DC, where she leads partnerships and programs. As an Open Data advocate, Laura co-developed and launched the GovLab’s Open Data 500, the first comprehensive study of companies that use open government data to generate new business and develop new products and services.

In addition to her work on Open Data, Laura has over a decade of strategic planning experience with multiple international agencies including the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, the National Endowment for Democracy, and MasterCard Foundation.

She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner focusing on international policy and entrepreneurship and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.