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Sarah Cairns-Smith: Finally, tech solutions to economic development

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In Kenya, a smartphone app called iCow tracks the health of cattle for thousands of farmers, at times doubling productivity. In this talk, Sarah Cairns-Smith discusses how a range of mobile apps is transforming local economies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sarah is a member of BCG’s Social Impact Leadership Team, with responsibility for global development. She has worked across a broad variety of sectors in global development and health including water, sanitation and hygiene; financial services and education; mobile and big data; agriculture; and health product research, development and delivery. She also consults within the private sector in R&D and innovation and leads BCG’s Scientist Network. Sarah received her PhD in Biochemistry from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London and MBA (Distinction) from Columbia Business School. She joined BCG in 1996.

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