Chris Fabian, Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director, UNICEF

Christopher Fabian is a technologist who co-founded UNICEF’s Innovation Unit with Erica Kochi in 2006. He currently runs UNICEF Ventures – and makes investments into open source technologies that can provide solutions to societal problems, particularly those facing children. Between 2007 and 2015 he held the role of Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director at UNICEF. Fabian spent a year (2010) as Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. In 2015 he led the launch of UNICEF’s Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle built to quickly assess, fund and scale companies, teams, and ideas that have been developed in new and emerging markets.

Fabian is known for his work on tools for children and communities in low-infrastructure environments, including the Digital Drum, U-Report, and RapidSMS, which has evolved to RapidPro — a free, open source framework for rapidly building mobile services for scale.

In 2013, he and Kochi were on the Time 100 list of global influencers.