Lejla Sadiku

Open Data Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, Istanbul, Turkey

Lejla Sadiku (Kosovo) is a Programme Specialist on Innovation, in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support/Global Policy Network, based in Istanbul. Lejla works on identifying methods, approaches and technologies that can have transformative effects at a system level. She has designed and managed the Transformative Governance and Finance Facility, which supports experimentation in cities, human-centered data and digital innovation, and application of alternative finance mechanisms in development. Her work contributes to UNDP's corporate innovation strategy and accelerating learning on complex development challenges (urbanization, 4IR, etc.).

Before joining UNDP, she worked with the World Bank and with Norwegian development assistance. She has also conducted research on issues of transparency, civil society and freedom of information with organizations in Eastern Europe. Lejla holds a master’s degree in public policy from Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (2008-2010), and an undergraduate degree from American University in Bulgaria in business and political science (2003-2007). More recently, she has completed a big data course at the London School of Economics (2018).