Thomas Roca

Economist at AFD

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Thomas Roca is an economist and statistician at Agence Française de Développement (AFD). Thomas is developing a research program covering the measurement of wellbeing and human development, as well alternative development indicators and big data. His field of research covers data visualization and programming. He has established research partnerships with UNDP, UNU-MERIT, Data-Pop Alliance (ODI-MIT-Harvard), and the University of Paris I – ESSEC Business School. Thomas also develops the data visualization portal “AFD Country Dashboard” and designs data visualization tools for STATA.

Prior to joining AFD in 2011, Thomas was a cooperation officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – French Embassy in Hungary. He has lectured in Economics in Hungary, Vietnam and Kurdistan for the University of Picardy. During his PhD course, Thomas worked on two occasions for the United Nations Development Programme  (Rabat, Morocco, Governance Program – 2006 and New York at the Human Development Report Office – 2010).

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Can Big Data serve the poorest?

We produce data every second of the day. From Paris to Dakar, from Jakarta to New York, our daily activities (consume, communicate, travel…) generate data, “digital crumbs” that we leave behind us. This information is potentially useful for development. How? An interview with Thomas Roca, economist at AFD.


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