Chris Fabian

Co-Lead, UNICEF Ventures & Co-Chair, UN Innovation Network

Chris Fabian leads UNICEF Ventures, which invests in open source technology for the public good. The team focuses on investments that address climate change, job loss, human population movements, pandemics, and other global risks.

He co-founded UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in 2007, guiding the organization’s innovation strategy as well as advising Secretaries-General Ban and Guterres on frontier technology issues related to AI, data science, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. His leadership resulted in the creation of products like RapidPro, an SMS-based platform for moving information with more than 7m users, MagicBox which uses AI to track Ebola and other diseases, and four drone and unmanned aerial vehicle testing corridors in support of policy and regulatory frameworks to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.

Chris is a Commissioner on the Lancet / FT Commission on Global Health Futures and an honorary scholar at the Chinese Central Academy for Fine Arts and New York University. He has received Edmund Hillary Foundation and Tribeca Disruption Fellowships. He was named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list in 2013. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the American University in Cairo and a Master’s in Communication from the New School in New York.