Erica Kochi

Co-lead, Tech Innovations Team, UNICEF

The UNICEF Tech Innovations Team is tasked with identifying and developing technology to improve UNICEF's work in the field. Working with partners in academia, development and the private sector, the team's mandate includes connecting the wired and unwired worlds, streamlining distribution and reporting, and improving the efficiency and reach of messages.

Most recently, Erica Kochi's team has been responsible for the development of RapidSMS, a system that uses basic mobile phones and text (SMS) messages to collect information from field workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection.

Previously, Kochi worked with the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, a joint collaboration between the World Bank and the World Health Organization. She studied economics and Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and Kyoto University.