Björn-Sören Gigler

Senior Governance Specialist, Governance Global Practice


Björn-Sören Gigler is a Senior Governance Specialist at the World Bank. He is a political economist and his main research field is the impact of ICTs on enhancing the well-being of poor communities. He coordinates the Innovations in Governance program which aims to leverage innovative ICTs to make development programs more open, inclusive and effective.

Soren holds the position of Visiting Associate Professor for Political Economy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has taught and carried out research on multi-dimensional aspects of poverty, human development, and ICT for development at the London School of Economics, Georgetown University, the Universidad Católica Boliviana, Bolivia and the Universidad los Andes, Colombia. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, a M.S. in Economics from the University of Munich and a M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School, George Washington University.

He is the editor of ‘Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology address the Accountability Gap?’ and ‘Development as Freedom in a Digital Age: Experiences of the Rural Poor in Bolivia’ (February 2015) as well as several articles and book chapters on topics related to information poverty, ICT for development and open government data.