Making States Work Better

Empowering Citizens
Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

Stability and prosperity in our interdependent world demand a new compact to ensure that the billions of people currently excluded from globalization become stakeholders in the emerging political and economic order through creating binding ties between citizen, the state and the market. Clare Lockhart, founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness; Steve Killelea, creator of the Global Peace Index; and Ory Okolloh, executive director of Ushahidi, have been at the forefront of involving citizens and groups around the world to help identify the challenges for states, measure states’ progress in fixing their failings, and measure the outcomes so that citizens might hold their governments accountable. Clare, Steve, and Ory share their experience on the front lines around the world on creating tools and tailored metrics of success, as they bring citizens, organizations and networks bear on making states work better for their people.

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Ory Okolloh


Ms. Ory Okolloh the co-founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi. She also writes one of the most popular blogs in the Kenyan sphere at Kenyan Pundit and is the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament. Ory graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a frequent speaker at conferences including TED Global and Poptech on issues around citizen journalism, the role of technology in Africa, and the role of young people in reshaping the future of Africa.

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Clare Lockhart

The Institute for State Effectiveness

Clare Lockhart is co-founder of ISE, an organization which focuses on the balance between state, market and civil society for the 21st century, and works to support transitions with tailored approaches in places ranging from Nepal and Afghanistan to Sudan and Haiti. She is co-author, with Ashraf Ghani, of Fixing Failed States, which set out a 10-function framework for measuring state accountability and proposed a new approach for addressing societies facing poverty and instability. She lived in Afghanistan for several years after 2001, and before that worked at the World Bank, and as a human rights barrister.

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Steve Killelea

Institute for Economics and Peace

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace.

Chairman and Founder of Integrated Research Ltd, Steve Killelea has over 30 years experience in the information technology industry. Highly skilled in international marketing, business and product strategy, he has developed two highly profitable global companies with exceptional track records.

Steve’s first company, Software Products, developed and internationally marketed Tandem (now Hewlett Packard NonStop) software products and achieved NASDAQ listing before ultimately being acquired by BMC Software. Steve’s second venture, Integrated Research Ltd, is an Australian publicly-listed company (ASX:IRI) with an 18-year heritage of providing its PROGNOSIS performance monitoring software for business-critical computing and IP telephony environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, Integrated Research built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s largest software companies.

The company’s PROGNOSIS software is used by many of the world’s most well-known organizations in more than 50 countries, including 35 per cent of Global 1000 companies. Customers include the world’s largest bank, telecommunications company, stock exchange, computer hardware manufacturer and internet provider.

During his time at Integrated Research Steve received the following awards:

  • AIIA Australian Exporter of the Year – 1998, 2003
  • Consensus Awards – 2001, 2003, 2006
  • AIIA – Minister’s Award for Excellence – 2003
  • ASOCIO Asian ICT Association Award – 2003

Steve was a board member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) for 8 years. He also sat on a number of private company boards and influential government advisory boards including IIBAB, NICTA and the CSIRO.

Alongside his other activities, in 2001 Steve founded Smarter Capital, a venture capital company that specializes in technology investments.

Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established his own private foundation, The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specializes in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia.

Steve regularly visits and is actively involved in the projects he is funding. TCF supports projects that provide sustainable futures for the community such as clean water, tuberculosis eradication, housing, agricultural development and famine relief.

Steve is also the Founder of the Global Peace Index, the first ever tool for measuring the peacefulness of countries and identifying the correlations of peace. With data collected and collated by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the GPI has sparked a debate in the media and academia all over the world. The Global Peace Index is now considered the benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations.

Steve’s latest initiative, the Institute for Economics and Peace, specializes on the linkages between business, peace and economics. The Institute is an independent not for profit research institute dedicated to empower the academic community, civil society, private sector, international institutions and governments with the knowledge to proactively use peace to achieve their desired goals.

Steve currently serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the OECD’s Global Project on Measuring Progress of Societies, and is an International Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Priyadarshini Global Awards for his valuable contributions towards society.

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