Dr Björn-Sören Gigler is leading the Innovation in Governance programme at the World Bank Institute. He is a political economist and since the end of the 1990s has worked on issues related to innovative uses of information and communications technology (ICT) for development and empowerment. He coordinates the Mapping for Results Initiative which aims are to visualize the location of donor-funded projects to better monitor project impact, improve aid effectiveness, and enhance transparency and social accountability. Sören previously held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor for Political Economy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the McDonough School of Business 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 PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, a MS in Economics from the Munich Graduate School of Economics, and a MA in International Affairs from George Washington University. His main research field is the impact of ICTs on enhancing the well-being of poor communities and their potential for enhancing the governance and transparency of governments and international donors.