Robin Christopherson included in World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government List

AbilityNet's Head of Inclusion, Robin Christopherson MBE has been included in the second annual list of the World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2019 on Wednesday 09 October. Photo of Robin Christopherson and his dog Archie outside 10 Downing Street
Published by Apolitical the prestigious list recognises politicians, civil servants, academics, and activists making the biggest impact in digital government around the world. 
With over 500 nominations received from public servants all over the world, as well as from experts at the UN, Harvard, Public Digital, the OECD and the IADB, the list celebrates high-profile icons working to further the process of digital transformation, and illuminates those working behind the scenes whose efforts are driving government into the future.  
“We’ve seen growing momentum around digital to solve policy issues and design better services for citizens around the world. As this burgeoning field continues to grow, so too does the breadth of people and perspectives driving change. This list celebrates the people behind this tremendous progress.” 
- Apolitical Executive Chairman: Lisa Witter
A founding member of AbilityNet, Robin has worked in the area of accessibility and digital inclusion for over two decades and has long been a vocal advocate of digital government driven by universal design. As well as highlighting the compelling business case for inclusion, Robin has often called for the proactive enforcement of equality legislation in his blog posts and through a busy public speaking schedule across Europe and around the world.

I am amazed and honoured to be included in this very prestigious list. For many years I have striven to ensure that government proactively provides digital services that are inclusive to everyone. The last hurdle is now to ensure that the law requiring organisations across all sectors create websites and apps that are easy to use by all is, in fact, enforced. Over two decades of legislation and it's still left to disabled individuals to fight their own corners. Let's take things to a whole new level..." 

- AbilityNet's Head of Digital Inclusion: Robin Christopherson

A recipient of an MBE in the 2017 new year’s honours list in recognition for his services to digital inclusion, Robin is also proud to be active in a number of government all-party parliamentary groups and to have provided expert input into several select committee hearings and government consultations. 

Leading figures in the world of digital government

Other notable figures receiving recognition in this year’s list include:

  • Amanda Smith - Head of User-Centred Policy Design, UK Ministry of Justice 
  • Audrey Tang - Minister for Digital, Taiwan  
  • Debs Durojaiye - Interaction Designer, UK Government Digital Service 
  • Siim Sikkut - CIO, Government of Estonia     
  • Francesca Bria - Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, City of Barcelona     
  • Daniel Abadie - Under Secretary of Digital Government, Argentina 

The full World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government List 2019 can be found on