The Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) convenes experts to catalyze learning and investment in the data revolution for development.

An explosion in available resources and the rapid evolution of technologies are transforming how governments, citizens, and companies use data, particularly to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our experts from across the global scientific, development, public, and private sector data communities analyze and advise on past, current, and emerging approaches to ensure that the benefits of the data revolution are extended to those most in need.

Our mission

Help strengthen the data ecosystem
We generate and curate ideas on how to strengthen local, national, and global statistical systems and governance.

Improve learning on data sharing
We incubate technical coalitions to establish practice standards for new data approaches being pursued by a wide range of stakeholders. We also analyze policies, conditions, and investments that enable data-sharing success to generate more frequent and disaggregated data.

Inform investment in emerging data opportunities
We support policy-relevant research on data financing to increase investment in comprehensive statistical systems.

TReNDS is an initiative of and is governed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). We collaborate closely with SDSN's network, including by seeking opportunities to work with its regional and national networks on local data action solutions and other projects.



TReNDS members are leaders whose expertise spans the spectrum of global and national data policies, standards, and processes that guide data production, access, and use.




Shaida Badiee
Open Data Watch


Laveesh Bhandari
Indicus Analytics


Robert S. Chen
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)


Current Members

Sabina Alkire
Oxford Poverty and Human Development Institute (OPHI), UK

Lisa Bersales
Professor of Statistics, University of the Philippines

Geoffrey Boulton
University of Edinburgh, UK

Calogero Carletto
The World Bank, USA

Samantha Custer
AidData, USA

Alex Fischer
University of Oxford, UK

Dilek Fraisl
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

Xiaolan Fu
University of Oxford, UK

Enrico Giovannini
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Jonathan Glennie
Independent consultant, Colombia

Bram Govaerts
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico

William Hoffman
World Economic Forum, USA

Jeanne Holm
City of Los Angeles, USA

Tom Moultrie
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Virginia Murray
Public Health England, UK

Francesca Perucci
UN Statistics Division, USA

Steven Ramage
Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland

Philipp Schönrock
Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei), Colombia

Eduardo Sojo
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico

Eric Swanson
Open Data Watch, USA


Former Members

Gilberto Câmara
Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland

Kate Crawford 

Nicolas de Cordes 
Orange, France

Melika Edquist (Secretariat Staff)

Chukwudozie Ezigbalike
Formerly United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ethiopia

Guo Huadong
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Bronwyn Harch
University of Queensland, Australia

Marc Levy

Emmanuel Letouzé
Data-Pop Alliance, USA

Barbara Ryan
Formerly Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland

Keith Shepherd
World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya



Jessica Espey

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