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Nicolas Durand

Nicolas Durand is a digital entrepreneur, data scientist, and computer engineer.

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He led the Digital Analytics training program of the World Bank and is the founder and chief developer of Dishly, a website & mobile app (coming soon) for personalized food and drink recommendations (with 500K items in the DC area).

As lead of the Digital Analytics training program at the World Bank, Nico created a series of classes to train staff to improve, monitor and analyze their web and social media traffic. He also analyzed the effectiveness of the paid campaigns and develops frameworks to raise the impact of World Bank digital communications.

Prior to that, he was Technology and Operations Director at Community Empowerment Lab, a non-profit organization in Uttar Pradesh, India. There, he designed a custom-built mobile app to build a digital profile of at-risk communities in rural areas, with the objective to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. As of today, his most visible venture is probably the Geneva Genealogy Society, a non-profit which he founded in 2000 and currently has 550 paying members. He created the concept, gathered a committee, developed the website and aggregated family trees to form one of the largest contiguous trees on the internet at 850,000 unique individuals. The main difference between this tree and all others is that it is centrally managed, meaning that all trees are merged together: duplicates are merged and connections are built. He has also been a software developer, consultant and project leader in Geneva and Munich.

Nico has an MBA from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and a Masters in computer science from Zurich Polytechnics.