Krista Jones BaptistaExecutive Director
Krista Jones Baptista is the Executive Director of Data2X. She is a data and digital inclusion specialist with 20 years of experience in the international development sector. Previously, as Global Director of DAI Global LLC, she led the organization’s Center for Digital Acceleration (CDA). In that role, she led DAI’s work in data initiatives and digital development and oversaw a portfolio of digital projects and offerings across verticals and clients, including donors, private sector customers, and foundations. Krista serves on the UN Foundation Digital Impact Alliance’s Advisory Committee for the Principles for Digital Development supporting industry and sector engagement and capacity building related to the Principles for Digital Development. A regular speaker on topics including women in tech, digital for development, the Principles for Digital Development, and leading technology teams, Krista has served as a mentor and judge for innovation challenges and competitions. Krista is also an adjunct professor at SAIS where she teaches graduate students on Digital Development: Innovative Uses of Technology in Emerging Markets. Previously, Krista worked in management consulting where she worked with organizations on data driven leadership and management competency projects. She holds a Master of Arts in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an undergraduate degree in cultural geography from Clark University.