Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI)
Rodrigo Baggio is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), a global NGO headquartered in Brazil that strengthens low-income communities by empowering people with information and communication technology. With 780 community centres in 13 countries in Latin America and Europe, CDI uses technology to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship and create change-makers. In 18 years, CDI has had an impact on more than 1.5 million people. Baggio and CDI have won more than 60 awards from such organizations as UNICEF, UNESCO, the Technology Museum, Time, Fortune, CNN and the World Economic Forum. Formerly, Baggio worked as Artificial Intelligence Specialist for Accenture and managed IBM's “Reinventing Education” programme. He envisaged the use of computers to promote social inclusion and launched initiatives such as the first computer donation campaign in Brazil (Computers for All). In 1995, he founded the first Information Technology and Citizens Rights schools in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums. Baggio holds an honorary doctorate from the School of Computer Science of DePaul University.