Field of Study: Public Management
Leadership Institute: Arizona State University
Richard is Awardee of the Reciprocal Exchange of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, thanks to a jointly designed and implemented project between the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s SERVIR Global and Richard’s African Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (AGIA). He used this Earth Observation capacity building opportunity to gather government stakeholders from his country, including the military and the National Defense and Security, the National Civil Protection Agency (ANPC), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment, and more. The goal for Richard is to encourage public/private partnerships to tackle the pressing challenges of his country, but also to form lasting partnerships, expand markets and networks, and increase mutual understanding between the United States and Togo. Prior to the fellowship, Richard was a GIS and Communications consultant at the Ministry of Posts, Digital Economy and Technological Innovations (MPENIT). He has also collaborated on designing ‘FUNES’, a digital tool that combines Machine Learning and Forecast-based Financing for flood risk management downstream of hydropower dams. This led him to work with international partners such as the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Piloted in Togo, FUNES won a global innovation award at the 2017 World Government Summit and is scaling up through collaborations with the International Hydropower Association, World Bank, governments, and stakeholder partners.
Richard Komlan Folly is nominated eFounder Fellow and Champion of the New Digital Economy by the Alibaba Group and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), through the eFounders Fellowship Program. Last but not least, Richard is a Pop/Folk/Jazz Singer-songwriter. He is working on his first music album which focused on space exploration, science, environmental protection, and the Humanities.