Gordon Cressman is the Senior Director of the international Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) program, Research Computing Division, RTI International. He leads an experienced team of ICT experts working in health, education, and governance. His team is currently engaged in strengthening national health information systems in Guinea and Zimbabwe, and in helping countries to develop and deploy innovative ICT solutions to development challenges. Examples include improving early grade reading and math performance, rapidly detecting and reacting to new cases of diseases to help eliminate malaria and prevent epidemics, and using mobile money to improve the efficiency of development aid programs.
Mr. Cressman has more than three decades of experience in using ICT for international development. His experience includes assessment, strategic planning, operational planning, system design, integration, and implementation, procurement, capacity building, operations, sustainability, and scale-up strategies. His ICT applications experience spans health, education, and governance. He have helped organizations in more than 28 countries to use ICT effectively through sustainable strategies sensitive to local context. In Egypt he conducted the first comprehensive assessment of the public health information system. In Iraq, he supported rapid development of technical assistance to local governments, led development of an online local governance law library, and led the development of a modern electronic real estate registration system. In the Philippines, he initiated what has become Wireless Access for Health, a successful multi-sector partnership and local non-governmental organization introducing and scaling up electronic medical records in rural health units.