Sam Lee

Open Data Specialist, World Bank Group
Sam is an Open Data Specialist with the Open Finances program, which aims to make financial data about the World Bank’s activities readily available, re-useable, and useful to the public-at-large and various stakeholder groups. As part of this work, he also works to apply open data principles and practices to help reach project objectives and advance development outcomes- including recent research on the Demand for Open Financial Data.
When he is not geeking out over international development, open data, innovation, and social media, Sam particularly enjoys photography, college football (the kind where there is minimal contact between the foot and the ball), and spending time with his wife and sons.
Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Sam has served as an international policy specialist for the US government, designed and monitored aid-delivery mechanisms in North Korea for a medical relief NGO, and served as a public relations officer for Habitat for Humanity, International & the Jimmy Carter Work Project.
Sam holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers College in New Jersey.