Noel Dickover is the Project Director for Innovation for Change at Counterpart International. As a senior leader at the intersection of technology and international development, Noel has convened technologists and NGOs in over 20 countries around the world for learning engagements. Noel has significant experience an applying Big Data and social media to international development challenges, including developing one of the first open data platforms for the peacebuilding community (

Innovation for Change is a global network of people and organizations who want to connect, partner, and learn together to overcome barriers to closing civic space and restrictions to our basic freedoms of assembly, association and speech. We are a community-led network inspired by ideas, methods, and technologies from across sectors, to create solutions that drive positive social change. We work together on advocacy, research, network building, education and training, fundraising, digital literacy and technology development. Our six connected regional hubs are growing in both physical and online spaces across Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa and South Asia. Here, people exchange ideas and share their successes and failures to spark collective action and incubate social change.

He has supported five different Federal agencies in writing policy, designing and implementing innovative technology development projects, organizational change, knowledge management, and data sharing efforts. Noel is an expert in developing award winning innovative workshop formats, including CrisisCamp for CrisisCommons (awarded “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of 2012” by Government Technology Magazine); TechCamp (a 2012 Fed 100 Award) for the U.S. State Department; and the Peacetech Lab’s Peacetech Exchange format.


  • M.S., Cybernetics and General Systems Theory, San Jose State University, California
  • B.A., Anthropology, George Mason University, Washington D.C.
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