John Warnes

Innovation Officer (Connectivity), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

John Warnes

Speaker Bio

John Warnes leads UNHCR's Digital Inclusion programme within the agency's Innovation Service, where he focuses on brokering strong partnerships and facilitating solutions to ensure that all refugees and the communities that host them have the right and the choice to be included in a connected society. Prior to this, John was engaged in designing and implementing technology solutions to support UNHCR's activities around communicating with communities in emergencies and supporting the agency’s Connectivity for Refugees efforts.


Previously he worked with the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network, exploring sector wide issues relating to community engagement and accountability to affected people. He has also spent time working in the private sector for a telecommunications company, and working for transparency and accountability NGO Transparency International in Berlin. He holds a BA in Politics from the University of Bath and an LLM in IT and Telecommunications Law from the University of Southampton.