Subnational governments are sitting on a treasure trove of data. From waste and transport to local taxes, huge quantities of data are produced daily. This data can be incredibly powerful – helping city administrations make services more targeted and effective.
Lora Pissareva is a Policy Analyst working at the SME and Entrepreneurship Performance, Policies and Mainstreaming unit at the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). She coordinates analytical work on the scaling up of SMEs and start-ups, with a focus on building an inventory of policies in support of scalers across multiple dimensions, including SME data governance, access to scale up finance, networks and internationalisation, and innovation. In 2014-15, she successfully completed the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs, which included placements with the International Crisis Group in Lebanon and the German Development Agency (GIZ) in Afghanistan. Prior to the fellowship, she gained work experience as a management consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Germany and Iraq, focusing on business environment reform and private sector development. She holds a double diploma in Public Administration and European Studies at the University of Münster and Twente (Netherlands) and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris.
Making data dance: The key to SME scale up?
A number of barriers, notably uneven access to data, technology and skills hold too many SMEs back from making the most of new opportunities created by the data economy. Outdated data infrastructure, management practices and cultures are a factor.