Christopher Fabian
High-Tech Entrepreneurship

Christopher Fabian

Current position
Co-lead UNICEF's Innovation Unit


  • Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation


Christopher Fabian is a technologist and innovator who co-leads UNICEF's Innovation Unit alongside Erica Kochi. Fabian works on finding solutions to big problems that face humanity, particularly children.

Since 2007 he has held the title of Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director at UNICEF and Co-founder and Co-lead of the UNICEF Innovation Unit. He is best known for his work on tools for children and communities in low-infrastructure environments. Solutions he has worked on include the Digital Drum, U-Report, and RapidSMS, which has evolved to RapidPro—the free, open source framework for rapidly building mobile services for scale.

In 2015 he led on the launch of UNICEF’s Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle built to quickly assess, fund and scale companies, teams, and ideas that have been developed in new and emerging markets. In 2013, he and Kochi were selected by Time magazine to be on the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Awards and Accolades

  • NOVUS Summit award, 2016
  • TIME 100: Most Influential People, 2013
  • The Disruptor Foundation, 2013
  • The 2012 Industrial Designers Society of America: Gold Award
  • The 2012 Industrial Designers Society of America: Silver Award
  • Gov2.0 Summit Award, 2009


  • “Innovation for International Development: Navigating the Paths and Pitfalls,” published April 2016 by Nesta
  • “Panelist Highlight: Christopher Fabian – Disease and the Information Highway,” published on The Princeton-Fung Global Forum. September 28, 2015
  • “Mobile Technology in Emergencies: Principles and Practice,” featured on Developing Telecoms, Connected Citizens: Managing Crisis. August 2015 issue
  • “How The Tech Sector Can Help Stop Ebola,” published on TechCrunch. October 29, 2014
  • “The Ethics of Innovation,” published in Stanford Social Innovation Review. August 6, 2014
  • “Adolescent Girls, Cornerstone of Society: Building Evidence and Policies for Inclusive Societies,” New School University and UNICEF, 2012
  • “Mobile Technology for Children: Designing for Interaction and Learning” (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies) by Allison Druin
  • “Mobile technologies for the world's children.” Druin, A., Cavallo, D., Fabian, C., Bederson, B. B., Revelle, G., Rogers, Y., & Gray, J. (2009, April)

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