Oisin  Walton

Oisin Walton

Oisin Walton joined Vodafone Foundation in 2011 leading the Instant Network Programme, an initiative combining funding, technology and employee expertise designed to rapidly deploy mobile networks in disaster situations to help victims stay in touch with their loved ones and aid agencies to better coordinate. Vodafone Foundation has 70 volunteers in 20 countries and equipment pre-positioned to respond to emergencies with its humanitarian partners. Vodafone Foundation won the 2013 GSM Association Award for best of use of mobile in emergencies after its deployment to the Philippines in 2012 after Typhoon Bopha. In 2013 and in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Instant Network Programme was extended to enhance quality learning for refugees and connect schools in refugee camps using mobile technology, with over 26,000 students now benefiting in Congo, South Sudan and Kenya. Previously, Oisin worked at NGO Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF), in France and in Thailand.