InsightsFuture empowers sustainability NGOs and initiatives to optimize operations and manage risks using digital strategy and data governance programs.
A sustainability movement where data and information are drivers of success, value, and impact for the benefit of people and the planet.
My name is Ana Garzón. I am a sustainability professional with 19 years of experience in non-profit management and sustainability. My experience lies in deep understanding of quality management systems and digital capacity practices for the voluntary standards certification sector. This enables me to help organizations identify innovations, new approaches, and collaborations to expand their reach and impact.
I have worked in operations and innovations management roles at Rainforest Alliance, the Sustainable Agriculture Network, and ISEAL Alliance to strengthen tools and systems that support operational excellence and credibility.
My passion lies in enabling value from data and information at scale so that sustainability organizations can collectively and effectively collaborate. I believe data-driven insights are essential to fueling progress on challenges such as climate change, species loss, modern slavery, and other environmental and social crises.
Many initiatives are already working to build consistent value for stakeholders using data and related good practices. Collaborations, the emegence of data governance programs, and other technology-focused projects like data-sharing applications are increasing in volume and scope. As organizations carry out these initiatives, they also gain understanding about the importance of strengthening their digital muscle. Who owns our data? Which data can we share? How can we improve the quality of our data? These questions lead organizations to blend their digital strategies into their program strategies. It also guides them to focus more resources on tracing their data from its source to the data products and services where the data can create value.
We hear that data governance is not about governing data but rather about governing people’s behaviors with data. This is why technology tools and projects can augment the value of an organization’s digital innovations, but it is a long-term investment in digital skills, digital culture, and best practices that will contribute to meaningful progress for the objectives of sustainability.
More on my background and experience
My roles in non-profit and sustainability organizations include multi-year project management, program operations implementation, digital assurance best practice development (training workshops, best practice guidance), and digital capacity-building for sustainability standards organizations.
My passion lies in enabling value from data and information at scale so sustainability organizations can collectively and effectively collaborate. I believe this is only possible when individual organizations first implement good internal data management and governance practices. Projects to support these aims include:
- The conceptualization, development, and testing of a framework to help sustainability standards manage data systematically and effectively in an era of increased scrutiny on data value and data privacy
- The development of guidance notes on data management and data governance for sustainability standards focused on equipping standards with tools and practices that enable traceability of data from its source and through the data life cycle
- Conceptualization and development of a ‘Data Skills Lab’, a suite of twelve online learning modules for sustainability standards to build data literacy
- The proposal of new requirements for data management by sustainability standards which were included in updated best practice for credible standards
See highlights from my projects and work.