Ideas are not to be just thought but put to practice
Associate Director, Future of the United Nations Development System (FUNDS)
International Chair, World Information
Technology Forum (WITFOR)
DevNetJobs Global Networks
Intellectual Network of the South (INSouth.org)
Inlaks Scholar (2000-1),
The London School of Economics, UK
Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, French (basic)
Speaker, Trainer and Consultant:
Global governance challenges: future of the UN and
multilateralism. Dominant paradigms, South
perspectives and alternative paradigms.
Multilateral negotiations (environment,
agriculture, trade and technology), South-south
cooperation, Future of Aid, G20, G77, India and China.
Information technology (ICT) for agriculture, enterprises, gender
and youth development. Knowledge management and knowledge networks. Online courses, Web
2.0, e-commerce, e-volunteerism and e-recruitment.
Rural development: agriculture, environment, natural resources
and watershed management, employment generation, water and sanitation
Project design and implementation, monitoring and
firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
(Geneva), United Nations Development
Programme - UNDP (New York), Ministry of Environment & Forests (Government of
India, Delhi), Action Aid (Bangalore, India), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Consulting and Projects Experience (over 50 countries):
World Information Technology
Forum - WITFOR (Vietnam, Ethiopia, Botswana);
Fahamu/Pambazuka (UK), International Fund for
Agricultural Development - IFAD / Centre for International Forestry Research - CIFOR (India, Rome); IFAD / ENRAP (Laos,
Philippines, Sri Lanka, India);
IFAD / KariaNet (Egypt, Jordan, Rome); UNDP (Azerbaijan,
Croatia, Estonia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstgan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia,
New York); UNDP / Bratislava Regional Centre (Ukraine);
UNDP / Digital Development Initiative (Uzbekistan); United Nations Volunteer - UNV
(Mongolia, Egypt, Bonn); Commonwealth
Telecommunications Organisation (Ghana, Uganda); Soros Foundation (Kyrgyzstan); Sir Ratan Tata Trust
(Uttranchal, Jharkand, Gujarat - India); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - UNCTAD (Geneva); World Bank
/ Global Development Network (Japan, Washington, DC);
World Computer Exchange (USA, India); Ambuja
Development Foundation (Gujarat - India); Agricultural Finance Consultants (Rajasthan
- India); CHIRAG (Uttar
Pradesh - India) and Forest Department (Madhya Pradesh - India).
MSc (Environment and Development), London School of Economics, UK
MSc (Natural Resources
Management and Forestry), Indian Institute of Forest Management, India
BSc (Mathematics), St. Stephens College, Delhi University,
Global Development Challenges and Alternative Approaches:
finance for self-development; energy and climate
property; agriculture and food security.
Development Cooperation and
of the UN, Multilateral
negotiations within and outside
of the United Nations. Regional integration. G77, G20, India and
Ending aid dependence.
Development: Agriculture, drinking
water and sanitation, watershed development, small enterprises and livelihoods
gender and capacity building projects.
E-Governance, Public Sector Modernisation: Innovative e-gov
solutions for good governance, improved public services delivery and transparency in governance, enhanced citizen participation, e-democracy
and e-empowerment models.
Provision and Financing of Global Public
Goods: Global communications network
and internet, corruption-free governance, financial stability and
IT for Development:: ICT for agriculture and livelihoods development;
Web 2.0; Development cooperation 2.0;
knowledge networks and portal; online campaigns, e-fundraising and e-forums.
Intellectual Network for the South (INSouth)
A network of 80 eminent and 400 emerging intellectuals from the
South that embodies an understanding, from a South perspective, of the
emerging issues in the international arena, and the challenges and
opportunities they pose for the South.
e-governance models to undertake public sector
developing countries. The models are based on strategic application of knowledge
within the local
context and available human,
technological and financial resources.
share job opportunities arising in the international
development sector. The DevNetJobs newsletters connect over 500,000 individuals
recruiting organizations in over 190
establish knowledge networks for empowerment and capacity building in developing
countries, and provide training to individuals and organizations through remote
volunteering and KnowNet corps. The
initiative has trained over 300 volunteers/ NGOs through
www.TechKnowNet.org on designing websites and electronic networks.
AUGUST 2009 onwards
Associate Director, The Future of the United Nations
Development System (FUNDS), Geneva / Toronto.
FUNDS project intends to assess the capacity of
the current UN development system agencies to address the evolving major
development challenges, and deliver a blueprint for the future outlining
the nature and scope of a renewed UN development system. The project links research institutions in New York and Geneva, the two main seats
of the UN development system, as well as to centres of excellence in countries
of the South.
Job profile and
Co-founding the FUNDS Project in 2009 and building
Conducting survey on the future of the United
with over 3200 participants.
Wilton Park Conferences on the Future of the UN
Development System Conferences in 2010 and 2012.
Outreach, partnership and network building:
global, regional and country-level.
JULY 2007 - APRIL 2009
Head - Media and Communications,
South Centre, Geneva.
South Centre is a Geneva-based
intergovernmental organisation of 50 member countries. It provides policy
advice, research and negotiations support to developing countries and their
groupings, including G77 and China, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), and
regional South institutions on major development issues.
Job profile and
Setting up the Media and Communications
Unit of the South Centre: designing the media, external communications,
online and multilingual (English, French and Spanish) outreach
Initiating and editing 34 issues of the
fortnightly flagship publication:
South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights
with subscriber base of over 11,000 and
carrying a regular editorial columns by the Executive Director of the South
new and multilingual South Centre Web 2.0 website,
South Centre e-Learning Course with UNITAR,
South Centre/Elgar Publications Series,
Centre/ Fahamu Publications Series, South Centre/IPS Column
South Centre Blog,
South Centre DigitalTV,
South FACE event reporting service, and
the South Centre e-Updates.
Partnering with media and wire services resulting
150 media citations of South Centre in 20 months in Arabic,
Chinese, English, French, German and Spanish in newspapers, radio, and
TV (BBC-UK, Al Jazeera).
Creating and developing relationship with the core
constituency of South Centre's products and services: Foreign
Missions of developing countries to the UN in Geneva, New York and
Brussels, Ministry of Finance, Trade and Foreign Affairs,
Parliamentary Committees, Media, G77, G24, NAM and other South
Providing substantive support to trade,
intellectual property, climate change and global governance
programmes, harmonising of policy messages, fund-raising, writing
papers and delivering presentations.
Representing South Centre and organising side
events in major UN and multilateral events:
Nations Climate Change Conference, COP-14 (1-12 December 2008,
Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to
Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus (29 November-
2 December 2008, Doha),
3rd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2-4 September 2008,
Twelfth Ministerial Conference of UNCTAD (20-25 April 2008,
United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP-13 (3-14 December
Creating the Intellectual Network of the
a network of over 80 eminent South intellectuals and over 400 emerging
intellectuals on range of issues. The network brings together over 250
intergovernmental organisations and policy thinktanks from the South.
Initiating regular meetings of the South
Intellectual Platform under chairmanship of President Benjamin W.
Mkapa (President of Tanzania, 1995-2005) to brainstorm on policy
responses from the South on global issues. Five meetings were
organised bringing together heads of UN and International
Organisations, former members of the South Commission, and
Ambassadors of developing countries Missions to the UN.
Migrating the entire South Centre IT and email
system to CITRIX resulting in savings of USD 30,000/year.
- JANUARY 2007
Chief Moderator and Instructor
Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, Bratislava.
UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS
(RBEC) serves 29 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Job profile and
Special Advisor to the Executive Director
South Centre, Geneva.
South Centre, an intergovernmental agency,
assists in developing points of view of the
South on major policy issues, and in generating ideas and action-oriented
proposals for consideration by the collectivity of South governments
profile and achievements:
Launching the South
Intellectual Platform and organizing the inaugural workshop:
Challenges for the South: Opportunities and Risks
(Re-visiting the South Commission's Report 15 Years
Drafting the South Intellectual Platform synthesis
report and piloting the initial set of activities, including
Friends of the South Centre Network, 'Speak Out' Media Database, and
the South Centre Academic Network.
Undertaking research work on new forms of south-south Cooperation and global index to measure and rank
cooperation between countries.
Conceptualising innovative fundraising approaches
to support the core activities of the Centre.
MAY 2004- MARCH 2006
Knowledge Management Specialist
South-South Portal for Information, Knowledge and Empowerment
SPIKE intends to serve as an
electronic point of convergence for the South and South-related issues. It furthers the South Centre, an intergovernmental agency, mandate of promoting
Identify sector-wide information needs of the South
policymakers and negotiators and the
existing sources of information.
Designing information products and services to be delivered
via SPIKE for use by Missions of developing countries to the UN in Geneva
and New York, and developing countries delegations participating in
multilateral negotiations within and outside of the UN.
Conceiving the SPIKE portal, content management
system, interactive features, and
information flow architecture.
APRIL 2003 - DECEMBER 2004
global public goods
Network (gpgNet), Office of Development
Studies, UNDP, New York.
gpgNet serves researchers,
policymakers, and civil society as a platform for information exchange and
discussion, on issues concerning the theory, policy design and practice of
providing global public goods.
Job profile and achievements:
Created the global policy network–
gpgNet.net, to bridge research and policy on global public goods
Integrated the activities of gpgNet with negotiation on trade, finance, biodiversity, water, health and
MDGs at the regional and global level.
Set up focus-groups ahead of key events, including the
World Water Conference, Fifth WTO Ministerial Meeting, World Park Congress
and World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).
Managed and moderated periodic electronic
discussion forums of over 600 participants and assistance in preparing reflection papers: on
Open Access to Scholarly
Publications: A model for enhanced Knowledge Management?,
Basel II Accord:
international financial stability,
Evolution of Global
Reports and Policy Challenges,
Achieving MDGs: a global
public goods perspective,
regime seen through a global public goods lens;
Agriculture Research and
Development: consequences of shifting balance from public to private;
and Public and Private
Dimensions of the Global Water Challenge.
JULY 2001 - MARCH 2003
Office of Development Studies (ODS),
UNDP, New York.
ODS is the policy think-tank within the UNDP. It
collaborates with development policy think tanks and experts around the world
to foster joint research and knowledge exchange.
Job profile and achievements:
Provided research and editorial support for the UNDP
publication- Providing Global
Public Goods: Managing Globalization, Oxford University Press,
Undertook research on
adequacy of public goods provision and their financing - peace and
conflicts, biodiversity conservation, and corruption-free governance.
Conducted research on global telecommunications network, the
Internet and knowledge management as global public goods and, issues of access and costs of underprovision.
Carried out policy-oriented research on international
cooperation and global governance issues with respect to achievement of the
UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Conceived the global public goods Network (gpgNet.net)
to link together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to move
research results into policy debates and practice.
Managed the project:
Research and Policymaking" in collaboration with
Global Development Network (GDN), World
Bank. A survey of 48 senior
government officials in 32 countries was undertaken to understand the
JANUARY 1999 - SEPTEMBER 2000
Sustainable Development Networking
Programme (SDNP), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of
SDNP was implemented by the Government of India,
with support from UNDP, World Bank, and IDRC-Canada to catalyze sustainable
development through establishment of national knowledge networks.
Job profile and achievements:
Managed a five-person team to se-up the first “Knowledge
network on Sustainable Development" at http://sdnp.nic.in
The network has over 25 nodes on different subject areas and provides access
to databases, government policies, and referral service on environment and
Monitored debates and negotiations on biodiversity, forestry,
climate change, and clean technologies and prepared policy packs for use by
ministers and other government officials.
Liaisoned with government officials on environment and
development issues and created avenues for participation of NGOs in select
advisory committee and “right to information” meetings.
Selection and building information management and networking
skills of 15 nodal organizations.
Provided consultations to government and funding agencies on
how to make governmental information available electronically to citizens,
especially in rural and thinly populated areas.
NetAid launch concert and Online Volunteering for UNV in India.
FEBRUARY 1998 - JANUARY 1999
Policy and Advocacy Unit,
ActionAid is an international development
organisation with headquarters in UK and works in the area of food security,
natural resources management, health and education in over 50 countries.
Job profile and achievements:
Authored technical papers on agricultural policy, food
security and biotechnology.
Authored a comprehensive base paper on "Draft Model Indian
Agricultural Policy" for discussion at state-level workshops on public
investment in agriculture and food security.
Designed training modules and imparted training to partner
NGOs on policy-advocacy.
Member of ActionAid's International Food Rights Campaign for
promoting food security.
Participated in campaigning and initiating public dialogues
on agriculture and WTO reforms.
editorial support to the flagship magazine "Exchanges" of ActionAid.
APRIL 1996 - FEBRUARY 1998
Programme Organizer (Monitoring, Special
Initiatives and Drinking Water).
Aga Khan Rural Support Program India. (AKRSP),
AKRSP, an international NGO, works on natural
resources management in Asia and Africa.
Job profile and achievements:
Managed a team of over 35 development professionals and
participated in their half-yearly performance evaluation exercises.
Undertook monitoring of soil and water resources, forestry,
agriculture, biomass energy, and watershed development programmes of AKRSP
in over 250 villages.
Implemented the drinking water and sanitation programmes in
30 salinity-affected villages.
Designed the significant change monitoring & evaluation
frameworks for the EU funded project on community management of natural
resources, and wrote periodic reports for the donors.
Conducted participatory rural appraisals (PRA), impact
assessment and baseline monitoring
Authored evaluation reports on gender and soil-water
Voluntary Initiatives: Initiated
the children development programme and farm-based programmes for tribal
communities of African descent.
Social Media Outreach and Networking on the
Future of the UN Surveys. Ralph Bunche Institute, New York, 2012.
Conceiving innovative revenue-generating social
for Fahamu's network of African intellectuals and their Pambazuka newsletter. Fahamu, Oxford, UK.
Designing the knowledge
management framework of the Livelihoods and Natural Resources Programme of
the Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
Sir Ratan Tata Trust, India.
December 2007 - January 2008.
for the regional project on “Forests that Benefit the Poor: Linking income
generation to influence among forest communities in
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome. March- April 2007.
Chief Moderator and Trainer (ICTs
and MDGs), UNDP CEE/CIS
Networks on ICTHelp4U, UNDP,
Bratislava and Estonia. November 2006-December 15, 2006.
Evaluation of ENRAP II (Knowledge
Networking for Rural Development in Asia-Pacific Region) Project in Laos,
Philippines, Sri Lanka and India. International Fund for Agricultural Development
(IFAD), Rome. February- March 2006.
Contributing to How-To Guide Policy and
Practise Brief on Building Partnerships for Broadband Supported E-Governance
Initiatives at the National and Local Level (for Public Policy Makers and
Business Leaders). UNDP Europe and
Commonwealth of Independent States, Bratislava.
November - December 2005.
Review of the Policy Impact of the electronic
South East Europe (eSEE) Agenda Initiative
in Western Balkans. Serbia and Montenegro (June 5-9), Macedonia (June 9-11),
Moldova (June 14-16), Kosovo (June 17-19) Croatia (June 20-21). UNDP Europe and
Commonwealth of Independent States, Bratislava. May 2005 -July 2005.
usage of ICT in disaster mitigation and post-disaster economic recovery.
Tsunami-affected Areas (Andaman Islands and Tamil Nadu). DevNetJobs.org India. March 2005 – April 2005.
Providing training on
Knowledge Management and how to support local development and expand public
services through public-prviate partnerships, and preparation of knowledge maps
and knowledge marketplace. UNDP-Bratislava Office, UNDP Ukraine. October 2004.
Electronic Government and Foreign Investment:
Reviewing electronic government applications provided by Investment
Promotion Agencies (IPAs) and drafting a paper on "How Electronic Government (E-Government) can
enhance foreign investment in developing countries?" UNCTAD, Geneva,
September - December 2004.
Preparing baseline paper, and acting as resource person on international experiences of e-government,
especially in G2C field, focusing on major trends, lessons learned, best
practises, risks involved, as well at technical and regulatory requirements
for the introduction of e-government systems. UNDP / Digital Development
Monitoring and evaluation of drinking water and salinity
ingress prevention related interventions in coastal villages of Gujarat.
Sir Ratan Tata Trust, India, January 2004.
International resources person on E-Governance /
E-Government in developing
and transition countries. UNDP, Azerbaijan. November 2003.
Evaluation of ICT and sustainable livelihoods project
involving UN volunteers in Mongolia. United Nations Volunteers, Mongolia and Germany.
August - September
Designing a 3 years project on use of ICT in agriculture
extension and creating the Agricultural Knowledge Generation and Sharing
network (PN-KnowNet / KariaNet)
for Near East and North Africa region. Rome, Jordan, Egypt.
International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), April - May 2003.
of UNDP-UNV Tele-Access Community Centers (TACCs) project in Egypt.
United Nations Volunteers, June-July 2001.
Preparing working plans and proposals to initiate the Global
Public Goods Network. United Nations Development Program, New
York. March 2001.
Selection of partner NGOs and schools in India for use of
computers donated by private firms. New Delhi. World Computer Exchange,
Washington DC. August 2001.
Documentation of developmental impacts and recommending
future strategy for corporate social responsibility of Ambuja Rural
Development Foundation. Gujarat. Ambuja Cement Foundation, Gujarat, India.
Sacred Forests: an ethno-religious practice for conservation
of plant resources and bio-diversity.
Jodhpur and Udaipur (India), Agricultural Finance Consultants,
Delhi, India. October - December 1995.
Modelling the impact of natural resources related
interventions on common property resources. Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG), Uttar Pradesh, India. May
- July 1995.
Review of the forest management practices of the Forest
Department for the conservation of Kanha National Park, and those of World
Food Programme on income generating activities. Forest Department, Government of Madhya
Pradesh, India. December 1994 – February 1995.
Finding Justice in a Power Asymmetrical World. South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights.
South Centre. Issue 34, 16 March 2009.
South vs. North Watch: Elections at International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA). South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights.
South Centre. Issue 34, 16 March 2009.
Poznan Climate Change (COP 14):
Developed Country Submissions, South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights.
South Centre. Issue 28, 1 December 2008.
Innovations in Agricultural Sector using Information
Technology. IFIP Witfor 2007.
Development and Prosperity. IFIP Press, Laxenburg. Austria:
Knowledge Management for Good Governance in Developing Countries in Malhan & Rao (eds).
Perspectives on Knowledge Management. The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
May 2008. ISBN-13: 9780810861046.
Give Us This Day Our Breathing Space: Reflections from Bali
Climate Change Summit in South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights.
South Centre. Issue 6, 16 December 2007.
Monterrey Suffers from a Serious Deficit: Reflections from Third
High-level Dialogue on FFD in New York in South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights.
South Centre. Issue 3, 1 November 2007.
Stockholm and Rio to Bali: Adressing Climate Change via Kyoto or
Montreal? in South Bulletin: Reflections and Foresights.
South Centre. Issue 2, 16 October 2007.
Governance Models: Towards Empowerment and Good Governance in Developing
Countries in Rafael Capurro, Johannes Frühbauer, Thomas
Localizing the Internet. Ethical Aspects in Intercultural Perspective.
Munich 2007. ISBN
NAM Summit 2006: Making Progress Towards a New South.
World Resurgence. #192/193. Third World Network. August/September 2006.
Empowerment of Women
through ICT-enabled Networks: Towards the
optimum ICT-impact Model in Hafkin & Huyer (eds.)
Cinderella or Cyberella: Empowering
Women in Knowledge Society. Kumarian Press: Connecticut. July 2006
Breaking the Traditional Perception of Rural India: Information
technology vision for rural India.
Information for Development (i4d) Journal. Centre for Science,
Development and Media Studies. February 2006.
Connecting with Agriculture Sector: Electronic Governance and
Agriculture. Information Technology
in Developing Countries. Volume 15, No. 2.
International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).
UNDP led Interim Assessment: Evaluation of electronic South East
European (eSEE) Agenda. eSEEurope Initiative@Newsletter. No.5. eSEE Secretariat. UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina.
An Insight into E-Governance: Digital
Governance. Horizon. Issue 45.
Sultan Qaboos University Oman. 2005.
Digital Governance Models: moving towards good governance in developing
countries. Innovation Journal. April 2003
World Bank: A Step Forward and a Step Backward - Do We
Need this Institution?, In
The World Bank: Overview and Current Issues. Nova Science
Publishing Inc. 2003. USA.
Provision of Connectivity: an assessment of cost of
action and inaction and potential benefits. In Providing Global
Public Goods: Managing Globalization, Oxford University Press January 2003.
The Coming Revolution- Digital
(Electronic) Governance Models: Moving towards good governance in developing
countries. Cover Story. E-Commerce.
Volume 2, No. 4 July 2002.
ICT enabled Institution for
Empowerment and Governance: voices to the South, Beyond Economics:
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development, GDN Book Project.
(Electronic) Governance: moving towards
Good Governance in South. Journal on Aspects of Local Government.
2(10)- Spring 2001. (published in Russian language)
Empowerment and Governance through Information and Communication
Technologies: women's perspective.
Information and Library Review Journal. Volume 33. Issue No. 4. December 2001. Article is
also available at
enabled Knowledge Societies for Human Development". Information Technology
in Developing Countries, Volume 10. Number 2,
August 2000. IFIP Working Group 9.4.
"Knowledge Networking and Sustainable
Development Networking Programme (India), Enviro News, Volume 3, Number 9, September 1999.
Ministry of Environment and Forests. India.
"Re-engineering of our future, a debate on
genetic engineering", Exchanges,
Issue no. 23, 1998. ActionAid.
"Coping mechanisms of the Santhal
Tribals", Exchanges, Issue no. 23, 1998. ActionAid.
"Impact Assessment of the
Biogas Program in Naturally Degraded Areas", Exchanges, Issue no. 22, 1998.
"Impact study of Land Development
Programs in Degraded Areas", Exchanges, Issue no. 20, 1998.
"Impact of development
interventions on the status of women", Aga Khan Rural Support Program
"Impact of contour bunding and
land leveling on degraded areas", Aga Khan Rural Support Program India,
Other Research and Technical
UN Systems and its Interventions, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(UK) Blog, 2012
Financial Crisis: now a crisis for the North too. South Centre. March
Multi-Disciplinary Development Dimensions of the Climate Change Issue.
2006: No More Crossroads, Counter Currents and DurDesh. 2006.
Applications in the Field of Foreign Investment. UNCTAD. February
Increasing Public Value of Information through Electronic Governance
Networks. February 2004.
Overview of the Evolution of Global Reporting in International
Development, ODS, UNDP January 2003.
Profiling the Provision Status of Global Public Goods. ODS, UNDP
Provision of Peace and Security: an
assessment of cost of action, cost of inaction and benefits of peace
and security. ODS. UNDP. September 2002.
Enhancing Connectivity-- A High-return
Investment Opportunity for All. Office of Development Sudies, UNDP 2002.
London School of Economics. September 2001.
World Bank: a step forward and a step backward. Do we still
need this institution?
School of Economics, August 2001.
White Collar Invasion: developed countries policies leading to
environmental degradation in South
Inter-relationships between food policy and environmental policy
in contemporary policy practices in India, London School of Economics, March 2001.
Political Decentralisation- Complementary rather than
Substitution Approach, London School
of Economics, February 2001.
Aiming Rio + 10 : failures,
achievements and the way forward, London School of Economics,
Critical assessment of Community-based approaches to
Environment and Sustainable development, London School of
Economics, December 2000.
Knowledge Societies: the way forward for
developing countries"; Sustainable Development Networking Program (SDNP
India, April 2000.
Barriers to Knowledge Societies; One World Europe Think Tank, April 2000.
Knowledge Networking for Sustainable
Development; Sustainable Development
Networking Program, India, April 2000.
"Modeling Impact of Pollution: a framework" -interpretive
Structural Modeling through Strategic Impact Assumption- Identification
Method (SIAM), Sustainable
Development Networking Program, India, 1999.
"Towards Knowledge based
Information Systems", Sustainable Development Networking Program, 1999.
"To buy or to produce food -
dilemma of a small farmer"- Modeling farmer's decision using Monte Carlo
Simulation, ActionAid India, 1999.
"Cash Crop Production vs. Food Crop Production - a Monograph", ActionAid India, 1998.
"Base Paper on Model Agricultural
Policy (with a perspective on Food Security)", ActionAid India, 1998.
"Decline of Public Investment in Indian
Agriculture", ActionAid India, 1998.
"Bringing Fallow Lands into Cultivation", ActionAid India, 1998.
"Coping mechanisms for Food Security" - a case study of tribals in Eastern India, ActionAid; India,
Conferences / Events:
Future Surveys on the
Future of the UN,
New challenges, new partners, a new UN development system? Wilton Park
Conference. UK. 14-16 May 2012.
Square Roots: e-Trading
Platform for Rural Employment, TiE Institute, Toronto, Canada. 2 February
Using ICT for Agriculture Development, 5th IFIP World IT Forum (WITFOR)
Conference, Delhi. India. 16-18 April 2012.
Setting up innovative
e-gov models with case studies from Philippines, Mongolia and India (presentation
1). Empowerment through e-gov (presentation 2).
Africa Information Ethics and e-Government Workshop, UNESCO and the
South African Government, Pretoria, South Africa, 23-27 February 2009.
Panel Moderator on "Wednesday:
the movie", "India Lies in You".
Sri Sri Institute of Management Studies, Goa, India. 21 February 2009.
Cooperation Agencies or Development Cooperation Networks",
Address, Second International Meeting on ICT for Development Cooperation
AECID and Cooperación al Desarrollo Asturias,
10-12 February 2009. (see
dominance of knowledge and the need for a Southern Intellectual Platform.
European Association of
Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) General Conference
2008. Geneva. 21 July 2008. (see
on e-governance. Technology Sabha 2008.
Plenary Address via video-link. Government stakeholders of Indias
e-Governance revolution. Kovalam, Kerala. 7 June 2008.
"e-Gov Africa Roadmap
2015". Keynote Address,
Second Annual African E-Gov Forum,
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Kampala, 2-4 March 2008.
Enabling International Cooperation 2.0: The New Role of
The First ICT
International Meeting for Development Cooperation, Spain,
AECID and Cooperación al Desarrollo Asturias,
Asturias, Spain. 30 -31 January 2008.
Breaking the Deadlock on Climate Change Related Technology Transfer,
UNU-WIDER Conference on Southern Engines of
Global Growth: China, India, Brazil and South Africa (CIBS),
Helsinki, 7 September 2007. (see
Forum Chair, Agriculture Commission, World Information Technology
Forum (WITFOR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22-24 August 2007. (see Digital
The role of international organisations
in supporting and encouraging E-Gov initiatives: How are international
organisations supporting the digitisation of African Governments to
promote the realisation of the Millennium Developments Goals?
Report) The African E-Gov Forum 2007. Commonwealth Telecommunications
Organization, Accra, Ghana, 27-29 March 2007. (see
Ethical Challenges in the Information Age,
African Information Ethics
Conference. South African Government and International Centre for
Information Ethics, Pretoria, South Africa, 5-7 February 2007.
of ICT in
achieving the MDGs. National E-Governance
District Online Smart
Transactions. Govt. of Andhra Pradesh,
GITEX 2007, Hyderabad, India.
11 January 2007.
Cross-Countries Perspective: Use of ICTs in achieving MDGs. UNDP
Bratislava and E-Governance Academy. Tallinn, Estonia, 4-8 December 2006.
for Development. World Congress on Communications for Development. FAO / World
Evaluation Report of ENRAP II:
IFAD Annual performance review workshop of the Asia and the Pacific Division.
Bangkok, 19 - 20 June 2006.
Chairperson, National E-Governance
Seminar- "Health Farm IT", IT&C Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, GITEX 2006, Hyderabad, India.
12 January 2006.
Panelist, Building Public-Private Partnerships
for Broadband Supported E-Governance Initiatives at the National and Local
Level. World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). 18 November 2005. Tunis, Tunisia.
The Role of New Information Technologies in Development: Becoming an
Information Society. Leader, Working group on:
E-Governance - building
accountable and democratic governance institutions. 17 -20 October 2005. Wilton Park Conference, UK.
Technology and Collaborative Development, Development
Gateway Forum 2005, World Bank, 16 -17 September
2005, Beijing, China.
for Agriculture Development: Overview of Agriculture – IT Models and some
International Perspectives. World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR)
2005. Gaborone, Botswana. 31 August - 2 September 2005.
Evaluation of ICT
for Development Models, specifically the Rural Telecentres:
International Perspective from Balkans (Kosovo), Middle East (Egypt and
Jordan), Central Asia (Mongolia), South Asia (India). International
Conference on Rural Internetization.
Future Public Foundation,
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 16-17 August 2005.
Weaving Politically Relevant and Inclusive Networks in
developing countries through E-Governance. Keynote Speech.
Centre for Information Ethics Symposium. 4- 6 October 2004, Karlsruhe,
E-Government in South East European (SEE) Countries (Albania, BiH, Croatia,
Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia & Montenegro): A Reality? UNDP
Perspectives, Strategies and Support. 28 -30 September 2004. Budva,
International experiences in E-Government
and in G2C sphere.
International Conference on E-Government.
Digital Development Initiative/UNDP. Taskent, Uzbekistan, 27 - 28 May 2004.
Electronic Procurement (e-procurement) in Developing Countries.
World Bank and Commonwealth
Centre for Electronic Governance, New Delhi, India. 3 June 2004.
Politically relevant networks for Egovernance in the African
International Conference on IT and Economic Development, Accra,
Ghana. 3 -5 March 2004.
politically-relevant, citizen-centred E-governance in developing
countries, @ WSIS Initiative,
UNDP and the Smithsonian Institute. WSIS, Geneva.
11 December 2003.
Key Issues in E-Governance: for development and
transition, International Forum on
National ICT Strategies and E-governance, UN ICT Task Force and UNDP
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6-8 November 2003.
on Achieving E-Government, E-Government for All: Virtual
Conference, Benton Foundation, USA, 3-14 November
ICT for Inclusive Development,
Transforming and sustaining inclusive development communities: an
evidence-based approach, International Institute for Communications
and Development, The Netherlands, 19 September 2003.
ICT and Weaving Politically Relevant Networks, International Civil Society Forum /
International Conference on New or Restored Democracies, Mongolia,
6-10 September 2003.
Digital Initiative for Development,
International Consultative Workshop,
Lebanon Centre for Policy Studies,
Beirut, Lebanon, 11-12 September 2001.
Introducing e-governance models in the South, The International Institute for Democracy and
Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Stockholm, Sweden, 27 -29 June 2001.
Bridging Research and Policy
Workshop, Department for International Development and University of
Warwick, Warwick, UK, 15 - 16 July 2001.
Networking Networks: Virtual ICT-Networks, Global Development Network, World Bank, Tokyo,
Japan, December 2000.
Empowerment and Governance through Information and Communication
Technologies: women's perspective,
International Conference on Opportunities for Women in ICT era, 23-24 October 2000, UNDP, Malaysia.
Knowledge Networks on Environment and Development,
Global Knowledge Partnership,
Malaysia, June 2000.
Economic Valuation of Environment and Forest
Resources And Natural Resources Accounting for Sustainable Development.
Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India. 31 January - 5
of Globalisation: Beyond North-South Divide,
Transformation Thinkers Workshop,
Bertelsmann Stiftung and gtz, Berlin, 22 November 2008.
for Development or Development of ICTs? How can Local-Sightedness Solve
e-governance Executive Masters Programme at EPFL, Lausanne,
Switzerland. 13 October 2006.
Comparative E-Governance Models and Applications: Developed vs. Developing
Executive Masters Programme at EPFL. Lausanne, Switzerland. 9
E- Governance Expert (Central Asia),
How can Central Asian Countries seize the benefits of Electronic Governance
Russian) Central Asian Gateway September 12- October 12, 2005.
Public Sector Informatization: Approaches to
E-Government. Development Gateway Foundation Korea Training Centre (DGF-KTC).
Seoul, South Korea. June 21- July 1, 2004.
E-Development Course for Europe and Central Asia
(ECA) Country Gateways, World Bank. March 2003.
Comparative Public Administration
and Policies: a
southern perspective. University of Delaware, USA, December 2001.
USDA online course on ICT for Developing Countries.
ICT-Networking Models for Empowerment and Governance,
University of Brighton, United Kingdom, November 2000.
Masters Degree (First Class),
Environment and Development, London School of Economics,
United Kingdom. September 2000 - August 2001
Main subjects: Environmental economics, Environmental regulations and
implementation policy, Environment impact assessment, Development theories
and Dynamics of institutions.
Masters Degree (First class), Forest Management, Indian Institute of
India. June 1994 - April 1996
Main subjects: Development theory and economics, Environmental laws,
issues and treaties, Globalization and developing countries, Natural
resources valuation, Institutions and development theory, Natural
resources management and watershed management, and application of GIS in
Undergraduate Degree (First Class): Mathematics, St. Stephens College,
Delhi University, India. April 1991 - June 1994.
Specialization: Mathematics and Statistics.
Appearances and Interviews:
ICT and Human Development:
a Panel Discussion,
Doordarshan (National TV Channel of India). 18 April 2012.
in a Power-Asymmetric World, AllAfrica.com, 20 March 2009.
Nath: 'El 0,7 es un eslogan de los países ricos para transferir recursos'.
Actualidad, Nacional, Spain. 11 February 2009.
Responsables del Banco Mundial dicen que las TIC "son la agenda más
importante para el desarrollo, La Hora de Asturias, Spain, Terra
Actualidad - EFE (Spain), 11 February 2009.
Interview by radio Choice FM Ghana on "Ending Aid
Dependence", 25 April 2008.
Interviewed by the Asia Pacific Network Newsletter (APNN), India,
My Dream Image.
Interviewed by Smart Photography. May 2007.
"Selling to India" Opinion Piece, International Herald Tribune.
25 August 2006.
participation in the Initiative Electronic South-east Europe has a
positive influence on Electronic Moldova (In
Russian and In
Ministry of Information Development News Release. Government of
Moldova, Moldova. June 2005.
Interviewed by the National TV (Serbian Language)
and the Independent TV (English Language), Montenegro. 29 September 2004.
Interviewed by the
Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Interviewed by the Azerbaijan National Newspaper “The
on use of ICT in private sector, 8 November 2003
Interviewed by the National Mongolian TV on civil society and
social development issues, Ulanbaator, Mongolia, September 7, 2003
Interviewed by the "New York Times" about Development
11 April 2002
BBC-UK World Service's speaker on their program
"Outlook" on the impact of Computers in Developing Countries. November
Inlaks Scholarship for
the year 2000-1, London School of Economics, UK
Scholarship of Ministry of Environment and
Forests, Government of India. 1994-96
Certificate holder of National- Level
Mathematics Olympiad, 1991
International Advisory Member:
Programme Chair: World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) 2009 - 2012.
Program Committee, ICEGOV2007 - International Conference on Theory and
Practice of Electronic Governance, Macau.
Co-Chair, Agriculture Commission, World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) 2005-2007,
Botswana and Ethiopia.
Advisory Group, Democratic
Governance Practice Network, UNDP New York.
Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Governance - India.
Board of Director, Indian Young Professionals
Network, USA and India.
International Advisory Council Member,
World Computer Exchange.
Experience in IT systems project management, including
drafting terms of references, managing bidding process, vendors selection,
migration and launch.
Adept in creation of HTML /Open-Source/ Joomla /modular
/open-source websites, blogs, feeds, podcasting, lyris list
servs. Managing discussion forums and setting up electronic knowledge
Familiarity with web-server management: Apache.
Knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - ArcInfo, MapInfo and IDRISI.
Languages known: Oracle 8.0, HTML, SQL*, PL/SQL and Java
Half Marathon run (Goodlife Fitness,
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront), 10Km run (Sporting Life)
expedition to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (6000 m), India
expedition to Khatling Glacier (4500 m), India (1994).
Runner's up of Delhi State Indoor
Rock Climbing Championship, 1994.
Rock Band Member, Ashtoreth,
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