Ideas are not to be just thought but put to practice


Vikas Nath

  • Associate Director, Future of the United Nations Development System (FUNDS)

  • International Chair, World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR)

Founder:  DevNetJobs Global Networks  Intellectual Network of the South ( Initiative  


Inlaks Scholar (2000-1), The London School of Economics, UK


Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, French (basic)


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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.

  • e-Governance, e-Government, 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 programmes.

  • Project design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

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Organisational Experience:

South Centre (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 (Gujarat, India)


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). 


Academic Qualifications:

  • 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, India



  • Global Development Challenges and Alternative Approaches: finance for self-development; energy and climate change; industrialisation, production and trade; innovation and intellectual property; agriculture and food security.

  • UN, Development Cooperation and South-South Cooperation: Future of the UN, Multilateral negotiations within and outside of the United Nations. Regional integration. G77, G20, India and China. Ending aid dependence.

  • Natural Resources Management and Rural Development: Agriculture, drinking water and sanitation, watershed development, small enterprises and livelihoods development, gender and capacity building projects.

  • E-Government, 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 climate change.

  • IT for Development:: ICT for agriculture and livelihoods development; Web 2.0; Development cooperation 2.0; Designing thematic 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.


  • Digital Governance

  • Initiative to demonstrate innovative e-governance models to undertake public sector and governance reforms in developing countries. The models are based on strategic application of knowledge within the local context and available human, technological and financial resources.

  • DevNetJobs Global Network

  • Platform to share job opportunities arising in the international development sector. The DevNetJobs newsletters connect over 500,000 individuals and 20,000 recruiting organizations in over 190 countries.


  • KnowNet Initiative 

  • Initiative to 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 its toolkits-  and 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 achievements:

  • Co-founding the FUNDS Project in 2009 and building it up.

  • Conducting survey on the future of the United Nations in 2010 and 2012 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 achievements:



Chief Moderator and Instructor

UNDP 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 achievements:



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


Job profile and achievements:

  • Launching the South Intellectual Platform and organizing the inaugural workshop: "New Challenges for the South: Opportunities and Risks (Re-visiting the South Commission's Report 15 Years Later)"

  • 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).

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 South-South cooperation.


Job profile and achievements:

  • 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:



JULY 2001 - MARCH 2003


Policy Analyst

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, January 2003.

  • 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 ( to link together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to move research results into policy debates and practice.

  • Managed the project: "Bridging 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 policymaking process.




Program Officer

Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

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  The network has over 25 nodes on different subject areas and provides access to databases, government policies, and referral service on environment and development.

  • 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.

  • Initiatives: Promoting NetAid launch concert and Online Volunteering for UNV in India.




Policy Analyst

Policy and Advocacy Unit, ActionAid, India.

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.

  • Initiative: Provided 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), India.

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 conservation programmes.

  • 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 networking platform for Fahamu's network of African intellectuals and their Pambazuka newsletter. Fahamu, Oxford, UK. April 2009.

  • 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.

  • Evaluation mission for the regional project on “Forests that Benefit the Poor: Linking income generation to influence among forest communities in Asia.”  International 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.

  • Exploring innovative usage of ICT in disaster mitigation and post-disaster economic recovery. Tsunami-affected Areas (Andaman Islands and Tamil Nadu). 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 Initiative, Uzbekistan. May 2004.

  • 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 2003.

  • 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.

  • Evaluation 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. July 2000.

  • 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.


Published Works:

Other Research and Technical Papers:


International Conferences / Events:

  • 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 February 2000.


Guest Lectures and Courses:


Educational Qualifications:

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 Forest Management, 
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 development projects.

Undergraduate Degree (First Class): Mathematics,
St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India. April 1991 - June 1994.

Specialization: Mathematics and Statistics.


Media Appearances and Interviews:



  • 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.

  • Advisory Board, Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Governance - India.

  • Board of Director, Indian Young Professionals Network, USA and India.

  • International Advisory Council Member, World Computer Exchange. 2000-2005, USA.

Information Technology Skills:

  • 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 networks, WiKis.

  • 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 (basic).


Other Achievements:

  • Half Marathon run (Goodlife Fitness, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront), 10Km run (Sporting Life)

  • Spearheading mountaineering expedition to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (6000 m),  India (2000). 

  • Spearheading mountaineering expedition to Khatling Glacier (4500 m),  India (1994).

  • Runner's up of Delhi State Indoor Rock Climbing Championship, 1994.

  • Rock Band Member, Ashtoreth, India.

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