April 2009 – present:
Associate Director, Future United Nations Development System (FUNDS), Geneva / New York / 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 scaling it up.
- Conducting survey on the future of the United Nations in 2010 and 2012 with over 3500 participants. Survey of BRICs economies.
- Wilton Park Conferences on the Future of the UN Development System in 2010 and 2012.
- Outreach, partnership and network building: global, regional and country-level
- Reports, Blogs and website
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:
- Setting up the Media and Communications Unit of the South Centre: designing the media, external communications, online and multilingual (English, French and Spanish) outreach strategy.
- 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 Centre.
- Launching the new and multilingual South Centre Web 2.0 website, South Centre e-Learning Course with UNITAR, South Centre/Elgar Publications Series, South Centre/ Fahamu Publications Series, South Centre/IPS Column Service, South Centre Blog, South Centre DigitalTV, South FACE event reporting service, and the South Centre e-Updates.
- Partnering with media and wire services resulting in over 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 intergovernmental bodies.
- 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: United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP-14 (1-12 December 2008, Poznan), 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, Accra), The Twelfth Ministerial Conference of UNCTAD (20-25 April 2008, Accra), and United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP-13 (3-14 December 2007, Bali).
- Creating the Intellectual Network of the South (http://www.INSouth.org): 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.
December 2006 – January 2007
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:
- Initiating and moderating the UNDP global discussion forum: “A stronger E-Governance means better and more doable MDGs Agenda?”
- Instructor, e-Governance Community of Practice Meeting – a joint UNDP Europe & CIS and UNDP Asia-Pacific Initiative in Tallinn, Estonia.
March 2006 – November 2006
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), Geneva
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
Manager, global public goods Network (gpgNet), Office of Development Studies, UNDP, New York / Geneva
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, Multilateral trade 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
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 (gpgNet.net) 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.
January 1999 – September 2000
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:
- Set up India’s first knowledge network on “Environment and Sustainable Development”. 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.
February 1998 – January 1999
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:
- Undertook monitoring of soil and water resources, forestry, agriculture, biomass energy, and watershed development programmes of AKRSP in over 250 villages.
- Managed a team of over 35 development professionals and participated in their half-yearly performance evaluation exercises.
- 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.
- Won the best spearhead team award.
- Study on impact of water resources development on income and welfare of cotton farmers of Wardha. Maharashtra. Bajaj Foundation, Maharashtra, India. 2013.
- 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). DevNetJobs 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 2004- January 2005.
- 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.
- Creation of the South-South Portal on Information for Knowledge and Empowerment (S.P.I.K.E) to represent concerns of the South in international fora, and for use by negotiators and delegations. South Centre (an inter-governmental organization), Geneva. May 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.
- Water Harvesting, Income Growth and Development. Bajaj Foundation. February 2013.
- How Relevant Is the Development UN? Stephen Browne and Thomas G. Weiss (with Vikas Nath). FUNDS Project. January 2013.
- A long, worthy road. Inc. India, July 2012 Vol. 03, Issue 06.
- 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): Developing and 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. ICT for Development and Prosperity. IFIP Press, Laxenburg. Austria: 2008.
- Using 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.
- From 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.
- Digital Governance Models: Towards Empowerment and Good Governance in Developing Countries in Rafael Capurro, Johannes Frühbauer, Thomas Hausmanninger (eds). Localizing the Internet. Ethical Aspects in Intercultural Perspective. Munich 2007. ISBN 978-3-7705-4200-0.
- NAM Summit 2006: Making Progress Towards a New South. Third 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). November 2005.
- UNDP led Interim Assessment: Evaluation of electronic South East European (eSEE) Agenda. eSEEurope Initiative@Newsletter. No.5. eSEE Secretariat. UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina. June 2005.
- 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.
- Digital (Electronic) Governance: moving towards Good Governance in South. Journal on Aspects of Local Government. Ukraine. Issue 2(10)- Spring 2001. (published in Russian language)
- Empowerment and Governance through Information and Communication Technologies: women’s perspective. International Information and Library Review Journal. Volume 33. Issue No. 4. December 2001. Article is also available at http://www.cddc.vt.edu/knownet/iilr-women-ict.pdf
- “ICT 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 India, 1998.
- “Impact of contour bunding and land leveling on degraded areas”, Aga Khan Rural Support Program India, 1997.
Other Research and Technical Papers:
- UN Systems and its Interventions, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) Blog, 2012
- Financial Crisis: now a crisis for the North too. South Centre. March 2009.
- Multi-Disciplinary Development Dimensions of the Climate Change Issue. February 2009.
- NAM Summit 2006: No More Crossroads, Counter Currents and DurDesh. 2006.
- Electronic Government Applications in the Field of Foreign Investment. UNCTAD. February 2005.
- 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 December 2002.
- 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.
- World Bank: a step forward and a step backward. Do we still need this institution? London School of Economics. September 2001.
- White Collar Invasion: developed countries policies leading to environmental degradation in South, London School of Economics, August 2001.
- 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, February 2001.
- Critical assessment of Community-based approaches to Environment and Sustainable development, London School of Economics, December 2000.
- “Heralding ICT-enabled Knowledge Societies: the way forward for developing countries“; Sustainable Development Networking Program (SDNP / UNDP), 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, 1998.
- IT Matters: Managing water resources in a changing world. World Computer Congress. Amsterdam. 24-26 September 2012.
- FUNDS 2012 UN Survey findings, PricewaterhouseCoopers. New York. 26 June 2012
- 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 2012.
- 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.
- “Development Cooperation Agencies or Development Cooperation Networks“, Plenary Address, Second International Meeting on ICT for Development Cooperation 2.0, AECID and Cooperación al Desarrollo Asturias, Gijon, Spain, 10-12 February 2009. (see Digital TV1 TV2 TV3)
- Challenges of Globalisation: Beyond North-South Divide, Transformation Thinkers Workshop, Bertelsmann Stiftung and gtz, Berlin, 22 November 2008.
- Breaking Northern 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 Digital TV)
- International perspective 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 ICTs. The First ICT International Meeting for Development Cooperation, Spain, AECID and Cooperación al Desarrollo Asturias, Gijon, 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 Digital TV)
- Forum Chair, Agriculture Commission, World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22-24 August 2007. (see Digital TV)
- 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? (Read Report) The African E-Gov Forum 2007. Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization, Accra, Ghana, 27-29 March 2007. (see Digital TV)
- 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.
- Role of ICT in achieving the MDGs. National E-Governance Seminar: 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.
- e-Media for Development. World Congress on Communications for Development. FAO / World Bank. Rome. 26 October 2006.
- ICT for Development or Development of ICTs? How can Local-Sightedness Solve this Dilemma? e-governance Executive Masters Programme at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. 13 October 2006.
- Presenter, 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.
- Comparative E-Governance Models and Applications: Developed vs. Developing Countries. e-governance Executive Masters Programme at EPFL. Lausanne, Switzerland. 9 December 2005.
- 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.
- E- Governance Expert (Central Asia), How can Central Asian Countries seize the benefits of Electronic Governance (e-governance)? (in Russian) Central Asian Gateway September 12- October 12, 2005.
- Information Technology and Collaborative Development, Development Gateway Forum 2005, World Bank, 16 -17 September 2005, Beijing, China.
- ICT 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. Information Future Public Foundation, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 16-17 August 2005.
- Weaving Politically Relevant and Inclusive Networks in developing countries through E-Governance. Keynote Speech. International Centre for Information Ethics Symposium. 4- 6 October 2004, Karlsruhe, Germany.
- 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, Montenegro.
- Public Sector Informatization: Approaches to E-Government. Development Gateway Foundation Korea Training Centre (DGF-KTC). Seoul, South Korea. June 21- July 1, 2004
- 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 Context, International Conference on IT and Economic Development, Accra, Ghana. 3 -5 March 2004.
- Weaving 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.
- International Perspectives on Achieving E-Government, E-Government for All: Virtual Conference, Benton Foundation, USA, 3-14 November 2003.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- USDA online course on ICT for Developing Countries. 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.
- ICT-Networking Models for Empowerment and Governance, University of Brighton, United Kingdom, November 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.
Masters Degree (First Class), Environment and Development, London School of Economics (on Inlaks Scholarship)
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.