Tim Unwin

Keynote Speaker

Tim Unwin

Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom

Professor Tim Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Geography (since 2011) and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D (since 2007) at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also Honorary Professor at Lanzhou University in China.  He was Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) from 2011-2015, and was Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission from 2009-2014. He serves on the UK Department for International Development’s Digital Advisory Panel, the UN University – Computing and Society International Advisory Board, the ITU's m-Powering Development Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Internet for All initiative.  He is currently working with UNESCO and UNICEF to co-ordinate 21 UN agencies in developing a UN-wide strategy for the future of education and learning. His edited book Information and Communication Technologies for Development, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and his latest book Reclaiming ICT4D was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.  Most of his research and writing currently focuses on the inequalities caused by ICTs and what needs to be done to ensure that the poorest and most marginalised people can also benefit from them.  He was appointed a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list in 2016 for his services to the Commonwealth.