David Harrison is the Vice President of Engineering at Freelancer.com, and has been responsible for leading the engineering team in its design and implementation of the web-scale features that have allowed it to handle the massive growth Freelancer.com has experienced, and support the millions of users that regularly use the site. He has led the company’s adoption of cloud based technologies and scalable architecture solutions, and is a co-author on a number of patent applications.
Previously David has been the Chief Technical Officer at 3rdSense, an Australian based company specialising in casual gaming and online gaming networks, prior to which he was a partner in an IT security consultancy providing auditing and secured infrastructure management services.
David is a regular speaker and has recently spoken at events including the Sydney Vivid Festival, and the Amazon Web Services Cloud Tour, as well as The Australian, Australian Financial Review MIS, and Sky News.
David holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Sydney.
Dr. Badrul Huda Khan is a world-renowned educator, author, speaker, and consultant in the field of elearning. Professor Khan has the credit of first coining the phrase Web based instruction and popularizing the concept through his 1997 best-selling Web-Based Instruction book which paved the way for the new field of elearning. He authored and coauthored 11 books and over 100 papers in the field of elearning and distance learning. His Managing E-Learning book translated into 14 languages. His E-Learning Framework is adopted by communities throughout the world for their e-learning implementation. He contributed to the development of US virtual education policies organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Naval Postgraduate School, the National Educational Technology Plan by the US Department of Education. He is a past president of the International Division of the Association for Educational and Communication Technology (AECT). He delivered keynote speeches in more than 50 international elearning and distance learning conferences. Dr. Khan has served as a consultant to distance education, learning development and human resource development projects at: (a) the World Bank, (b) the US Federal Government, (c) the Asian Development Bank, and (d) various academic institutions and corporations in the U.S. and throughout the world.
He previously served as Professor and the founding Director of the Educational Technology Leadership (ETL) graduate cohort program at The George Washington University, the founding Director of the Educational Technology (ET) graduate program at the University of Texas, Brownsville. In recognition of his unique contribution to the field of e-learning coupled with his services to worldwide e-learning communities, Egyptian E-Learning University Council on August 13, 2012 appointed Dr. Badrul Khan as an honorary distinguished professor of elearning.
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is a former Bell lab scientist, educationist and a popular writer of Bangladesh. Prof. Iqbal studied Physics at the University of Dhaka and graduated in 1975. He obtained his PhD from the University of Washington in 1982. He completed his post-doctoral training at the California Institute of Technology from 1983 to 1988. He joined Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), a separate corporation from the Bell Labs, which is now known as Telcordia Technologies, in 1988 and worked there as a Research Scientist until 1994. Since 1994 he has been a professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. He has made remarkable contributions in popularizing science-education and scientific researches in the country and drawing the country’s youth towards science and technology.
Tom Strodtbeck, Director of International Programs, NBIA. Mr. Strodtbeck is the director of international programs and the director of events and training for NBIA. Tom oversees the development, programming and execution of the International Conference on Business Incubation, the largest conference on business incubation in the world. Additionally, Tom is responsible for the development and management of NBIA’s other large training event: the Fall Training Institute (FTI), a three-day educational event featuring nine full- and half-day workshops.
Under Tom’s direction, NBIA successfully launched three new training initiatives: the Incubator Management Certificate Program, a comprehensive and practical overview of the tasks and responsibilities of incubator management; the Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals, a three-day retreat for high-level industry professionals; and NBIA Webinars, an annual series of 10 online training events. Additionally, Tom is the author of three workshops on business incubation: The Fundamentals of Incubator Management, Serving Client Companies and Facilities Management.
In 2010, Tom assumed the new role of Director of International Programs, leading NBIA’s partnering, advocacy and networking efforts in the international innovation community. Mr. Strodtbeck has presented on the subject of incubation and business creation in the U.S., Mexico, England, Malaysia, China, Ghana, Azerbaijan and France.
Prior to joining NBIA, Tom was the founding partner of the Thomas Strodtbeck Research Group, a trainingand consulting firm specializing in management and customer service training, and counted among his clients BMW-USA, The U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
A resident of Liverpool, England, Tom is anMsc. candidate in local and regional development from the University of Dundee (Scotland.) Tom has received additional instruction in corporate training and adult learning from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.
Mohammad Mahdee-uz Zaman is currently the Director at a world leading data center and cloud service provider. His company provides a vast array of cloud computing related services such as IT Infrastructure-as-a-Service, modern data centers in prime locations, fully managed network solutions, application optimization for cloud and a portfolio of security tools. Mohammad has been in the Information Technology field for over 20 years with an expanse of knowledge in the areas of designing, managing and optimizing technologies related to Cloud Computing, LAN and WAN, voice and VOIP, infrastructure, storage, virtualization, and security.
Mr. Zaman has been a distinguished leader in the cloud computing arena with significant focus on governance, regulations, and compliance with overall security posture. He has a number of articles and white papers related to cloud computing, security, IT governance committee, and emergency response for business continuity and disaster recovery. He has presented to numerous International Events including Cloud Camp, Cloud Expo, Interop, E-Asia, HITECH, and others.
In addition, he is currently striving to create the next generation of Solutions Engineering Organization within Virtustream Inc. for Cloud and Related Technologies. Prior to his work at Virtustream, Mr. Zaman worked for Logicworks, Savvis, Verizon Business running various organizations related to architecture and operations of IT related solutions. In addition, he is a certified instructor for the CloudMaster program for the National Cloud Technologists Association at the New Jersey Institute of Technologies, NJ, USA. He runs various meetup groups related to Cloud Computing and organizer of various Cloud Camps throughout the US. In addition, he is member of a number of Industry Advisory Boards, for a number of cloud related technology vendors.
Mohammad has both an MBA in Global Technology Management and a BS in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from American Intercontinental University and Baruch College, respectively. During his tenure, he has also earned many certificates, including CISSP, ITIL, COBIT, FRAAP, MCSE, CCNA, CCDA, among others.
Vincent has close to 20 years of experience in the Government, Education, Life Science and Research sectors. He has worked in both the public and private sectors and has had roles ranging from sales, business development, operations, education, research and teaching. Currently, he is the APAC Technical Evangelist Lead for Windows Phone and the APAC Academic Lead for the Developer and Platform Evangelism team, a group within Microsoft that is responsible primarily for the adoption of Microsoft technologies and platforms across all segments. Vincent spends most of his time in universities, listening and speaking with faculties and students to understand their needs and requirements. He spends his other time on business development in emerging markets including Nepal, Cambodia and Laos.
Prior to the above, Vincent spent the last couple of years as the Director of Program Management in the Operations group and five years leading the Public Sector programs portfolio for Asia Pacific for Microsoft. He was responsible for government and education programs execution, engagement and strategic development. He has worked with governments in more than a dozen countries, in the development of middle and long term public-private partnerships to address challenges faced. His portfolio of programs includes security, local software development, internet safety, K12 education and tertiary education. In addition, Vincent has spoken and participated in conferences in more than 10 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, India and Singapore.
Shameem Ahsan CEO, Akhoni.com Ltd
Shameem Ahsan is an ICT entrepreneur and co-founded Akhoni.com Ltd., eGeneration Ltd. and Benchmark-eGeneration Ltd. Akhoni.com is one of the first and largest eCommerce deal site in Bangladesh.
Shameem has received “Best Young Entrepreneur of Bangladesh” award from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh at Dhaka Chamber of Commerce Business Award. He is the member of Prime Minister’s Digital Bangladesh Task Force, Government of Bangladesh which is the highest policy-making body to monitor and implement the vision of building Digital Bangladesh.
He is the Senior Vice President of Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS), the national association for Software and IT enabled services companies of Bangladesh. He is also Co-Chairman, Standing Committee on Digitization of Trade bodies, Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI). He was a Executive Committee member of Bangladesh Tennis Federation and a member of Bangladesh National Tennis team.
Shameem was speaker at many international conferences and seminars organized by Global Sourcing Forum NY, Sweden IT Industry Association, Danish Federation of Small & Medium Enterprises, Denmark IT Industry Association, Syntens Netherlands, Paris Chamber of Commerce, University of Bremen, Aalborg University, Denmark, UK Trade & Investment etc. Shameem is a graduate from University of Central Oklahoma, USA.
Director Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Australian Government and Founding Member, Board of Directors Policy and Planning Knowledge Remittance Global (KRG) Australia
Farhadur Reza has been working for Australian Government for last 16 years. He worked for all three levels of Australian Government and the private sector over last 20 years. He is working as the Senior Policy Adviser to the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, advising on whole of Government policy on wellbeing of remote Indigenous communities. He is an Architect and Planner by profession with a Bachelor degree in Architecture and a Master degree in Social Sciences.
Farhadur Reza is also one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of Knowledge Remittance Global (KRG), Australia, in a voluntary capacity.
Farhad has been pro-actively working with disadvantaged communities to enhance their quality of life by capitalising on their social, economic, human and cultural capital. His Community Strength Based model for leadership, community empowerment, confidence and engagement was nominated by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for the Commonwealth Award for Public Administration and Management in 2008. His social policy Bringing Communities Together and associated program Sharing Our Achievements won the best policy and program award by FaHCSIA in 2007. His works on the Canberra Spatial Plan achieved the Planning Institute of Australia award in 2005.
Being a first generation migrant to Australia from Bangladesh, Farhad is passionate about improving the quality of life of the disadvantaged segment of Bangladeshi communities. He worked in Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Oman and Italy mainly with Bangladeshi expatriate communities at various capacities to develop and advocate policies to support leadership potentials, community development, community capacity building, community empowerment, social sustainability, housing and efficient infrastructure.
He is a regular commentator on contemporary social issues in Bangladesh and Australia at various media outlets including Canberra Times newspaper and Channel I satellite television. He shares his thoughts, ideas and work outcomes through various national and international websites, seminars and conferences regularly. He is a founding member of peak organisations like Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA), members of the Institute of Architect Bangladesh (IAB) and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
At the moment, in addition to advising the Australian Government on critical policy issues to improve lives of remote Indigenous communities in Australia, Farhad is also focused on bringing a ground breaking positive changes among Bangladeshi disadvantaged communities through ‘donating’ knowledge and experiences by the Bangladeshi expatriates across the world. He strongly believes that to brighten up lives of disadvantaged people in Bangladesh, ‘knowledge donation’ can play critical roles to achieve sustainable growth by delivering KRG programs with much wider outcomes (eg. enhancing social, economic, human and cultural capital) rather than continuing traditional adhoc nature of services provided by the Bangladeshi expatriates ‘hoping’ to bring positive changes among the lives of disadvantaged Bangladeshis.
University of Dhaka
Dr. Rabbani taught Electronics and Medical Physics in the Department of Physics, Dhaka University, Bangladesh from 1978 to 2008. A Professor since 1988, he has founded a new post graduate department of Biomedical Physics & Technology emphasising research in 2008 where he currently supervises 15 PhD/MPhil students and Research Fellows.
Professor Rabbani has published more than 80 scientific papers, one text book, and has written 5 chapters in 3 books besides supervising more than 80 M.S. thesis students. He has given more than 50 invited lectures at home and abroad. Having obtained a PhD in Microelectronics from University of Southampton, UK in 1978, he felt his efforts should be targeted to the alleviation of sufferings of the common people in his country through technology. This led him to work in various areas like solar energy, Biomedical Physics, Biomedical Engineering & Technology and appropriate electronic instrumentation.
Concurrently he has been actively involved in the design and development of products based on his own innovation and their successful dissemination through commercial manufacture, for which he turned himself into a part time entrepreneur as well. He has a number of innovations in most of the sectors that he worked in, and some of his technology innovations are in use in UK, Norway, Korea and Pakistan. Professor Rabbani is considered an expert in technology based small industry in Bangladesh and was an active member of the National SME Taskforce formed in 2004, and is a member of the SME Foundation. He organised several associations related to Electronics and Healthcare technology and is the current President of Bangladesh Medical Physics Association. Observing the global technology disparity, he has grown a philosophy of not patenting his inventions, rather he would make these open once matured. The main aim is to bridge the global technology gap by empowering technologically able people in all the countries, through which he feels, the global economic disparity can be alleviated to a great extent.
Founder & Director
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)
Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector, and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) – the not-for-profit organization founded to accomplish the mission; http://www.defindia.net.
He was selected & participated in “International Visitors Leadership Program” of USA State Department in September 2011. He has just released his 4th Book called “NetCh@kra: 15 Years of Internet in India” http://netchakra.net. He is a Member, Working Group, Internet Governance Forum of Ministry of Communication & IT and was a Member, Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Comm & IT, India. He has recently initiated a regional movement on “How Mobile can Empower Masses” through mBillionth Award South Asia, recognizing and mentoring Mobile Content, Application & Services; http://mbillionth.in. In 2003 he launched India’s first ever award for choosing the best e-content practices in India and South Asia. Osama is the Chairman of the Manthan Award South Asia for “Digital Inclusion for Development” http://www.manthanaward.org. Manthan Award has accumulated more than 2500 best e-content practices in its nomination bank from India and other south Asian countries.
Osama has authored titles like: “e-Content: Voices from the Ground” (http://www.econtentworldwide.org); “Internet Economy of India”; “India’s Best e-Contents” and “Development & Digital Inclusion”. Manzar is e-Content Expert for India for World Summit Award (WSA), Grand Jury Member and member of Board of Directors; http://www.wsis-award.org; In addition, Manzar has been Jury Anchor for the Dataquest e-Gov Champion Award, India, and for Bahrain e-Content Award, Sri Lanka’s e-Content Award & Bangladesh e-Content & ICTD Award. He has been a part of the Professional Social Entrepreneurship Program by Social-Impact International; http://www.social-impact.org. He has worked through Computerworld as assistant editor, head of Interactive Media Division of Hindustan Times and started a software company 4Cplus, for media publishers and quit the same to start off DEF in 2003.
He is a physics graduate and post graduate diploma in Journalism. He was awarded a joint Chevening/Young Indian IT Professional Programme 2002 Scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to study Advanced IT Management Programme at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester during 2001-2002.
Osama Manzar has been involved in the last 15 years in various level of research work, including resulted in publications/Reports like:
Osama has a credit of covering at least 100 ICTD cases in India and South Asia, has traveled more than 1000 villages in India and South Asia, including 20 countries. Some of the works of DEF could be seen at: www.localareaportal.org; www.gyanpedia.in; www.neerjaal.org; www.dcontent.in; www.epanchayat.in; www.engo.in;
Partha Sarker brings years of experience working with ICT for development projects and co-founded a citizen’s network, Bytesforall (www.bytesforall.org) in South Asia that organizes research and advocacy efforts on mobile penetration, public access computing, ICTs impact on areas such as, environment, health, information rights, privacy, corruption mitigation etc. in the region. He has extensive experience working with different international and national organizations. He now works as an advisor to Canadian Government to support online communication services for economic development programs. Prior to that he had worked with International Development Research Centre (IDRC-http://www.idrc.ca) in Canada to support public access computing models and provided services to organizations such as, Association for Progressive Communication (APC-http://www.apc.org), UNESCO regional office in Delhi (www.unesco.org/en/newdelhi), Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP-http://www.globalknowledge.org), that has focus on ICT and development issues. He also supported many local organizations (in South Asia) in their research and advocacy efforts. As a keen observer and analyst to ICT4D trends in the region, Partha regularly contributed articles and research reports to Asia Pacific Internet Handbook, Digital Review Asia Pacific (2008-09), Southern Review Journal, Global Information Society Watch report, Global Mobile: Foundations and Future, Government Technology International Magazine etc. Partha has been interviewed or featured in different international publications and received numerous awards including Stockholm IT award as recognition to his work.
BD Venture Limited
Shawkat Hossain is a Fellow of Cost & Management Accountant of Institute of Cost & Management Accountant, Bangladesh. He has completed Masters in Development management from Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines in 1994. He has 28 years of experience in his credit out of that 10 years as bankers and 18 years in financial management/ Accounting profession. He worked for different sector such as manufacturing, NGO and banks and in different reputed organization such as BRAC, BRAC Bank, Prime Bank, ICDDRB etc.
He was heading SME division of Prime Bank Limited and leading a team of 250 staff located at 55 branches and 17 SME branches. He was Head of SME of BRAC Bank Limited and leading a team of 700 staff located at 250 Marketing unit offices spread in 62 districts. He develop strategy to sell loan to Small & Medium Enterprises. He was Head of Finance and Finance Manager BRAC for 6 years. He worked for International Center for Diarroheal Disease Research for 4 years as Senior Cost officer.
He is experienced to work in multi cultural environment such as in Afghanistan for 1 and half years. He was instrumental in setting up a foreign bank in Afghanistan.
He is a recipient of ADB scholarship to study Masters in Development Management at Asian Institute of Management, Philippines.
Shahzad is the Country Director of Bytes for All, Pakistan. Bytes for All is an international human rights organization with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development, democracy and social justice. It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening human rights movement in the country. Shahzad’s focus of work includes ICT policy advocacy, Internet rights, privacy and freedom of expression online.
At the forefront of Internet Rights movement, Shahzad is a Take Back The Tech Campaigner in Pakistan, a development communications expert, a Diplo Fellow on Internet Governance, an Executive Board Member of the Association for Progressive Communications www.apc.org, Policy Advisory Board member of .PK ccTLD and a member of the International Advisory Board of Privacy International, UK www.privacyinternational.org. Recently, he has been inducted as Cyber Steward at the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto.
He regularly contributes to various publications and research studies around ICTs for Development, freedom of expression and gender related issues. Shahzad maintains a strong engagement with the broader civil society networks at national, regional and global levels and believes in inclusive participation and openness.
Abed Chaudhury is a scientist with wide international activity and reputation. He studied Chemistry in Dhaka University, but later switched to Genetics and Molecular Biology and obtained his Ph.D. in bacterial genetics and molecular biology from the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon. During this time he worked on the RecBCD enzyme, a molecular recombination machine and is credited with the discovery of the Rec D gene. He later switched to Plant Biology and during his stay at the Department of Biology at MIT isolated most of the genes involved in male-sterilty in Arabidpsis. Subsequently he shifted his attention to practical Plant Biology and worked on the areas of reproductive biology, apomixes and heterosis.
His work led to the FIS polycomb class of genes, a seminal work in epigenetics and Biology. More recently he has worked on diverse areas including extended-life rice, dominant heterotic mutants in Arabidopsis and rice, and has taked R&D to rural areas in a unique model. He has also introduced internet based outsourcing work in rural areas.
Vinoaj Vijeyakumaar is specialized in maximizing revenues for businesses by optimizing their digital presence across desktop & mobile websites, paid advertising, social media, and search engines. His core expertise lies in measurement, data analysis, and insights that deliver results. Vinoaj’s philosophy is: measure, test changes for impact, and iterate.
Prior to founding Sparkline Analytics, he was a Senior Conversion Specialist at Google Southeast Asia. He was with Google for a total of 5 years across Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. Vinoaj’s expertise came into play providing strategic counsel to advertisers, agencies and partners on the use of free tools such as Google Analytics and Google’s Website Optimizer in order to enhance their online presence to increase Web site traffic flow and revenue, all without spending a single cent.
Prior to Google, he cut his teeth at startups in Australia as a web applications developer. His technical skills cover PHP, HTML, CSS, AJAX, jQuery, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Apache, Amazon Web Services, Google Website Optimizer, and Google Analytic.
Dr. Maura O’Neill is the Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has responsibility for driving innovation in development as well as public-private partnerships in the Agency which operates in 80 countries. Maura has co-led USAID Forward, the Agency’s worldwide reform effort. Breakthrough innovations in mobile, climate change, election fraud, maternal mortality, financial inclusion and disaster and reconstruction response have been hallmarks. To drive costs down and accelerate penetration her team adapted for development the venture capital model of staged financing to source and scale innovations. Maura also serves on the White House Innovation Cohort.
In the public, private, and academic sectors, Dr. O’Neill has focused on creating entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the world’s toughest problems in the fields of energy, education and infrastructure financing. Dr. O’Neill has started four companies in the field of energy efficiency and curbside recycling, utility billing and metering services including smart grid, internet apps and digital education. In addition, she has advised/invested on dozens more including participating in a Broadway syndicate for two Tony-nominated musicals. She was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year in 1989.
Dr. O’Neill was appointed in 2009 as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Energy and Climate for the Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and in 2008 was Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
Dr. O’Neill graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from the University of Washington. She has received MBAs from Columbia University and University of California at Berkeley and currently on leave from the faculty of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UC Berkeley. She earned her PhD at the University of Washington, where her pioneering research focused on how narrow-mindedness occurs and the errors it leads to in science, medicine, business, and political decision-making.
APC Women’s Right Programme
Jan Moolman is a feminist editor, writer, trainer and activist with extensive experience in the South and Southern African women’s rights sector. Her entry point into women’s rights has been through media – she is a former editor of Agenda, South Africa’s longest surviving feminist journal; newspaper columnist, and has contributed to a number of publications dealing with women’s rights. Previously, Jan guest edited an Agenda journal edition on technology with a team from Women’sNet, where she worked as the Media and Information Manager. Women’sNet is a Southern African organization that promotes the strategic use of ICTs amongst women, girls and marginalized groups for social action. Through her work at the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), Jan conducted training and capacity building for South African NGOs in the use of social media to deepen and support their work and managed an information portal. Jan works in the APCs Women’s Rights Programme as the Women’s Rights Project Coordinator where her work focuses on the intersection of violence against women and technology. Jan is also a digital story telling trainer.
Software Engineer, MongoDB
Jeremy Mikola is a New York-based software engineer with 10gen, the company behind MongoDB. Over the past few years, Jeremy has become an active open-source contributor and international conference speaker, which lead him to his current role on 10gen’s driver development and evangelism team for MongoDB. Beyond the realm of big data, Jeremy has a rather diverse employment background spanning nearly a decade. He spent time developing a number of web startups and previously worked in the fields of wireless security research and radar systems.
Jeremy has presented at conferences and meetups across Europe and North America, such as O’Reilly OSCON, Symfony PHP, Cloud Camp and 10gen’s own MongoDB events. He holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Dr. Ming Luo obtained his Master degree in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Sichuan Agricultural University, China in 1988. After that, he became a rice geneticist and breeder. In 2004, he obtained his PhD in Plant Molecular genetics from Australian National University, Australia. Following that, he worked as a Post Doctor fellow and now a research scientist at CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia. He is one of the pioneers of the field of genetics in plant reproductive biology. He identified several key genes in regulating endosperm proliferation and seed size, a key yield component. Currently, he is applying computing technology to genetics to analyse gene expression and identified many genes of which the expression depends on the parental origin. This process is termed imprinting, a very important epigenetic phenomenon which is associated to yield in crops, and numerous diseases in human.
Ed Franklin has over 25 years experience in building and leading successful global businesses in the areas of telecommunications, infrastructure management and services, software development, and security.
Ed Franklin is a recognized leader in the area of developing global business plans to enable existing enterprises into new areas of technology. He will talk about the Business Drivers for considering the Cloud as an infrastructure alternative in your current IT business model. Ed will define the various options of cloud, describe what is driving global cloud adoption and the business considerations you should be making when moving existing infrastructure into the cloud.
Ed has extensive experience developing business plans and integrating cloud advisory and infrastructure services into an existing IT enterprise that currently is not established in this area of technology. He will speak about how current enterprises should consider the opportunity in this new market and what portion of the IT landscape they might be successful in.
He has directed global marketing efforts for the Asian and International Marketing groups of MCI Communications and created and led the IT Services unit at MCI, later acquired by Verizon Communications. Edreceived a prestigious company award at Verizon for the successful integration of Verizon assets when he globalized the business during his tenure.
Ed is now Senior Advisor to Rivermeadow Software and various other organizations. He was most recently Executive Vice President, Global Cloud Services with global responsibility for the Cloud Services Practice, including strategy, product development and business development of Virtustream’s portfolio of Service Offerings around the Cloud and xStream platforms.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Ed created and led the IT Services organization at MCI, which was later acquired by Verizon, one of the world’s largest global communications companies. This organization was established with the IT and Security assets of MCI, along with three key acquisitions in the security, digital media and managed applications space. During Ed’s tenure, this unit doubled in size and was expanded globally. The unit established enterprise infrastructure delivery models based on ITIL, with business outcome oriented SLA’s.
Ed held successively responsible positions at MCI, including Vice President of Global Accounts, Executive Director of Sales, and Senior Manager of Vertical Marketing and Channels. Ed began his career with ITT Corporation, with roles in Sales and Marketing. Ed has had p/l responsibility for businesses ranging upwards of US $1 billion per annum.
Ed has been delegate and speaker in numerous Information Technology and Cloud related conferences, seminars, and exhibitions throughout the world.
Ed holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Delaware, graduating Cum Laude.
Larry Carvalho is experienced in building solutions using interoperable standards for improving efficiency, mostly by leveraging cloud computing.
Larry is a Principal of Robust Cloud LLC, who provides strategy and insight into the adaption of Cloud Computing technologies. This includes advisory services and works closely with end user companies, ISVs and SI, and vendors to help all parts of the ecosystem understand cloud computing, map business goals and objectives, review and fine tune strategies, identify benefits and return on investment, and more. Robust Cloud consultants bring extensive experience in crafting and delivering innovative solutions to the enterprise market. Principal Consultant, Larry Carvalho, also frequently presents at cloud-related conferences as well as facilitates workshops and comprehensive group workshops aimed at clarifying cloud adoption roadmaps.
Former Librarian of the National Library of India in Kolkata and Director of the Central Secretariat Library, New Delhi, Ms. Kalpana Dasgupta served as the Chairperson of the Working Group on Libraries of the National Knowledge Commission of the GOI and was the Advisor to the NKC on Libraries. She has served as the President of the Indian Library Association and has been the Indian representative in the Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania of the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) for four years. She has been active in other activities of IFLA for eleven years. With an MA in Political Science from Patna University, and MSLS from Syracuse University, USA, she has 47 years of working experience in the field of Librarianship. She has served as member of many high-powered Committees of the Government of India. She was a member of several High Level Committees of the Ministry of Culture, Working Groups of the Planning Commission, the Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation ,Library Board of the Khuda Baksh Oriental Public Library, Patna, Committee on Documentation Services and Research Information, NASSDOC, ICSSR, the Panel of Experts of National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR)and Chairperson, Advisory Committee for Review of Categorization of ICMR libraries etc.
She has acted as Consultant and Advisor to various important organizations such as Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), National Institute for Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCED) under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Archaeological Survey of India, Crafts Museum Library of the Ministry of Textiles etc.
She has published about hundred professional articles and has edited six books on different aspects of library development. Presently she is the Vice Chairperson of the Afro-Asian Book Council, member of the Advisory Board of READ India, New Delhi and the Board of Trusties of A & A Trust, Gurgaon.
She has traveled extensively to represent the Government of India as well as several institutions in various international seminars and conferences. She also has the distinction of being the first, and the only woman so far to have held the posts of Librarian, National Library; Director, Central Secretariat Library and President of the Indian Library Association.
Talent at Elance
Alex is the Director of Elance’s Marketing team primarily focusing on developing and engaging the 2 million registered contractors on the platform. As a the head of the Talent program, Alex leverages online and offline marketing strategies to recruit new talent as well as effectively connect Elancers to matching job opportunities with his primary goal being to create the largest, most talented group of freelancers online.
Prior to joining Elance in 2009, Alex was a Blogger and lead Editor at Yahoo! Tech covering the all aspects of the technology industry. Alex currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Kamolrat is Assocate. Professor in the School of Communication, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Bangkok, Thailand as well as being Director of the Expertise Centre : The Research Centre of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM). She has been consultant for the ThaiTelecentre.org since its beginning (from 2007 till currently).
Her continuum devoted in using DevCom for all betterments of the marginal groups especially ICT / new media for development both in Thailand and in the Asia Pacific Regions, all members has selected her to be Chair of the Asia Pacific Telecentre Network as well as leading all the mission of the Executive Secretariat of the APTN, in Thailand since 2012 till 2014 (www.APTN.asia).
With this expanded focus, she has integrated all missions of the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge (CCDKM) in affiliation with STOU and a range of local and regional NGOs and policy making organizations (www.CCDKM.org).
Helani Galpaya is Chief Operating Officer at LIRNEasia, a think tank working on ICT regulation and policy issues across the Asia Pacific. She is currently leading LIRNEasia’s research on how ICTs can improve the customer relationship management practices in the delivery of electricity and government services to poor citizens and micro entrepreneurs in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. She studies how regulation impacts the performance of telecom sector, and has conducted studies on using ICTs to improving the traceability of agricultural produce. She recently completed consultancy assignments for the World Bank/ (on Broadband strategy in Sri Lanka) and for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, on how government procurement strategies can stimulate the growth of the IT sector in developing countries). Previously, as Senior Project Specialist at the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka/e-Sri Lanka, she implemented the Government Information Center (GIC), the call center to provide information to citizens on how to obtain government services. She was formerly a management consultant in in USA and has a MS in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
Sajeeb Wazed is an Information Technology expert based in Washington, DC. He has worked in the industry for over a decade. This includes a startup company in Silicon Valley that he co-founded that raised over $8 million in venture capital. He has had his own consulting practice in the Washington area with clients including global multinational companies. He is the architect of the Digital Bangladesh plan that is one of the key manifestos of the present Government of Bangladesh.
Sajeeb has a Bachelor’s degree with a triple major in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science from Bangalore University, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Texas and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Connectivity is productivity whether it’s in a modern office or an underdeveloped village? says Iqbal Quadir. Iqbal Quadir is an advocate of business as a humanitarian tool. With GrameenPhone, he brought the first commercial telecom services to poor areas of Bangladesh. His latest project will help rural entrepreneurs build power plants. He is currently the Founder and Director of the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Quadir is also the founding co-editor of “Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization” – a journal published by MIT Press.
Partnering with microcredit pioneer GrameenBank, in 1997 Quadir established GrameenPhone, a wireless operator now offering phone services to 80 million rural Bangladeshi. It’s become the model for a bottom-up, tech-empowered approach to development. “Phones have a triple impact,” Quadir says. They provide business opportunities; connect the village to the world; and generate over time a culture of entrepreneurship, which is crucial for any economic development.
Quadir’s work has been recognized by leaders and organizations worldwide, with invitations to speak at many forums, including the World Bank, United Nations, World Economic Forum, and Aspen Institute. In 1999, Quadir was selected Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2006, he became the 12th recipient of the prestigious Science, Education and Economic Development (SEED) Award from the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Dhaka, for initiating universal telephone coverage to Bangladesh. He appeared on CNN and PBS and was profiled in feature articles in the Harvard Business Review (Bottom-Up Economics, Aug 2003, & Breakthrough Ideas for 2004, Feb 2004), Financial Times, The Economist, and The New York Times, and in several books. In 2005, Quadir spoke as TED speaker on how mobiles fight poverty.
In Spring 2007, Wharton Alumni Magazine selected Quadir for its list of 125 Influential People and Ideas. In 2011, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Swarthmore College and the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Case Western Reserve University.
The 2007 book You Can Hear Me Now: How Microloans and Cell Phones are Connecting the Worlds Poor To the Global Economy by Nicholas P. Sullivan showcases Quadir innovative work in Bangladesh.
Dr. Roger W. Harris has a PhD in Information Systems from the City University of Hong Kong. He has been advancing the use of Information and Communication Technologies for poverty reduction and rural development in Asia since 1997. Dr. Harris is the founder of Roger Harris Associates, a consulting and social entrepreneurial firm that provides services to Asian governments and aid agencies, including the United Nations, the International Telecommunications Union, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He has worked on assignments for project design and implementation, evaluation, policy and strategy development, knowledge sharing and research in more than a dozen Asian countries. Mostly, this involves village telecentres equipped with computers and internet access and assisting communities to make use of them for local development. He has a long association with a remote indigenous community in Borneo where he has recently set up Malaysia’s first community radio station.
An early member of 99designs, Jason has been instrumental in the company’s rapid four-year growth and global expansion. As Chief Operating Officer and Asia-Pacific General Manager, Jason is passionate about product strategy, user experience and creating a high-performance product development team. 99designs is the worldĂÔ biggest marketplace for crowdsourced design, with over 175,000 contests held and over $43 million USD paid out to its community of over 190,000 designers. Jason highlights winning the 2010 People’s Voice Webby Award for Best Web Service & Application as a key milestone. Jason was born in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Science (1st class Honours) from the University of Otago. His previous roles include general management, business development, account management and service delivery positions with tech companies and multinationals. Jason has been interviewed by major publications such as the ABC, Sky Business, Australian Financial Review, 2UE and The Startup Foundry.
Publisher of The Sauce
Martin Conboy is well recognised by industry and media as one of the leading voices and knowledge leader of the outsourcing industry and its role in facilitating BPO success throughout the Asia Pacific. Martin has over 16 years experience at a senior level in the market research industry and has spent the last 16 years analysing and publicly commenting on the Call Centre and outsourcing sectors across the Asia Pacific. He is passionate about the future potential of the BPO sector.
In 1993, Martin founded ACA Research, and established the call centre bench marking studies that are still used industry-wide across the Asia Pacific. Martin’s extensive expertise in front office and back office operations lead to the formation of CallCentres.net in 2000. Martin sold his interests in both companies in 2005 to start up FooBooOnLine.com. (FooBoo)
In 2010 Martin launched Sauce Publishing. Comprising of a website and e-newsletter, the Sauce provides up to date information about the latest trends around BPO across the Asia Pacific.
The Sauce and Outsourcing Online, the leading BPO media platforms in the Asia Pacific, has joined hands and each will will cross promote and distribute each other’s titles, ensuring that thecombined reach will be the largest BPO media reach across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania regions.
The Sauce is a bi-weekly online publication that is read around the world spanning over 118 countries and 1,650 zip codes, by senior executives in the BPO space. Meanwhile, the Outsourcing Online is an authoritative media platform that attracts influential decision makers within the sourcing community globally.
The Sauce in conjunction with IBM and Fuji Xerox Australia also produced the very first Buy Side BPO Industry report. The Australian BPO Industry report 2012.
Martin is also a Director of FooBooOnline (FooBoo) a BPO facilitation company.
The Sauce is also the voice of the Australian BPO Association (ABPOA) of which Martin is the President
Richard Lace has been involved in media for development since 2001. He joined BBC Media Action in Bangladesh and the BBC Janala project in spring 2012 and leads a team of local and international staff delivering across all the BBC Janala media platforms (television, radio, mobile, web, print and social learning).
Richard has extensive experience in using media to develop individuals and achieve social change; working on multi-media projects engaging young people across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America as well as running one of the leading community radio projects in the UK. He led a delegation to the UN Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and has ten years’ experience as trustee and chair of a national children and young people’s charity.
Nasheet Islam is Co-Founder & CEO of Mangoes Mobile Inc., a US mobile app development firm with off-shore teams in Dhaka, Bangladesh & Kolkata, India since March 2012. Mangoes Mobile is building a smartphone communications platform for medical students in low-resource settings and is piloting the app in Botswana. Nash is also a non-executive director at G&R Technologies, which built and operates Bangladesh’s first and leading online display advertising network. Nash is an Investor and Advisor to TigerTrade (a business-to-business website connecting developing country firms to international markets) and Vidcaster (online video platform and video site builder) since 2011. Prior to ManGoes Mobile, Nash was Head of Mobile Ad Operations, Asia Pacific, for Google (2010 2012) and based out of Singapore. Here he was responsible for mobile ads quota across all major APAC markets excluding Japan, achieving 120% of quota in most recent quarter. He also managed a team of account managers & ad op specialists that implement mobile display ad campaigns across India, Southeast Asia, Greater China and Korea markets. He was Senior Account Manager, Mobile Display Ads at Google in US (2010), responsible for hitting 112% of Q3 2010 quota across AdMob Mobile Display, Mobile YouTube Display and Google Display Network for Mobile. Nash was also part of the AdMob start-up (2009-2010) before it was acquired by Google.?Nash?has a BA from Columbia University.
Raju Chellam is Cloud Practice Head for Dell’s South Asia and Korea region that covers Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Philippines, Pakistan, & Sri Lanka. He is considered one of the early thought leaders in the field of cloud computing. He was a member of the Singapore Government’s National Cloud Advisory Panel and is currently President of the BCG (Business Continuity Group) at the Singapore Computer Society (SCS), which has a membership of 27,000 ICT professionals in Singapore. The BCG is the largest chapter within SCS & includes data center optimization, disaster recovery, and data security/compliance. Raju is also the Executive Secretary of theCloud Chapter at the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), Singapore’s prime body of MNC & local ICT companies. He has 30 years experience in the ICT industry in Asia. He has previously worked in senior management positions at Hewlett-Packard, Access Markets International (AMI) Partners Inc, and as Business & ICT Editor with The Business Times, Singapore’s flagship financial daily, for 10 years.
Mr. Gregory J. Pokorny has been working at Korea’s National Information Society Agency (NIA) since May 2005. Beginning his work at NIA in the Next Generation Infrastructure Division, he has been a member of the Global Planning and Consulting Department since February 2008. His main concentration and expertise includes the following: e-Government consulting, Multi-lateral ICT cooperation (including: World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank) – representing the Korean government’s interests and initiatives, Global Cooperation – vis-?vis Korea and various International Organizations (including: ITU, UN, OECD), Broadband Infrastructure, e-Government Interoperability, and Future Internet Initiatives. Before joining NIA, he completed his Masters Business Administration (MBA) at the Korea Development Institute of Public Policy and Management, with a concentration in Strategy Management. He also has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. Originally from Canada, he has been living in Korea for about 14 years.
Ariadne Goodman has been a leader in every aspect of the textile industry for the past 15 years. She has recently founded “Ariadne’s Threads” to focus on consulting and independent brand representation. With a strong history of high-end retail sales and management in New York City’s fashion and retail districts, Ariadne has seen success in spearheading retail premise and customer demographic expansion. As a decades-long retail buyer and representative of womens’ and childrens’ products, Ariadne is attuned to the trends in fashion, and has designed and brought to market her own successful clothing line through partnering with offshore producers. Ariadne’s Threads now consults on all aspects of the textile industry: designers, wholesalers and retailers alike seek her out for her ability to read the market and spot trends. Her ‘make it work’ attitude ensures smart sourcing and logistics. Her savvy sales methods transform retail environments into welcoming experiences that create loyal customers with high-margin, high-volume results.
Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee is person with visually impaired primarily engaged as a Program Manager of Young Power in Social Action (YPSA). YPSA is a social development organisation directed towards assisting development initiatives to bring positive socio-economic change since 1985. Mr. Bhattacharjee is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of disability and ICT related activities in YPSA. www.ypsa.org
Another noteworthy role of Mr. Vashkar is that he is the focal person for DAISY in Bangladesh. DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information System. It’s a Switzerland based International e-accessibility consortium pioneering research, development, production and distribution of disabled friendly technology solutions worldwide. www.daisy.org.
Mr. Vashkar is also the official Convener of the National ICT Thematic Group. This group has been established to advise the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh Government to ensure accessibility to ICT for people with disabilities. www.nfowd.net Mr. Vashkar as well selected GAATES (GLOBAL ALLIANCE on ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGIES & ENVIRONMENTS) Country Representative in Bangladesh. www.gaates.org
Mr. Vashkar has Familiarity with activities of Access to Information (A2I) Program under Prime Minister office, Digital Bangladesh initiative. Provided voluntary service to A2I since last 3 years. Specialization in issues of disability & development, ICTs for development, e-Accessibility and Information accessibility for person with disability. Personal rapport with national and international media agencies and development networks. International Trainer of Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY). Founder of Chittagong Computerized Braille production Centre and ICT & Resource Centre on Disability.
In addition to the above mentioned roles and responsibilities, Mr. Vashkar is actively involved with a number of local, national and international agencies ranging from Bangladesh Visual Impaired Society to Duskin in Japan,. He is also a regular author of National ICT publications like The Monthly Computer Jagat etc. Furthermore, Mr. Vashkar is a renowned disability training specialist and speaker who regularly contributes these skills at national and international platforms.
Suneet Singh Tuli is the founder and CEO of DataWind Ltd., responsibile for the overall vision, strategy and execution for the Company’s future. He has 22 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, having previously launched two successful companies that conducted Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on the Nasdaq stock market. At DataWind and previous ventures, patented technologies were created to develop scanning, printing and imaging products that set world records in both price and performance. The innovative products and technologies created through these ventures have received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition by the Guinness Book of Records.
Most recently, DataWind’s Aakash/UbiSlate tablets have received worldwide attention, as the Company executes a vision to empower the next 3 billion people with computing and internet access.
DataWind has been awarded UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company for 2012. It’s products have been awarded by CNBC TV 18 and Mercedes Benz, the Young Turks Innovation award, and been finalists at the Mobile World Congress for Innovation in Education and at the CTIA Wireless Show for the BiG Idea award.
Prof Craig Warren Smith is a former Harvard Kennedy School of Government Professor of Science and Technology Policy and is now Senior Adviser of the University of Washington Human Interface Technology Laboratory as well as Chairman of the Digital Divide Institute, based in Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. He has served as an adviser on the topic of digital divide to world leaders, of all sectors such as Bill Gates, UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, Prof Jeff Sachs and MIT Media Lab’s Prof Nicholas Negroponte. Prof Smith is currently the author of the Meaningful Broadband framework which has been embraced by the Indonesian and Thai governments. In his role as organizer of an historic 1999 Seattle conference called inancial Solutions to the Digital Divide he established digital divide as a factor in policy discussions which continue today on a worldwide basis. Today, as the effort to close digital divide has shifted to effort to close the widening roadband gap, Professor Smith’s ideas continue to be a preeminent Though Leader in this field.
Gen Kanai is Director of Asia Contributor Engagement for Mozilla, a California-based not-for-profit organization that develops, manages, and freely distributes the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser. Previously Gen was Director of Asia Business Development for Mozilla as well as Director of Marketing for Mozilla Japan. Gen has also worked for Sony Marketing of Japan, Sony Electronics Inc., and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., in both the U.S. and Japan. Gen is a 2009 fellow of the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders program and a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Foundation US-Japan Leadership Program. He received a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College in 1996.
Julian Persaud is the Managing Director of Southeast Asia Sales and Operations, overseeing sales, marketing and partnership development in the region.
Prior to moving to Singapore, Julian was based in Google’s Sydney office as the Head of Online for Google Australia, managing Google’s efforts to help small and medium sized Australian businesses take advantage of online advertising.? He was previously Head of Business Development at Google Australia, and has spent his entire career working in online businesses, including roles at Yahoo! Search Marketing and UK auction house QXL.
Ashok has over 30 years of ICT experience in application design, development and implementation, business development, architecting business solutions, outsourcing and large scale program management. His prime focus has been in Government, Financial Institutions and Manufacturing industry segments, both as end user and service provider.
His Government sector experience includes Strategic IT Planning for Andra Pradesh, India and Government Agencies in Singapore, Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Reengineering and large scale program management.
Prior to joining ISS, he worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) /Hewlett Packard (HP) for over 8 years, in the IT Outsourcing industry. He was the Regional Program Director (Asia Pacific & Japan) supporting Network Projects for a large Bank, responsible for service delivery and program management. In another assignment, his role was Lead Solutions Architect and Director (Business Solutions) for Singapore Government, responsible for solution development, new business and growth. He is the recipient of Asia Top Talent Award, Individual Contribution Excellence Award and EDS Inner Circle member (2009) at EDS/HP.
He has also worked in Singapore Computer Systems (SCS) as Business Unit Head, Singapore Network Services (SNS) as Project Director and National Computer Board (NCB) as Asst. Director. In Hong Kong and India, he worked for organizations that dealt in software development and deployment projects.
As a committee member, He has contributed to National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) and to Singapore Government’s Service Wide Technical Architecture (SWTA).
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