2018 Forum programme

Professor Tim Unwin
Professor Tim Unwin

Emeritus Professor of Geography and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D
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, and 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, and the UN University – Computing and Society International Advisory Board.  In 2018-19 he led the co-ordination of 21 UN agencies on behalf of UNESCO and UNICEF to develop a system-wide strategy on the future of education and learning for the UN’s High Level Committee on Programmes.  His influential 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 theinequalities caused by ICTs and what needs to be done to ensure that the poorest and most marginalised people can benefit from them.  He is a member of the £20m UKRI GCRF South-South Migration Hub (2019-23) undertaking research on the use of digital technologies by migrants, Co-Founder of TEQtogether (an initiativeto change men’s attitudes and behaviours towards women and technology), and is also well-known for his research on the history and geography of wine. 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.