Tim Unwin: Profiling an ICT4D Heavyweight

Although our class has read many things this man has written, used his concepts to develop an understanding of what ICT4D is, and grown to talk about him like a Tulane Professor, before researching for this post I knew very little about Tim Unwin (@timunwin).

Tim Unwin @timunwin

As it turns out this now big name in ICT4D started his academic career as a geography professor with a love for wine. His early works focused mainly on geography, some even being about wine ( “Wine and the Vine” ), but for the past decade or so his focus has shifted to the world of ICT4D. His recent research has focused on helping out of school youth and the disabled in the developing world, specifically how ICTs can be used to do so.

Currently holding title as Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, and Emeritus Professor of Geography and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London. His previous titles are also impressive and exhaustive.

His views and experience come across in his blog, so to leave you with a few words of wisdom from the man himself:

“Try not to worry about things over which you have little control; concentrate on those things about which you can have the most significant effect.”

-Tim Unwin


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