Professional experience

I’m a consultant and lecturer in digital development. I’m a Research Director at Caribou Digital and also an External Lecturer in the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). See my CV

I’ve worked for major organizations including USAID, World Bank (Global Governance Practice), Commonwealth Secretariat, World Wide Web Foundation, mySociety and Microsoft Research India.

My first Assistant Professor/Lecturer position was in 2003 at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute where I co-convened the MSc in Management and Information Systems: Development and Change. I’ve been teaching ever since, first at Manchester and from 2005 onwards at LSE, with visiting lectures and presentations at IIM-Bangalore, Princeton, Harvard, Cambridge (Judge Business School) and Oxford (Oxford Internet Institute). I’ve taught both “mainstream” undergraduate and postgraduate information systems, and ICTs and development. 


I have a PhD in information systems (on a rural telecentre and community radio in south India) from LSE and other degrees from the University of Cambridge and University of London.

Having lived in India, Spain and Honduras, I speak fluent Hindi and Spanish, and learned French to intermediate level at the Alliance Française in London.  My mother tongue is Konkani, spoken on the south-west coast of India.


My interests converge like this:

ICTs & development; civic tech & open data; gender =, ICT and dev elopment; ICT use, comprising community radio, public ICT spaces and mobile phones; and qualitative research.

Source: Rehanna Neky


Savita BailurMy father was an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer and my mother a professor, so I get my sense of service from them. I’m also lucky to have been inspired and/or mentored by (chronologically): Shirin MadonRichard Heeks, Susan Scott, Kentaro Toyama, Jonathan Donner, Jo Tacchi, Hania Farhan, Nnenna Nwakanma, Linda Raftree and Chris Locke. To those who know them, you’ll know there are few who are as smart, humble and compassionate as these folks.

Thanks to Rehanna Neky for help on this site (especially the tree graphic!).

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