Keynote speakers in the IFIP WG 9.4 2017 conference
Robert M. Davison
Title: “Facilitating Social Harmony through ICTs”
Robert M. Davison joined the Department of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong, in July 1992 where he is currently a Professor. Since 1998, he has received approximately $5.3 million in grants as PI. Professionally, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of both the Information Systems Journal and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. Since 1993, he has published 1 book, 16 book chapters, over 80 journal articles, over 80 conference papers, and edited 6 special issues of journals. His research has been cited in SCI/SSCI 1000 times (H=18), in Scopus 1883 times (H=23) and in Google Scholar 5006 times (H=37). His current research focuses on Knowledge Seeking and Sharing activities in Chinese SMEs. He is Programme Leader of the MSc in Electronic Business and Knowledge Management. In 1999-2000, he won the Faculty of Business Junior Faculty Research Award and in 2004-2005, City University of Hong Kong’s Teaching Excellence Award.
Title: “Design, Needs, and Aspirations in International Development”
Kentaro Toyama is W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.
Previously, he was a researcher at UC Berkeley and assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005. At MSR India, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world’s poorer communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. The award-winning group is known for projects such as MultiPoint, Text-Free User Interfaces, and Digital Green. Kentaro co-founded the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) to provide a global platform for rigorous academic research in this field. He is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Information Technologies and International Development.
Prior to his time in India, Kentaro did computer vision and multimedia research at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA and Cambridge, UK, and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana.
Kentaro graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a bachelors degree in Physics. He was born in Tokyo, raised in both Japan and the United States, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Title: “Theoretical Framing of ICT4D Research”
Chrisanthi Avgerou is Professor of Information Systems at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her main interests concern the relationship of ICT to organisational change and the role of ICT in socio-economic development. She chaired the IFIP Technical Committee 9 on social implications of information technology from 2004 till 2010 and the IFIP WG 9.4 group on ICT in developing countries from 1996 till 2003. She has served as Associate Editor of the Information Systems Research Journal and the MIS Quarterly. She is Fellow of the British Computer Society and Fellow of the Association for Information Systems.