Tim Unwin (born 1955) is Chair of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Director of the ICT4D Collective and Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2001-2004 he led the UK Prime Minister’s Imfundo: Partnership for IT in Education initiative based within the Department for International Development, and from 2007-8 he was Director and then Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Partnerships for Education initiative with UNESCO. He was previously Head of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London (1999–2001), and has also served as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) (1995-1997). He has written or edited 15 books, and more than 200 papers and other publications, including "Wine and the Vine" (Routledge, 1991; translated into three languages), "The Place of Geography" (Longman, 1992), as well as his edited "Atlas of World Development" (Wiley, 1994) and "A European Geography" (Longman, 1998). His research has taken him to more than 25 countries across the world, from Estonia to Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia to Singapore, and he has worked on subjects as diverse as the role of banknotes as expressions of national identity, and the historical-geography of viticulture and the wine trade. He was founding editor of Journal of Wine Research and Ethics, Place and Environment. His recent research has concentrated on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), focusing especially on its use to support people with disabilities, and to empower out of school youth. His latest collaborative book, entitled simply ICT4D, was published by Cambridge University Press in early 2009. He also serves as Academic Advisor and External Examiner of the Institute of Masters of Wine.
Professor Erkki Sutinen is the leader of the edTechΔ group (visit http://www.cs.joensuu.fi/edtech for more details). He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki in 1998. Since 2006, he is the head of the Department of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Joensuu. His research interests include ICT for development (ICT4D) and designing and analyzing technologies for complex subject domains, like programming, in developing countries, and within special education. The applied techniques cover visualization, information retrieval, data mining, robotics, and design models. Most of his research projects, funded by e.g. the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation TEKES, and EU (ESF, ERDF, EDULINK), have involved diverse users as active designers of novel technical solutions. He has co-authored and published over 100 research papers, and twelve of his supervised or co-supervised PhD students have completed their studies. He has been working also at Purdue University (1998-99), University of Linköping (2000-01) and Massey University (2006), and is an adjunct professor at Tumaini University, Tanzania.
Edward Stohr is Professor of Information Systems and Co-Director of the Center for Technology Management Research at the Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology. Until recently, he was Associate Dean for Research and Academics in the Howe School. Prior to joining Stevens in 2001, he was a faculty member at NYU’s Stern School of Business for over 20 years where he served as Chair of the Department of Information Systems for 11 years and as Director of Stern’s Center for Research on Information Systems for 5 years. He has held visiting appointments at INSEAD and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Stohr’s research focuses on the problems of developing computer systems to support work and decision making in organizations. He has published over 90 scientific papers including articles in leading management journals such as Operations Research, Management Science, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Information & Management and Communications of the ACM. He is the co-editor of three books on information systems and is on the editorial boards of a number of leading journals. In 1991, he was general chair of ICIS, the leading conference in the information systems field. In 2004, he served as Program Co-Chair for AMCIS in New York. Currently, he is the founder and chair of the AIS SIG on ICT in Global Development. He holds an MBA and a Ph.D. degree in Information Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.Eng. from Melbourne University, Australia.