About me


Tim Unwin (born 1955) served as Secretary General (formerly Chief Executive Officer) of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) from 2011-2015,  and is Emeritus Professor of Geography and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D 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 he was Director and then Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Partnerships for Education initiative with UNESCO. From 2004-2014 he was a  Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner, serving as Chair of the Commission between 2009 and 2014.  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), “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 40 countries across the world, from Estonia to Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia to Sri Lanka, 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. Over the last 15 years his research has concentrated on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), focusing especially on the use of ICTs to support some of the poorest and most marginalised people and communities.  He has written two major books on ICT4D: his first collaborative book, entitled simply ICT4D, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009; and his second, entitled Reclaiming ICT4D was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.  He started using WordPress for blogging on 18th December 2008.

Links to my main current activities are as follows:

Further information about me is available as follows:

For further links on ICT4D, visit the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London at http://www.ict4d.org/


17 responses to “About me

  1. hello, i´m student of geography at Universidad Nacional de La Plata, in Argentina, this is my first year here and the teacher gave us for read your book “The geography place”. (1995), it´s a very good book, very interesting and dinamic, I really enjoy this, congrats for your job!

  2. brookekania

    Hi Tim Unwin! I was just wondering, what are you looking for in students who are coming out of IDEV or ICT4D programs – what do you think the field needs from academic training? What advice would you give to aspiring ICT4D professionals?

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  4. Hi
    we are planning a conference on Private sector engagement in Education in an effort to improve skills in Rwanda. Please get in touch with us

  5. asif

    Can i become ICT4D professional at the age of 57? If yes, how to proceed?

  6. unwin

    Hi Asif. It is never too late! Difficult to advise without knowing something more about your background. Perhaps you could send me an e-mail and tell me more about yourself, and what you want to do! Best wishes, Tim

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  9. Sarang

    Hello Sir, I am Sarang Shaikh- Telecommunication Professional from Karachi, Pakistan. I am really much interested in working/volunteering for Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization, is there any available opportunity for me. Hope to hear you soon. Thanks

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  11. Ellen Alpsten

    Hi Tim, I hope you are well. We met last week on a train when I told you about my Georgian novel in the making. It would be nice to get your input on the wonders of Georgia! Warm regards Ellen

    • Tim Unwin

      Just replied by e-mail – hope you get it

      • khalipha

        Good Day,

        I am a 1st year PhD student from Brunel University London, researching on ICT4D & the use of ICT in higher education in developing countries.

        I came across the MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF ICT IN EDUCATION PROJECTS: A Handbook for Developing Countries, which you were among the authors. i Have been going through the conceptual framework in the publication, and i find it really interesting, as i am considering using it as a framework in my research.

        Please i would like your assistance on more information about the framework, like its critiques, where it has been used for research and if there is any updated version of it, anything useful about it.

        thank you very much, as i look forward to hearing from you.

      • Tim Unwin

        Thanks for getting in touch – it is always good to hear from people working in this field. I have to say that monitoring and evaluation has developed quite extensively since we wrote that framework, but there is still not enough good work in this area. I actually have not read of any critiques of our handbook – but also, I am not sure where it has been used. I think we were laying out some rather general principles, many of which have indeed been used. I am sure that a search on a bibliographical database would show up some answers on this.

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