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 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 some 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. Over the last decade his research has concentrated on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), focusing especially on the use of ICTs 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 2009.  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 ICT4D Group at Royal Holloway, University of London at http://www.ict4dc.org/

12 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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