Roger Harris

Dr. Roger W. Harris has a PhD in Information Systems from the City University of Hong Kong. He has been advancing the use of Information and Communication Technologies for poverty reduction and rural development in Asia since 1997. Dr. Harris is the founder of Roger Harris Associates, a consulting and social entrepreneurial firm that provides services to Asian governments and aid agencies, including the United Nations, the World Bank, International Telecommunications Union, USAID and the Asian Development Bank. He has worked on assignments for project design and implementation, evaluation, policy and strategy development, knowledge sharing and research in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Mostly, this comprises setting up village telecentres with computers and internet and assisting the community to make use of them for local development. He has a long association with a remote indigenous community in Borneo where he has recently set up Malaysia's first community radio station. Dr. Harris is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovation at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.