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DR. B. SHADRACH

Dr. B. Shadrach advises the Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM). He helps the IPLM in devising the right strategies towards building momentum for the nascent movement which aims to be the ‘voice’ of the Indian public librarians and the other stakeholders interested in reviving public libraries in India. Dr Shadrach is also the Asia Coordinator for the World Wide Web Foundation for its Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) program. In this capacity, he helps to build coalitions of private, public and civil society organizations to advance the shared aim of affordable access to both mobile and fixed-line internet in Asia. Dr. Shadrach also consults for the Global Libraries Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in their program in India.

Until recently, Dr. Shadrach served as the Global CEO of the Telecentre.org Foundation. Prior to that, Shadrach worked for IDRC, Canada, managing ICT4D research grants in Asia, including the Mission 2007: every village a knowledge centre initiative of India led by Professor M S Swaminathan. As the global head of telecentre.org Academy program for five years since October 2006, he spent time developing the ecosystem for training one million knowledge workers at the grassroots in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. In partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr. Shadrach has also launched the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign which has been recognized for offering digital skills to over 1 Million women worldwide in March 2014. He was the global coordinator of the Grassroots Caucus at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva and Tunis.

In his three-decade long career since 1986, Dr. Shadrach has managed ICT4D programs in over thirty nations around the world. He has also served in senior management capacities in a variety of organizations such as the British Council, Transparency International at its International Secretariat in Berlin and OneWorld International. He has consulted for the Department for International Development, UK; the International Telecommunications Union; the Asian Development Bank, Practical Action, UK; United Nations Development Program; the Open University, UK; Article19, UK; and, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka.

At present, Dr. Shadrach is associated with the Global Libraries Program of BMGF, USA; M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, India; India Education Collective; READ India; and, International Network of Emerging Library Innovators, USA as a pro bono advisor. For his thesis on measuring the impact of rural information access initiatives, Dr. B. Shadrach has been awarded a PhD by Loughborough University in the UK. He lives with his wife, Dr Winlet Sheba Shadrach, a microbiologist, and two sons, Samuel Shadrach and Immanuel Shadrach, aged 15 and 11 in Delhi.

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