TIM UNWIN is Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom (UK), where he has established an ICT4D collective (http://www.ict4d.org.uk). From 2001-2004, he led the UK Government’s Imfundo: Partnership for IT in Education initiative based within the Department for International Development. This created a partnership network of some 40 organizations and initiated activities in eight African countries. He was previously Head of the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London between 1999 and 2001.

Prof. Unwin has written or edited 13 books and over 170 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). He is founding editor of the journals Ethics, Place and Environment, and Journal of Wine Research. His research has taken him to more than 25 countries across the world, and he has worked on subjects as diverse as the role of banknotes as expressions of national identity and rural change in central and eastern Europe during the 1990s.

Prof. Unwin’s recent research has focused in particular on the use of ICTs for teacher training in Africa, on a critique of budget support mechanisms in international aid, and on the use of partnerships in development practice, again focusing specifically on ICT4D partnerships. In 2005, UNESCO published his major paper on partnerships in ICT4D on the occasion of the Tunis World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). He also contributed to the infoDev handbook on monitoring and evaluating ICT for education initiatives and wrote a paper on ICT and disability for the Maitland + 20 book Fixing the Missing Link, also published for WSIS.

The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development appointed Prof. Unwin as one of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioners in 2004. He also serves as External Examiner for the Institute of Masters of Wine and on the British Council’s Education and Training Advisory Committee.