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Published on Mar 21, 2010
Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between Indias rural sector, and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) the not-for-profit organisation founded to accomplish the mission; http://www.defindia.net
In 2003 he launched Indias first ever award for choosing the best e-content practices in India and South Asia. Osama is the Chairman of the Manthan Award South Asia for Digital Inclusion for Development; http://www.manthanaward.org. Manthan Award has more than 1500 best e-content practices in its nomination bank.
He has authored titles like: e-Content: Voices from the Ground (http://www.econtentworldwide.org); Internet Economy of India; Indias Best e-Contents, and Development & Digital Inclusion.
Manzar is e-Content Expert for India for World Summit Award (WSA), Grand Jury Member and member of Board of Directors; http://www.wsis-award.org; In addition, Manzar has been Jury Anchor for the Dataquest e-Gov Champion Award, India, and for Bahrain e-Content Award, Sri Lankas e-Content Award .
He has worked through Computerworld as assistant editor, head of Interactive Media Division of Hindustan Times and started a software company 4Cplus, for media publishers and quit the same to get into social entrepreneurship through DEF.
He is a physics graduate and post graduate diploma in Journalism. He was awarded a joint Chevening/Young Indian IT Professional Programme 2002 Scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to study Advanced IT Management Programme at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester during 2001-2002.
Osama Manzar has been involved in the last 15 years in various level of research work, including resulted in publications/Reports like:
Educational Technology in India 2005 Development & Digital Inclusion Cases from South Asia ICT in Education Toolkit and several others.
Osama has a credit of covering at least 100 ICTD cases in India and South Asia, has traveled more than 1000 villages in India and South Asia, including 18 countries.
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