TEQtogether was founded in 2018 by Tim Unwin and Liz Quaglia from the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London. They are both convinced that despite all of the good work already undertaken to support women in and through digital technologies and other ICTs, more remains to be done to change men’s attitudes and behaviours with respect to women in technology.
We welcome offers of help and assistance to turn TEQtogether into a global coalition that will have real impact. As a part of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, we will begin with a small group of volunteers to refine the concept, seek partners, and implement the initial structure.
If you are interested in being part of this adventure, do get in touch with us through our contact page.
Professor Tim Unwin enjoys learning from some of the poorest and most marginalised people in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean (those with disabilities, out of school youth, and women in patriarchal societies) to exploire ways through which they can benefit from ICTs. He is also passionately committed to influencing policy through the highest possible quality of our research. His latest book, Reclaiming ICT4D, was published by OUP in 2017, and he is currently undertaking research on sexual harassment through mobile devices, especially in Pakistan, India and the Caribbean. He has recently completed reports with colleagues in the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D for Save the Children and UNICEF on the future of the use of ICTs in education and learning in the most deprived contexts. For more about why TEQtogether was created, see the video (20 min) by Tim Unwin, answering questions from Natalia Robinson in 2021, on why he and Liz Quaglia created it.
Dr. Elizabeth Quaglia (Reader in Information Security Group) obtained her BSc in Mathematics from Universita degli Studi di Torino, her MSc in Mathematics of Cryptography and Communications from Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), and completed her PhD at RHUL in 2012. She has been a research intern at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, New York, and in the Qualcomm Security team in San Diego. Following a post-doc at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, she was a visiting lecturer in the Computer Science department of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and from 2014 to 2016 she was Senior Researcher in the Security Team of Huawei in Paris. Her area of expertise is cryptography, with a special focus on public-key encryption. She has also worked on network security, physical-layer security and, more recently, on secure e-voting.
Meet the Team
Dr Chux Daniels is a Research Fellow in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. His research connects STI and public policies in fostering transformative change that contributes to achieving sustainable development. His areas of interests include STI, policymaking, inclusive technology and innovation, capabilities, entrepreneurship, indicators and evaluation, and development. He is a member of the African Union Commission Monitoring & Evaluation Committee on STISA-2024. His recent research, policy, and consultancy projects include more than 10 African countries, the Caribbean, United Nations ESCAP, UNCTAD, and various private sector entities such as GSMA, and KPMG.
Lenandlar Singh (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, University of Guyana). Len’s research focuses on learning technologies and ICTs in education, mobile learning, and the learning of computer programming by novices. He was Head of the Department of Computer Science (University of Guyana) from 2012-2016. He currently serves as Chief Examiner of Information Technology at the Caribbean Examinations Council’s CAPE Examinations. He’s also an Executive Director on the Board of Directors of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) in Guyana.
Maria Garrido is a Principal Research Scientist at the Technology & Social Change Group of the University of Washington’s Information School. Experienced in conducting multi-country studies that span diverse geographic regions, much of her research focuses on the appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to catalyze social change, specifically in communities facing social, political, and economic challenges. Keenly interested in the role of ICTs in social movements, youth employability, and skill development, Maria has worked closely with civil society organizations, NGOs, public libraries, and development funders to conduct participatory research that results in actionable recommendations for policy and practice.
Natalia Robinson. Natalia leads on our communications and media. She is a broadcast journalist who has focused on foreign reports on issues such as awareness of water shortages in Chennai, endangered pink river dolphins in Colombia, and supporting female scientists in the EU – using different platforms as ways to make audiences aware of issues that need to be addressed. She has previously worked for the BBC, ITN and France 24, and is also press relations manager for now-u.
Paul Spiesberger (born in Pinsdorf, Austria, in 1988) graduated as a computer scientist with a focus on media informatics from the Vienna University of Technology, where he is currently also doing his PhD. He works with INSO (the Research Group for Industrial Software) as a researcher and lecturer in the field of mobile technologies and ICT4D. He is currently employed as a software developer for mobile technologies within a fast growing Austrian company. He has won several national and international awards for his innovative work at Os – a collective to tackle social issues through the use of ICTs. Paul has been the chairman of ICT4D.at since 2014 and in his spare time enjoys using his skills for the common good.
Silvana Cordero majored in Computer Science (ESPOL, Ecuador) and has a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence (KULeuven, Belgium). She has worked in projects bringing technology for education, knowledge management and most recently in programme management in the international development sector. She now focuses on studying and researching the latest developments in AI and their implications for public policy, specifically examining how current knowledge can best be applied in Latin America. Silvana has also worked as a volunteer to promote more girls in STEM and believes that men and boys need to be part of the equation.
Dr. P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan (PhD – IIT Kanpur; Professor, Dept. of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi). He researches and teaches about production and consumption of ICTs, with a special focus on India and development. His current research interests focus on the growth of urban microenterprises and smartphones; broadband access in rural areas; shared economy; and social media analytics. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the United Nations University Computing and Society Institute (Macau), and is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship Award at IIT Delhi and the Prof. M.N. Srinivas Memorial Prize of the Indian Sociological Society.
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Updated 4th September 2022