The OpenGov Hub invites you to our latest installation in our Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) talk series, this one focused on e-government and open data reform efforts in India, featuring Raj Kumar Prasad.
Raj is an opengov and e-government expert and visiting fellow at the OpenGov Hub in DC for one month through a State-department funded program. He has worked with the UN, the World Bank and the Indian government and civil society in various capacities to promote e-governance and open government to advance development over the last 15 years.
He will present on his practical experience promoting a variety of open government and e-government reforms in India at the local, state, and federal levels, including e-procurement, e-parliament, and e-voting efforts. This also includes helping implement the country’s first Open Government Data Platform which links information from the local and national levels and helps promote the impact and use of open data that is increasingly available for greater civic participation and sustainable development.
About the Presenter
Raj is currently CEO of the Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Governance in New Delhi, India, an NGO/civil society organization with chapters in all commonwealth countries that promotes e-government reforms.
Raj is passionate about using technology to advance knowledge and information for sustainable social and economic development, and connecting the government, citizen and private sectors to use technology to make government bureaucracy and service delivery more efficient and effective and increase citizen participation.
Raj started his career in this field in early 1998 when he founded India’s first e-commerce magazine. In 2004 his work helping introduce Electronic Government Procurement to India was adopted by the World Bank. He has served as advisor on the UN E-Government Survey from 2010-2016, the official UN report which ranks the member countries around the work based on electronic governance trends. He is also an Editorial Board Member for International Journal for Electronic Governance and is currently helping organize the International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance ICEGOV 2017which is being jointly organised by UNESCO, United National University, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.