Dhanaraj Thakur is the Research Director at the Web Foundation where he leads research on broadband access and affordability, gender equality, and data rights; with an emphasis on low and middle income countries. As a global expert on these issues he has been interviewed and quoted in numerous news media including the Inter Press Service news, CNBC Africa, the Guardian (UK), the Financial Times, WIRED, and other regional and local news outlets. He has published over 35 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers; he is also the lead author of numerous research reports for major multilateral development banks, civil society organizations, and governments.
Dhanaraj previously held faculty positions at Tennessee State University (Nashville, USA) and the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica). He was also a Fellow at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (UWI, Mona, Jamaica). Prior to that he worked in the area of community development with the government of Jamaica. A former Fulbright scholar, Inter-American Development Bank scholar, and ISOC Ambassador he brings an interdisciplinary background to his work that includes public policy, international development, and computer science. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), and is a graduate of the London School of Economics, the University of the West Indies, and the University of Technology in Jamaica.