Current Engagements

Current Engagements

Digital Empowerment Foundation www.defindia.org – 2002 Onward
After having run successfully a software company, 4Cplus, Osama decided to sold off his options and concentrate on the social sector using his skills, experience and knowledge. DEF was founded by Osama in December 2002, and has been active at a low scale. However, DEF is now a full time concentration of Osama and it envisages working in the area of ICT for Development, and Digital Divide, in order to help various agencies in the sector to help them execute their jobs effectively.

DEF works with organizations like ISAP (Indian Society of Agriculture Professionals, New Delhi), Digital Partners (Seattle, Washington), World Summit Award (Salzburg, Austria), British Council (New Delhi), World Bank (New Delhi), The Hoot (New Delhi), CDAC (New Delhi/Pune), Development Gateway Foundation, SEWAA (Dehradun), Bytes for All (Internet), OneWorld South Asia (New Delhi), GIPI (New Delhi), Mahiti (Bangalore), International Center of New Media (Salzburg, Austria), European Academy of Digital Media, Arekibo Communications (Ireland), Information for Development (i4d, New Delhi), TeNet (IIT Madras, Chennai) and so on.

The primary purpose of DEF is to bridge the gap between the ICT and the people who cannot avail it because of the language barrier, and the goal is to make the ICT reach the people of all languages rather than the other way round.

Grand Juror – World Summit Award
Osama is selected by WSA as the country expert for India for eContent applications, and is also a member of the 35 grand Jurors selected from 191 countries. WSA is an initiative by ICNM in Austria under the framework of UN’s World Summit on the Information Society 2003 & 2005. Osama is also on the board of directors of WSA.

Global Alliance for Bridging Digital Divide
Made with the participation of 22 countries from all continents, GABDD was formed in 2003 to fight digital divide. Osama is one of the founders and steering committee members. GABDD is based in Hong Kong.

Copy Editor – Connected for Development
Manzar has copy-edited the book titled “Connected for Development” by UN and Digital Partners. The book was released in WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) in Geneva in December 2003. The book is a collection of articles and case studies about “Information Kiosks” across many countries worldwide.

Founder & Editor-in-chief, INOMY (1999 Onward)
Osama also parallely had established a small media set-up for the emerging Information/new economy. This venture is called Inomy Media, and accomplished a webzine at www.Inomy.com, a weekly email newsletter that goes to 5000 plus senior executives and decision makers in the emerging economy sector, and has published a well researched book titled “The Internet Economy of India” co-authored by Osama Manzar. This book, for the first time in India, has quantified the size of the Internet economy in India as US$22 billion for the year 2000. Inomy’s plan is to continue with this book on an annual basis.

Coined by Manzar, INOMY is an acronym for Internet/Information Economy. Currently Inomy covers mostly everything relevant to the economy driven by information and knowledge. INOMY is the only media house of its kind as far as India is concerned.

Advisor ICT for Development, Development Gateway (2003 Onward)
World Bank funded Development Gateway, www.developmentgateway.org is considered to be the gateway to all the information related to developmental sector. On its panel of advisors for ICT for Development, from across the world, Osama Manzar is one of the advisors.

Speaking for Knowledge dissemination
Osama, in addition, is also invited in various domestic and International conferences as a speaker on topics related to IT, Internet, digital revolution, digital divide, IT & HR, and so on. Some of his recent talks were on IT & HR in Bangkok, organized by SAARC, ASEAN and International Development group of Japan; eCommerce & Localization at Penton’s India Internet World 2001; Broadband & Digital Divide at Baroda – India; IT & Third Sector & Knowledge Management for Charities Aid Foundation, New Delhi, and many more.

Human Based Future 2015 (Year 2002)
Philips Design (www.design.philips.com) for its Human Future project chose Manzar, among 25 internationally renowned experts, to interview to get ideas “to develop human products driven by technology and life style of the future”. The interview was held telephonically between Netherlands and New Delhi, and lasted for 2 hours. The summary of the interview is available with Manzar as well.

British Chevening Scholar
Osama has been selected for UK’s Chevening Scholarship for Advance Management course for Senior IT professionals 2001-2002, from Manchester Business School, Manchester, United Kingdom. British Council derives the initiative. Manzar is also a member of ABS (Association of British Scholars) – www.abs-india.org. Manzar successfully completed the course.

Media Coverage
Manzar is constantly invited, and quoted by media in all its form. Some of them so far are: The Times Of India, Hindustan Times, NDTV, CNN, BBC Radio London/India, Indian Express, Express Computer, Dataquest, Voice & Data, CIOL.com, Reuters, AFP, Economic Times, Mid-Day, Exchange for Media, Rediff.com,

The Internet Economy of India (Year 2001)
As Internet created a major impact and hype on the world economy so it did on Indian economy. 1999-00 was the years of peak for the Internet driven business, better known as dotcom revolution. Yet, no body knew, and everybody wondered in the industry, mostly among the VC and investors’ fraternity, “What is the kind of money floating in the Internet driven business?” Also, “What is the future of the Internet economy, or for that matter, what is Internet economy?”
As a new media specialist and being the editor of Inomy.com, Manzar conceived the idea of working on the most ‘practical’ book possible on the Internet economy vis-à-vis India. With a rigorous work for six months and working on all the possible related numbers for the year 2000, and analyzing all the important sectors of Internet economy with the relevant experts of international stature, and accompanying the total content with interviews, finally in March 2001, Manzar brought out his co-authored book – The Internet Economy of India, which sold no less than 2000 copies worldwide. It is still regarded as the most relevant book for reference among the industry, researchers and scholars.
Some details of the book are available at www.inomy.com/bookofinomy/book.htm.

Memberships
Some of the organization, Manzar is associated with are:

  1. Member, Board of Directors, World Summit Award, www.wsis-award.org
  2. Member Grand Jury, World Summit Award, UN’s World Summit on Information Society, December 2003
  3. Member – “Association of British Scholars”, India. [http://www.absindia.org]
  4. ISOC – Internet Society, Washington – www.isoc.org, Membership no. [1346181]
  5. Communication Management Foundation, New Delhi
  6. IS India, A club of MIS managers, CIOs, CTOs, and EDP Managers
  7. ICT Advisor, Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals, [www.isapindia.org]

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