Tim Kelly
Lead ICT Policy Specialist, The World Bank

Speaker Profile

Dr Tim Kelly is a Lead Digital Development Policy Specialist in the World Bank Group, which he joined in 2008, and is based in the Addis Ababa office. He wrote the policy chapter of the 2016 edition of the World Development Report, on the theme “Digital Dividends”. He previously managed World Bank reports on Data-driven Development, Maximizing Mobile and the Broadband Strategies Toolkit. On the operational side, he is currently managing ICT lending programs in Comoros, Ghana and Somalia and developing new ones in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. He was formerly Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and previously worked with the OECD and Logica.

Over the last 30 years, Dr Kelly has specialized in the economics of information and communication technologies. He has written or co-authored more than 30 books on the subject including the World Bank’s "ICTs for post-conflict reconstruction", ITU’s "Internet Reports" and "World Telecommunication Development Report" and OECD’s "Communications Outlook". He has an MA (Hons) degree in geography and a PhD in industrial economics from Cambridge University.

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