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jonathan donner

  • ph.d.
  • researcher-author-consultant
  • indedpendant

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ICT4D M4D Mobile Communication

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I am a researcher, author, and consultant focused on advancing digital inclusion in the developing world. My specialties include market research, applied ethnography, social impacts of mobile telephony, regional competitiveness and clusters, and ICTD / ICT4D “Information Technology for Development”. I live in Cape Town, South Africa.

Previously, I was a researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research in Bangalore, India, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a consultant with the Monitor Group and its spin-off, the OTF Group. I have a Ph.D. from Stanford in Communication Theory and Research.

You can reach me at and/or follow me as @jcdonner on Twitter.



Professional experience



October 2014 - Present


Microsoft Research India

March 2009 - October 2014 (5 years 7 months)

Education history

Stanford University


September 1992 - June 1999 (6 years 9 months)

Amherst College


September 1988 - June 1992 (3 years 9 months)