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jonathan donner, ph.d.

researcher-author-consultant, indedpendant
Cape Town, South Africa

Research field: Social Sciences - Communication
ICT4D, M4D, Mobile Communication


Biographical Information

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

2014 - Present
researcher-author-consultant at indedpendant
Cape Town, South Africa
Mar 2009 - Oct 2014
Researcher at Microsoft Research India
Bangalore, India

Sep 1992 - Jun 1999
Stanford University in Stanford, California, United States
Sep 1988 - Jun 1992
Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

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Cape Town, South Africa
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