An ICT policy analyst and researcher with strong programme management experience in the international development sector. He has 15 years of experience developing, managing and implementing a range of ICT projects aimed at providing access to information and ICT infrastructure and supporting social inclusion and participation.
Murali has a strong research background and focuses on assessing and evaluating information and communication processes – including the use of technologies such as mobile phones, the internet and social media – and their impact on economic development, poverty reduction and everyday life. This has included developing methods which improve the understanding of the linkages between ICT and social and economic development in a range of sectors including trade. His core expertise is in developing and implementing communication methods, ICT policies and practices for social and economic development.
Murali works nationally and internationally on communication and ICT policies with a focus on issues of affordable and equitable access as well as; policies that will improve local content and encourage the participation of people living in margins to benefit from information societies. He is skilled in strategy development and implementation; monitoring and evaluation of media and communications projects; and mobilising and managing wide range of multi-disciplinary stakeholders in cross-cultural settings. He has worked with research institutions, business communities, regulatory, government policy makers’, and media and communication actors.