AUTHOR OF THE ‘NEXT BILLION USERS’ PROFESSOR IN TECHNOLOGY, VALUES, AND GLOBAL MEDIA CULTURES AT ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM FOUNDER OF A DIGITAL STORYTELLING ORGANIZATION, CATALYST LAB. FORBES NAMED HER THE “NEXT BILLION CHAMPION” AND THE RIGHT KIND OF PERSON TO REFORM TECH.
Payal Arora -
Photo by Levien Willemse
Keynote speaker category: Technology, Current trends, The Future, Digital. Keynote speaker topics:
The future of the internet.
The next billion users.
User interaction with technology and innovation.
How people make sense of and use technology in their everyday lives.
Payal Arora speaking at TEDX 'Who is in charge of the internet?' Jan 2017
Payal Arora is a digital anthropologist and author of several award-winning books including the “The Next Billion Users” with Harvard Press (Winner of the Association of American Publishers PROSE award for the best 2019 book in Business, Management and Finance. Engadget, Times endorsed ‘best blogs on tech’ stated that her book is “the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find.”).
She is a Professor and Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Her expertise lies in digital media experience and user values among low-income communities worldwide and comes with more than a decade of fieldwork experience. Forbes named her the “next billion champion” and “the right kind of person to reform tech.” Several international media outlets have covered her work including The BBC, The Economist, Quartz, Tech Crunch, The Boston Globe, F.A.Z, The Nation and CBC. She has consulted on tech innovation for diverse organizations such as UNESCO, KPMG, GE, and HP and has given more than 170 presentations in 109 cities in 54 countries including a TEDx talk on the future of the internet.
She is the founder of Catalyst Lab, a digital storytelling organization and sits on several boards such as Columbia Univ. Earth Institute and World Women Global Council in New York. She has held Fellow positions at GE, ZEMKI, ITSRio, and NYU and is a Section Editor for Global Perspectives, a new University of California Press journal. She comes with degrees in tech and development from Harvard and Columbia University. She is Indian, American and Irish, and currently lives in Amsterdam.
Professor and Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures at Erasmus University Rotterdam.