Roger Harris

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Dr Roger W. Harris gained his PhD in Information Systems from City University of Hong Kong in 1997 and soon after joined UNIMAS to promote the use of Information and Communication Technologies for poverty reduction and rural development. He instigated the eBario project that introduced computers and the internet to the remote and isolated Kelabit community in Sarawak and facilitated the community towards making use of them for local development. The project went on to receive multiple awards and ultimately led to the formation of the Institute of Rural Informatics and Technological Innovation in UNIMAS, in which Dr Harris holds the position of Visiting Professor.

Since 2001, he worked as an independent consultant providing services to Asian governments and development agencies, including the UN, World Bank, International Telecommunications Union, USAID and the Asian Development Bank. He has worked on assignments for project design and implementation, evaluation, policy and strategy development, knowledge sharing and research across Asia, in; Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Throughout, Dr Harris maintained his association with Bario and the Kelabit community; initiating the biennial eBario Knowledge Fair in 2007 (now the eBorneo Knowledge Fair), establishing Radio Bario in 2011 as Malaysia’s first community radio station and acting as an advisor to FORMADAT (Forum Masyarakat Adat Dataran Tinggi Borneo) - The Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Highlands of Borneo. In 2017, he was bestowed honorary membership of the Kelabit community with the name of Gatum Paran. Dr Harris was the founding editor and current co-Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.