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Mark Graham is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the OII, a Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, and an Associate in the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment. He has published articles in major geography, communications, and urban studies journals, and his work has been covered by the Economist, the BBC, the Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, and many other newspapers and magazines. He is an editorial board member of Information, Communication, and Society, Geo:Geography, Environment and Planning A, and Big Data & Society. He is also a member of DFID’s Digital Advisory Panel and the ESRC’s Peer Review College. In 2014, he was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant to lead a team to study 'knowledge economies' in Sub-Saharan Africa over five years. This will entail looking at the geographies of information production, low-end (virtual labour and microwork) knowledge work, and high-end (innovation hubs and bespoke information services) knowledge work in fifteen African cities.
Dr Kevin Watkins is the nonresident Senior Fellow at Centre for Universal Education at Brookings Institution, appointed Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the leading think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues in the UK. Watkins held previously the position of director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report. He was the director of the UNDP Human Development Report where led the research on reports covering the Millennium Development Goals, water and climate change. Watkins was the head of research at Oxfam.