Bio of Kelvin Wong

Kelvin Wong is Senior Associate, Center for International Development and Conflict Management. He co-directs, with Professor Ernest J. Wilson III, and manages the African Telematics Project at CIDCM. The African Telematics Project is actively engaged in Africa-focused ICT policy reform activities, ICT research, and ICT Project implementation. The Africa Telematics Project has received funding from USAID, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Markle Foundation.

Project activities range from policy reform and implementation support for the USAID Leland Initiative to the design, development and deployment over 100 distance education modules in Rwanda, Kenya, and Zambia. In addition, the Project has also published more than a dozen working papers on ICT policy and diffusion. The Project’s 1998 Workshop on ICT and Inequality served as the test platform for the UNECA’s inaugural Africa Development Forum.

Mr. Wong has recently had published “African Information Revolution: A Balance Sheet” with Ernest J. Wilson III in Telecommunications Policy and is editing Negotiating the Net: The Politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa with Ernest J. Wilson III (forthcoming (Lynne Rienner) in 2005). In November 2003 he co-organized with Peter Uvin The Workshop on The Unfolding Of Genocide In Rwanda: Evidence From Micro-Level Studies. The workshop, funded by the Project, was held in Butare and Kigali, Rwanda. In 2002 he also co-organized with UNHCR, the Commission on Human Security and the CCM/NUR The Workshop on Rethinking Peace, Coexistence and Human Security in the Great Lakes, held in Kigali, Rwanda. This workshop was co-funded by the Project, UNHCR, and the Commission.

Prior to joining CIDCM, Mr. Wong was engaged in research on R&D and the innovation process of large-scale projects at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Mr. Wong also has experience with process evaluations and impact assessments in the private sector and with the City of Portland (Oregon). Mr. Wong received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (1997), and his M.S. (1990) and B.S. (1987) from Portland State University (Oregon).