Speakers

Katrin Verclas

Co-founder and editor,
MobileActive.org





Katrin Verclas is the co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact.

Katrin has written widely on mobile phones in citizen participation and civil society organizations, mobile phones in health and for development. She is a co-author of Wireless Technology for Social Change, a report on trends in mobile use by NGOs with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation, and author of A Mobile Voice: The Use of Mobile Phones in Citizen Media.

She is currently a consultant on projects implementing mobile technology for political engagement, free media, and citizen participation in Zimbabwe, Russia, Serbia, Peru, and Guatemala.

Katrin’s background is in IT management, IT in social change organizations, and in philanthropy. She has led several non-profit organizations, including as the Executive Director of NTEN: The Non-profit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million non-profit organizations in the United States. Previously she served as a program officer with the Proteus Fund, focusing on the use of technology in civic and democratic participation, and in government transparency.

She is the editor of Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission, published by Wiley & Sons., and author of a chapter in Mobilizing 2.0, a book focused on engaging young people and the use of technology. She is a frequent speaker on ICTs in civil society at national and international conferences and has published numerous articles and publications on technology for social change in leading popular and industry publications. She is 2009 TED Fellow and a fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

Follow Katrin Verclas on Twitter: @Katrinskaya

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