Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between Indias rural sector, and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) the not-for-profit organisation founded to accomplish the mission; http://www.defindia.net In 2003 he launched Indias first ever award for choosing the best e-content practices in India and South Asia. Osama is the Chairman of the Manthan Award South Asia for Digital Inclusion for Development; http://www.manthanaward.org. Manthan Award has more than 1500 best e-content practices in its nomination bank. He has authored titles like: e-Content: Voices from the Ground (http://www.econtentworldwide.org); Internet Economy of India; Indias Best e-Contents, and Development & Digital Inclusion. Manzar is e-Content Expert for India for World Summit Award (WSA), Grand Jury Member and member of Board of Directors; http://www.wsis-award.org; In addition, Manzar has been Jury Anchor for the Dataquest e-Gov Champion Award, India, and for Bahrain e-Content Award, Sri Lankas e-Content Award . He has been a part of the Professional Social Entrepreneurship Program by Social-Impact International; http://www.social-impact.org. He has worked through Computerworld as assistant editor, head of Interactive Media Division of Hindustan Times and started a software company 4Cplus, for media publishers and quit the same to get into social entrepreneurship through DEF. He is a physics graduate and post graduate diploma in Journalism. He was awarded a joint Chevening/Young Indian IT Professional Programme 2002 Scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to study Advanced IT Management Programme at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester during 2001-2002. Osama Manzar has been involved in the last 15 years in various level of research work, including resulted in publications/Reports like: Educational Technology in India 2005 Development & Digital Inclusion Cases from South Asia ICT in Education Toolkit and several others. Osama has a credit of covering at least 100 ICTD cases in India and South Asia, has traveled more than 1000 villages in India and South Asia, including 18 countries. About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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