Digital Empowerment Foundation

Osama Manzar is a global leader on the mission of eradicating information poverty from India and global south using digital tools through Digital Empowerment Foundation, an organisation he co-founded in 2002.

A British Chevening Scholar and an International Visitors Leadership Program Fellow of the US State Department, Osama is a social entrepreneur, author, columnist, impact speaker, angel investor, mentor, and sits on several government and policy committees in India and on international organisations working in the areas of Internet, access, digital inclusion and Misinformation.

Osama has instituted 10 awards for recognising digital innovations for development in South Asia. He is a Member of Advisory Board for Alliance for Affordable Internet; Member of Licensing Committee for Community Radio in India at the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting; Member of the Board at Association of Progressive Communication; World Summit Award; Ibtada; Society for Labour & Development; Barefoot College International and Sahapedia. Additionally, Osama is also on the advisory council at Missing; Protsahan; Anubandh; and Swaraj University.

Osama Manzar has travelled to more than 2000 villages and visited more than 50 countries.

Osama tweets at @osamamanzar.