Executive Director, GAID
The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) was launched by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to contribute to transforming the spirit and vision of the WSIS into action and promoting the use of ICTs for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It does so by providing an inclusive, multi-stakeholder global forum and platform for cross-sectoral policy dialogue, by enabling and catalyzing multi-stakeholder partnerships for action under the GAID umbrella, and by promoting channels for smooth communications and collaboration.
In its programs GAID addresses marginalized groups, including the disabled, as a cross-cutting issue and, through its networks, will continue to develop and pursue advocacy, policy dialogue, capacity-building and other activities in support of these areas of focus and achievement of these goals. Please see http://www.un-gaid.org for more information.
Mr. Sarbuland Khan is the Executive Coordinator of GAID. Mr. Khan directed the preparation of the Ministerial meeting of the ECOSOC on ICT for development and has been responsible for its follow up and the establishment of the UN ICT Task Force. Mr. Khan has authored a number of publications and articles in economics and ICT for Development for books, journals, and magazines.