Keynote Speakers

Renana Jhabvala 



Renana Jhabvala is an Indian social worker, who has been active for decades in organising women in the informal economy into trade unions, co-operatives and financial institutions in India, and has been extensively involved in policy issues relating to poor women and the informal economy. She is best known for her long association with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), India, and for her writings on issues of women in the informal economy. She is also the chair of the board of SEWA Bharat, SEWA Grih Rin Ltd., HomeNet South Asia, and WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing). She was also a Member of UN Secretary General’s high-level panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016-2017). She was Chancellor at Gandhigram Rural University (2012-2017). In 1990, she was awarded a Padma Shri from the Government of India for her contributions in the field of social work.  She attended Harvard University to pursue bachelor’s degree in BA Math and went on to the Yale University to pursue post-graduate studies in Economics.

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Michael Barrett



Michael Barrett is a Professor of Information systems & Innovation Studies at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Barrett has a broad interest in the content and implications of digitalisation informed by practice-oriented perspectives. His research interests are pursued empirically across a number of areas and sectors including but not limited to healthcare, fintech, mobile technology and configurations of outsourcing. Barrett has close affinities with IFIP, especially WG 8.2 and 9.4. He is the director of Cambridge Digital Innovation centre. Barrett is a prolific researcher with publications spanning interdisciplinary across Information systems and Organisational studies with his work published merited journals including Organization Science, MIS Quarterly and the Information Systems Research.

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