With Scale Come Challenges! : Pial-Islam, Project Manager-Digital Ecosystem, World Economic Forum (WEF)

Tell us a bit about your role with the World Economic Forum?

Primarily, with the World Economic Forum, I do two things: one is, we lead an initiative called digital ecosystems which looks at the convergence of IT, telecommunications, media and entertainment industry at a global level. The other side is the Global Education Initiative, with projects in Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and the Rajasthan education initiative (REI) in India specifically. I interface and manage the Rajasthan piece. Within the REI, we have a number of core partners, CII being one of them, and so is Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI). Then we have a number of private sector organisations, some that the WEF brings, for example, the Intel, Cisco, Microsoft and IBMs of the world but there are also a lot of interesting local organisations that are a part of it such as the Aziz Premji Foundation, NIIT and others. My primary role is to make sure that the partners that are there from the WEF side are able to get what they expected to get out of it, are able to contribute in meaningful ways.

Tell us a bit about the REI agenda. What has your experience been in the implementation of the initiative?

The primary role is to help support the government of Rajasthan

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