CV

Education

  • 2014-Present – Doctoral Candidate, Marie Curie Fellow(09/2016).
    Topic area: Accountability in NGOs, International Aid, Ethical Community Engagement, Dignity of Disaster Affected Communities.
    University of Münster, Germany. Official Page: http://erc.is/p/kumar
  • 2012-2014 – [incomplete] – Masters in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society, University of Twente, the Netherlands.
  • 2013 – Post Graduate Diploma in International Business
    Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune, India.
  • 2011 – M. Sc. in Information Technology.
    Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, India.
  • 2009 – Bachelor of Engineering in Computing
    Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, Panipat, India. (affiliated to Staffordshire University, UK)

Industry Work Experience

  • Feb 2010-Dec 2011 – Grameen Development Services, Lucknow, India. 
    Primary Role: Manager ICT Operations & Asst Program Manager (full-time)
    Responsibilities: Application of ICTs in Livelihood, Disaster Management, Women Empowerment programs. Part of Humanitarian Response team and Core Research Committee. Project Management of Goat Based Livelihood Project with 4 other implementing NGO partners. Training on ICTs or disaster response communication in floods. Part of Climate Change study for IRRI.org.
  • July 2004-2014 – Technology Consultant [in ICT4D, Disaster Management]

Scientific Community Participation

Volunteer & Community Service

  • UniTe – University of Twente – Sep 2013-2014
    President – UniTe acts as an advisory council and we focus on UT-policy concerning internationalization and integration with the Student Union and International Office at UT.
  • PowerCuts.IN – May 2011  – Present
    Founder – Citizen Media project focussing on data on power cuts in India.
    Awarded: mBillionth 2012 award for m-News & m-Journalism.
  • The Stand By Task Force – Sep 2012 – Feb 2014
    Core Technical Team – A global group of Digital Volunteers assisting various agencies in responding to humanitarian response efforts in situation of crisis.
  • Sahana Software Foundation – May 2008 – Dec 2010
    Part of the online Sahana Relief Team 2010 (Research and Experimentation for Local and International Emergency and First Responders) 10-1 disaster exercise organized by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS.edu) USA, at Camp Roberts in California. Project Committer/Programmer & Core Team Member to Sahana & SahanaPy, Indian Localisation Lead, General Community Outreach. Coordinated with the IBM India teams on incidents of disaster relief where Sahana was chosen by IBM to be used for the local agencies. Bihar Floods 2008 & Andhra Pradesh Floods 2009

Honours, Grants & Fellowships

2016

2014

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow (MCSA) – Doctoral Fellowship as per EU FP7 Framework under the NITIM Multi-Partner ITN project period 02/2014-09/2016
  • Henk Zijm Award 2013-2014 awarded every year to a student or association that makes a significant contribution to the internationalization strategy of the University of Twente, the Netherlands http://www.utnieuws.nl/english/60764/Lets_GO_Study_abroad_fair

2012

2010

  • ICTD 2010 London Conference – Scholarhttp://www.ictd2010.org/?page_id=120 – 13-16 December 2010, Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • DigitalNatives.in Asia – Selected participant from Asia for Talking Back workshop held at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (August 2010). Guest Editor: Newsletter. Project by CIS India and HIVOS Netherlands.

2009

  • Google Summer of Code 2009$4500 Grant – Worked on Logistics Warehouse module for the SahanaPy Project (Sahana Software Foundation). Technology Used: Python, JavaScript, Web2Py, HTML
  • Sarai FLOSS Research Fellow (2008-09)

2008

  • Google Summer of Code 2008 – $4500 Grant – Worked on Messaging module for the Sahana Project. Technology Used: PHP, Bash, JavaScript, HTML, GSM Modem, GIS.

2007-2009

  • Student Team Leader – APIIT SD INDIA ERP Team during the period. Setting up email, website etc. for the whole institute.

2006

  • Event Manager – CNAP Inaugural Program at APIIT SD INDIA.
  • First PositionTYCOONS-2006 (Management Aptitude Test) conducted by Career Launcher in 2006 at APIIT SD INDIA.

1999

  • Participated in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) held by Rotary International at Mokameh (R.I. Distt. 3250), Bihar.