William Cartwright

William Cartwright is President and CEO of the Riecken Foundation, which operates a network of 65 libraries in Honduras and Guatemala. A human rights lawyer with 25+ years of international development experience, Bill previously served as a staff attorney for OAS’s Inter-American Court of Human Rights and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica.

Chris Coward

Chris is the co-founder, Principal Research Scientist, and Director of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School. He specializes in designing research to inform policy and practice. The role of intermediary institutions, such as libraries and community organizations, is a common theme in his work.

Rob Cronin

Rob is vice president at IREX with more than 20 years of development experience. He oversees a broad portfolio of technology and civil society development initiatives and directs the Center for Collaborative Technology, working with local partners and governments to create technologies that address community needs.


Jessica Dorr

Jessica Dorr is Deputy Director of the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With experience overseeing computer and internet installation throughout the United States for the U.S. Library Program and the foundation's Native American Access to Technology Program, she now supports international and domestic efforts.

Catalina Escobar

Catalina is the Director and Co-Founder of Makaia, a nonprofit based in Colombia. With a background in engineering, business, and international development, Catalina has focused on collaboration, knowledge sharing, and institutional development initiatives that incorporate information and communication technologies.


Stuart Hamilton

Stuart is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Building on a background in public libraries and a PhD that explored information restrictions on the Internet, Stuart co-ordinates IFLA’s international advocacy work in relation to access to information and development.


Rima Kupryte

Rima is the Director of EIFL. She has extensive experience in library development and the management of global library networks and programs. Through her work in 60 countries, she has acquired a deep knowledge of library infrastructure, support program strategies, and funding models. In 2008, Rima received the IFLA Medal for her contributions to international librarianship.


Christine Prefontaine

Christine is a strategist, innovator, and designer. The founder of Facilitating Change, she's an expert in public communication specializing in international development, information and communication technologies, civil society, and governance. Her recent work focuses on civic media, innovation spaces, and web-first publishing.


Sanjana Shrestha

Sanjana is the READ Nepal Country Director. She has experience in community mobilization, advocacy, training, and project design and evaluation. Under her leadership, READ has contributed to strengthening the Nepal Community Library Association, and her expertise and facilitation skills have been critical in expanding the READ model to India and Bhutan.

Wayan Vota

Wayan has 20 years of experience in technology and development and is recognized as a DevEx International Development Leader. Currently the Development Gateway’s manager of communications, Wayan is also a co-founder of Technology Salon, EduTechDebate, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, and OLPC News. He advises the World Bank, VSO International, and Souktel.

Melody Zavala

Melody Zavala is director of Books for Asia and responsible for improving access to information and advancing development in 19 countries through the provision of books, digital content, and projects. Before joining the foundation, Melody was Russia Country Director for Catholic Relief Services based in Vladivostok and a Project Manager in Kolkata, India.