LIRNEasia is a regional ICT policy and regulation think tank active across the Asia Pacific

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Ayesha Zainudeen

Senior Research Manager


Ayesha is a Senior Research Manager at LIRNEasia, where her core research area is ICT usage in Asia. She has over ten years’ experience in such demand-side research using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Her current research interests include in an impact analysis of mobile phone roll out Myanmar.

Her previous research has included multi-country studies of ICT access and use among low income earners (or the bottom of the pyramid [BOP]), among urban micro entrepreneurs, among others. She has looked at questions of mobile adoption as well as the adoption of ‘more than voice’ (or data) services. She has also conducted gender analyses of mobile use among the Asian BOP and more recently in Myanmar (not yet published). She was a co-researcher on a study which investigated the relevance of telecenters in delivering public services to the BOP in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2011 for the World Bank. She also carried out research on the potential for mobile commerce applications for the bottom of the pyramid in 2008-09.  She co-edited a book on expanding ICT access in emerging Asia with Rohan Samarajiva (Ph.D.),  which draws from Asian experiences in expanding ICT access. She has also been involved in involved in research on diversification of network participation through a case study of Grameen’s micro-finance approach to extending rural connectivity in Bangladesh in 2005, as well as research into the institutional requirements for an effective disaster warning system for Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.

Previously, Ayesha was involved in research assistance on infrastructural reform projects at the Ministry for Economic Reform, Science and Technology of Sri Lanka, as well as social research at the A.C.S Hameed Peace Foundation. She holds a Bachelors degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

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