Osama Manzar

Osama Manzar


Digital Empowerment Foundation

Osama Manzar is a global leader on the mission of eradicating information poverty from India and global south using digital tools through Digital Empowerment Foundation, an organisation he co-founded in 2002.

With over 25 years of experience, Osama has worked in the areas of journalism, new media, software enterprise before he established DEF to digitally empower the masses (so far 7.5 million) with a footprint of 600 locations and 9000+ digital foot soldiers across 126 districts in 24 States.

A British Chevening Scholar and an International Visitors Leadership Program Fellow of the US State Department, Osama is a social entrepreneur, author, columnist, impact speaker, angel investor, storyteller, mentor, and sits on several government and policy committees in India and on international organisations working in the areas of Internet, access, digital inclusion and Misinformation.

He has co-authored more than five books, including Internet Economy of India and Netchakra: 15 Years of Internet in India.
Osama has instituted 10 awards for recognising digital innovations for development in South Asia.

He is a Member of Advisory Board for Alliance for Affordable Internet; Member of Media & Information Literacy Experts Network and Member of the Board/Advisory at various organisations such as: Association of Progressive Communication; Global Network Initiative; World Summit Award; Ibtada; Society for Labour & Development; Sahapedia; Down To Earth; Protsahan Santhan; Missing; and Swaraj University.

Osama Manzar has travelled to more than 5000 villages across India and 50 countries and specialises in advising digital models for underserved communities. He writes regular columns in various publications including Mint.