Dr. Payal Arora

Dr. Payal Arora

Payal Arora is an Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Founder and Executive Director of Catalyst Lab, a center that reignites relations between academia, industry and the public via innovative social media campaigns. Her expertise lies in digital economies of the global South. She has extensive research and consulting experience with both the private and the public sector worldwide including UNESCO, World Bank, Hewlett Packard, National Health Foundation, The Ministry of Jordan, Sotheby’s, Kellogg and Siemens. She is the author of several books including an upcoming book with Harvard University Press on Digital Life beyond the West. She has published over forty papers in her field and has given more than 90 presentations in 56 cities and 22 countries. She has been invited to speak by several prestigious universities and organizations such as Max Planck, Annenberg, Berkeley, Cornell, Duke, Kings College London and the World Public Forum. Arora sits on multiple boards including: The Earth Institute; Columbia University’s Connect to Learn; Technology, Knowledge & Society Association; and The World Women Global Council in New York. She has held Fellow positions at NYU Steinhardt, General Electric, and Rio’s Institute of Technology and Society. Her educational background is in policy and technology with degrees from Harvard University (Masters in International Policy) and Columbia University (Doctorate in Language, Literacy & Technology) and a Teaching Certification from the University of Cambridge. Her educational background is in policy and technology with degrees from Harvard University (Masters in International Policy) and Columbia University (Doctorate in Language, Literacy & Technology) and a Teaching Certification from the University of Cambridge.