Prof. Dr. Mona F. Badran is a Digital Economy Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, and a Digital Economy Expert at the World Bank, Washington DC. She received her Ph.D. from Cairo University, and a master’s degree in economics from Georgia State University, Atlanta. Professor Badran has published extensively on topics related to the ICT sector in emerging markets and Arab countries such as digital inclusion, local loop unbundling, fixed and mobile broadband, socioeconomic dynamics in the_x000D_
uptake of ICT, cloud computing, data localization, e- and m-health, mobile money services, digital economy, and digital platforms. Her research topics focus primar- ily on the socioeconomic impact of ICT in developing countries, particularly, on marginalized cohorts such as youth and women. Moreover, Professor Badran has extensive consulting experience with the public sector. She advised the Egyptian Ministers of Investment for more than six years at the Ministry of Investment, where she led the research department. Besides her consulting experience in gov- ernment, Professor Badran also has extensive consulting experience with the pri- vate sector, such as Orange Mobile Operator, telecom industry bodies such as GSMA, and international organizations such as the ILO and the ITU. Furthermore, she has an extensive track record in publishing in the best international journals in her domain such as Telecommunications Policy Journal. Professor Badran’s current research interests are about the impact of new disruptive technologies such as AI and digital platforms on economic growth and development in emerging markets. Professor Badran received numerous international awards for her international publications record and her academic achievements from Cairo University, Georgia State University, and the International Telecommunications Society.