Sharada Srinivasan’s research contributes to the 1 World Connected Project focused on the empirical validation of innovative initiatives that address supply-and-demand-side challenges to improve broadband adoption globally. Between 2016-2019, she helped develop 125 case studies on innovative community-level projects, studying their business models and relative cost effectiveness. Her recent work focuses on the impact of a telemedicine deployment in Vanuatu and on fixed wireless deployments in the United States.
Sharada has participated in the intersessional work of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, and in 2018-19 co-led the production of the Connecting and Enabling the Next Billions - Phase IV final output report. She also served on the EQUALS Research Group (2017-19) and the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee’s Assessment sub-committee (2018-19).
In the past, she has engaged with regulatory barriers to Internet deployment in the developing world, cybersecurity, encryption policy, and network neutrality at internship stints with the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin and the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore. She was an Amazon Fellow at the 10th UN Internet Governance Forum and a Global Internet Governance Fellow at the European Summer School of Internet Governance 2015.
Sharada joined the World Bank Group as part of their Young Professionals Program in Fall 2019, where she currently works in the Digital Development Global Practice on issues relating to broadband adoption and data governance issues. She is a graduate of the National Law School of India, MPP 2016, and the Ramiah Institute of Technology, BE 2014, both in Bangalore.