Katrin Veclas is the co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones in social change work. She, was until recently, also the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals in nonprofit organizations in the United States.
Katrin is passionate about the use of technology in democratic participation, economic empowerment, and government accountability. She has a strong background in IT management, IT in social change organizations, and in philanthropy. Prior to NTEN and MobileActive, she has led several nonprofit organizations, and served as a program officer at the Proteus Fund for six years, focusing on the use of technology in civic and democratic participation and government transparency.She has consulted with foundations such as Carnegie Corporation and Pew Charitable Trusts, among others, and is currently engaged in a research project on mobile use in civil society with the UN Foundation.Katrin has written widely on mobiles in participation and civil society work, open source software in the nonprofit sector, and information and communication technologies (ICTs) in development. She is the editor of a forthcoming book on IT Leadership in organizations, and is the author of an essay in a book to be published in 2008 on the use of technology in engaging young people in democratic movements. She is a frequent speaker on ICTs in civil society at national and international conferences and has published numerous articles and publications on ICT and mobile technology for social change.Katrin serves on the boards of Mobile Voter and NTEN, and is a member of IEEE Computer Society and the Development Executive Group.
MobileActive.org is a global network of practitioners using mobile phones in social change work. MobileActive.org features a high-traffic community blog with the latest case studies and analysis of the use of mobile phones in civil society organizations; data on mobile penetration worldwide, and maintains a comprehensive directory of projects, vendors, and tools using mobile technology. The network organizes a popular conference for practitioners and technologists at the cutting edge of using mobiles in social change work around the world. MobileActive07 will take place in November 2007 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit www.mobileactive.org