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Komathi Ale received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication Studies from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Komathi’s research focuses on the impact of information and communication technologies for development, with specific interest in addressing social issues among marginalized communities. Komathi adds a vital component in Asian research, particularly with experience in conducting independent research and scholarship with projects in India, where she spent several months in the field initiating education programs in village primary schools. Her work can be found in international refereed publications and conference proceedings, and has been presented at major international conferences, such as the ICA, IAMCR and ICTD conferences. Komathi hopes her research will bridge gaps in practice and theory, particularly in determining the effectiveness of emerging communication technologies in the domains of education and health. She anticipates establishing her theoretical deliberation around the socially and technologically mediated effects of mobile phones at both individual and societal levels, exploring the socio-cultural, psychological and gender dimensions of technology adoption. She currently examines the use of social network analysis in ICTD research for understanding information exchanges and relations within community settings in developing countries. Her latest project focuses on empirically assessing the educational impact of Leer digital textbooks in primary schools in Lima, Peru.