Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme (based in Hong Kong)
Malavika Jayaram

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Malavika is the inaugural executive director of Digital Asia Hub, a Hong Kong-based independent research think-tank incubated by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where she is also a fellow.

A technology lawyer for more than 15 years, she practised law at Allen & Overy, London, and was vice-president and technology counsel at Citigroup. She was featured in the International Who’s Who of Internet e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers, and voted one of India’s leading lawyers.

She taught India’s first course on Information Technology & Law in 1997, and is adjunct faculty at Northwestern University School of Law.

She is on the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and Mozilla’s Tech Policy Fellowship, as well as the executive committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Malavika is also a member of the high-level expert advisory group to the OECD’s two-year project "Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being".

Areas of expertise

  • Digital rights
  • Privacy
  • Biometrics and identity in the global south
  • Data ethics

Past experience

2016 - presentExecutive director, Digital Asia Hub
2017 - presentAI fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
2016-17Faculty associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University 
2013-16Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
2006-13Partner, Jayaram & Jayaram, Bangalore, India
2006Senior business analyst, Citigroup, London 
2001-06Technology counsel and vice-president, Citigroup, London
1999-2001Associate, Communications, Media and Technology Group, Allen & Overy, London
1995-99Jayaram & Jayaram, Bangalore, India