Advisory services

Mr. Richard Kerby
Inter-Regional Adviser

Kerby, Richard

Telephone: +1 917/367-4332
Fax: +1 212/963-0522
Nationality: United States of America
Languages: English



Mr. Kerby has an academic background in Economics and International Finance and has worked in the United Nations system since 1984. He currently provides policy advises and carry out technical cooperation missions to Governments on issues connected with e-government development, focusing on e-government environment readiness assessment; identifying e-government applications; benchmarking and measuring progress in e-government development (advocacy and awareness) and establishing networks of support.
Mr. Richard Kerby was responsible for coordinating and formulating UNDP Africa’s programme of assistance in developing Africa’s Private Sector and Information and Communication Technologies sectors. He was the Private Sector and IT Adviser to the Regional Bureau for Africa in UNDP. He was also the Principal Coordinator for the current UNDP/CISCO Partnership on the Networking Academies in Africa. He has developed a number of regional projects: "Internet Initiative for Africa", "Y2K Project" and the TICAD: IT Initiative for Africa. These projects focused on assisting African countries to develop favorable IT policies on regulatory framework, capacity building and connectivity so that they can be in better position to compete in the global economy.
He has worked on and developed many projects focused on building Africa’s institutional, technical and human capacities. Mr. Kerby has also been an honorary guest speaker on behalf of UNDP at many international forums concerning the private sector and information technologies. In addition, he has published numerous articles on IT development in Africa.
He has an MBA in International Finance and is a member of the Omicron Epsilon Delta, an honor Society for Economists. He also served on the African-American Institute’s Advisory Board for Internet Development in Africa. He was also the Chairman of the Stitching Board for the IFC, AfDB and UNDP regional project African Training Management Services, a multi-million dollar donor led project for private sector development in Africa. He is also currently on the Scientific Board of Politech. He has published in a number of publications dealing with development of Internet and telecommunications.

Area of specialization:

Assist developing government in creating and implementing E-Government Policies and making those policies operational. Using E-Governance as a foundation for transparent and efficient government. Developing Public Policy for Information and Communication Technologies, Internet Policy and Development, Internet Governance. Assist governments in developing sound economic policies. The use of the private sector to support governments through Public-Private Partnerships, Micro-Financing, Small and Medium Enterprise, and implementing enabling private sector policies. The use South-South Collaboration in cross-fertilization of knowledge. Knowledge Management and building capacity using ICTs.


2004 - present   Inter-Regional Adviser, E-Government Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations, New York
2000 - 2004   Regional Adviser, Information Technologies and Private Sector, UNDP, Regional Bureau for Africa, New York
1996 - 2000   Programme Coordinator, UNDP, Regional Bureau for Africa, New York
1991 - 1996   Information Manager, UNDP, Regional Bureau for Africa, New York
1986 - 1991   Technical Adviser, UNDP, Division of Management Services, New York
1985 - 1986   Financial Analyst, UNIDO, New York


1986 - MBA (Magna Cum Laude) (International Finance), St. John's University, New York, United States of America
1984 - BS (Economics, with a minor in Government), St. John's University, New York, United States of America


Member of the Scientific Board of Politech Institute
Chairman, Stichting Board of the ATMS project
Member of the Omicron Epsilon Delta, an honor Society for Economists.
African-American Institute, Advisory Board for Internet Development in Africa
Member of the U.S. State Department team that went to Haiti to assist the Government in strengthening their Communications Commission, January 1999
Member of the Partnership in Information and Communication Technology in Africa, 1997-1998, UN ECA
Member of a team of experts that developed the framework for the African regional strategic decision-making information system (ARSDIS) for the National Long-Term Perspective Study (NLTPS) Abidjan, October 1996
Member of the Africa Internet Forum (World Bank, USAID, NASA and UNDP)
Conducted over missions for UNDP in more than 35 African countries


E-Government: Provide Value to Citizens , Politech Institute, Brussels, Belgium, 2004

Using Information and Communication Technologies to Support African Development Needs: The Way Forward , London England, 2000

Internet Initiative for Africa , 1998

Numerous articles for DMIS, UNDP IT newsletter , 1990