The Advisory Group

The Advisory Group is made up of members from industry and academic stakeholders.



NASSCOM (website)

Established in 1988, NASSCOM is the industry association for the IT-BPM sector in India. A not-for-profit organisation funded by the industry, its objective is to build a growth led and sustainable technology and business services sector in the country. NASSCOM’s membership represents 95 percent of industry revenues and have enabled the association to spearhead initiatives and programs to build the sector in the country and globally. It’s vision is “to help the IT and IT enabled products and services industry in India to be a trustworthy, respected, innovative and society friendly industry in the world”.



BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (website)

The British Computer Society, started in 1957, is an institute that fosters links between experts from industry, academia and business to promote new thinking, education and knowledge sharing. The BCS Specialist Group that provides networking opportunities for all BCS professional women working in IT around the world. The Group's main objective is to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls / women to enter IT as a career.

tech UK (website)

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow. techUK's vision is for the UK to be a leader in the development and use of digital technology for the benefit of the UK economy and its citizens.

Tech London Advocates (website)

Tech London Advocates is a private sector led coalition of over 2,700 expert individuals from the tech sector and broader community who have committed to championing London’s potential as a world-class hub for tech and digital businesses. It strives to support London’s tech start-ups and high-growth businesses in finding new investment, new talent and continued success.



Eleonore Kofman (website)

Eleonore Kofman is Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship at Middlesex University. She co-directs the Social Policy Research Centre, which uses innovative methodologies to undertake research on new and emerging topics within the social sciences, especially in relation to migration issues. Eleonore’s research questions the way educated women migrating alongside their spouses are regarded as followers and end up being de-skilled. Eleonore studies the strategies female migrants use to cope with this and considers whether their skill level or the labour market they are in impacts negatively on access to social rights and welfare. Eleonore is internationally recognised for her work on the subject of gender and migration.

Carol Upadhya (website)

Carol Upadhya is a Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, India. Trained as a Social Anthropologist, Carol works broadly on questions of social transformations in contemporary India, especially on economic and social development, the growth of capitalism and class formation, and social and spatial mobility. Her recent research has focused on international migration, transnationalism, and regional diasporas; labour and capital in the software industry; urbanisation and the globalisation of cities; and land rights.

Al James (website)

Al James is a Reader in Economic Geography at Newcastle University. Al’s research agenda challenges the boundaries of mainstream Economic Geography through three streams of research: Labour geographies of Indian’s new service economy, gendered geographies of work-life, and cultural economy of regional learning and innovation. At present, Al is an Economic Editor for Geography Compass, and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.