Arif Khan


Arif S Khan | Global Executive Information & Communications Technology

Since 1998 to 2009, Arif Khan served as the manager of global video services at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, utilizing Ohio Supercomputer Center, OARnet and Internet2, one of the most advanced broadband networks in the world.

Khan has considerable expertise in successfully bringing socio-economic changes by bridging the digital divide through information and communication technology worldwide. Khan has been instrumental in developing and testing breakthrough Internet video technologies with worldwide impact through his work with the Megaconferences. He helped develop the first Global Digital TeleHealth Network an initiative of national and international agencies to provide a resource for healthcare practitioners using broadband to reach underserved regions of the world.

As VP Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) & Chief Information Officer of the non-profit agency, PLANWEL, Khan originated and implemented the concept of "Technology Based Communities"; by utilizing technology and cyberinfrastructure for the delivery of elearning, telehealth, ecommerce and egovernment for underdeveloped areas of the world. Khan has worked more than 19 years helping developing countries provide educational services by advising them in establishing information technology centers for governments, industries and trade associations. He has extensive experience in helping government agencies develop low-cost housing, establish ownership rights for citizens, and create numerous innovative redevelopment projects using technology that benefit some of the world's poorest countries.

Khan has also served as an Administrator/Principal of Sunrise Academy, a charter school in Columbus, Ohio, in which he helped develop construction and management plans, business models, technology acquisition and integration and state regulatory oversight.

Khan has received multiple awards for his efforts in helping to bring new knowledge and technology to some of the least developed parts of the world. He received the Internet2 Innovation Award, the Bill Murphy Barrier Buster Award, and the ADEC/National Science Foundation Infrastructure Award. Khan's professional degrees include a B.S. in Architecture from the NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan, and an M.S. in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA.