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Our human predicament at the beginning of the 21st century is on a knife-edge, with the bright and dark sides of disruptive technologies battling for our future. Our aim is to analyse how new and fast-changing technologies – such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data processing, blockchain and, in the near future, probably quantum – can and should serve Sustainable Development Goals.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the whole world and we will need to understand the opportunities and challenges that are coming our way. Frontier technologies will continue to substantially change the cost and access to products and services, how we gather information, make products and interact. They are expanding access to global markets and changing business models.

Therefore, citizens in developing countries will be living and working in economies and societies that will dramatically change in a short period of time, or may need support to transform otherwise they will be left behind. We know that an increasingly digital and data-driven world has the potential to rapidly lift people out of poverty, but it can also amplify and worsen existing inequalities and exclusion dynamics.

OCTD is founded by Dr. Emre Eren Korkmaz. Dr. Korkmaz is an academic at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development.

Our Team

Our Team


Dr. Emre Eren Korkmaz

OCTD Founder & Director

Academic at the University of Oxford's Department of International Development


Dr. Jason Bell

Senior Researcher, Marketing & Data Scarcity

Associate Professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


Dr. Tuba Bircan

Senior Computational Social Scientist

Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge


Thomas Serban von Davier

Senior Researcher, Artificial Intelligence

DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford's Computer Science Department


Meriç Sevgi Eren

Fellow, Business Development, Expansion & Venture

Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Master's in History of Design, University of Oxford


Alpin İlayda Özmen

Fellow, ESG and Benchmarking

Strategy Director ESG Programs, Duke Corporate Education



Saru Gupta

Fellow, Green Energy, Adaptation & Climate Finance

MSc, Global Energy and Climate Policy, SOAS University of London


Michael King

Qualitative Researcher, Operations Manager

MSc in Migration Studies, University of Oxford


Miguel Luis Arias

UNDP Nature for Development

MSc in Migration Studies, University of Oxford

Fellow, Nature-Based Solutions

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We're here to create change, together.

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