Malavika Jayaram


Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard

Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub, Faculty Associate

Malavika Jayaram is the executive director of the Digital Asia Hub, an independent, nopprofit research think tank based out of Hong Kong with a regional focus on the internet and society. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where she was formerly a fellow in residence. 

In her previous work as a technology lawyer, Jayaram was an associate at Allen & Overy, London, and vice president and technology counsel at Citigroup EMEA. Her interest in biometric identifiers, privacy and inequality in India and the world led her to pivot towards civil society and academia. She has been a fellow with the Centre for Internet and Society, India, since 2009, when she helped start their privacy program. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, and she has had fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Institute for Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro. Jayaram was on the faculty of the Yung Pung How School of Law at Singapore Management University and has taught at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law as part of the Master of Science in Law program, bridging STEM and the law. 

She taught India’s first ever course on information technology and law in 1997.

She serves on the Extended Programming Committee of the Computer, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels and on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She was previously a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and she was an associate fellow with Chatham, as part of its Asia-Pacific Programme. She was also a member of the High-level Expert Advisory Group to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development project “Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well- being.”

Jayaram is committed to expanding the narratives and stories we tell about technology, and in bringing Asian and non-Western perspectives into dialogue with dominant paradigms and tropes. 


Contributions by Malavika Jayaram

  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Asia Privacy Forum 2023