Usama Khilji

Director, Bolo Bhi

Usama Khilji is Director of Bolo Bhi, an advocacy, policy, and research organisation focused on internet policy and safety in Pakistan. He is a columnist for Pakistan’s leading English language daily, Dawn, and also contributes opinion pieces to Al Jazeera English. He also serves as a board member of the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder initiative to protect freedom of expression and privacy rights globally. He is a member of Facebook's Privacy Experts Group for APAC. Usama also serves on the Advisory Board of the London-based Refugee Rights Europe, an organisation committed to raising the human rights of refugees in Europe. Usama was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he qualified for an MSc in Comparative Politics, and holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of London. He appears in national and international media to comment on issues relating to the internet, and also contributes articles in various local and international publications. He also regularly speaks in national and international venues on matters related to development and human rights, including at the UN Headquarters in New York, the IGF at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and Internews global. He is also a TEDx alumnus, where he has delivered talks on Why We Need Civic Education, and Taking the Internet Seriously. He has previously worked as a Consultant with the British Council, Asia Foundation, United Nations in Pakistan, and has eight years of experience as a teacher in schools and universities in Islamabad. Usama also trains judges, journalists, and students in matters related to the internet such as cybercrime, cyber security, digital safety, etc.