Rob Davies


My work is dedicated to the strategic development of information services, cultural heritage and libraries internationally and their connections with education, literacies and social/economic development in the digital era.
After 14 years with The British Council in Cairo, Jakarta, Singapore and at its London HQ, I formed a specialist organisation. In this role, I was responsible for instigating and leading numerous European projects, including several under the umbrella of the European Digital Libraries Initative (Europeana) and have worked as a consultant on projects funded by bodies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Development Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation all over the world.
I was co-author of ‘Fostering a digitally-inclusive aging society in China: the potential of public libraries’ published by the World Bank in June, 2014.
In 2015, I also advised the British Council, on a Library Landscape Study in Bangladesh, prior to a forthcoming project.

Most recently:
As a member Management Board of the Transition Project for the National Library of Greece, I advised on its move to its splendid new home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano, in 2017.
I have acted as evaluation and sustainability consultant to Future library on the INELI-Balkans regional library leadership project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
I was libraries expert on the USAID-funded Sindh Reading Project being implemented by Chemonics International in Pakistan.
I was adviser to the ITN-DCH project funded under the EU Marie Curie programme.
I advised the Network for Information and Digital Access (NIDA) on its work in the field of Science Literacy.
I chaired the Europeana Task Force on public library makerspaces.
I am now working for the Cyprus University of Technology as project manager of the ViMM CSA on virtual museums under the EU Horizon research programme.