Academic Profile




Victor W. Mbarika, Ph.D. is Full Professor and Houston Alumnae Endowed Professor at Southern University and A&M College ( and is President, Board of Trustees, of The ICT University, which focuses on information and communications technology (ICT) training of over 5,500 stellar scholars based in developing nations worldwide from Bachelors through the Ph.D. level ( He is founding Executive Director of the International Center for Information Technology and Development (ICITD). He is also Visiting Professor of ICT and health information technology(HIT) at The University of Buea in Cameroon, Covenant University in Nigeria, Makerere University Business School in Uganda, The University of Cape Town in South Africa, as well as external examiner at several other Universities internationally. He is an ICT consultant with various governmental and private agencies. He holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the U.S. International University, a M.S. in MIS from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. in MIS from Auburn University.

Mbarika is recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards: (i) Lifetime Achievement Award from The African Society for Information and Communication Technology (ASICT) for his“Contribution to ICT Research and Education;” (ii) Lifetime Achievement Award from Cameroon Association of Engineers and Computer Scientists (CAECS). As stated by the CAECS, for "Outstanding contribution to computer science and telecommunications." He has authored over 175 academic publications in the form of books, peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. Every year, he serves as Keynote Speaker at multiple conferences worldwide. Much of his research is in the area of ICT transfer in developing economies as well as in resource-poor settings of developed economies.

He was cited as being “in the forefront of academic research into ICT implementation in Africa, and has provided a theoretically-informed framework for understanding ICTs in less developed countries...”His scholarly publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of the Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Education, IEEE Transactions on IT in Biomedicine, IEEE Spectrum, Communications of the ACM, The Information Society, andJournal of the American Society for Information Sciences. His work has also appeared in major media outlets such as Reuters and The Associated Press (AP), including numerous radio and TV appearances such as the BBC. He has received multiple research and teaching grants and fellowships, amounting to over $4 million, from the National Science Foundation, NASA, KPMG, Microsoft, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and several other private and public donors.

Mbarika has received the prestigious Fulbright grant four times to bring in scholars from developing nations to serve at his research center, ICITD. He is Editor-in-Chief of The African Journal of Information Systems and senior board member for several academic journals internationally. Porf. Mbarika is a Lifetime Member, Beta Gama Sigma International Honor Society. He is also a member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Information Resources Management Association (IRMA). He holds over 25 research, teaching and service excellence awards and has been featured on the cover page of several magazines highlighting his ICT research and consulting activities

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