About Prof. Mbarika
Prof. Victor Mbarika is Stallings Distinguished International Scholar/MIS professor at East Carolina University(ECU) within the University of North Carolina System, in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. Prof. Mbarika is Founder and President, Board of Trustees, of The Information and Communication Technology University(ICT University), with multiple campuses in developing countries. Through his leadership as Board Chair, the ICT University was named Best University in Cameroon and also Best University in Central Africa, in terms of innovative use of ICTs in higher education. He is a philanthropist and has funded multiple ICT projects and scholarships worldwide. He is founder of the International Center for Information Technology and Development. Prof. Mbarika serves (or has served) as Visiting Professor at several Universities worldwide and is currently Visiting Leo Endowed Professor and Visiting Legacy Endowed Chair at Legacy University. He is an ICT consultant and holds a BSc in MIS from the U.S. International University, MSc in MIS from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ph.D. in MIS from Auburn University, USA. He completed his BSc, MSc, and Ph.D., all in five years.
Prof. Mbarika is recipient of three Lifetime Achievement Awards in higher education. He has authored over 250 academic publications in the form of books, peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Every year, he serves as Keynote Speaker at multiple conferences worldwide. Much of his research is on technology transfer in resource-poor settings. 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 several of the “Basket of Top Eight” Information Systems journals. This includes Journal of the Association for Information Systems (IS), European Journal of IS, IS Journal, Journal of Information Technology, as well as in top ranked allied journals such as IEEE Transactions on Engineering Mgmt, IEEE Spectrum and Communications of the ACM. His work has also appeared in major media outlets such as Reuters, The Associated Press, and BBC. He has chaired (supervised) over 25 PhD students that have become University Presidents, Deans, Full Professors, Department Chairs and top government officials. He has received multiple grants (over $4 million) from the National Science Foundation, NASA, KPMG, Microsoft, African Development Bank, and other donors. The Voice Newspaper named Prof. Mbarika as Cameroon’s Hero of the five years spanning 2016-2021; The Guardian Post newspaper named him as one of few “Cameroonians that moved mountains in 2021;” INSPIRE Magazine named Prof. Mbarika as one of the top 10 personalities in the diaspora influencing Cameroon and one of the top 100 overall.
Prof. Mbarika received the prestigious U.S. State Department Fulbright grant five times to mentor scholars from developing nations. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of The African Journal of Information Systems and senior board member of several journals. Prof. Mbarika is a Lifetime Member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He is a member of several academic associations, including Africa’s first distinguished member of the Association of Information Systems. He holds over 30 academic excellence awards and has been featured on the cover page of several newspapers and magazines highlighting his research and consulting activities.
The Information and Communication Technology University
A journal of information systems focusing on the African continent.