My name is Avinash Meetoo and I live in Mauritius, a small island state in the middle of the Indian Ocean and part of the African continent.
When I was a kid, I was a computer geek and, when I grew up, I found it natural to study Computer Science (or, more precisely, Informatics).
I am currently Head of Experimentation Accelerator Labs at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mauritius and Seychelles. As part of a network operating in 91 countries, UNDP Mauritius & Seychelles is setting up an Accelerator Lab to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. As Head of Experimentation, I am responsible for creating multi-stakeholder solutions to address complex problems using innovation, technology, strategic-thinking and leadership.
In the past, I was Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Board member of the National Computer Board and the University of Technology.
Prior to that, I created Knowledge7, an IT training and consulting company. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I was a lecturer in Computer Science at Supinfo, the University of Mauritius and the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I started my career as a consultant for DCDM Consulting.
I am a fan of Linux and Open Source Software and I founded the Linux User Group of Mauritius in 2000. My laptop runs Fedora Linux and it rocks. I also like Apple computers and I have an iMac, a Mac mini M1 and a MacBook Air M1 for photography and music. I also own an Apple iPad Air. I love my OnePlus 7T smartphone.
I like to blog and program. I am also a music producer and I have composed and released three albums and two singles of electronic music on all streaming platforms like Spotify, TIDAL and Deezer but also YouTube. I like photography too and I have uploaded more than 30,000 photos on Flickr.
I am married to a wonderful Christina and we have two very interesting and cool kids: Anya and Kyan.