Ataharul Chowdhury is a social scientist and rural development expert by training. His research interests are interdisciplinary that intersect at participatory media (video and new media), communication processes, action research and innovation for sustainable development at both local and global scale. Over the last seven years, he facilitated and coordinated several rural development projects, curriculum development events, workshops, presentations and teaching materials development in Bangladesh, Austria and Canada. He holds a PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna. In his doctoral studies, he investigated innovative video-enabled learning approaches for the capacity development of small holders in Bangladesh. His doctoral works helped forging two development projects in Bangladesh - one aimed at enabling collaborations among stakeholders of agricultural & rural development sectors and improving livelihoods of about 600 women farmers. The second project aims at capacity development of rural stakeholders through use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). His current research at the University of Guelph looks into the role of social media in multi-stakeholder learning and collaboration in the agri-food and rural development sectors in Canada and internationally. He teaches courses, such as International Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Media Organization and Development in Practice.