With a diverse professional background spanning the public sector, business and academia, Dr. Srivastava is a qualified Canadian lawyer and holds a Juris Doctor (JD) in media & communications law, as well as an MSc in Technology Policy. She also holds a Master of Arts in French Literature and critical theory.
Lara’s PhD thesis was on technological design and innovation, in the context of decision-support and smart homes for the elderly. This was based on her early work on IoT as far back as 2004 at the international level, during which she initiated and led work on the 2005 landmark report ITU Internet Report 2005: Internet of Things, the first of its kind in the field.
Lara is currently Head of Emerging Tech & Emerging Economies at ITU’s Standardization Bureau, which deals with topics ranging from IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Future Networks, Intelligent Transport and Blockchain. In the early 2000s, she managed the organization’s first international technology foresight programme.
In the past, Dr. Srivastava has tried her hand at two internet start-ups in the ASP and digital identity spaces. She has also worked with the CRTC, Canada’s national regulator, and the World Bank, and has consulted for the European Commission and various industry players. She has taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses on subjects ranging from media law and social media to communications strategies, languages and film theory.