Dr. Agha Ali Raza is an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science at Information Technology University (ITU), Lahore. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Speech and Language Technologies at ITU. Raza is a Fulbright Scholar who did his PhD from the Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He received his Master of Computer Science and Bachelor of Computer Science degrees from FAST - National University, Lahore where he also remained a member of the Computer Science permanent faculty for five years. His research interests include Speech-based Human Computer Interfaces, telephone-based automated dialog systems, Information & Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and Natural Language Processing with a focus on the use of Speech & Language Technologies for Development. The aim of his research is to enable dissemination of speech-based, development-related information and communication services (over simple mobile phones) to low-literate telephone users throughout the developing world; without the benefit of explicit user training. His work shows that speech-based simple entertainment services can be used as powerful motivators to induce self-training and viral spread among low-literate masses. Such services can further be used as vehicles for delivering core development services: to disseminate development-related information, gather information in the form of real-time surveys and to perform randomized controlled trials and demographic studies. Raza has authored/co-authored more than 15 research papers published in peer-reviewed conferences. Over the last three years, the benefits of his research have directly reached more than 250,000 people via various projects in Pakistan (Polly, Job-Audio Browser, Hello-Rozgar, Baang, Polly Quiz), India (Polly in collaboration with Babajob.com and Jharkhand Mobile Vaani) and West Africa (Polly-Message, Ebola-HealthLine). His novel approach to mass-disseminate information about job-opportunities to low-literate users in Pakistan received the 2013 best paper award at the prestigious ACM CHI conference on Human Computer Interfaces.