Iqbal Z. Quadir has taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University since 2001, focusing on the impact of technologies in the politics and economics of developing countries. His particular research interest is in the democratizing effects of technologies in developing countries with some of his initial thoughts published in the Summer/Fall 2002 issue of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs.
He is currently a fellow at Harvard's Center for Business and Government. Quadir spent most of the 1990s founding and building GrameenPhone Ltd., which has now become Bangladesh's largest telephone company, with revenues of $150 million in 2002. His childhood exposure to the conditions in rural Bangladesh combined with his later venture capital experience in New York led Quadir to recognize that the ensuing digital revolution could facilitate the introduction of telephony to 100 million people living in rural Bangladesh. In 1994, he formally launched this effort by convincing angel investors to establish a New York based company, Gonofone (meaning 'People's Phone') to help him organize what subsequently became known as GrameenPhone.