Alison Gillwald (Ph.D.) is the executive director of Research ICT Africa and holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Development, Policy and Practice, where she convenes a transdisciplinary Ph.D. program focusing on information and communication technology policy and regulation.

A former regulator, she was appointed to the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority after having headed the policy department at the first broadcasting regulator, the Independent Broadcasting Authority, which was established in the wake of the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994.

Alison also served as chairperson of the South African National Digital Advisory Body, which reported on digital migration in 2001, and was appointed to the board of the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation; she is currently deputy chairperson of the South Africa National Broadband Advisory Council. She has provided technical assistance to several African countries and regional bodies, advising the Ministry of Communication on South Africa’s National Broadband Policy: South Africa Connect and the African Development Bank and Government of Mauritius on the i-Mauritius broadband policy.

She has worked extensively with multilateral agencies such as the International Telecommunication Union and the World Bank and served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation. She sits on the board of the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa.

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