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Alison Gillwald (PhD)

Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

Alison Gillwald (PhD)

Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA), a think¬‐tank which hosts an Africa¬‐wide ICT policy and regulatory research network to support evidence¬‐based ICT policy and effective regulation on the continent. She is also adjunct professor at the University of Cape  Town  Graduate  School of Development, Policy and Practice, where she convenes a doctoral programme specialising in ICT, and also a policy and regulatory development training programme for regulators, policy-makers and parliamentarians.


Dr Gillwald was appointed by then President Mandela on the advice of Parliament in 1997 to serve on the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA). Prior to that she set up the policy department at the first Independent Broadcasting Authority established in 1994. She also served on the first South African National Digital Advisory Body, which reported on digital migration in 2001; the board of the public broadcaster; the South African Broadcasting Corporation. In 2014 Dr Gillwald advised the Ministry of Communication and drafted South Africa’s Broadband Plan: SA Connect as part of a small expert panel. She also served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation.  She sits on the boards of the Tertiary Education Networks (TENET) and the Western Cape Digital Foundation and on the Education Council


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