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Prof.Alison Gillwald (PhD) is Executive Director of Research ICT Africa, CapeTown-based think tank which hosts an Africa wide ICTpolicy and regulatory research network established a decade ago with the purpose of developing the data and analysis necessary for evidence--based ICTpolicy and effective regulation on the continent. She is also Adjunct Professor at the University of CapeTown’s Graduate School of Business, Management of Infrastructure Reform and Regulation programme, where she convenes a doctoral and professional development executive programme.
A former broadcasting (IBA) and telecommunications regulator (SATRA), she is involved currently in advising government so broadband policy and regulatory bodies on competition and access regulation. She has been commissioned, provided technical assistance and consulted to the International Telecommunications Union, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, infoDev, the African Union, UNCTAD, UNDESA, the Mauritian Government through the African Development Bank and the South African Presidency, Treasury, Department of Communications, Department of Trade and Industry and the South African regulator, ICASA.
She served on the founding Task Force on Gender Issues of the ITU, served on the first African Ministers’ Advisory Body established as part of the first reform efforts on the continent, the board of the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, (SABC) and served as the Chairperson of the South African Digital Broadcasting Advisory Body of digital migration. In 2013 she was appointed to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation.
Dr.Gillwald has a Masters degree in Politics from the University of Natal,which examined democratic media policy for South Africa and a doctorate form the University of Witwatersrand on a decade of telecommunication reform. She also has a post-graduate
certificate in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA.