Vision The Research ICT Africa Network conducts research on ICT policy and regulation that facilitates evidence-based and informed policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for social development and economic growth. Mission RIA conducts public-interest research on ICT policy and regulation that responds to national, regional and continental needs. It provides African researchers, governments, regulators, operators, multilateral institutions, development agencies, community organizations and trade unions with the information and analysis required to develop innovative and appropriate policies, effective implementation and successful network operations that can contribute to sustainable development. The network will contribute to the gathering of up to date ICT data and establish repository of information for furthering research and policy formulation. The programme will promote interaction between researchers and their peers at national, regional and international levels to harmonize methodologies, tools and standards for conducting public-interest ICT policy research.

Research ICT Africa consists of a network of researchers in 20 African countries:

PeopleBoard of Directors
Dr. Gillwald: Executive Director Alison Gillwald is Executive Director of Research ICT Africa and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Management of Infrastructure Reform and Regulation programme. Prior to this she was Associate Professor at the Witwatersrand University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management, where she founded the Learning Information Networking and Knowledge (LINK) Centre in 1999 with the purposes of fast tracking ICT policy and regulatory training in Southern Africa. She did so after serving a term on the founding Council of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA). Before joining SATRA in 1997 she established the Independent Broadcasting Authority's Policy Department and was responsible for co-ordinating the Triple Inquiry into Public Service Broadcasting, Local Content and Cross-media Control. She was appointed to the African Ministers’ Advisory Group in 2000 and in 2002 she chaired the National Digital Advisory Body appointed by the Minister of Communication. She has served on the board of the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Womensnet and Media Monitoring Project and publicly-listed company AVUSA. She has consulted to infoDev,  the African Development Bank, Government of Mauritius, International Telecommunications Union, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the South African Presidency, Treasury, Department of Trade and Industry,  and Competition Commission. She is founding editor of the Southern African Journal of Information and Communication and is published in the areas of telecommunications and broadcasting policy and regulation, gender and politics more broadly.  She is on the review panels of several major ICT conferences including TPRC and ICTD and and referees for the leading sector journals including Telecommunications Policy, Info and Communications & Strategies.

Profile updated February 2014

Curriculum vitae updated February 2014

Email - agillwald [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Dr. Adam Lishan is an independent consultant and researcher specializing in ICTs applications in development and ICT policies and regulations with special focus on developing countries. He has worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa and been a Hewlett Fellow of Information Technology at the Centre of International Development and Conflict Management of the University of Maryland. He has served as a visiting associate professor at the the University of Witswatersrand and at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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Ms. Bulbulia Nadia has held various executive roles in the telecoms industry and has been immersed in the regulation of broadcasting and telecommunications since 1994 having served on the councils of the Independent Broadcasting Authority and the converged regulator ICASA. She was also appointed to the Council of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and has served as a member of the Broadcasting Monitoring and Complaints Committee and on the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Media Development and Diversity Agency.
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Prof. Eberhard Anton is Professor the University of Cape Town where he directs the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR) at the Graduate School of Business. Prof Eberhard has worked in the energy sector for more than 30 years and was the founding director of the Energy and Development Research Centre. He serves on the South Africa’s National Planning Commission and has previously served on the board of the National Electricity Regulation of South Africa. He has written more than 100 peer reviewed publications undertaken dozens of assignments for governments, utilities, regulatory authorities and multilateral agencies.
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Mr. Langa Mandla is an internationally acclaimed author and former chairperson of the Independent Broadcasting Authority and subsequently the merged telecom and broadcasting regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). He was Chairman of Board at MultiChoice South Africa and is now a strategic consultant focusing on innovation for corporate social investment. With a number of literary awards under his belt in 2009 he won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in Africa for his novel The Lost Colours of the Chameleon.
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Dr. Ndemo Bitange Ndemo is the immediate former Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication and, following his tenure with the Government of Kenya, he returned to his post as Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Business School where he currently teaches entrepreneurship and research methods.
Dr Ndemo holds a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield (UK), and an MBA and bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Minnesota (USA). In the early 1990s Ndemo was a Financial Systems Analyst at Medtronic Inc., a Fortune 500 company in the USA.  He is currently an Honorary Chair of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) and an Advisor to the Better than Cash Alliance, a global initiative to digitize payments.
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Dr. Ndukwe Ernest currently heads the Centre for Infrastructure Policy, Regulation and Advancement (CIPRA) at Lagos Business School.  He is a professional telecommunications engineer, corporate executive and public servant with over 35 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry and in corporate executive management. He is a graduate of the University of Ife and an alumnus of Lagos Business School, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, FAEng.

He was appointed chief executive officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and under his tenure from 2000 to 2010 the Commission witnessed tremendous growth and transformation, earning a reputation as a transparent and open agency that delivered on its mandate.
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Dr. Samarajiva Rohan is founding Chair and CEO of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think-tank active across 12 emerging Asian economies and on the board of CPRsouth. Dr Samarajiva was Team Leader at the Sri Lanka Ministry for Economic Reform, Science and Technology, responsible for infrastructure reforms and prior to that Director General of Telecommunications in Sri Lanka. He was a founder director of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka and has served as professor at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherland and Associate Professor of Communication and Public Policy at the Ohio State University.
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Ms. Deen-Swarray: Researcher Mariama Deen-­‐‑Swarray is a researcher at Research ICT Africa (RIA). She holds a Masters (MPhil) in Economics from the University of Ghana and a BSc (First Class) in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Namibia. Mariama has experience in survey data and quantitative analysis and has worked extensively on the analysis of RIA’s 2012 household, individual and business ICT access and use surveys conducted in 12 African countries. She has worked in research since 2005 and prior to joining RIA worked as a researcher at ITASCAP, a private financial services and research institution in Sierra Leone, and as a researcher at the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit in Namibia.
Email - mdeen-swarray [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Mr. Calandro: Research Fellow Enrico Calandro is a researcher at Research ICT Africa and a PhD candidate in business administration, telecommunications policy, at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Research ICT Africa, he worked as a technical advisor for the ICT programme of the SADC Parliamentary Forum in Namibia, within the UN technical cooperation framework. He has also experience in the ICT private sector as a business developer. He worked for the European Commission, Information Society and Media DG as a trainee after completing his Master degree. He holds a Master degree in Communications' sciences from the University of Perugia, Italy, and a certificate in software design and development from the University of Florence. He is a recipient of the Amy Mahan scholarship award for the advancement of ICT policy in Africa and UNDESA fellowship for international cooperation.
Email - ecalandro [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Ms. Chair: Junior Researcher Chenai Chair is a junior researcher at Research ICT Africa and holds an MSocSci specialising in Global Studies, and a BSocSci in Gender Studies and Industrial Relations from the University of Cape Town. Chenai gained experience in social science research as a student carrying out qualitative studies for her theses, and as a research assistant in the Sociology Department at UCT. She also worked as a student researcher at the Center for Information Technology and National Development in Africa (CITANDA) focusing on the use of mobile phones for purposes of effective water service delivery in rural areas.
Email - cchair [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Ms. Bello: Office administrator / Personal Assistant / Project Coordinator Email - admin [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Senior Research Fellows
Dr. Stork Christoph Stork is Senior Research Fellow at the Research ICT Africa. He holds a PhD in financial economics from London Guildhall University, UK, a Diplom Kaufmann (MA) from the University of Paderborn, Germany, and a BA Economics from the Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has more than 15 years research experience in Africa and has led continent wide household and small business surveys. His research has informed policies, laws and regulations in the ICT field.
Email - cstork [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Mr. Esselaar Steve Esselaar is a Senior Research Fellow at Research ICT Africa. He is an experienced policy and regulatory consultant, specialising in ICT services for emerging markets and has a Masters in Business Administration. He is an expert in mobile banking and mobile money. His most recent focus has been on mobile applications and he has recently co-authored three studies on mobile applications for the World Bank and for Infodev. He has also been active in several UAS projects around the world, most recently in Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Saudi Arabia.
Email - sesselaar [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Dr. Naidoo: Head of Information and Research, FinMark Trust Kammy is currently the Head of Information and Research at FinMark Trust.  She has more than 12 years experience in research, specialising in ICT.  Kammy has worked extensively on the African continent and has an in-depth knowledge on the African and Middle-Eastern markets.  She specialises in research and strategy with a particularly good understanding of the importance of evidence-based research and the link between demand side data and developing detailed policy and regulatory frameworks.  She is well published in her field of research.  A large portion of her professional career has been working in the Strategic Investments Division of the largest mobile operator on the African continent, MTN Group.  Most recently, she was an Associate Director at Deloitte Consulting in their strategy division.  Kammy has a Bachelor in Journalism (BJourn) and MA (with Distinction) from Rhodes University. She gained her PhD at the University of Witwatersrand, where her research focused on the impact of policy and regulation on market structure in telecommunications in emerging markets.
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Dr. Recuero Virto: Economist – Competitiveness and structural analysis, OECD Laura Recuero Virto joined the OECD Development Centre in 2008, having previously worked for OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, Télécom ParisTech, World Bank Institute, Nortel Networks, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales and European Space Agency. Laura contributes to the African Economic Outlook, with expertise on Lusophone countries. She is regularly invited as referee in Anglophone and Francophone African events on telecommunications/Internet and has media appearances in Le Monde, Financial Times, Les Afriques, RFI, amongst others. She recently contributed to ministrial meetings on information and communication technologies (African Union) and on infrastructure (OECD-NEPAD). Laura holds a B.A. degree on telecommunications engineering, an MBA on international trade (Polytechnic University of Madrid) and a PhD in economics (Toulouse School of Economics).
Email - laura [dot] recuerovirto [at] oecd [dot] org
Dr. Chetty Marshini Chetty is a research fellow at Research ICT Africa with a background in Human-Computer Interaction. Marshini's research focuses on assessing the quality of service of broadband in South Africa. She has a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and a Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Cape Town. Prior to joining Research ICT Africa, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology in the College of Computing. She has completed internships at technology giants IBM Research in New York, and with Microsoft Research in Seattle, Cambridge, U.K., and Cape Town. Her awards include a Fulbright Scholarship, a Google Anita Borg Scholarship, and an Intel PhD fellowship during her graduate career. Marshini’s work has been featured in popular technology blogs, notably Slashdot, Ars Technical, Network World, and BoingBoing!. She will be joining the iSchool at University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2013.

Email - marshini [at] marshini [dot] net