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Alison Gillwald
Executive Director at Research ICT Africa


Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA) and holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Development, Policy and Practice where she supervises PhD candidates focusing on ICT policy and regulation.

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; and is currently deputy chairperson of the SA National Broadband Advisory Council. In 2014 she worked with an expert group who advised the Ministry of Communication and drafted South Africa’s Broadband Plan: SA Connect. She also served on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President’s Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation. She is deputy chairperson of the South African Broadband Advisory Council and sits on the boards of the Tertiary Education Networks (TENET) and the Western Cape Digital Foundation.

Agenda Sessions

  • Building a framework for Africa to take its place in Industry 4.0