AfricaCom is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.


Charley Lewis
Analyst & Researcher: ICT Policy & Regulation at Independent


Dr Lewis’s career includes roles as an academic and researcher, trade union IT manager and
policy representative, information systems analyst and developer, high school teacher. His PhD
thesis recently received the ‘Doctoral Award 2018’ from the SA Association of Political Studies in
“recognition of excellence in written work at the doctoral level”.

Dr Lewis has written and published papers, articles in refereed journals, as well as several book
chapters. He is well-known as an ICT expert with extensive experience and exposure, not only in
South Africa, but across the continent. He has experience in interacting at many levels, from the
shopfloor to executive level, from lay person to minister, across many stakeholder sectors,
including private companies, the public sector and NGOs.

Dr Lewis has extensive teaching and lecturing experience. As a senior lecturer at the University
of the Witwatersrand he managed and taught both professional development and academic
courses to ICT regulators, policy-makers and industry practitioners. He has also conducted
training sessions, lectures and seminars in a wide range of mainly African countries: Burkina
Faso, eSwatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sweden, Tanzania,

Dr Lewis was appointed by the Minister of Communications to serve on South Africa’s national
ICT Policy Review Panel, and holds memberships for: SOS Support Public Broadcasting
Coalition; the SA Communications Forum; Internet Society SA.

Agenda Sessions

  • Biggest threats to the 4iR