Eleanor SarpongDeputy Director and Policy Lead at Alliance for Affordable Internet
Eleanor is A4AI’s Deputy Director & Policy lead. She directs policy and has oversight on A4AI’s country engagements in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She leads engagements with governments and has provided guidance on universal access, digital taxation, Infrastructure sharing, arbitrary regulations on the ICT sector and digital inclusion . She led the development of Liberia’s national broadband policy, the updating of the supplementary act for Universal Service for ECOWAS and currently directs A4AI’s work with a2i on Digital Strategy for Bangladesh
Eleanor has a rich diverse industry experience in the ICT and public policy space working in private, public and not-for-profit sectors across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. (EMEA)
Prior to joining A4AI, she consulted for the European Investment Bank (EIB), providing guidance for its policy on ICT lending to developing countries . She also consulted for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO), where she advised on ICT, corporate social responsibility and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Before moving to the CTO, she built and led MTN Ghana’s Government and Regulatory Affairs for 5 years.
Eleanor is passionate about connectivity, gender and development, and currently advocates for meaningful connectivity, universal access and affordability. She has written about 5G, universal access, consumer facing taxation, infrastructure sharing and digital inclusion aimed particularly at advancing women in developing regions. She is a member of the Harvard Kennedy’s School's Implementing Public Policy (IPP) Community of practice and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK.