PeopleBoard of Directors
Dr Alison Gillwald: Executive Director 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.

Profile updated May 2016

Curriculum vitae updated May 2016
Email - agillwald [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Dr Krishna Oolun  Dr Krishna Oolun was the Chief Executive  of the ICT authority of Mauritius, the national regulatory authority between 2005 and 2015. Prior to that he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Mauritius. Dr Oolun was in involved in the drafting of the White Paper in Telecommunication in 1997 follwoing the commitment of Mauritius to liberalise the sector. He was the project leader for the elaboration of the National Broadband Policy for Mauritius on 2012.

Krishna Oolun has a wide experience in Telecom sector planning with current research interest in the regulatory reform modelling. He is presently and independen ICT regulatory expert.
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Dr Bitange 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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Ms Nadia Bulbulia Nadia Bulbulia 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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Dr Ernest Ndukwe Ernest Ndukwe 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 Rohan Samarajiva Rohan Samarajiva 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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Dr Tracy Cohen Dr Tracy Cohen is a Director at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) in the Convergence and New Media practice. Before joining CDH in March 2016, Dr Cohen was Chief of Corporate Services at Neotel Proprietary Limited where she was responsible for legal and contracts, regulatory affairs, corporate social investment, B‐BBEE and Corporate Communications. She joined the company in 2008 as Executive Head of Regulation.  Prior to this she served a term as a councillor for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) from 2004 to 2008.

Dr Cohen previously held teaching posts at Wits University in Johannesburg and research posts at Columbia University in New York City, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. She has worked as a regulatory consultant for domestic and international organisations including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO). Between 2009-2016, Dr Cohen was the non-executive chairperson of the South African National Nuclear Regulator. She and also sits on the Policy Advisory Committee for the Centre for Risk and Regulation (CARR) at the London School of Economics.
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Prof. Nii Quaynor Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor graduated in engineering science from Dartmouth College in 1972 and received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Thayer School of Engineering there in 1973. He then studied Computer Science, obtaining an M.S. from the State University of New York at StonyBrook in 1974 and a Ph.D. from the same institution in 1977. He attended Adisadel College and Achimota School in Ghana

In 2000, he became director of ICANN for the African region. Prof. Quaynor received the Internet Society’s prestigious Jonathan Postel Service Award for pioneering work to advance Internet in Africa, December 2007, and was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013 for his pioneering role in the development of the Internet in Africa.
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Prof. John Nkoma Prof. John S. Nkoma received his BSc degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Dar es Salaam, MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Essex, UK, and has attended several courses on Telecommunications/ICTs regulation. He was a member of the Physics Department at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1971 to 1981, and held the chair of the department from 1979 to 1981. He worked with the University of Botswana from 1981 to 2004, where he left as Professor of Physics, having served as Head of Physics (1999 to 2004), and Dean of Faculty of Science (1993 to 1997).

Prof. Nkoma served as the Director General/CEO of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) from 2004 to 2015, and is currently an independent consultant and teaches on a part-time at the University of Dar es Salaam.
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Mr William Currie William Currie is a freelance consultant in ICT Policy and Regulation, and former  Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA).
Prior to this Currie served as the Communications and Information Policy Programme Manager of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and in the mid-1990s was special adviser to Pallo Jordan, Minister of Posts Telecommunications and Broadcasting, during which time he coordinated the process that led to the White Paper on Telecommunications Policy.  As General Secretary of the Film and Allied Workers Organisation (FAWO), Currie was involved in the development of broadcasting policy during South Africa’s transition to democracy in South Africa.  
Currie holds an MA in Film and Television Studies for Education from the University of London Institute of Education.
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Dr Enrico Calandro: Senior Researcher Enrico Calandro (PhD) is a senior researcher at Research ICT Africa. 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 also has 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’s degree. He holds a PhD in Business Administration specialising in telecommunications policy, from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, and a Master degree in Communications' sciences from the University of Perugia, Italy. He is a recipient of the OTF fellowship on information controls, the Amy Mahan scholarship award for the advancement of ICT policy in Africa, and the UNDESA fellowship for international cooperation.

Email - ecalandro [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Mr Broc Rademan: Researcher Broc Rademan is interested in international development and ICTs. He obtained an MA in Development and Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship after achieving an Honours degree in International Relations and a Bachelor degree in Political Science - both from the University of Pretoria. His experience in private consulting, policy analysis, database management and proof reading direct his current tasks and interests toward qualitative policy research, report writing, data collation and editing. He is engaged with qualitatively assessing the state’s role in past, current and future ICT sector development, particularly within the context of African Developmentalism.
Email - brademan [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Ms Mariama 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
Ms Chenai Chair: Researcher Chenai Chair is a 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
Mr Onkokame Mothobi: Senior Researcher Onkokame Mothobi (PhD, Economic (ABD) University of Cape Town) is a senior researcher. He specialises in industrial economics with an emphasis on telecommunication demand, competition and regulatory policies. His PhD was based on telecommunications demand and regulatory policies. Mothobi also holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Botswana, and has been invlved in several business and management consultancies in private and public organisations. Mothobi is an expert in the application of econometric methods to the pricing of mobile phone plans in the telecommunications industry, and as a telecommunications market analyst, analyses operators' financial statements as well as supply-side pricing patterns and competition strategies throughout Africa. His responsibilities at RIA include leading the pricing team, and he is also involved in the development of survey tools for the ICT demand-survey and development of the quality of service database.
Email - omothobi [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Ms Ondine Bello: Office administrator / Personal Assistant / Project Coordinator Email - admin [at] researchictafrica [dot] net
Senior Research Fellows
Dr Christoph 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 Steve 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 Kammy Naidoo: Global Programme Advisor for MAP Kammy Naidoo is the Global Programme Advisor for MAP (Making Access to financial services possible).  Previously Head of Information and Research at FinMark Trust, Kammy has more than 12 years experience in strategy and research, and has worked extensively on the African continent.  She has an in-depth knowledge of African and Middle-Eastern markets, particularly ICT, and specialises in research and strategy.
A large portion of Kammy’s professional career has been working in the Strategic Investments Division of the largest mobile operator on the African continent, MTN Group, and 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 WITS University where her research focused on the impact of policy and regulation on market structure in telecommunications in emerging markets.
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Dr Marshini 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
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