Mr Steve Esselaar
Senior Research Fellow
Steve Esselaar, partner and co-founder of Research ICT Solutions Ltd. is an Information Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem expert whose focus is on how to connect everyone to digital services. He has used GIS to identify ICT infrastructure gaps in Uganda, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Saudi Arabia for universal access and service projects, resulting in millions of dollars in subsidies to areas that were perceived to be economically unviable.
Along with Dr. Christoph Stork, Steve has developed an ICT ecosystem benchmarking tool that allows an analyst to benchmark affordability, access, usage, infrastructure and competition against another country, or set of countries. Steve has designed innovative business models for mobile application developers and mobile operators to address obstacles to ICT access and usage in the real world. Based on his work, regulators have access to accurate, up-to-date benchmarking and GIS information that tracks affordability and infrastructure rollout.