Fazila Farouk joins Research ICT Africa as Research Editor and Communications Manager

We are pleased to announce that Fazila Farouk is joining Research ICT Africa as Research Editor and Communications Manager. Fazila is a communications specialist, researcher and policy analyst with over 20 years of experience, which includes working in civil society and academia.

Fazila is also a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. Her research examines the intersection of automation, unemployment and inequality in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), with a special focus on white-collar workers.

Fazila recently worked at the Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, as the unit’s Communications Manager. Prior to this Fazila was the founder and publisher of The South African Civil Society Information Service, which operated from 2008 – 2015. SACSIS was a non-profit media agency that channelled social justice commentary and analysis to the mainstream media.

Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa Executive Director said:

“Fazila is a well experienced communications professional who has worked in high-profile roles in academic, and the non-profit sector. Her leadership experience and passion for communications policy and research, makes her a great fit for the role and contribution to offer data driven insights in research policy — one that contributes to the Africa digital policy landscape.”

Fazila will lead RIA’s communications and editorial team, playing a key role in setting the organisation’s communications strategic direction.

Commenting on this appointment, Fazila said:

“I am excited to be doing what I am passionate about, engaging in multidisciplinary research on digital governance, policy and regulation that facilitates evidence based and informed policy making.

“To improve access, use and application of digital technologies for social and economic development in Africa, I want to contribute and develop flexible and adaptive policies for an increasingly complex and dynamic digital environment.”