Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA). She 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.
President Mandela, on parliamentary advice, appointed Alison to the founding Council of South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) in 1997.
In 1994, she set up the policy department at the first Independent Broadcasting Authority.
Alison also served on the first South African National Digital Advisory Body, which reported on digital migration in 2001. She continues to serve on the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She is also deputy chairperson of the SA National Broadband Advisory Council.
Alison worked with the 2014 expert group that advised the Ministry of Communication. The group also 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.
Alison is Deputy Chairperson of the South African Broadband Advisory Council. She also sits on the boards of the Tertiary Education Networks (TENET) and Western Cape Digital Foundation.