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Sonia Jorge

A4AI Executive Director; Head of Digital Inclusion Programs, Web Foundation

As Executive Director of A4AI, Sonia manages policy, membership, partner and country engagement, and all other work across A4AI. An expert in the confluence of development and communications policy, she has over 25 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Eleanor Sarpong

Deputy Director - Policy Lead

Eleanor leads A4AI’s advocacy efforts as Deputy Director – Policy Lead. A versatile ICT and public policy professional, she has 15 years of experience working in the areas of regulation, universal service, data protection, and privacy. Prior to joining A4AI, Eleanor worked as a consultant to the EIB and the CTO, and managed public policy and government & regulatory affairs at MTN Ghana.  

Yacine Khelladi

Regional Coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean

Yacine is the Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator for A4AI, where he works to support A4AI’s affordable Internet strategy and work across the region. An economist who became a field activist supporting the use of ICT for human and social development, Yacine is based in the Dominican Republic and has over twenty years of experience working on ICT issues in the region.

Onica Makwakwa

Regional Coordinator, Africa

At A4AI, Onica works to develop effective collaborations across stakeholders in Africa. An experienced advocacy, fundraising and management professional, Onica has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Recently, she was Head of Office for Africa at Consumers International, where she worked with over 50 consumer organisations on several issues, including digital consumer rights.

Nnenna Nwakanma

Web Foundation Senior Policy Manager

As the Web Foundation’s Africa Regional Coordinator, Nnenna works to develop cutting-edge collaborations in Africa to enable increased access to affordable broadband. An experienced development professional who has worked in the ICT field in Africa for over a decade, Nnenna co-founded the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa and has served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative.

Lauran Potter

Communications Manager

Lauran leads the communications workstream for A4AI. Based in Washington, DC, she has over five years of communications and research experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, and a background in technology policy and international development.

Karolle Rabarison

Membership Coordinator

Karolle is in charge of A4AI membership and partnerships across all regions. Karolle previously managed online communications for Samasource—a social enterprise that connects marginalized people to digital work and digital skills training—and worked on program development for TechnoServe’s India office. She is based in Washington, DC.

Basheerhamad Shadrach

Regional Coordinator, Asia

As A4AI’s Asia Coordinator, Shaddy works to build coalitions of private, public and civil society organisations to advance affordable access to mobile and fixed-line Internet in Asia. Shaddy previously served as the global CEO of the Foundation, and has managed ICT4D programmes in over 30 nations around the world over the course of his nearly three decades of experience in the field.

Mara Silvestri

Communications Officer

Mara supports communications efforts across A4AI. Based in London, she brings to the team significant experience in digital communications and social media and a background in human rights work.

Dhanaraj Thakur

Senior Research Manager

As Senior Research Manager, Dhanaraj directs A4AI’s research programme and outputs. He has over 10 years of experience designing and leading research projects on ICT policy and regulation, gender and ICTs, and the socio-economic impacts of ICTs in developing countries. Prior to joining the A4AI team, Dhanaraj held faculty positions at both Tennessee State University and the University of the West Indies, and worked on community development with the government of Jamaica.

Teddy Woodhouse

Program Assistant

Based in Washington, DC, Teddy is the Program Assistant for the Web Foundation’s Digital Inclusion team, where he provides administrative and logistical support. He comes to the Web Foundation from the LSE’s Global Civil Society program, having specialized in research on the internet’s impact on global activism.