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Sonia Jorge

Executive Director

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.

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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.  

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Yacine Khelladi

Latin America and the Caribbean Coordinator

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.

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Onica Makwakwa

Africa Regional Coordinator

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.

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Dillon Mann

Head of Communications

Dillon is Head of Communications at the World Wide Web Foundation, where he works across all of the Foundation’s programmes and projects. Based in Cape Town, he has over a decade’s worth of communications experience, gained primarily through working with complex, knowledge-rich organisations.

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Mveleni Mipando

Finance Manager

Mveleni is Finance Manager at the World Wide Web Foundation, where he helps to manage A4AI’s finances. A qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA), Mveleni has over ten years of experience with donor-funded projects, and has led the design and implementation of finance systems procedures and controls within both the private and NGO sectors.

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Nnenna Nwakanma

Web Foundation Africa Coordinator

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.

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Erica Penfold

Research Analyst

Erica works to develop the A4AI research programme and outputs. She has over seven years of experience in development research and writing, with a focus on poverty and inequality in developing countries, ICT, health, and gender issues. Prior to joining A4AI, Erica worked for a brief stint in media, as well as in various other research capacities. She is based in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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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.

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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.

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Basheerhamad Shadrach

Asia Coordinator

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 Telecentre.org 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.

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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.

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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.