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.
Her work has included ICT policy and regulatory advice and analysis, strategic industry planning, national ICT/broadband policy development, and the creation of new legal and regulatory frameworks to address issues around competition, cost-based pricing, spectrum management, and infrastructure development and sharing. Sonia is an avid advocate of gender equality in development, and has worked extensively to promote gender analysis and awareness in the ICT planning process, as well as an understanding of the importance of universal access and digital inclusion for development.
Sonia is a frequent speaker at international, regional and national events, including at the World Economic Forum, Stockholm Internet Forum, Transform Africa, Mobile World Congress, Internet Governance Forums, the Latin American Telecommunications Congress and several ITU events. She also serves as a member and expert in a number of Committees, including the DFID’s Digital Access Panel for Africa, the ITU-UN Women EQUALS Initiative, The World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative, the Broadband Commission Working Group on the Gender Digital Divide, the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP) Subcommittee of the US State Department on ICT4D, and the IEEE Connectivity Coalition Steering Committee.
Sonia has worked in over 30 countries around the globe, and assumed her current role on 1 July 2013, having previously been Director of Research & Consulting at Pyramid Research. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy, a degree in Economics and Business Finance, and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.