Sonia N. Jorge is an expert in the confluence of development and communications policy. She has over 20 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, creating new legal and regulatory frameworks (to address issues including competition, interconnection, cost-based pricing, spectrum allocation and management, infrastructure sharing and convergence), understanding universal access and digital inclusion in the context of development, and promoting gender analysis and awareness in the ICT planning process.
Sonia has worked in over 20 countries around the globe, including many in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia. She holds a Masters in Public Policy (Tufts University) and a BA/BS in Economics and Business Finance (University of Massachusetts) and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Ms Jorge assumed her current role on 1 July 2013, having previously been Director of Research & Consulting at Pyramid Research, a UBM company.
Ms. Alexander is a development professional and political analyst with eight years of experience in the non-profit sector. She is the Web Index Manager at the World Wide Web Foundation, which serves as the secretariat for A4AI. As part of this role, she oversees A4AI’s affordability-related research, including the production of a forthcoming Affordability Index.
She is a Zimbabwean Rhodes Scholar with an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Programme Development Advisor
Sofia devotes some of her time to A4AI as part of her broad role at the World Wide Web Foundation, where she supports programme design, planning, funding, and monitoring and evaluation.
Prior to joining the Web Foundation in 2011, she co-founded Strategic Inspirations, a marketing and consulting firm focused on building the capacity of small to mid-size non-profits. She has consulted with organizations across the US in areas of development, communications, measurement and evaluation and strategic planning.
Formerly, Sofia served as Communications & Development Specialist for ACCESS in Dearborn, Michigan, where she also spent one year as an AmeriCorps member.
Sofia holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where she focused on strategy and social enterprise, a certificate in non-profit leadership from Georgetown University and a B.A. in print journalism and political science from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Senior Communications Advisor
Dillon leads the communications workstream for A4AI. He is also Senior Communications Adviser at the World Wide Web Foundation, where he works across a number of the Foundation’s programmes and projects. He has close on a decade’s worth of communications experience, primarily gained working with complex, knowledge-rich organisations. He is presently based in Cape Town, South Africa, having previously lived and worked in the Far East, the US and the UK.
Wendell joined World Wide Web Foundation in 2013. Prior to joining, he worked over five years as the Accounting Manager for Uyghur American Association (UAA) and International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation located in Washington, DC. At UAA, he provided leadership, direction, and supervision to ensure timely completion and appropriate maintenance of all financial records. Wendell graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, Robert H. School of Business