Research ICT Africa (RIA) is an African think tank that has operated for over a decade to fill a strategic gap in the development of a sustainable information society and digital economy. It has done so by building the multidisciplinary research capacity needed to inform evidence-based policy and effective regulation Africa. RIA’s dynamic and evolving research agenda examines the uneven distribution of the benefits and harms of the intensifying global processes of digitalisation and datafication.

RIA research team

Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA), an African digital policy and regulatory think-tank based in South Africa. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance where she supervises doctoral students undertaking transdisciplinary research on the digital economy and society in Africa.

Scott Timcke (PhD, Simon Fraser University) is a political economist of digital technology and democratic life. He is a Research Associate of the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change and an Affiliate with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hanani Hlomani is a Research Fellow with Research ICT Africa. He has an LLB degree (cum laude) from the University of Fort Hare; an LLM (Intellectual Property Law) from the University of Cape Town, and is currently pursuing a PhD (Commercial Law) at the UCT. Besides his current position as an Associate at AfriConsultFirm, where he mostly deals with commercial, entertainment, and intellectual property law as an advisor, he has previously worked as a Research Assistant and Law Reporter for organisations such as the African Legal Information Institute and the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit.

Elizabeth Orembo has joined RIA as a research fellow. She is a tech public policy enthusiast who works at the intersection of technology and human development.