Erica Penfold

Research Analyst, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Erica joined A4AI as a Research Analyst in August 2016. An experienced researcher and writing professional, with a background in international development, she works with the A4AI research team to produce the Affordability Report and other A4AI research outputs. Prior to joining A4AI and the Web Foundation, she worked as a project manager for a team of health journalists, and as a lead researcher for the Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration project based at the South African Institute of International Affairs. She has also conducted research for Global Integrity, Management Sciences for Health, and the Democracy in Africa Research Unit. She is a French speaker and is interested in poverty reduction in both Southern Africa and Francophone Africa.

Based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Erica holds a BA in International Relations, French and English from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an MSocSci in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town.