Eleanor Sarpong

Deputy Director - Policy Lead, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Eleanor is A4AI’s Deputy Director, Policy lead. She directs policy and has oversight on country engagements in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She is a versatile ICT and public policy professional with a 15-year multidisciplinary experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Her last 7 years have been spent working in various ICT roles in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East doing consulting, public policy, advocacy, strategy, stakeholder management, communication and project management.

In her most recent role as a consultant to the European Investment Bank (EIB), Eleanor provided guidance to the bank on options it could pursue to improve its policy on ICT lending to developing countries in the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. This involved engaging stakeholders across the ICT spectrum (regulators, operators, investors) from selected countries in these regions. Prior to this, Eleanor was an associate consultant with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) where she worked on various consulting projects including a presentation to board members of national regulatory authorities drawn from four continents on the relevance of ICT and corporate social responsibility in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At MTN Ghana, Eleanor was responsible for public policy and regulatory affairs. She engaged the government on issues of taxation on telecommunication services, right of way, and arbitrary regulations on the sector. She worked closely with the telecommunications regulator on burning issues such as SIM registration, mobile number portability, quality of service, interconnection, and competition. She has presented advisory briefs on universal access, interconnection, taxation, Over the Top (OTT) services, and stimulating broadband within the African telecoms sector. From 2010-2015, she also served on two public boards involved with the ICT sector, notably the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and the Data Protection Commission.

Based in London, Eleanor is passionate about connectivity, gender and development, and advocates for universal broadband access and digital content aimed particularly at advancing women in developing regions.