Eleanor Sarpong

Deputy Director & Policy Lead, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Eleanor is A4AI’s Deputy Director and Policy Lead. She leads policy and advocacy efforts with particular oversight on all A4AI’s country engagement work in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She is a versatile ICT and public policy professional with a 19-year multidisciplinary experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 15 years of that experience was focused on ICT regulation, taxation, access, connectivity, universal service and data protection. She has worked in various ICT roles in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in advocacy, consulting, ICT policy/regulations development and stakeholder management.

Her previous roles include working with the European Investment Bank (EIB), where she provided guidance to the bank on policy options to improve ICT lending to developing countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Prior to that she was with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) where she worked on various consulting projects. She was the head of Government, Regulatory and Public Policy at Telecoms Operator MTN Ghana and also served on two public boards involved with the ICT sector, notably the USF-Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and the Data Protection Commission.

Eleanor is an alum of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program (Implementing Public Policy). She also holds a certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Warwick Business School (UK) where she was a British Chevening scholar.

She’s passionate about inclusive digital access, gender and development and strongly advocates for universal broadband access and digital content particularly aimed at advancing women in developing regions.