Neotel has announced the appointment of Dr Tracy Cohen as executive head of regulatory affairs, effective 1 September 2008.
Dr Cohen has just completed a term as a councillor for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), where she held her position from July 2004 until June 2008. At ICASA, she was assigned a portfolio which entailed specific projects on market access and competition, including interconnection, facilities leasing and developing the competition framework required by the Electronic Communications Act.
She also served on various other ICASA committees including Telkom’s price cap review, community radio licensing and implementing the Ministerial Determinations of 2004 as well as various inquiry processes into mobile pricing, call termination and leased lines.
Her previous positions include teaching posts at Wits University in Johannesburg and research posts at Columbia University in New York City; the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. She has worked as a regulatory consultant for domestic and international organisations including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).
Dr Cohen is an Honorary Research Associate at the Wits University Law School and LINK Centre and is an editorial board member for the South African Journal of Information and Communication. She obtained her Doctorate in Law from the University of Toronto in 2004.