Anriette Esterhuysen


Anriette Esterhuysen was the executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) – the largest ICT-focused civil society network in the world – from 2000 to 2017. She continues to work with APC as Senior Advisor on internet governance and convenes the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), a joint initiative of APC, the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa. Anriette was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General to serve as Chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Committee of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum from 2020 to 2021. She served on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace from 2017 until it concluded its work in 2020. She was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as a Global Connecter in 2013 for her work in extending internet connectivity in Africa and received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2015. She currently serves on the boards of Connect Humanity, a US-based fund that supports internet connectivity for communities, the IGF Support Association and the South African Tertiary Research and Education Network – TENET.