Tahani Iqbal

Senior Research Manager

Tahani is a Senior Research Manager at LIRNEasia, where she is working on the policy implications of the AfterAccess survey findings. She is also responsible for producing a publication that analyses Myanmar’s ICT sector reforms to date and prioritizes the actions needed to ensure that the growth and inclusion trajectory continues. Another project she is working on focuses on the impacts of digitization on developing country jobs.

Tahani was previously with LIRNEasia from 2006 to 2011, where she managed LIRNEasia’s Communication Policy Research South (CPRsouth) program which is aimed at building capacity in communication policy research in the Asia Pacific. She also conducted a study on mobile number portability in emerging Asia and researched ICT access and use among Asia’s bottom of the pyramid, and compiled comparative mobile price indicators across the SAARC region.

She has over 12 years of experience in telecoms/digital policy and regulatory research and advocacy, having worked at Axiata Group Berhad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a Specialist in Regulatory Affairs, and as a Research Associate for the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SIRC), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Her current research interests focus on privacy and data protection, net neutrality and regulatory modernization, and taxation issues in the communications sector.