Tahani Iqbal

Policy Fellow

Tahani is an independent consultant with over 15 years of experience in digital and tech policy and regulation across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Her policy and research interests include digital inclusion and development, emerging tech, infrastructure and connectivity, platform regulation, data privacy and protection, competition and trade, and telecommunication regulation. 

Previously, she was part of Meta’s (Facebook) Connectivity and Access Policy Team in APAC where she led infrastructure and connectivity policy initiatives and accessibility efforts in the region. Prior to that, she worked as a regulatory and policy specialist attached to the Group Corporate Office and Regional CEO’s Office at Axiata Group Berhad in Malaysia, supporting the Group’s telecom and digital investments across South and South East Asia.  

As a policy researcher, Tahani worked at the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SIRC) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. She has also worked at LIRNEasia, first as a Researcher from 2006-2008 and more recently as a Senior Research Manager from 2018-2020. During her time at LIRNEasia, Tahani helped manage and develop CPRsouth, a capacity building initiative to develop Asia-Pacific based policy intellectuals on ICT policy regulation, supported business development efforts, and led and contributed to research on the technology and digitisation reforms, data protection, cybersecurity, the future of work, gender and accessibility issues impacting the region. 

Tahani holds a Master in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a BSc in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. 

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