Melody Musoni

Digital Governance and Digital Economy Policy Officer, ECDPM.

Melody Musoni is a Digital Governance and Digital Economy Policy

Officer at ECDPM, a ‘think and do tank’ based in The Netherlands. She

is also the founder of AIfrica Conversations, an initiative uniting

African voices to explore how artificial intelligence shapes social,

economic, and political realms, with a focus on effective regulation.

Melody’s areas of interest are on Africa’s digital policy landscape,

spanning projects on Artificial Intelligence in Africa, AI Sovereignty

in South Africa, gender and criminality in cyberspace, digital ID in

Africa, approaches to digital sovereignty, data localization in

cybercrime investigations, to mention a few. A seasoned speaker,

Melody has contributed to global forums like the Internet Governance

Forum, the Transform Africa Summit and engaged with institutions such

as the European Union Digital for Development Hub and the OECD.

Before joining ECDPM, Melody worked as a data protection senior expert

and advisor at the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Secretariat. Melody has a decade long experience in both legal

practice and academia where she specialised in privacy law,

cybersecurity, and information technology law in South Africa. She

holds a PhD degree in cybercrime law and cloud computing law, a master

of laws degree in cyberlaw and a bachelor of laws degree from the

University of Witwatersrand.