Tracy Cohen

Head of regulatory affairs, Neotel

She was a councillor at South Africa's information, communication, technology and broadcasting regulator where she helped to set the national agenda. Now Tracy Cohen is heading up regulatory affairs for Neotel. While at Icasa, Cohen was at the forefront of attempts to liberalise and regulate the information technology communication sector, where she looked at key policy issues such as interconnection, facilities leasing and developing the competition framework for the Electronic Communications Act. As the new kid on the telecommunications block, Cohen will play a huge role in ensuring the landscape is conducive for the second network operator to take on Telkom and provide South African consumers with real competitive options. She has previously held teaching posts at the University of the Witwatersrand and research posts at New York's Columbia University, the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. � Lloyd Gedye

Lunch spot: Salsa, Illovo, Johannesburg