Mrs. Teki Akuetteh Falconer
Founder and Executive Director, Africa Digital Rights’ Hub
Mrs. Teki Akuetteh Falconer Teki has worked for more than a decade on information and communications law and policy in Africa. She is a Senior Partner at Nsiah Akuetteh & Co. a law firm based in Accra, Ghana that specializes in Information Technology and Telecommunication law in Africa. She is an ICT law and privacy &data protection consultant.
Between 2008 and 2014, Teki worked as an ICT Legal Expert in the Ministry of Communications under the e-Ghana Project. Her dedication and commitment led to the development of several draft laws (including the Broadcasting Bill) and passage of eleven (11) key legislations for the ICT sector in Ghana between 2008 and 2012. These legislations include the National Communications Authority Act, 2008 (Act 769), the National Information Technology Agency Act, 2008 (Act 771), the Electronic Transactions Act, 2008 (Act 772), the Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act 775), Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1991), Mobile Number Portability Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 1994), Subscriber Identity Module Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I.2006) and the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843). She has extensive knowledge on ICT policy, law, and compliance issues.She also taught informative seminars on E-banking at the National Banking College, ICT and Telecom Law at the Ghana Telecom University College and the Ghana School of Law. She was the Secretary to the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Communications in 2009 and was a Board Member of the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission from 2010 to 2017. Teki was also the first Executive Director to set up the Data Protection Commission of Ghana and facilitated the implementation of Ghana’s Data Protection Act until her exit in July 2017.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Digital Rights Hub (a not-for-profit think tank that promotes digital rights across Africa), a member of the UN Global Pulse Privacy Advisory Group and of the advisory committee for the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in 2018. She was also appointed the Co-Chair of the Common Thread Network a network of Commonwealth data protection authorities in July 2017. She has also spoken on various fora including 2019 Global Privacy Summit, EU Cyber Forum, 2019 Commonwealth Law Conference, the 2018 Mobile World Congress, 2018 International Bar Association’s Annual Conference, the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Internet Freedom Forum, Ghana Bar Association’s Annual Conference & Continuing Legal Education and the African School on Internet Governance. She is also the convener of the Data Protection Africa Summit, a data protection conference that facilitates dialogue between industry and regulators on the continent.
She is currently a member of the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy (UN SRP) Task Force on Privacy and Medical Data and the Publications and Africa Liaison Officer for the International Bar Association’s Communications Law Committee.
Teki is a legal practitioner, holds an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow –Scotland and a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghana (Legon), Accra -Ghana.