Dr. Tracy Cohen is Director of Business Development at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. She also specialises in telecommunications and media law and policy and has wide-ranging experience in management, regulation, organisational development and governance in the telecommunications and energy sectors. Tracy has worked as both an independent advisor as well as in-house counsel. She has advised on various aspects of regulation, licensing and compliance in the sector as well as regulatory strategy, stakeholder management and engagement. She serves on a number of advisory boards in the ICT sector and academia.
Tracy joined Cliffe Dekker as a Director in our Dispute Resolution practice in March 2016, specialising in telecommunications and media law. In April 2018, Tracy became Director of Business Development. She was previously the Chief Corporate Services Officer at Neotel (Pty) Ltd (now known as Liquid Telecom) and prior to that she served a four-year term as a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), where her portfolio included specific projects on market access and competition. Previous positions include teaching posts at Wits University in Johannesburg and research posts at Columbia University in New York City; the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. She has worked as a regulatory consultant for domestic and international organizations including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).
She started her career in media law at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) where her areas of research included freedom of speech, Internet regulation, defamation law and media concentration and ownership. Tracy also served two consecutive terms as non-executive chairperson of the National Nuclear Regulator between 2009 and 2016.
She holds a Doctorate in law from the University of Toronto.