Ms. Bridget Mphatso Linzie was appointed as the Executive Secretary (ES)at the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) from the 1st June 2021. This is the first time that CRASA Members have appointed a woman as their Executive Secretary in the organization’s 24-year history. She is entrusted with the responsibility to assist the SouthernAfrican Development Community (SADC) to achieve harmonisation of its Electronic Communications and Postal regulatory frameworks.
Prior to being appointed to the ES position, Ms Linzie served as the CRASA Head of Electronic Communications under the department that develops various model ICT regulatory guidelines that are adapted by the CRASA Members. During her tenure in that office, she managed to oversee development of over 35 model guidelines and production of position papers on various regulatory thematic areas.
Prior to being the Head of Electronic Communications, Ms Linzie was the CRASA Operations Manager. During that period, Ms Linzie lead the organization during a critical time when SADC Ministers responsible for Telecommunications, Postal and ICTs resolved in June 2009 to merge CRASA with the Southern African Postal Regulators’ Association (SAPRA). SAPRA focused on the harmonisation of regulation of the postal markets in Southern Africa. CRASA therefore since 2011, focuses on harmonisation of regulatory frameworks for the telecommunication, broadcasting and postal markets.
Ms Linzie has more than 25 years’ experience in the Electronic Communications industry and joined CRASA in 2006. Prior to joining CRASA, she worked for 10years with Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) under the business development department. She holds a Social Science (Economics Major) Degree from the University of Malawi and a Masters Degree in Communications Management (ICT Regulation) from Strathclyde University (Scotland).
Ms Linzie has two (2) children.