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ALT Advisory is a dynamic public interest legal advisory firm that focuses on public law, emergent technology, media law, and data privacy.

In a rapidly developing digital world, ALT Advisory seeks to question convention and promote rights-based disruptive innovation.


Developing international human rights law.

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The ALT Advisory Team.

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Avani Singh

Director // Co-Founder

LinkedIn | @AvaniS_RSAE-mail Avani

  • Avani focuses on information rights, data privacy, public law, and electoral law at the domestic, regional and international levels, with a particular interest in researching, advising and training in the areas of freedom of expression, online regulation, and privacy in Africa.

    Before forming ALT, Avani practised media law at Webber Wentzel and constitutional and international law at the Legal Resources Centre. She has represented clients before various courts and tribunals, including media complaints mechanisms, in South Africa and appeared before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

    • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (with Right of Appearance).
    • Member of the Legal Practice Council.
    • B.Comm., LL.B. (University of Pretoria).
    • Certificates in Privacy Law and Policy (University of Amsterdam); Advanced Topics in Internet Governance, Civil Society and Policy Advocacy (Central European University); Human Rights and the Marketplace (University of the Witwatersrand); and Advanced Administrative Law (University of the Witwatersrand).
    • Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji at the International Criminal Court (2013).
    • Justice Thembile Skweyiya at the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2010).
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Michael Power

Director // Co-Founder

LinkedIn | @MikePowerRSA | E-mail Michael

  • Michael focuses on public law, information rights, and the implementation and development of domestic and international law, with a particular interest in researching and advising on freedom of expression online, cybercrimes, freedom of assembly and association, privacy, encryption, and the development of public interest and emergent technologies in Africa.

    Before forming ALT, Michael practised constitutional and international law at the Legal Resources Centre. He has appeared before various courts and tribunals in South Africa, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (with Right of Appearance).
    • Member of the Legal Practice Council.
    • B.A., LL.B. (with Distinction), LL.M. in Public International Law (with Distinction) (University of the Witwatersrand).
    • Certificate in International Trade Regulation (University of Bern).
    • Justice Bess Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2014).
    • Justice Kathleen Satchwell at the Gauteng Division, Johannesburg (2011).
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John Paul Ongeso

Senior Researcher

LinkedIn | @JPOngesoE-mail John Paul

  • John Paul focuses on public law, information rights, and business and human rights. He advises clients on, telecommunications law, data privacy, corporate accountability, and competition policy. He is a Senior Researcher at ALT Advisory (2019-) and a member of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association (Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University).

    Before joining ALT Advisory, John Paul worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional Public, Human Rights & International Law, a Centre of the University of Johannesburg (SAIFAC) (2016), a lecturer at Strathmore University, Kenya (2015), and a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand (2012-4).

    • Member of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association (Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University).
    • LL.B. (with Distinction), LL.M. in Public International Law, PhD. (Corporate Criminal Liability in International law) (University of the Witwatersrand).

    • John Paul Ongeso ‘Corporate accountability in South Africa: sharpening the role of criminal law’ South African Journal of Criminal Justice 29 (2016) 225.
    • John Paul Ongeso ‘Al-Bashir: what the law says about South Africa’s duties’ (2015) The Conversation.
    • John Paul Ongeso ‘Liberalism and comprehensive doctrines: Deliberation about values through the idea of public reason’ Law and Religion in Africa – The Quest for the Common Good (SUN Press – Stellenbosch) (2015).
    • Viljoen, J., Magaya, I., Ongeso, J. P., Ndebele, C., Tungay SJ, G., Samaradiwakera-Wijesundara, C., & Chamberlain, L. (2015). Constitutional Court statistics for the 2011 term: statistics. South African Journal on Human Rights, 31(1), 219-233.
    • John Paul Ongeso ‘Corporate criminal liability in international law for aiding and abetting international crimes’ (2015) University of the Witwatersrand Ph.D. Thesis.
    • John Paul Ongeso, Marie Wentzel, Cebile Ndebele, Grant Tungay SJ, Charmika Samaradiwakera-Wijesundara, Marc Cooke & Lisa Chamberlain ‘Constitutional Court statistics for the 2009 term’ (2014) 30 South African Journal on Human Rights 572-590.
    • John Paul Ongeso ‘An explanation of St Thomas Aquinas’ theory of ownership and its relevance to South African labour law’ (2012) Inkundla Law Journal (University of the Witwatersrand).
    • John Paul Ongeso ‘An Examination of the Inability and Unwillingness Elements of the Admissibility Test of Article 17 of the Rome Statute and its Applicability to Kirimi Muthaura and William Samoei Ruto’ (2011) University of the Witwatersrand LL.M. Thesis.
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Brynne Guthrie

Google Policy Fellow 2019

LinkedIn | @Bryn_Guth | E-mail Brynne

  • Brynne focuses on constitutional and international law, human rights law, administrative law, refugee law and most recently, the regulation of the internet, communications, and technology. She has a particular interest in the interplay between the internet, constitutionalism, and the facilitation of democratic growth. She is currently a Southern Africa Google Policy Fellow based at ALT Advisory.

    Before taking up the policy fellowship, Brynne clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2018) for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Acting Justice Patricia Goliath. Brynne was previously a Commonwealth Scholar (2016-17) and has been involved with numerous public interest NGOs and youth-driven social movements.

    • LL.B. (with Distinction) (University of Pretoria).

    • LL.M. in Human Rights Law (with Distinction) (London School of Economics and Political Science).

  • Co-Author, ‘Towards Freedom of Association and Universality of Rights: The Botswana Court of Appeal Decision in LEGABIBO’ in SALC: Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives from Judges and Lawyers in Southern Africa on promoting rule of law and equal access to justice (2016).

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Jessie Rashid

Office Manager

LinkedIn | @Rashid_Jessie | E-mail Jessie

  • Jessie attends to ALT Advisory’s office administration and client relations.

    A wife and a mother of three wonderful children, Jessie is continuously developing her business management and administration skills.

    Outside of work, Jessie enjoys spending time with her family and reading literature.

    • Certificate in Office Administration and Client Care (Law Society of South Africa).
    • Certificate for satisfactory attendance of the Legal Secretary Course (Law Society of South Africa).
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Chidube Kwazi Nwana

Communications and Design Intern

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  • Kwazi is a communications and design intern at ALT Advisory.

    Kwazi experiments with alternative methods in the design process and is always excited to learn more. He is presently exploring digital design.

    After hours, Kwazi enjoys rowing and cycling.

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Promoting rights-based technology innovation.



  • Mission

    ALT Advisory seeks to provide dynamic legal advisory services which assist our clients in the protection, promotion, and development of fundamental rights relevant in the digital age.

  • Vision

    ALT Advisory envisages a future in which fundamental rights are protected and promoted, on- and offline, and rights-based technology innovation underlies inclusive information societies.

Developing Africa’s digital rights landscape.

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Promoting access for all people, including people with disabilities. 

Best Practices

Promoting the best business and corporate practices.


Making ALT a safe space for people online.

Open Source

Supporting free/libre and open-source software (FLOSS) development.


Protecting your personal information and advising you on how your data is used.

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Safeguarding digital rights and privacy in Africa.



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