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Director // Co-founder

public law & Policy, emergent technology, information rights
advisory, analysis, research, training, tech
special projects

Developing international human rights law

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Learn more about Michael and his work

  • Michael is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (with Right of Appearance) and a member of the Legal Practice Council. He holds B.A., LL.B. (with Distinction), and LL.M. in Public International Law (with Distinction) degrees from the University of Witwatersrand, and a Certificate in International Trade Regulation from the World Trade Institute, University of Bern.

    Michael focuses on public law and policy, information rights, data privacy, and emergent technology, with a particular interest in the development and implementation of constitutional law, international law and emergent technologies. He is also a director and co-founder of Power Singh Inc. (2018-) and currently acts as an adviser to the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) in its Protest Rights and Policing thematic area.

    Before forming ALT Advisory, Michael practised public law at the Legal Resources Centre (2012-14; 2015-17), and he clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2014, Justice Bess Nkabinde) and the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, Johannesburg (2011, Justice Kathleen Satchwell).

    Michael has appeared before various courts and tribunals in South Africa, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Council.

    Michael has a keen interest in understanding the intersection between law and technology and how technology can be used to protect and promote fundamental rights.

    He is presently running the Data Protection Africa and Democracy 2.0 special projects.

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Promoting rights-based technology innovation


Learn about Michael’s recent projects

  • Developing a civil society accreditation mechanism and national chapter framework for the Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union (ongoing) – Advisory, ResearchPublic Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a gender analysis and action plan to mainstream gender in the Joint Labour Migration Programme for Africa (ongoing) – Advisory, Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a situation analysis and implementation mechanism for the East African Community Regional Labour Migration Policy (ongoing) – Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a report for the South African National Editors’ Forum on media sustainability and universal access to public interest journalism (2021) – Research, Public Law & Policy.
  • Assisting the African Network of Data Protection Authorities (RAPDP) with institutional development and support, including the development of institutional policies and frameworks (2020-2021) – Advisory, Data Privacy.

  • Project Management of the Data Protection African Portal (2019-21) – Research, Data Privacy.

  • Assisting the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations with Project Management and Strategic Guidance in the United Nations and African regional systems (2017-20) – Advisory, Research, Impact, Public Law & Policy.

  • Developing a Handbook and Online Resource on ICT policies in Africa for fesMedia (2018-19) – Research, Information Rights.

  • Preparing draft Guidelines on the African Union Free Movement Protocol for the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (2018-19) – Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing a Research Report on Data Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa (2018) – Research, Data Privacy.

  • Preparing a Draft Legal and Political Framework to the Citizens and Diaspora Directorate of the African Union Commission (2017) – Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Reporting to and briefing the United Nations Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights on digital inclusion (2017-18) – Research, Public Law & Policy.

  • Preparing an Issue Paper on Universal Free Access to Online Information in South Africa (2017) – Research, Information Rights, Data Privacy.

Developing Africa’s digital rights landscape

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The ALT Advisory Team


Tara Davis

Analyst // Researcher

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Murray Hunter

Senior Analyst // Researcher

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S’lindile Khumalo

Analyst // Researcher

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Siphathisiwe Mncube

Part-time Office Support


Kwazi Nwana

 Technology // Design Officer

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Michael Power

Director // Co-Founder

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Tina Power

Senior Analyst // Researcher

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Jessie Rashid

Office Manager // Human Resources Officer

LinkedIn | @Rashid_Jessie | E-mail Jessie


Wendy Trott

Analyst // Researcher

LinkedIn | @Wendy_Trott | E-mail Wendy


Dércio Tsandzana

Independent Lusophone Consultant

LinkedIn | @derciotsandzana



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