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Senior Associate – JHB.


Est. 2017. JHB – CPT – NBO.
wendy trott

Wendy is a Senior Associate at ALT Advisory and a public interest researcher, and strategist.


  • Wendy holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Georgia, where she also minored in French, and an M.A. in International Development from Sciences Po Paris, where she majored in African Affairs and Emerging Economies.  This helped her develop a deep understanding of the economics of development in the BRICS countries, and an appreciation for the role of social justice and human rights in economic and democratic development.

    Previously, Wendy worked in Economic Research with JPAL-Africa, a branch of the global research centre working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence, based out of the University of Cape Town.  She also worked with Omidyar Network and subsequently Luminate, a philanthropic organisation that supports innovative initiatives to improve government accountability and civic empowerment across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa in areas such as independent media and digital rights.

    Wendy has also worked with the Center for International Development at the Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University, and with the Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    As a development economist, Wendy is passionate about achieving authentic, sustainable social justice by empowering the people most affected by inequality and injustice, and finding smart ways to evaluate what really works in the social impact field. She is currently broadening her understanding of the legal aspects of human rights and social justice.

    Wendy is working to advance her understanding on the role of strategic litigation to advance social justice, particularly as it relates to womxn, youth and other marginalised communities, and how technology can be a tool for stronger, more inclusive democratic societies in Africa.

    Wendy is part of the Data Protection Africa and Democracy 2.0 Special Projects.


Percentage of annual profits allocated to pro bono and public interest projects.


Number of successfully completed advisory projects in 27 jurisdictions since 2017.


Number of collective pro bono and public interest hours in 2023.


    • Developing a diaspora engagement framework for the Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union.
    • Crafting an advocacy campaign for the ratification of the Malabo Convention.
    • Conducting research on how to make democracy appropriate for a time of social media, global connectivity, digital communication, artificial intelligence, and data-driven surveillance.
    • Undertaking an assessment of CSOs partnered with UNICEF to support a gender transformational approach to ending child marriage.

    • Assisting various civil society organisations, including the Health Justice Initiative (HJI) and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, with strategic development and fundraising.

    • Updating and maintaining Data Protection Africa, an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and authorities in all Africa countries.