Ebele Okobi is a Nigerian Internet policy creator. She is currently the Head of Public Policy Facebook (Africa). She is also a trained lawyer who’s carved a niche for herself by pioneering workable ICT4D (Information and Communications Technology for Development) policies and paraphernalia in organizations she’s worked with. She has helped to promote human rights, increase women’s participation in entrepreneurial and technological activities in emerging economies.
She graduated with a B.A in Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1995. In 1998, she got a Juris Doctor, Law from the Columbia Law School, U.S.A. In 2007, she graduated with an MBA from HEC Paris (école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris) in France.
In June 2015, Ebele Okobi in a debate at Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany discussed digital opportunities in Africa and the issue of privacy in Facebook. She also talked on how Facebook wants to use the Internet.org idea to enable millions of Africans and more people residing in developing nations have access to the Internet.
Between 2008- 2014 and 2011 -2014, she was a Board Member of Global Network Initiative; an initiative that promotes the protection and advancement of freedom of expression and privacy in ICT; and Carr Educational Foundation, Daraja Academy.
Why TechHer Loves Her:
Ebele Okobi’s profile is an interesting read. She has used her policy drafting skills to set up worthwhile initiatives that have benefitted many Internet users (especially users of Yahoo and Facebook). She is also an incredible optimist for us all to learn from and be motivated.
In 2012, Ebele Okobi launched the Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Summit on Women and Social /Digital Media in Cairo, Egypt with an enthralling declaration - “A determined woman is a force of nature”
We lose nothing by using technology for empowerment and advocacy of justifiable causes. Ebele Okobi is proof of that!
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