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Feature: Ory Okolloh

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Ory Okolloh was one of the founding members of Ushahidi and served as executive director from 2008 through 2010. In early 2011, Ory joined Google as their Policy Manager for Africa. The role will involve developing policies and strategies on a number of areas of relevance to Google and the Internet in Africa and will involve working with different parties including government leaders, policy makers, regulators, and industry groups.

Ory is the Policy Manager, Africa for Google.  She is a co-founder of Ushahidi and served as the organization’s  Executive Director from inception until December 2010. She is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament.

Ory graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and with a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  She was previously a summer associate in Covington and Burling, Washington DC and a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity.

Ory is a frequent speaker at conferences including TED, World Economic Forum, Poptech, CGI, Techonomy, Mobile Web Africa, and the Monaco Media Forum on issues around citizen journalism, the role of technology in Africa, and the role of young people in reshaping the future of Africa.

Ory currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband and her two daughters.

 

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