Ory Okolloh, recently policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa with Google till May 2 2013, and co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi has joined the Omidyar Network as a director, investments within the Omidyar’s government transparency initiative.
Omidyar expects she will help drive ‘s work in supporting innovative technology and media organizations that bridge citizens access to information and tools necessary for them to participate in the governing process.
According to Omidyar Network Partner Stephen King, “Ory is a well-established leader in the technology and transparency communities. She will help spur Omidyar Network’s growth and impact by lending her voice and considerable experience in Africa.”
Apart from her work as Google’s policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa,Okolloh earlier co-founded Mzalendo, a civic education portal for Kenyan citizens to follow the track record of their Members of Parliament. Then went on to co-found Ushahidi before joining Google.
Okolloh will work from Omidyar Network’s Johannesburg office.
Malik Fal , managing director, Africa for Omidyar Network was pleased Okolloh is joining the Africa team.
He said,”We are delighted to have Ory lend her insights and expertise to our efforts in Africa,” and added, “She will bring a unique blend of experience, and her collaboration will be of tremendous value to all of our work on the continent.”
Okollow serves in several capacities. She is a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and sits on the board of the Africa Media Initiative. She is a frequent speaker at TED, the World Economic Forum, Poptech, the Clinton Global Initiative, Techonomy, Mobile Web Africa and the Monaco Media.
Okolloh graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and with a law degree from Harvard Law School in 2005 and two years later co-founded Ushahidi, witness for Swahili, a portal that helped map crisis areas during Kenya’s post election violence. She has never looked back since the days of Ushahidi.