As the newest member of the World Wide Web Foundation Board of Directors, Dr Johnson’s expert knowledge of technology policy and life-long commitment will provide strategic policy guidance to the foundation.
According to Adrian Lovett, President & CEO of the Web Foundation, “We are delighted to welcome Dr Johnson to the Web Foundation. Omobola’s extensive experience and leadership in the technology and telecommunications sector — both in Africa and across the globe — will strengthen our work and allow us to further progress toward our shared vision of digital equality.”
Omobola is currently a Senior Partner at TLcom Capital LLP and Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)’s Honorary Chair. From 2011-2015, she served as Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, where she developed the country’s ambitious 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan, and worked more broadly to bring down the cost of internet access in Nigeria. During her time as Minister, the percentage of people online in Nigeria nearly doubled, growing from 24% of the population in 2010 to 43% in 2014.
Under her leadership, Nigeria became the first African country to join the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) — a global coalition, led by the Web Foundation, working to make broadband affordable for all. Since 2015, Omobola has served A4AI since 2015 and will be leaving in October this year.
Prior to serving in the Nigerian government, she gained over 25 years of consulting experience with Accenture, including five years as Country Managing Director for Nigeria, working with companies in a variety of industries to transform them into more competitive and dynamic organizations.
In addition to her role as Honorary Chair of A4AI, Dr Johnson is a Trustee of the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative, a Founding Chairperson and Trustee of Women in Management in Business, and serves on the board of a number of leading Nigerian and multinational corporations. She has a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester; a Master’s in Digital Electronics from King’s College London, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the School of Management of Cranfield University.
Other Board Members can be found here.