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Ebele Okobi

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Ebele Okobi is the Facebook Head of Public Policy for Africa.

Before joining Facebook, Okobi was the founding Global Head and Senior Legal Director for Human Rights at Yahoo, where she led global efforts to address the legal and policy issues related to privacy, free expression and access.

Okobi was previously a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris and London, a consumer rights policy attorney at Consumers Union in San Francisco, a senior director at Catalyst in Silicon Valley and Amsterdam and an MDP in Nike’s EMEA headquarters, where she created marketing, corporate responsibility and business development strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2001, she took a sabbatical to volunteer for human rights organizations in the US and Senegal.

Okobi was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative, is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory boards of Women in Technology in Nigeria and TipHub.

She earned a BA from the University of Southern California, a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School and a Certificat des Études from HEC-Paris.

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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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