Ory Okolloh

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Ory Okolloh is a co-founder of Ushahidi, a pioneering, free open source platform for crowdsourcing crisis information.

Okolloh was one of the founding members of Ushahidi and served as executive director from 2008 through 2010.

In early 2011, Okolloh joined Google as their Policy Manager for Africa and resigned in May 2013 . The role involved developing policies and strategies on a number of areas of relevance to Google and the Internet in Africa. Okolloh worked with different stakeholders including government leaders, policy makers, regulators, and industry groups.

Okolloh is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament.

Okolloh graduated summa cum laude with a BA Degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and with a JD 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.

Okolloh is a frequent speaker at conferences including TED, World Economic Forum, Poptech, CGI, Techonomy, Mobile Web Africa, 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.

Okolloh is a member of the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment company founded by eBay Founder, Pierre Omidyar, as a Director of Investments.

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