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Nnenna Nwakanma

Specialist in open data, free software and e-government. Policy Director of the World Wide Web Foundation.

She is currently Acting Policy Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, where she has worked since 2013 to promote open data, open government and the open web across Africa. She has driven forward several projects on this continent (Africa Data Consensus, Africa Open Data Network, Africa Open Data Conference and African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms) and has represented the Foundation in a number of international forums, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. In 2016, she headed TechMousso, the Foundation’s first gender data project, which brought together the data and tech communities with women’s rights organisations to tackle gender challenges in Côte d’Ivoire.

Over the course of her career she has worked closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank and the Digital Solidarity Fund, and has been involved in different phases of the UN’s African Information Society Initiative. She has over 15 years’ experience working with the UN in areas such as information society, gender and digital equality. In 2018 she was chosen by as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in the area of digital government.


Update: 3 September 2018


Has participated in

Internet and Culture

Awards ceremony for the 3rd Cultural Innovation International Prize