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.