Activist and Managing Director, Africa, Luminate
Ory Okolloh currently serves as managing director, Africa at Luminate, a global philanthropic organization that funds nonprofit and for-profit organizations to help people participate in and shape the issues affecting their lives, and make those in power more transparent, responsive, and accountable. Based in Nairobi, she is also tasked with helping to drive the growth of Omidyar Network’s overall investment portfolio in Africa.
Prior to this, Ms. Okolloh was Google’s policy manager for Africa. Previously, she was at the forefront of developing technological innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi, a platform created to collect eyewitness reports of violence. She served as the organization’s executive director from inception until December 2010.
Ms. Okolloh is also a co-founder of Mzalendo, a nonpartisan project that tracks the performance of Kenyan government officials. In 2011, she was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and named one of Africa's most powerful women by Forbes. She was named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.
Ms. Okolloh serves on the board of directors of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company. She is an Aspen Global Leadership Network fellow, and an advisory board member to Twiga Foods and Endeavor Kenya.
Ms. Okolloh earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.