Ory OkollohInnovator, Investor & Activist
Technology, Politics, Business,
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Ory Okolloh currently serves as Director of Investments for Omidyar Network. Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm that is focused on creating opportunity for people to improve their lives by investing in efforts that catalyze economic and social change. She brings a unique blend of experience in the fields of technology, transparency, public policy and governance. Based in Nairobi, Ory is also tasked with helping the drive the growth of Omidyar Network’s overall investment portfolio in Africa.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Ory was Google’s policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for managing government relations and driving the implementation of policies that increased Internet access and supported the growth of local online content. Previously, Ory was at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She served as the organization’s executive director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament.
In 2015 she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company. Ory is an Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow, AGLN is a network comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society. She previously served as a member of World Bank’s Council of Eminent Persons. The Advisory Council was established in 2013 specifically to advise the Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President on strategic directions, research and on policy matters related the World Bank. Ory is also an advisory board member to Twiga Foods and Endeavor Kenya.Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity. In 2010, Ory was named one of the top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine and in 2011 Ory was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and one of Africa’s most Powerful Women by Forbes Magazine. In 2014 she was named Time 100’s most influential people in the world. She is married with 3 children.
Awards & Recognition
- Time’s 100 Most Influential List, 2014
- Most Influential woman in Tech – Fast Company
- Forbes one of Africa’s most powerful Women
- The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers, 2010
- Young Global Leader World Economic Forum class of 2011 .