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Nnenna Nwakanma

Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation

Nnenna Nwakanma is a Nigerian FOSS activist, community organizer, development adviser. She worked for the United Nations for 15 years and she was the Interim Policy Director for the World Wide Web Foundation. She represents the Web Foundation at a number of international fora, including the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.


She has over 15 years of experience working with the United Nations Systems on subjects such as the information society, gender and data digital equality. She also served as the Information Officer for Africa of the Helen Keller Foundation.

Nnenna is a Diplo alumnus, an ICT4D Strategist, an expert in eParticipation and Citizen Engagement, one of the early pioneers of the Africa Data Revolution, a respected voice in the UN’s Internet Governance Forum, a pioneer and continued advisor on internet governance in Africa, and Faculty at the Schools of Internet Governance. She has over 15 years of experience working with the United Nations Systems in human rights, information society, gender, data digital equality and sustainable development.


Her career has allowed her to work closely with many civil society organisations, the African Development Bank, the Digital Solidarity Fund and has seen her involved in many phases of the UN’s Africa Information Society Initiative. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, and served as a board
member of the Open Source Initiative.

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