Nnenna Nawakanma


“Nnenna from the internet” is a recognized voice for systemic policy changes for development
through open, rights-based and human-centered technology. She is a champion for
meaningful and empowering internet access, open data, open government, and the open web.

Over two decades, she has been bringing together local and international stakeholders to
advance the digital cooperation agenda. Passionate about affordable internet access, data
rights, digital freedom, and digital responsibilities of stakeholders, she is acknowledged as one of
the “World’s Most 100 Influential People in Digital Government”, one of “Africa’s 50th Digital
Personalities” and one of the “100 Most Influential Africans of 2021”.

Nnenna is a respected technology voice and leader in Africa. Her capacity to network and bridge
the gap between the local and the global has made her a voice bearer for women, rural
populations, the unconnected, and the civil society across the world. She is 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 was recently nominated expert for the Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology. She has over 15 years of experience working with the United Nations Systems in human rights, information society, gender, data, digital equality, digital and sustainable development.