Adaora Ikenze

Head of Public Policy, Facebook

Adaora Ikenze is Facebook’s Head of Public Policy for West and Central Africa. She has worked across Africa, Europe and the US as a lawyer, development expert, political adviser and not-for-profit funder. Prior to joining Facebook, she held senior positions with the Global Fund for Women in San Francisco, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa in Nigeria.

She has also served as consultant to national and international agencies such as the Ministry of Petroleum Resources (Nigeria), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), UNIFem and the World Bank.

She was a founding board member of Education as a Vaccine (Nigeria) and the African Women’s Development Fund (US) as well as a two-term board member for the Foundation for Sustainable Development (US). She attended the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and Columbia University in New York USA for her undergraduate and master’s degrees respectively.