Ms. Sophia Bekele Eshete is a widely acknowledged business leader, corporate executive, and international entrepreneur, whose wide-ranging experience spans both the public and private sectors. She is considered a thought leader in global policy, corporate governance, technology and development issues, as well as an investor and a philanthropist.
Bekele’s efforts have been widely recognized by independent institutions and the global media, having gained reputation from many quarters as, “Industry Trailblazer, Women to Watch, Fearless, Competitive and Visionary women of our time, Internet Governance Pioneer, African Trailblazer – Future Made in Africa, Pioneer Women-In-Tech Champion of Development, Women working hard to close the gender gap & shaping the continent’s social, political and economic landscape, Inspirational African Diaspora, Representative Entrepreneur, Mover & Shaker of Africa, Woman-in-Charge, Achieving Woman, a Well-Educated Entrepreneur, Women that matter, Generational Thinker, Africa’s Champion for the Digital Age, a Charismatic & Telegenic Entrepreneur, Global Telecom Policy Leader”, to name a few.
Bekele has also served on various senior-level policy advisory & leadership boards at national and international levels including various United Nations bodies and the global Internet regulator ICANN, where her work has made positive impact on the implementation of key public policies on technology and the Internet.
Bekele has traveled to over 150 countries with a historic exploratory 6 around-the-world trips. She is well known for her controversial views challenging the status quo and irregularities wherever she find them. Along with her advocacy for work-life balance and passion for the good life, she is often referred by her peers a.k.a #AddisHilton. Read more