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, development issues, and 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, Brains behind .africa, Woman-in-Charge, Achieving Woman, a Well-Educated Entrepreneur, Women Who Matter, Rock Star, Fem Boss 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 technology policy advisory & leadership decision-making boards at national and international levels, including multiple United Nations bodies, including the UNECA, ITU, and the global Internet regulator ICANN, where her work has influenced the formation of key African and Global organizations and made a significant impact on the implementation of public policies. She has also served on multiple terms on Education Boards and public policy think-tanks in the United States.
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 finds 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