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 served on various national and international senior-level policy advisory & leadership boards, including multiple United Nations bodies, as UNECA, UNITU, UNGAID, and the global internet regulator ICANN, where her work has inﬂuenced the formation of key African and Global organizations that made signiﬁcant impact on the implementation of important public policies on technology and global internet governance, including International Domain Names (IDNs). She has also performed high-level public engagements and policy advocacy at US Congress. She has served on Education Boards and public policy think tanks and forums in the US and Europe.
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.