Bekele is a thought leader in Business and technology Strategy, & Governance and Policy.   She is active in various international foras also  expert on tech policy, cyber security, Internet Governance and development.


Sophia Bekele speaking on women and their strength
Sophia Bekele on Third International Conference on learning Cities

Sophia Bekele Talks



Bekele has been invited across the Globe to speak and present her work on a wide ranging subjects, including ICT’s, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Business and Economy, Corporate Governance and Management. Technology transfer, Online branding and Social Media, Domain business, Community Empowerment, Internet Governance and more….

“I don’t know to CEO” conference hosted by Stanford Women In Business conference (SWIB) “View From The Top: Changing the Face of Technology Featuring people that have made great impact!

Each of the outstanding panelists has changed the way we think about the Internet and beyond. With its revolutionary technology, Pandora has taken music by storm; YouTube has altered online video and sharing all around the world; Friendfeed is transforming how we learn from our friends’ online discoveries; Gmail and Adsense shattered old conceptions of email and online advertising; Shmoop is putting education on a whole new platform; Yahoo! brought the Internet into the hands of the average Joe; and CBS International brings powerful advanced information technology to the developing world, with long-standing initiatives to bring the internet to Africa.
How does one little start-up end up improving so many millions of lives? What makes these people passionate about what they do? Learn how you can be one of these people whose lives affect the face of technology. —Stanford Women In Business, April 2009 ,”… More
Sophia Bekele on women in Business

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Panel Speaker: “African Women’s Forum “, Bekele Stresses Opening Up The Business Sector To Women And Youth In The Age Of The Digital Revolution at the 2019  Crans Montana Forum, Brussels, Belgium on November 14 to 16, 2019

Speaker: Bekele Shares on on Business Ethics: “The Market has no Morality” at the SF ISACA Chapter 2019 Fall Conference

Opening Panel Speaker: Bekele Shares on “Crafting Coalitions for Change, Time for Trust at the EurAfrican Forum, Cascais, Portugal on 10th Oct 2018

Panel Speaker: Bekele speaks on “Building digital competencies to benefit from existing and emerging technologies, with a special focus on gender and youth dimensions.” at the 21st session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), hosted by UNCTAD at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, on 15th May 2018 (Download Panel Presentation [PDF])

Speaker: Promoting learning for employment and entrepreneurship, Bekele Speaks on Continuous learning, Entrepreneurship and Employment at the UNESCO’s Third International Conference on Learning Cities, Ireland, on 18th to 20th September, 2017. (Download Panel Presentation [PDF])

Special African Women’s Forum“, Bekele Shares Key Issues and Challenges on Strengthening Women’s influence in the necessary change of their society at the Crans Montana Forum, Barcelona, Spain on July 5 to 8, 2017

Panel Speaker: “Thought Leadership”, Bekele Shares Key Issues and Challenges on Africa’s Innovation ad IT industry at the EurAfrican Forum, Cascais, Portugal on 14th Oct 2016

Keynote: Sophia Bekele provides Thought Leadership on a Keynote Panel at the 2nd Quantum Global Advisory Board Symposium, Zurich, Switzerland on 19th November 2015

Keynote: “The Market Has No Morality” Sophia Bekele speaks on Business Ethics and her recent Moral & Legal victory over the global internet governance body, ICANN, 1st Oct, 2015 Lincoln University, Oakland California. (Download Speech [PDF])

Panelist: Sophia Bekele speaks at White-House/USAID organized African Diaspora Leadership, GES-Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 8th July 2015 in San Francisco, USA

Keynote: Sophia Bekele delivered Featured Keynote speech at University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, May 2, 2015, California, USA (Download speech [PDF])

Opening Remarks by Sophia Bekele on ACCESS UNESCO Connecting Dots Conference, March 3, 2015, Paris France (Download Opening statement [PDF])

Keynote: Sophia Bekele delivered Keynote Remarks at January 3rd, Sheraton Addis Hotel Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 5, 2015

Keynote: “P.U.S.H. to CHANGE AFRICA” Sophia Bekele rallied the 2014 CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium (YALS) CUNY, New York, United States. (Download Speech [PDF])

Moderator: US-Africa Leadership Summit New York Forum for Africa August 2014, Libreville, Gabon.

Keynote: Remarks by Ms. Sophia Bekele for the ITU’s Girl’s ICT day 24th April 2014, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Panel Speaker: “Re-imagining Africa: a closer look at Autonomy, Identity and Perspective.” Yale University, United States

Panel Speaker: African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Panel Speaker: ‘How to Successfully Build a Community around your TLD’: New Domains Munich, Germany

Speaker: ”Freedom of Information as a Human Right:” The Role of Government at World Affairs Council, Contra Costa

Lead Speaker: “ICT Enable Economy”, AITEC East Africa ICT Summit ICT Summit, Nairobi.

Lead Speaker: “Re-Branding Africa”, Africa 2.0 Africa Leadership Retreat World Cup Event in South Africa (Download presentation [PDF])

Featured Speaker: “Internet Governance & policy Divide” Golden Gate University, San Francisco (View presentation [PDF])

Keynote Speaker: First International E-governance conference Tripoli, Libya (Download Interview [JPG])

Lead Speaker: “The New Internet Currency” – AITEC ICT Africa Lagos, Nigeria

Opening Speaker: “E-government, Public Private Partnerships and the New Economic Reality, for Better Public Service Delivery and MDGs Implementation” UNPAN/WISIS/ITU, Geneva (a) UNPAN/WISIS/ITU Geneva (b) Download presentation [PDF] (c) Read feature article [PDF] CBS International and its activities. in technology transfer in Africa.

Keynote Speaker: Impact and Opportunities on Emerging Economies and Africa” African Leadership Forum Sacramento, California (Download Speech [PDF])

Panel Speaker: “Addressing the digital divide in the context of globalization and development, and promote coherence and synergies between regional and international information and communication technologies initiatives” Convened by United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting

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