Sophia Bekele is a Founder & CEO of CBS International a technology transfer firm and DotConnectAfrica Tech Group that runs the highly acclaimed “Yes2dotAfrica” campaign to brand Africa and the first PanAfrican women-in-tech program, Miss.Africa Digital. She is also a Chairwoman of GEDA Investment Group a pan-African initiative with interest in strategic sector of Africa’s economy, currently heavily vested in technology, Financial, Media and Real Estate sectors.
Ms. Bekele is a widely acknowledged business leader, international entrepreneur, corporate governance expert, global policy advisor and public engagement specialist, an activist and philanthropist, whose wide-ranging experience spans both the public and private sectors.
She has given Keynotes in major Universities like California Berkeley, Yale, City University of New York, Lincoln University, and United Nations Geneva, ISACA SF, The New York Forum for Africa, Crans-Montana, Quantum Global, EurAfrican Forum, and other International forums on Business and Technology In US and Africa and moderated high level boards of the same. She has served on Global advisory Boards of UN, and ICANN and Education Board of Golden Gate University as well as and public policy think thanks.
Her efforts have been widely recognized by independent institutions and the global media, having gained reputation from many quarters. She has been named; "Internet Governance Pioneer and Industry Trailblazer" by CIO East Africa, "Top 2 ICT Women in Africa and Women to Watch" by BloomBerg TV, "African Trailblazer – Future Made in Africa" by UK based NewAfrican Magazine, Pioneer Women-In-Tech and Women working hard to close the gender gap & shaping the continent’s social, political and economic landscape, to name a few.