Dorothy Ooko is among Africa’s leading communications professionals. Currently, she heads Communications and Public Affairs for East and Francophone Africa at Google
. A multilingual communications specialist with qualifications in strategic management, Dorothy has, for over a decade, leveraged her eclectic abilities to adeptly direct regional communications for some of the world’s most competitive, recognizable and renowned brands. Prior to joining Google, Dorothy was the Communications Manager, East and Central Africa and then East and Southern Africa, of the then leading multinational mobile handset manufacturer, Nokia. At Nokia, Dorothy distinguished herself as a skillful lobbyist when she successfully led engagement with the Kenyan government that culminated in the 2008 VAT waiver on mobile phones. With years of leadership experience at the nexus of technology, innovation and communications, Dorothy’s vantage point is unique. Working in technology-oriented organizations in the age of new media and during a period of tremendous change in Africa’s digital landscape has endowed Dorothy with invaluable experience coordinating complex communications activities in the context of disruption. Her insight into the world of digital media – and her proven ability to leverage it to meet strategic business objectives – is unparalleled.Dorothy’s array of accomplishments extends beyond the corporate world. Prior to joining the world of business, Dorothy spent over 15 years years in academia: first as a Lecturer of French at Kenyatta University, then as an Assistant Professor of French at United States International University (USIU). At USIU, Dorothy launched the University’s first online French course for her students – enabling them to learn outside the classroom setting. She also conceived the commercial French and Translation program. As an academic, Dorothy presented research papers at numerous conferences around the world including Harvard University’s 35th Conference on African Linguistics where she presented a paper on “Language Planning in Kenya: Which Way Forward for African Languages”.Today, Dorothy is channeling her passion for teaching towards training professionals. As a qualified Search Inside Yourself (SIY) facilitator she empowers individuals to apply the principle of mindfulness in their lives; enabling them to grow in emotional intelligence, enhanced performance, and leadership. She currently teaches this popular program to colleagues at Google.In the spirit of nurturing the youth, Dorothy also mentors girls and young women in high-schools and universities and serves as a board member on two boards including AkiraChix – an association that inspires and develops women in technology through networking, training and mentoring.Whenever she can squeeze in some time for herself, Dorothy can be found whipping up something in the kitchen, traveling,working out, or with her nose deeply buried in a book. Follow Dorothy on Twitter, catch her on Google+ or connect with her on LinkedIn.