Taking stock of her decade of professional activities and achievements, including the policy advise she has rendered to global organizations, such as the United Nations (UN) and a number of others; her initiation of the .africa project at ICANN and being the first African to be appointed on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)'s powerful policy seat of the GNSO and more...
Benda Kageni, the editor of Standard Daily, spoke to the Achieving Women how she intends to put Africa on the ICT world map".
The full interview can be found here:
An Excerpts from the Q & A below:
Sophia at a Glance by Standard
▶Has a Bachelor Degree in Business Analysis & Information Systems
▶ Has an MBA in management Information System
▶ Has had Managerial positions with financial/banking multi-nationals such as Price WaterhouseCoopers & Bank of America
▶ Broke-off from her Corporate career to focus on third world technological development
▶ Started CBS International with a mission to transfer technology to emerging economies .Its affiliate Sbcommunications Networkpls (Sbcnet) based in Ethiopia specializing in systems integration and dedicated to serving emerging economies.
▶ She is a Certified Information SystemsAud itor (CISA), Certified Control Specialist (CCS), Certified in Governanace of EnterpriseIT (CGEIT),
▶ A Rotary Harris Fellow (PHF) and active Ambassador to various Rotary Clubs
▶ Co-Founder & Executive Board Director SF-Inernert Society (ISOC)
▶ Alumni Board Director, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
▶ Advisor, World Affairs Council, Contra Costa
And her current focus, DotConnectAfrica:
Sophia's heart is in Africa where she says you get an opportunity to build something from scratch and bring services to people
FIRST AFRICAN WOMEN
Having been the first African at ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Council of the gNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organization)
She initiated the ".africa" project which she hoped would help foster the spirit of Pan-Africanism and help Africa become more connected to the rest of the world.
"The .Africa name is more than an internet identifier. It is branding Africa in a common theme," says Bekele. "It is branding African products and services. It is for all companies trying to do business in Africa and those that want a Pan-African identity. Having an African domain will help them in reaching out to Africa. It will boost business and boost regional integration"
In the past the primary ending of web addresses had been '.com', '.net', '.org' and '.biz' but with the expansion we begun to see endings such as '.sport' and '.travel' in web addresses. With the liberalization also came geographic names '.eu' was the first to be launched for Europe followed by '.asia' for Asia".
STUDIED IN THE USA
Bekele now an Executive Director with DotConnectAfrica has worked as an adviser with ICANN and with her organization CBS International, a private California based firm, engaged in transfer of technology to developing economies, felt that she has the passion and the expertise to deliver on the project.
"I studied in the USA, but my heart has always been in Africa", says the Ethiopian born"
HELPING START UPS
Bekele has works in advising Corporate Development & Communication for various start-ups within the US and assisting various companies in private/public markets in corporate governance and risk management areas.
"I still do other projects, but my whole energy is on ".africa". It is in Africa that you get an opportunity to build something from scratch and bring services to people. It may not be financially rewarding at times, but it is intellectually stimulating. Through this we can leave our internet footprints in Africa".
Link to her Bio webiste: www.SophiaBekele.com