Dayo Olopade

Dayo Olopade is an interdisciplinary media professional focused on mobile technologies and video storytelling. She began her career as a reporter in Washington covering politics, policy, and the Obama administration. She spent two years in Nairobi as a New America Foundation fellow, reporting The Bright Continent, a book on innovation, technology and opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa published in 2014 and adapted for film in 2016. 

While completing her JD/MBA as a Knight Law and Media Scholar, Dayo worked as a media lawyer at Reuters, and helped build and launch the pathbreaking "NYT Now" mobile app at the New York Times. As a partnerships manager at Facebook, she led business strategy and innovation practice with products like Facebook Live, Instant Articles, and 360 Video.

She managed high touch negotiations with leading US digital media companies, and supported international growth programs, including engagement for Mark Zuckerberg’s first trip to the African continent. She currently leads content partnerships for Google in Africa, covering sports, news, and entertainment strategies for the next billion consumers.

She is an occasional guest speaker and advisor to businesses and schools. She sits on the board of Africa 2.0 and is a member of the African Leadership Network. A graduate of Yale College, Yale Law School, and Yale School of Management, she lives in London. 

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