British by birth, Jo has worked in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. She's a passionate communicator, writer and technophile. When she isn't traveling or playing with gadgets you'll find her cooking or playing guitar. Talk to her about digital inclusion, fake news and online echo chambers.
Jo has worked in the African mobile and internet space for ten years and is passionate about the benefits the internet can bring and has already brought to many. She also has a research interest in the contrary perspective of how it can be used as a tool for control and deception. Jo’s expertise sits at the intersection of communications strategy, marketing, and internet technologies. She has a Master's degree in Intelligence and Security with a focus on online propaganda, fake news and internet PSYOPs, and is working toward a Ph.D at Manchester Metropolitiant University.
Head of Marketing, Africa - iflix (March 2017-Present)
Jo is currently heading up marketing for iflix in Africa. iflix is launching a "really cool internet TV thing" at low prices across emerging markets. It is better than piracy and cheaper than piracy.
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, Africa - Opera (June 2014-March 2017)
As a Senior Manager at Opera, an internet company best known for Opera Mini, Africa's most popular mobile browser, Jo led on growth, partnerships and comms activity in Africa.
General Manager, Africa - Mobile Ecosystem Forum (March 2013-June 2014)
The Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) is a global trade body that works towards a sustainable and trusted mobile industry through the provision of inclusive mobile services.
Associate Consultant, Consultant and Senior Consultant, Africa - africapractice (April 2007- March 2013)
africapractice is a strategy and communications consultancy. In London, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, Jo consulted with various multinationals and African governments such as Google, Turner, Gateway Communications, BlackBerry, Diageo and the Governments of Kenya and Rwanda.
ICANN and Internet Governance Participation
- PhD (Manchester Metropolitan University) Ongoing
- MA Intelligence and Security (University of Leicester)
- Post Grad. Cert Psychology (London Metropolitan) - 2013
- MA Mass Communication (University of Leicester) - 2010
- BA Joint Hons Linguistics & Social Anthropology (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) - 2007
Best Disruptive Innovation (Opera, Sponsored Web Pass) - AppsAfrica 2015