Who is Dr. Omobola Johnson?
Dr. Omobola Johnson the Board Chair of Guinness Nigeria Plc. An alumnus of the prestigious University of Manchester, University of London and Cranfield University, Dr. Johnson started her professional career in management consulting in the London Office of Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) in 1985.
In 2005, Dr. Johnson was appointed as the Country Managing Director for Accenture. In March 2010, she sought early retirement from Accenture to enable her to pursue other interests. She was appointed as a member of Nigeria’s Presidential Advisory Council in 2010 providing support to the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.
In 2011, she was appointed as Nigeria’s pioneer Minister of Communication Technology. During her four-year tenure at the Ministry, she oversaw the launch and execution of the National Broadband Plan and the pioneering involvement of government in a local VC fund and a network of start-up incubators.
She served meritoriously in that capacity until May 2015. In 2015 she joined TLCom Capital LLP, a technology venture capital fund, as a Senior Partner focused on investment and value generation for technology companies in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) and serves on the boards of several blue-chip companies.
Dr. Johnson brings to the Board over 30 years of experience from both the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy. She was appointed to the Board of Guinness Nigeria 29th January 2016 as an independent Non-Executive Director, and she became the Board Chair on July 1st 2021, and the first female to hold the position. She is a member of the Finance & Risk Committee as well as the Governance and Remunerations Committee. She resides in Nigeria.
Omobola Johnson Education
Omobola has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester; a Master’s degree in Digital Electronics from King’s College, London and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the School of Management, Cranfield University.
World Wide Web Foundation
Dr Omobola Johnson appointed as the a member of the World Wide Web Foundation Board of Directors. Her expert knowledge of technology policy and life-long commitment to enabling connectivity for all will provide invaluable guidance for the Web Foundation as we fight to ensure everyone can access the web and use it to improve their lives.
Omobola, who is currently a Senior Partner at TLcom Capital LLP, brings over 30 years of ICT experience across the private and public sectors. From 2011-2015, she served as Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, where she developed the country’s ambitious 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan, and worked more broadly to bring down the cost of internet access in Nigeria. During her time as Minister, the percentage of people online in Nigeria nearly doubled, growing from 24% of the population in 2010 to 43% in 2014.
Under her leadership, Nigeria became the first African country to join the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) — a global coalition, led by the Web Foundation, working to make broadband affordable for all.
Since 2015, Omobola has served as A4AI’s Honorary Chair, where she has provided the Alliance with strategic policy guidance and has led high-level advocacy efforts to drive down the cost of internet. She will continue in this role through October 2018.
Remarking on her appointment, Dr Omobola Johnson said:
“After three years as Honorary Chair of the Alliance for Affordable Internet, I am excited to continue my work to expand affordable internet access as part of the Web Foundation Board of Directors, as well as to work across a wider range of digital rights issues that are critical to securing the future of the free and open web.”
Welcoming Omobola, Afsaneh Beschloss, Chair of the Board of the Web Foundation, said:
“Dr Johnson will bring a depth of private sector and high-level government experience to her role on the Web Foundation board that will be invaluable in our mission to get everyone, everywhere connected. We look forward to working together to advance affordable internet access and online rights around the world.”
Adrian Lovett, President & CEO of the Web Foundation said:
“We are delighted to welcome Dr Johnson to the Web Foundation. Omobola’s extensive experience and leadership in the technology and telecommunications sector — both in Africa and across the globe — will strengthen our work and allow us to further progress toward our shared vision of digital equality.”