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Tekedra Mawakana      

Chief Operating Officer at Waymo; Former Chairman of the Internet Association Board

Tekedra Mawakana is the Chief Operating Officer at Waymo, formerly called the Google Self-Driving Car Project, a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going.

As COO, Mawakana oversees business strategy, operations, business development, global public policy, public affairs, marketing, communications, and corporate social responsibility. She is responsible for ensuring Waymo’s transformational technology is commercialized and widely adopted.

Before becoming Waymo's COO in September of 2019, Mawakana served as Waymo's Chief External Officer (CXO) from May 2018 to September 2019 and Global Head of Policy from March 2017 to April 2018.

Mawakana has more than two decades of experience advising some of the best-known consumer technology companies on how to advance their business interests around the world and is an expert in navigating complex high-profile issues. She began her career focused on transactions within the regulated technology and telecom industries, and has served as a trusted advisor to CEOs navigating growth and risk-mitigation strategies. Mawakana was responsible for ensuring the successful launch of Waymo’s first commercial service, Waymo One, in December 2018.

Prior to Waymo, Mawakana led global teams at eBay, Yahoo, AOL, and Startec Global Communications. She started her career at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

Mawakana is an active, social impact-focused angel investor, and currently serves on the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association, and as a member of the Executive Committee on the Board of Saving Promise. Previously, she served as the Chairman of the Board of the Internet Association, and on the Global Network Initiative’s Board of Directors. In 2019, Mawakana was recognized as one of the most influential women in corporate America by Savoy magazine. She was named a Visionary Leader by ALM and InsideCounsel in 2016 and a Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine in 2015.

Mawakana holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a bachelor's degree with honors from Trinity College.


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