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Tekedra Mawakana    

Chief External Officer at Waymo; Former VP of Government Relations at eBay & Chairman of the Internet Association Board

is the Chief External Officer (CXO) at Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project. Her previous role at Waymo was VP of Global Head of Policy, responsible for public policy and government relations efforts, on the executive leadership team (Mar 2017 – Apr 2018).

Ms. Mawakana was previously Vice President of Government Relations, eBay Inc., (February 2016- March 2017). Prior to eBay, she was Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Global Public Policy, Yahoo! Inc. (May 2013 – January 2016), where she developed and directed global public policy strategy and teams, with responsibility for global government affairs.

Ms. Mawakana and her teams worked closely with lawmakers and regulators around the world on key issues including privacy, intellectual property, business and human rights, high-skilled immigration reform and cyber-security.

Ms. Mawakana previously served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Deputy General Counsel at AOL. Before joining AOL in 2001, she worked as Senior Corporate Counsel at Startec Global Communications Company. She began her career as an Associate in the Telecommunications and Intellectual Property groups at law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in the Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Mawakana has almost 20 years of experience in providing strategic counsel and direction on critical public policy, legal, regulatory and crisis-driven issues facing technology and online media companies. Based on her deep working knowledge of the public policy issues facing complex and innovative online business models, she has garnered a reputation as a trusted and reliable industry leader.

Ms. Mawakana serves as Chairman of the Internet Association, whose members include the most recognized global internet brands.

Ms. Mawakana received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Trinity College.

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