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SHOLA SANNI – Director of Public Policy – SSA

Shola Sanni is Netflix’s Director of Public Policy in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. She is a seasoned advocacy professional and an emerging markets digital policy specialist.

With a career spanning corporate law, telecommunications policy, regulatory compliance, digital policy advocacy and government relations, Shola started out her career in public policy at Africa’s largest telco group with MTN Nigeria as Regulatory Affairs Manager.

She subsequently moved to the GSMA, global association of mobile network operators, to head up the industry body’s East Africa Public Policy function, in addition to which she led the GSMA’s mYouth and Child Online Safety portfolio across Sub Saharan Africa. During her time at GSMA, Shola was responsible for designing and executing the GSMA’s advocacy programs and stakeholder engagement strategy in the sub region.

She was instrumental in establishing the body’s strategic partnerships across the digital mobile ecosystem in the SSA region, instituting collaboration arrangements with organizations like UNICEF, ITU, ATU and the East African communications Organization. Shola then took a role as Director of Public Policy at Mastercard, where she was responsible for executing multilateral strategies to support digital payments policy and financial inclusion across Sub Saharan Africa.

While at Mastercard, Shola led the establishment of strategic partnerships on Cybersecurity within the digital financial ecosystem with key regulatory authorities such as the Central Bank of Kenya and the Central Bank of Nigeria. She was also responsible for Mastercard’s capacity building program for policymakers and regulators in the Sub Saharan Africa region, with a focus on financial inclusion and the Cashless Agenda.



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