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Star Profile – Tekedra N. Mawakana


Position: Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Global Public Policy,
Company: Yahoo! Inc.,

Industry: Internet, Media,

Country: United States
Tekedra N. Mawakana
Ms. Mawakana (aka Tekedra McGee Jefferson) is Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Global Public Policy, where she will develop and direct Yahoo!’s global public policy strategy and team, with responsibility for global government affairs.

Ms. Mawakana and her team work 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 has over 16 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 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 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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