Hauwa Otori

Program Fellow, Cyber Initiative

Hauwa Otori is a Program Fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She supports strategy development and grantmaking for the Cyber Initiative. She also manages the foundation President’s Special Projects portfolio, which comprises a diverse group of grantees focused on multiple issues, including artificial intelligence and the future of work.

Previously, Hauwa served as the director of legal and regulatory policy at the Internet Association, a trade group representing leading global Internet companies, where she oversaw a broad range of policy issues such as privacy, Internet governance, data security, and international trade. She is also the founder of the Virtual Skinny, an online Internet platform focused on making technology industry developments digestible, conversational, and fun for a people outside the industry.

Hauwa is the author of “Children and the Media: Self-Other Perceptions of Occupational Portrayals in the Media,” and her writing has appeared in outlets such as Forbes. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in applied economics and management from Cornell University where she conducted and published media psychology research. She has a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

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