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Ankhi Das

Public Policy Director (India, South & Central Asia), Facebook

Ankhi Das is the Director of Public Policy for Facebook in India and South & Central Asia. With over 17 years of public policy and regulatory affairs experience in the technology sector, Ankhi’s primary responsibilities are to lead Facebook’s efforts on connectivity, Internet governance, promoting access and Open Internet, privacy, data security, safety issues and political risk management for the company. In this role, Ankhi oversees the company’s relationships with policymakers, elected officials, government agencies and NGOs in India, South & Central Asian countries and directs the company’s programs in these areas. Her key goals are to promote the use of facebook for civic engagement, community organizing for elections, social causes, use of facebook family of apps for fueling economic growth and opportunities for start ups, small and medium businesses and promoting entrepreneurship development in the region.

Ankhi was a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory (MAG) of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a private sector representative and an active participant in the global multi-stakeholder dialog. 

She has participated in several global internet policy negotiations of the ITU and represented industry. This includes UN led inter-governmental negotiations, at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), hosted by ITU, in Dubai in Dec 2012 and the Busan Round or the Plenipotentiary 2014 meeting. She is an active voice on Internet Governance issues at the IGF and  groups like ICC-BASIS, FICCI, COAI, USIBC, IAMAI and participated in the NetMundial text negotiations and the meeting in Sao Paolo on the future of the internet. Ankhi is also the Vice-Chair of the USIBC Digital Economy Committee.

Prior to joining Facebook in 2011, Ankhi was at Microsoft, where as the Public Policy Director she was responsible for strategic public policy projects and managing regulatory issues for Microsoft in India. 

Ankhi Das is a graduate of Loreto College, University of Calcutta, and has done post-graduate studies specializing in international relations and political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University.  Ankhi is based in New Delhi.

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