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Joanna Shields

"even on the worst day I will be the most optimistic person in the room. I’'m undeterred ."


Baroness Joanna Shields,  Advisor


Joanna is the CEO of BenevolentAI, an adviser to Prime Minister on the Digital Economy at No 10 Downing Street, Joanna is former Chair of Tech City and the UK's Business Ambassador for Digital Industries.  Prior to that Joanna was Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Shields was Chief Executive of Bebo where she built the company from a start-up into one of Europe's leading social networks and spearheaded its successful acquisition by AOL, Time Warner for $850M in March 2008. After the acquisition, she served as President of AOL's social and communications division. Prior to Bebo, she was Managing Director, Syndication and Partnerships for Google Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa. Her career started in 1987 in Silicon Valley and for more than last two decades, her focus has been on creating, managing and scaling international technology businesses, maximizing shareholder value and leading start-up companies to successful exits. During her career, she also served Vice President, International at RealNetworks, CEO of Veon (acquired by Philips Electronics in 1999) and VP

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