Dr. Nnake Nweke was named USAGM’s Chief Risk Officer in 2018 and leads the Agency’s Office of Risk Management responsible for all Agency-wide risk programs, including Enterprise Risk Management, Information Security Risk Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning, and Continuity of Operations.
He joined USAGM in July 2016 as the agency’s first Director of the Office of Internet Freedom, where he oversaw the Agency’s technological and innovative initiatives to securely circumvent Internet censorship to improve access to online information for people in repressive regimes who would otherwise be cut off or silenced.
Prior to joining USAGM, he served as a Branch Chief in the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He also worked as a Senior Engineer in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the FCC’s Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, as well as a Senior Staff Member of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a Research Engineer at the National Security Agency, and a Technical Specialist for a Washington, D.C. law firm.
Dr. Nweke is the founder of the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance knowledge and assist in the development and implementation of robust, comprehensive science and technology policies that achieve sustained economic growth in developing nations, particularly in Africa.
Dr. Nweke has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
He has earned a series of professional honors, including the Meritorious Award from the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau in recognition of his outstanding contributions to enhance the security of the United States’ communications network infrastructure.