Head of Strategic Partnership Africa | YouTube
Dayo Olopade manages strategic partnerships for YouTube in Africa, working with media businesses and creative partners across the continent as part of Google’s Next Billion Users initiative.
She began her career as a reporter in Washington covering politics, policy, and the Obama administration. She spent two years in Nairobi as a New America Foundation fellow, reporting The Bright Continent, a book on innovation, technology and opportunity in Africa published in 2014 and adapted for film in 2016.
Dayo attended Yale Law School as a Knight Law and Media scholar, and also earned an MBA from Yale School of Management. She's since served as a newsroom counsel at Reuters, helped build and launch consumer products at the New York Times, and developed US media partnerships for Facebook.
She currently leads content licensing and engagement strategy with broadcasters, production companies, record labels, traditional publishers and independent media in Africa. Recent projects have included the launch of YouTube Music in South Africa, the creation of the NBA's Africa channel, a three-city tour with South Africa's biggest YouTube stars, and the first live 360-degree news broadcast from the continent.
She is a member of the African Leadership Network and an advisor to growth stage businesses. She lives in London.