Dr. Nnake Nweke

Dr. Nnake Nweke became the first Director of the Office of Internet Freedom in July 2016. He is an electrical engineer and attorney. His accomplished career includes more than 15 years of experience in information and communications technology, cybersecurity, internet policy, engineering systems and technology policy.

Most recently, he served as a branch chief in the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Earlier, he 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 Technical Specialist/Patent Agent for a Washington, D.C. law firm, and a research engineer at the National Security Agency.

In January 2015, Dr. Nweke founded the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development. The organization’s 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 Juris Doctor 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.

Last modified: December 29, 2016