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Pren-Tsilya Boa-Guehe

Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google

For nearly two decades, Pren-Tsilya Boa-Guehe has helped to advance humanitarian, economic, health, sustainability, and tech policies in Africa. This included through diplomatic roles as a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Organizations, Bureau of African Affairs, and overseas assignments in Mali, Morocco, and Ethiopia. While serving as Economic Officer at the U.S. Mission to the African Union, Pren-Tsilya spearheaded U.S. commercial advocacy efforts on the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Before joining the State Department, she led a non-profit organization that provided humanitarian assistance in Cote d’Ivoire.

Pren-Tsilya currently serves as Google’s Head for Pan-African Institutions, Government Affairs & Public Policy, where she leads policy engagement with the African Union Commission, UN agencies, and African Development Bank, among other regional and multilateral organizations. She oversees the design and execution of Google’s government relations and public policy strategies with U.S. and African stakeholders across the tech industry, fostering relations at a multinational, Pan-African, and global level. Her area of expertise includes building coalitions that further digital transformation through codes of practice, legislation, and policy formulation.

Parallel to her core responsibilities, she serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Bloomberg New Economy Gateway Africa initiative, which aims to drive global discussions with African thought leaders to identify solutions to pressing regional challenges. She is a co-lead for the Women@ Google employee resource group, uplifting women at Google’s Kenya office to build a more equitable organization in which every employee can thrive. She also previously served as a Board Member for the Pickering & Rangel Fellows Association, which is dedicated to increasing diversity among American diplomats.

Outside work, Pren-Tsilya is a speaker and moderator. She serves as a mentor for graduate students of American University’s School of International Service. She loves reading, hiking, and singing karaoke. She is passionate about leveraging technology to drive economic growth.