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Maiko Nakagaki

Program Officer

Maiko Nakagaki joined the Internet Society Foundation in January 2023 as a Program Officer.

She brings to this role over a decade of global partnerships and strategic advisory experiences in the global digital and tech policy space.

Most recently, Maiko was with the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) where she was part of A4AI’s Leadership team, providing strategic decisions for the organization’s governance, programmatic, and business development efforts. She was instrumental in overseeing A4AI’s relationships with its 100+ global members and partners. Maiko also managed strategic Internet access and connectivity projects, and served as the lead project manager for groundbreaking projects in the sector, including the International Telecommunication Union’s Connecting Humanity and the World Bank/Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Broadband for All: Digital Infrastructure for Africa Moonshot Initiative.

Prior to joining A4AI, she was with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) where she spearheaded the organization’s first-ever digital economy and Internet freedom initiatives, in addition to launching innovative women’s economic and democratic empowerment programs. Maiko was also with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Cairo where she evaluated gender inclusive private sector development projects in the Middle East region, and consulted for several economic development projects through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Maiko holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s from Mount Holyoke College.