How we can connect 4 billion people to the internet and save money
“The decisions we make now will impact if and how the internet reaches people who still lack connectivity. It’s up to us to do it well.”
Nilmini Rubin spent more than two decades driving foreign policy and business improvements. Recently, Nilmini joined the international institutions policy team at Facebook. She is the Co-Founder of Fix the System to strengthen democracy in the USA. Previously, Nilmini led Tetra Tech’s global team of more than 300 diverse professionals implementing energy and internet projects. For 12 years, she served as a senior aide to Senate Lugar (R-IL) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and to Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She spearheaded the passage of legislation to provide electricity access in Africa, increase global internet access, reduce corruption through transparency, and reform U.S. foreign assistance. One of her pieces of legislation, to improve extractive industry transparency has been adopted by Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions. She also served at the White House National Security Council under President George W. Bush where she helped secure agreements on non-proliferation, international health and foreign aid. Nilmini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum Experts Network and the Academy of the Global Teacher Prize. Nilmini co-wrote an illustrated book entitled How Carrots Became Orange with her oldest daughter, Renuka and a coloring book entitled The United Shapes of America with her middle daughter, Araliya.