Gates Foundation/ The She Tank
Deputy Director / Founder
Blessing Omakwu, is a Nigerian American gender equality evangelist, and leads the Goalkeepers initiative at the Gates Foundation. Goalkeepers is a campaign, a community, and a catalyst for action on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, using powerful stories, data, and partnerships to highlight the progress achieved and to energize a diverse group of leaders. Previously, Blessing worked with and advised a variety of international organizations and government agencies, including the ONE Campaign, the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives, and the United Nations. She is also the founder of The She Tank, a modern think tank that supports the realization of equality for women of African descent. Her personal essays explore the intersection of womanhood, religion, and pop culture. Blessing earned a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. She is a recipient of the 2012 National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate award and is a member of the New York Bar.