Connecting billion through technology
The sheer size and vision of Facebook are simply mindboggling. It is a multibillion dollar social network that has successfully connected billions of people around the world. You are most probably on Facebook. Or you know someone who is. But the tech giant has more astonishing ambitions: a 10-year vision to connect billions more people to the internet. And of course to Facebook. It is a process involving massive investments in new technology and working with partners around the world. The man driving that process for is not just a Nigerian but a son of Akwa Ibom of rare distinction. He is the one individual saddled with the responsibility of helping Facebook to realise this dreams. He is Ime Archibong.
Archibong wears two hats at Facebook: he is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Vice President of Product Partnerships. He was famously by the side of Mark Zuckerberg when he visited Nigeria in 2017. He is perhaps the highest ranking Nigerian at Facebook.
As the VP of Product Partnerships, Archibong travels the world to meet with Facebook’s community of 9, 000 developers across 136 companies. At Facebook, this young and illustrious son of Akwa Ibom also leads a team that supports innovation and social impact. An important job description. But what does it mean? Well, let’s break it down. Archibong is responsible for developers and blockchain. He helps Facebook connect with community leaders as well as execute projects for education and for social good.
Archibong started his career at IBM as a Software Engineer, rising to become an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional in the technology group.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2015, he was named one of Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity launched in 2015. He also received the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize for commitment to fairness and compassion for people.
Here’s to Ime Archibong, a true son of Akwa Ibom playing on the world technology stage.