As director of investments for Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative in Africa, Ory invests in for-profit and nonprofit organizations that foster civic participation and increase transparency and accountability in government. Based in Nairobi, Ory brings a unique blend of experience in the fields of technology, transparency, public policy, and governance.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Ory was Google’s policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for managing government relations and driving the implementation of policies that increased Internet access and supported the growth of local online content. Previously, Ory was at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She served as the organization’s executive director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament. She is a board member of the Africa Media Initiative, a member of the World Bank’s Council of Eminent Persons, an advisory board member of Code for All, and a member of the World Bank Service Delivery Indicator Committee.
Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity. In 2011 Ory was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.