Evanna Hu has an extensive technology management background. Evanna has successfully started two tech companies and managed, deployed, and designed tech projects in more than 25 countries in the Middle East and Africa, and Afghanistan. Her first company was based in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on mobile education and training for field workers for corporations, NGOs, and government agencies. The company eventually expanded up to the Middle East and North Africa one year after the Arab Spring/Revolution. She is also a CVE expert and has done on-the-ground fieldwork and research, focusing on ICT strategies used by Islamist violent extremists in recruitment, propaganda, and operations. She was the United Arab Emirates delegate to the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Barack Obama in Nairobi. Outside of Omelas, she mentors and advises various technology incubators, including the Safaricom Academy of Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. She currently sits on the board of Re:Coded, a nonprofit that runs a series of intensive coding schools in refugee camps in Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she lived in Nairobi for two years.
Evanna is a Tech Fellow at Quilliam, North America and the CEO of Omelas, a firm that uses data analytics and machine learning to defeat violent extremism.