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Martin Roeske

Martin Roeske

Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy, MENA, Google

Martin Roeske develops and leads on public policy campaigns across the full range of policy issues that impact Google and the web. Key issues include tech innovation, digital transformation, data governance and entrepreneurship.  Mr Roeske is passionate about maximising human potential through technology and has spent his career building and implementing tech solutions to address a wide range of social and economic development challenges, including
large scale education and skills programs.

Having lived in the Middle East for over 15 years, Mr Roeske has extensive experience in working with regional governments. Following a series of senior roles at Lucent Technologies, Avaya and Accenture in Egypt, the US and London, Mr Roeske joined Cisco’s public sector team in the UAE, where he was responsible for developing new business models for the Education and Health practices across Emerging Markets. He then became COO & Chief Program Officer at
Silatech, a non-profit social enterprise, where he incubated and managed a range of social innovation programs targeting youth employment. Prior to Google, he worked with Arab Financial Services in Bahrain where he was Group Head of Strategy & FinTech and worked on launching “cashless” services and introducing FinTech friendly regulation.

Mr Roeske graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies.

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