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Fatema Kothari is the Senior Program Manager for Microsoft's Airband Initiative within the Technology & Corporate Responsibility organization. With 10+ years in large-scale program execution, strategic management, and engineering, Fatema leads Airband’s global operations to expand internet connectivity to unserved rural communities in over 20 countries.
Fueled by her passion to bridge the digital divide, she currently leads the San Francisco Internet Society as President, championing an open internet that is accessible to everyone. As an advisor on digital empowerment, Fatema has also contributed her expertise to the Federal Communications Commission.
Fatema is an avid advocate for gender parity in technology. She served on the board for the global non-profit Girls in Tech SF for three years and currently, is an advisor to leading women entrepreneurs from Africa through the TechWomen program run by the U.S. Department of State.
An engineer by education, Fatema holds a Master's degree in Telecommunications from the University of Maryland, College Park. Outside of work, Fatema spends her time experimenting with DIY craft projects and plotting exhaustive maps of her future travels.

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