JOHN OKONKWO, admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1989, California Bar in 1995, Solicitor in England and Wales in 2006.

John Okonkwo is an international communications and technology lawyer with experience in the US, the UK and Nigeria, offering integrated skills in technology, telecoms, information governance and cyber crimes. He is currently a director of electronic governance and cyber-crime with Ducain Forbes in London. 

Mr. Okonkwo read law at the University of Nigeria at Enugu. He has a Master’s Degree in Information Security (with a specialization in electronic law and cyber-crimes), from Westminster University, London, post graduate certificates in technology and e-commerce law from Harvard University Law School.

He has played key roles in designing and implementing data protection, data privacy, telecoms, e-commerce, cyber-security, e-discovery and forensics regulatory frameworks, policies and procedural guidelines in the UK and in the US. He has facilitated the formation of numerous e-commerce companies across the Atlantic, drafted bespoke ICT procurement and managed services contracts for multi-national companies, and guided businesses and NGO’s on Internet governance, domain exploitation and internet disputes. 

He has managed consultants and handled data governance and regulatory compliance for conglomerates like Verizon Wireless, Qualcomm, CPW, T-Mobil, Ford Motors, especially with regard to digital/e-signature, e-evidence, data protection, data exports, as well as the tort, criminal, contract, and employment aspects of Internet/Web misuse.

He has published extensively on matters relating to information technology law.