Meet the “Google Team” who made search easy in the world!

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the Google team
A cross section of the “Googlers”. Photo by Wilfred

These set of people constitute the great men and women that made life easy in the internet arena as far as is concerned. I was opportune to meet them one-on-one in the just concluded Google International Conference #gNigeria 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria. Thus I wish to share the profile of some of them with you, as a way of inspiring you to work harder in anything you do to achieve whatever makes you happy.

The typical Igbo man will say “Bia ka M tunye gi Azu na esi M Oru”. lol

“Oru” is known as a place that people go to either buy or catch fish (Azu) in the olden days, so whoever goes there invites friends and families to give (tunye) them pieces of fish. That’s the intuitive meaning of the Igbo saying I guess I’m right :)

I will not write a lot about these guys (men and women) but will shortly give you a hint of their peculiarities, then I will make their profile available for view below.

Simplicity: The “Googlers” as they are called are the most simplest set of people I have ever met! They are simple to the core both in speech, dressing, approach, etc. I expected to see them all dressed in expensive suits, shoes etc, but found out they all came in simple T-shirts and Jeans! See more from the pix below.

They are very open: The typical African man will never be open to share knowledge with you, but these guys will tell you everything you ever need to know!

Objectivity: They are so objective! They set to achieve a goal at a time. No clumsiness!

Time conscious: A meeting with them is not the usual “African time” thing. They work with time, eat with time,smile with time, laugh with time, …everything with time!

A lot more: There are a lot more about them, they are very educated set of people. Before you think, they have thought! I will leave the rest for you to discover!

Pictures & Profiles of some Google Engineers/workers from around the world that featured the event of  #gNigeria 2012

Abodunrinwa Toki+Abodunrinwa Toki

Software Engineer
Toki is a Software Engineer based in London and currently works on Google Offers. Before joining Google, he worked at MTech, Digital Jewels, and Yahoo. Toki is excited about software engineering efforts from Africa. He has a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering, a masters in Software Systems Engineering, and a Diploma in Character Animation.

Pieter Greyling

Android Developer Advocate

Pieter is a Developer Advocate for Android at Google and is the co-author of “Practical Android Projects”, a book that teaches Android programming using Java as well as Python, Lua and JavaScript. He is passionate about mobile devices, the web, and free and open source computing. Before joining Google, Pieter worked internationally as a software architect and developer for over two decades in many roles and industries building systems and applications with myriad platforms and programming languages.

Ben Davies+Ben Davies

Senior User Experience Designer: Benedict Davies is a user experience designer working on mobile products. During his 5 years at Google he has worked on products including Google Mobile App, Google Voice, Chrome to Phone, YouTube Remote and mobile syndication with OEMs and ODMs. Following a background in electronic publishing and web design Ben has been working on mobile UX issues for the last 12 years. Prior to Google he worked for Hutchison 3G on the launch of the first 3G network in the UK and for Samsung Design Europe on a range of wireless projects.

Luisella Mazza Program Manage+Luisella Mazza

Program Manager

Jeremiah Kamau+Jeremiah Kamau: Geographic Specialist

Jeremiah is a GIS Specialist who joined Google in 2007 and was part of the landmark project to Map Africa. He currently works on programs to drive acquisition of more geo-content in the region and increase adoption of Google Geo products in Africa.
Melina Mattos
Program Manager, Google Africa
Melina works on empowering developers and entrepreneurs across Africa in order to create a vibrant community that will drive innovation online. Before Google, she was a researcher in political economics at the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not busy eating waakye in Ghana, she likes to travel and backpack.

Sebastian Trzcinski-Clément

Outreach Lead
Sebastian joined Google in 2007 and is currently the outreach lead for Africa and the Middle East. His mission is to spearhead advocacy, outreach and support initiatives to make developers and businesses successful using Google services and developer tools. Prior to Google, he worked a consultant in strategy consulting firms and in business development at Dell. Sebastian holds a Master’s in Engineering from Supélec and an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs.

David Pablo Cohn+David Pablo Cohn

Senior Research Scientist,

Bob Aman+Bob Aman

Program Manager
Bob works on the Developer Relations team at Google in Nairobi. He loves contributing to open source, open web standards, and generally making the web a friendlier, more useful place for everybody. Bob was once saved from a volcanic mishap by a bad case of malaria. True story.

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade+Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade

Commmunications and Public Affairs Manager
Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade is the Communications and Public Affairs manager for English-speaking West africa at Google. Prior to joining Google in December 2011, he was an Account Director at Insight Grey, managing the communication function of some the most active and notable brands in the Nigeria and the West African region. His extensive experience as a communications and PR specialist spans industries such as Electrictronics and Home appliances, Telecommunications, Banking and Pension management, FMCG etc. A trained Biochemist who found his love in communication, he derives joy from solving problems using this skill. His passions are music, photography and storytelling. In Taiwo’s own words, “I love to capture moments and make them timeless.”

Justin Anyona+Justin Anyona

Justin works with agencies and advertisers across Sub Saharan Africa, helping them to make the most of online advertising to grow their businesses. He’s been with Google for 3 years now and enjoys the occasional game of tennis, time and work allowing.

Ego Obi

Program Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa
Ego Obi is a Pro
gram Manager in Google Ghana. She currently leads the Google Apps Supporting Programs in Sub-Sahara Africa, an initiative designed to drive internet adoption at SSA Universities using Google Apps whilst bolstering their campus network infrastructure.

Nmachi Jidenma+Nmachi Jidenma

Program Coordinator, Sub Saharan Africa
Nmachi works on improving internet access and technology usage in African Universities. She is passionate about scaling technology products across African markets. Prior to Google, she was a Masters Degree student at Cornell University doing research on smart technologies. Nmachi also runs CP-Africa, a popular African blog.

Chukwuemeka Afigbo+Chukwuemeka Afigbo

Program Manager
Emeka is an Outreach Program Manager in Sub Saharan Africa focused on growing the internet ecosystem in the region. Emeka is passionate about developer content and case studies. He is also passionate about football especially when his team is winning.
NOTE: The “Googlers” is not limited to only these people whose profile has been made available above. I only showcased and recommended those of them I met and have access to their profile. These set of people have a lot of things special about them. They are great, and I dream to be like them, or better!

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