Baroness Joanna Shields OBE is a leading technology executive and entrepreneur.
Baroness Shields was appointed Minister for Internet Safety and Security at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in May 2015.
She became a joint minister at the Home Office in December 2015, and was reappointed to the post in July 2016.
Baroness Shields has spent more than 25 years building some of the World’s best-known and iconic technology companies including Electronics for Imaging, RealNetworks, Google, Aol and Facebook, as well as leading several start-ups to successful acquisitions such as Bebo, Decru and Veon.
Before taking up her current post at Tech City at the request of David Cameron, Shields was Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Prior to Facebook, Joanna served as President of People Networks at AOL, a position she assumed after the acquisition of BEBO by Time Warner’s AOL unit. At Bebo, Shields was CEO, leading the company’s growth to 50M users and eventual acquisition for $850 million. Prior to this position she served as Managing Director for Google Europe, Russia, Middle East & Africa.
At Tech City UK Joanna Shields has a lead strategic role whilst working with government policy to support and promote the UK tech and digital sector in her capacity as UK Business Ambassador for Digital Industries. The Tech City initiative was created by the Prime Minister to support East London’s emerging tech community.
Shields was ranked #1 on the Wired 100 in 2011 and #6 in the MediaGuardian 100 in 2012.
In February 2013 Joanna Shields was named in list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
In July 2013 Computer Weekly named Shields ‘The Most Influential Woman in UK IT’.
In July 2013 Joanna received the British Interactive Media Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.