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Gbola Afonja

Principal Research Product Manager


As a Principal Research Product Manager at Microsoft’s M365 Research team, I support the development of privacy-preserving machine learning (PPML) solutions. I work cross-functionally to integrate privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) into our products, advancing the responsible use of AI, and maintaining our commitment to user privacy.

Previously, I worked in the oil & gas industry as a reservoir engineer, McKinsey as a consultant, and Meta as Head of WhatsApp Global Privacy Programs. I obtained an MBA from the University of Cambridge and an Engineering PhD from Louisiana State University.