SPECIALIST // Bisi Akinola’s Bio
Born and raised in West Africa, Bisi attended Law School in London, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University College London, where she was a Betham Scholar. She began her legal career in one of the leading law firms in Aberdeen, Scotland (Burness Paull). She also worked with a government agency dedicated to protecting the environment in London. In 2007, Bisi joined the prestigious firm Fenwick & West based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she represented blue chip companies such as Cisco, Symantec, HP, Pinterest, SuccessFactors, Facebook, a corporate attorney specializing in venture capital work, securities and mergers & acquisitions for a number of years until she decided to go in-house. She worked for a French multinational known as Schlumberger, a start up in Silicon Valley called Zazzle, and a US public gaming company called Zynga. Bisi is currently a director of legal for North America and Latin America at LinkedIn Corporation, the leading and global provider of a professional networking platform. Bisi’s legal experience includes international legal work, spanning three continents and five countries, as well as business development, inbound and outbound technology counseling, content licensing, intellectual property protection, sales and marketing transactions, and general corporate and commercial matters.