Akwe's career has spanned journalism, advocacy, and philanthropy. Currently the Program Director at The Symposium on Strength and Solidarity for Human Rights , she served previously as the Chief Integration Officer at the  (OSF), after earlier stints as the Regional Director for Africa and Director for Africa Advocacy.
Akwe began her career in African journalism, moving to the Financial Times, and later to the BBC World Service, where she produced and hosted live news and current affairs programmes for an Africa-wide audience of 18 million. She left the BBC to join the team building the  news site, and later served as head of communications at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa before joining OSF Washington, DC. She served previously on the Global Voices board from 2008-2012.
In November the board also said farewell to James Deane  with the expiry of his term. James joined the Global Voices board in 2015 and assumed the role of board chair in 2019. Stepping into the role of chair is Mary Kay Magistad , who joined the board in 2019.