Maxine Williams

Ms. Williams, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, is the Global Director of Diversity at Facebook. In this role, she develops strategies to harness the unlimited potential of Facebook’s talent while managing a high-performing team of diversity programme managers from the company’s headquarters in California.

Prior to Facebook, she served as the Director of Diversity for a multinational law firm with a focus on cross-border expertise, particularly in international arbitration, project finance, banking and antitrust. She was responsible for developing and implementing a global diversity plan for the multinational law firm comprised of almost 2,000 attorneys, two-thirds of whom were based in offices outside of the United States, with clients in 115 countries around the world. As an attorney, she has represented clients in criminal, civil and industrial courts in Trinidad and Tobago, and in the United Kingdom at the Privy Council. Ms. Williams has worked with multiple international organisations on development and human rights issues, and has had a parallel career as a broadcast journalist, actress and on-air presenter.

Ms. Williams is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain, Yale University and Oxford University where she received her law degree with first-class honours while attending as a Rhodes Scholar.