Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator

Eileen Donahoe is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPI) at Stanford University. GDPI is a global multi-stakeholder collaboration hub for digital policy development. Eileen’s current research focuses on human rights implications of artificial intelligence and governance challenges associated with digitization of society. She served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the Obama Administration. After leaving government, she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy, with special emphasis on digital rights, cybersecurity and internet governance. Earlier in her career, she was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. Eileen serves as a member of Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy; the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Digital Economy; the University of Essex Advisory Board on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology; NDI ‘s Designing for Democracy Advisory Board, and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. She also serves on the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA from Dartmouth, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford, an M.T.S. from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the GTU cooperative program with UC Berkeley.