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Janet Longmore

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)

Janet Longmore is the founder and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a youth-led movement of daring social innovators who are creating opportunities and transforming communities around the world. A champion for technology-driven, community-owned, and youth-led solutions in developing regions of the world, Janet was a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals from 2014-2016 and currently sits on the WEF Internet for All Steering Committee, which aims to drive digital inclusion across the globe. Janet was named a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2013. Janet is a 2016 recipient of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross, which recognizes her as a strong example of social leadership and innovation bringing considerable honour to Canada. She is a Senior Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2011), and was recognized as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter by the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Women in Canada (2012). Janet is an alumnus of Queens University School of Business. Janet works tirelessly to promote the power and potential of youth leading change by equipping them with the confidence, skills, and access to digital solutions needed to serve their communities as entrepreneurs and changemakers. As an accomplished social entrepreneur, Janet emphasizes the importance of social, economic, and digital inclusion of young women in particular. DOT’s network of young women are role models in their community and are paving the way for other women and girls to become empowered users of technology, successful entrepreneurs, and leaders of positive change.