Janet Longmore

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

Janet Longmore is the founder and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a global network of young people who are invested in their communities as leaders of change and social innovators. In communities across Africa, the Middle East and Canada, DOT youth are breaking down barriers, transforming their communities, and creating opportunities. A passionate believer in the power and potential of young people as catalysts for positive global change, Janet works tirelessly to promote the meaningful engagement of youth for a resilient and inclusive future economy. As a member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation's Business Leaders Caucus, Janet contributes expertise on collaboration and cooperation between the private sector, governments, and civil society in service of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Janet sits on the steering committee for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Internet for All initiative, through which she shares insights on how young people can be champions of digital inclusion, driving social and economic change in emerging economies. In 2016, Janet was decorated with a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of her strong example of social innovation and leadership that brings considerable honour to Canada. Janet is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a Senior Ashoka Fellow, and sits on ITU’s EQUALS Global Partnership steering committee. From 2014-2016 she was an active member on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals. Janet is a recipient of the CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2011), and has been recognized as a Trailblazer and Trendsetter by the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2012). Areas of expertise: - Leadership, growth and scale of international non-profit organizations to achieve large scale impact in developing and emerging economies; - Engagement of purpose-led multinational corporations in effective development; - Mobilization of youth and young women as responsible leaders of change and ambassadors of digital literacy.