Uttara Sivaram

Global Head, Privacy and Security Public Policy, Uber Technologies

Uttara Sivaram is a data and technology policy expert with experience leading corporate and research initiatives advancing privacy, cybersecurity, and responsible innovation. In 2018, she joined Uber to lead public policy for data privacy and security, with a specific focus on privacy-centric product development and the creation of privacy standards that could be leveraged by public, private, and non-profit organizations for policy analysis. In 2020, Uttara testified before the California Senate Transportation and Judiciary Committees about the consumer privacy risks associated with government access to geolocation data, and she regularly speaks, presents, and supports research on this topic to promote greater awareness among consumers, public officials, and the ICT industry. She sits on multiple boards hosted by leading privacy and digital rights organizations and advises on policy trends and best practices, as well as opportunities for greater public-private collaboration in technology.

Prior to Uber, Uttara Sivaram created consumer-facing energy efficiency and data products at Bidgely, a SaaS company that combines machine-learning with smart meter data to deliver energy efficiency solutions to utilities around the world; she also worked as a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment, examining the differential climate impact on oil extraction, and as an analyst at NextGen Climate, a super PAC supporting national candidates advocating progressive climate policies. Uttara completed both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University; she holds a Master's in Public Policy with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Policy and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Cognitive Psychology.

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