Eileen Donahoe

Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPI) at Stanford University

Eileen Donahoe is the executive director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPI) at Stanford University, FSI/Cyber Policy Center. GDPI is a global multi-stakeholder collaboration hub for development of policies that reinforce human rights and democratic values in digitized society.

Her current areas of research include AI and human rights, combatting digital disinformation, and governance of digital platforms.

Donahoe previously served in the Obama administration as the first U.S. ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, at a time of significant institutional reform and innovation. After leaving government, she joined Human Rights Watch as director of global affairs, 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, Donahoe was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley.

Donahoe serves on the National Endowment for Democracy Board of Directors; the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity; the World Economic Forum Future Council on the Digital Economy; University of Essex Advisory Board on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology; NDI Designing for Democracy Advisory Board; Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network; and Dartmouth College Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She holds a BA from Dartmouth, JD from Stanford Law School, MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford, MTS from Harvard, and Ph.D. in ethics & social theory from GTU Cooperative Program with UC Berkeley.