Katherine Maher

Former CEO, Wikimedia Foundation
Strategist, technologist and policy expert Katherine Maher is an advocate for free and open societies.

Why you should listen

Katherine Maher has spent her career at the intersection of technology, human rights, democracy and international development. Most recently, she served as CEO and executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, she was advocacy director for the international digital rights organization Access, where she worked on global policy issues related to freedom of expression, access to information and privacy. She is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and her writings on human rights, technology and foreign policy have appeared in various publications, including the book State Power 2.0 and periodicals Foreign Policy, The Atlantic and The Guardian. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund and the board of the Sunlight Foundation.

Maher was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team. She received her bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies from New York University.

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Live from TEDMonterey

Better. Smarter. Wiser. Notes from Session 7 of TEDMonterey

August 4, 2021

We’re all looking for ways to become better, smarter and wiser versions of ourselves. In a spectacularly eclectic Session 7, six speakers share their hard-won wisdom on educating, listening — and even twerking — their way towards a more inclusive world, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 7, hosted by […]

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