Ambassador Eileen Donahoe

Ambassador Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and an Affiliate at the Center for International Security & Cooperation at Stanford University. She served as the first US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (2010-2013) where she advocated for the foundational principle that international human rights law is applicable “online as offline”.  She was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch (2014-2016) and represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy, with special emphasis on digital rights, cybersecurity and Internet governance. Eileen is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Working Group 1 “An Internet Free and Secure,” which works to bring a human rights based approach to cybersecurity. She is a Trustee of Freedom House, serves on the Benetech Advisory Board, and co-chaired the NETmundial Initiative. She collaborates on a Stanford University project exploring use of deliberative polling as a tool for democratic process in Internet governance. Research interests include implications of digital technology and AI for human rights, democratic governance and the rule of law; digital security and cybersecurity; counterterrorism & countering violent extremism online; cyber governance and norm on use of force, and ethical justifications for humanitarian military intervention. In her earlier career, Eileen Donahoe was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth; a master’s in theological studies from Harvard; a master’s in East Asian studies from Stanford; a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from GTU at UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.