Wafa Ben-Hassine

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Principal, Responsible Technology

As a principal on the Responsible Technology team at Omidyar Network, Wafa leads the firm’s vision for private and trustworthy messaging platforms.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Wafa served as a consultant at the International Finance Corporation, where she managed an open innovation challenge to advance the IFC’s financial inclusion agenda. Wafa also worked for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Previously, she was the Middle East and North Africa policy manager for Access Now, a global non-profit organization defending human rights online.

Wafa has served as the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council (GFC) on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and as a member of the GFC on Data Policy. She serves on several other committees, boards, and task forces that are focused on how society interacts with emerging technologies. She is also a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member.

Wafa holds a JD from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and a BA in political science, public law from the University of California, San Diego, where she served as student body president. She is a licensed attorney with the state of New York.