Wafa Ben-Hassine

Principal, Responsible Technology

As a principal on the Responsible Technology team at Omidyar Network, Wafa leads the firm’s efforts related to encrypted messaging platforms and the nature of safe and private online messaging spaces.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Wafa served as a consultant at the International Finance Corporation in Tunisia, where she managed an open innovation challenge to advance the IFC’s financial inclusion agenda. Wafa also consulted 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 (WEF) Global Future Council (GFC) on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and she currently sits on the GFC on Data Policy.

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. She is a licensed attorney with the state of New York specializing in international law and technology.