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Chris Locke

Executive Vice President and Managing Director

I joined the Internet Society Foundation as Executive Vice President and Managing Director on 17 June 2024.

I oversee the strategic vision and provide programmatic, financial, and operational leadership for the Foundation, which focuses on funding initiatives that strengthen the Internet in function and reach and advance the Internet Society’s vision that the Internet is for everyone.

I bring experience from both the public and private sectors. I began my career as an academic and studied the impact of web technologies on culture, media, and society. In the private sector, I worked for leading Internet and mobile companies across Europe. I served as the Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development at the GSM Association, where I leveraged mobile technology for social and economic benefits in developing countries.

More recently, I founded Caribou Digital, a consultancy dedicated to building ethical and sustainable emerging market digital economies. Its clients include the MasterCard Foundation, DFID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

I hope to bring my extensive knowledge of the effects of digital technologies on societies and economies to expand the Foundation’s work in supporting organizations that use the Internet to bring communities better education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.

I live in the UK with my family and my dog, who keeps me company in the office in exchange for walks and treats.