Ms. Eileen Donahoe
Ms. Eileen Donahoe, Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch
Eileen Donahoe is the Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represents the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy, with special emphasis on digital rights, cybersecurity and Internet governance. She served as the first US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva from 2010-2013. Donahoe is a Co-Chair of the NETmundial Initiative and a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Working Group on Freedom & Security. She is an Affiliate at the Center for International Security & Cooperation and a Visiting Scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University, where she collaborates on a project exploring use of Deliberative Polling as a tool for Internet governance. Current and past research interests include implications of digital technology for human rights, international norms governing use of force, UN reform, and ethical justifications for humanitarian military intervention. In her earlier career, Donahoe was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. Donahoe holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, a master’s of 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.