Elizabeth Linder has advised politicians, government officials and civil society leaders on changing patterns of communications and connectivity in more than 40 countries. She founded and headed Facebook’s Politics & Government programme for the EMEA region as the Arab Spring swept across the region, new political parties challenged the status quo, and political content on Facebook dominated the conversations of millions of people.
Elizabeth Linder launched her career at Google, building out YouTube’s Global Communications and Public Policy team. In 2008, Facebook recruited Elizabeth to join their International Communications team. As the company rapidly grew, Elizabeth worked with Mark Zuckerberg on his first tour of Europe, opened Facebook’s first office in India, and in 2011 moved to London to found and build a new division which she firmly believed needed to be created: a division that would train elected officials.
As the Arab Spring challenged the global understanding of connected technology and governance, Elizabeth Linder moved from the Egyptian Prime Minister’s Office to the Royal Hashemite Court, the Nigerian Senate to the British Parliament, advising leaders on how “social media citizens” are charting out a new world order and questioning societal norms.
Elizabeth strongly believes that current and emerging leaders in business and in public office have the most critical role to play in the next chapter of this story. Although the short history thus far of social media shaping society centres around the role of the millions who connect to each other online, this next phase depends largely on how changing patterns of leadership will be adopted or rejected by those with most influence.
She left Facebook in 2016 to found Conversational Century, a movement that challenges decision-makers to re-imagine communication in a digital world.
In 2018 Elizabeth took on a new role as a contributor for Forbes.
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