Elizabeth Linder is Facebook’s former Politics & Government Specialist for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region.
A native Californian, Elizabeth worked at Facebook for nearly eight years and spent the majority of her tenure based in London working in more than 40 countries across her region.
As the founder and head of her division in EMEA, Elizabeth Linder trained and advised politicians, government officials, civil society leaders and diplomats on using Facebook to effectively communicate with citizens.
Elizabeth has written and spoken extensively about the intersection of politics and society in a digitally-connected era.
Elizabeth Linder has spoken in Parliaments across her region; served as Facebook’s liaison with Royal Households to develop their Facebook presences; and has personally advised hundreds of politicians, ambassadors, heads of state, and influential political leaders.
She has been asked to present at Chatham House, Wilton Park, Ditchley Park, NATO, the European Parliament, the U.S. Institute for Peace, OECD, the U.S.-Jordan Business Forum and Tedx among others.
Prior to building the Politics & Government team at Facebook across EMEA, Elizabeth spent three years on Facebook’s International Communications team, where she opened Facebook’s offices in Hyderabad, India; and on Google/YouTube’s Global Communications and Public Policy team based in California.
Elizabeth represented Facebook on leading international networks, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, Sky, ITV, the Huffington Post, EurActiv and others.
Watch Elizabeth on BBC Breakfast discussing President Obama’s Farewell Speech:
Elizabeth Linder – Keynote Speaker:
As a keynote speaker, Elizabeth speaking topics include:
Social media rewards conversation at a scale never before possible, yet few political and business leaders use conversation as a key instrument of their online strategies. How might the art of conversation change and influence tomorrow’s leaders, and will it create a more accessible, human approach to leadership long-term?
Global Connectivity and the Rise of Human Compassion:
With more human beings than ever before connected to each other, for the first time in history conversations are taking place between borders, cultures, languages, and socioeconomic strata. How is global connectivity influencing human compassion, and how can we channel this movement to change the world in which we live?
Foreign Policy and the Non-State Actor:
Since 1648, we have lived according to a Westphalian world-view: nations talking to nations; diplomats talking to diplomats; heads of state talking to heads of state to negotiate and get things done. How are non-state actors, such as Facebook and Humans of New York, entering the space of foreign policymaking, and what does this mean for the future of sovereign nations?
21-st Century Decision-making and the Connected Conundrum:
With the rise of global connectivity comes the ability to involve more and more people in the decision-making process. What does this mean for how decisions will be made and communicated in the future?