Head of Programmes and International Policy, Global Partners Digital
Lea Kaspar heads GPD’s programmatic portfolio and leads the organisation’s international policy arm. Since joining GPD in 2012, she has been managing a range of projects at the intersection of human rights and digital communications, acquiring an in-depth understanding of the changing dynamics in the field.
Ms Kaspar has developed and coordinated a number of information sharing, capacity building, and advocacy initiatives, including at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS), NETmundial, the WSIS+10 Review process, the UN CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), and various processes of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
As the in-house expert on internet governance (IG), Ms Kaspar works to contextualise and communicate the relevance of the evolution of the IG ecosystem to the broader community. As of November 2014, she has been a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), where she serves as a civil society representative. At the national level, as a member of the UK Multistakeholder Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG), she has been participating in the consultation processes with the UK government on international internet freedom issues and the potential implications of international discussions on internet governance since March 2013.
Ms Kaspar also works closely with governments in the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), for which GPD is performing a secretariat function.