Elizabeth Longworth


Elizabeth chairs our advisory panel. She knows how to collaborate and she understands how new access models can have immense impact on people, communities and nations. She is a kiwi who has had some pretty big NZ and international roles and she recognises the potential we have in NZ to lead impact projects using Platforms for Good.

Prior to returning to NZ, Elizabeth was the Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva where she led global coordination programmes using platforms to build capacity at regional and national sector levels. Before that she was Deputy Assistant Director General for Social Sciences and Executive Director of UNESCO in Paris. Before her international roles she led development strategies in NZ as Sector Director for ICT at Industry New Zealand. Way back, Elizabeth was a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. She built an international practice as an expert on information policies, the law and ethics of new technologies and is an author on access to information (FOI), privacy and cyberspace law. Her privacy expertise covered health data protection and health consumer rights. Liz is qualified in mediation and alternative dispute resolution design.

She is currently on the board of directors of the NZ Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and is chair of the FMA's Audit and Risk Committee. Previous governance and strategic roles include, Chair of: the inter-agency UN High Level Programme Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience; the international Experts Committee that produced the UN Recommendation on Access to Cyberspace; the ESR Ethics Committee and the Telecommunications Number Administration Body; and was a member of the International Olympic Committee Commission on Education and Culture.

Elizabeth is active with NGOs and is an advocate campaigning for women’s rights, equal opportunities and an end to violence against women.