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Elaine Ford

Visiting Policy Fellow

Elaine Ford

Visiting Policy Fellow

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Elaine Ford promotes Digital Democracy in Peru and Latin-America.

She is Magister in International Studies from the University of Chile. Postgraduate in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Nottingham, England. Journalist from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC). She has a specialization in Innovation in Government and Collaborative Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, United States. She is the director and founder of Democracia Digital based in Lima, Peru. Former President of Internet Society (ISOC) Peru for two consecutive periods (2016-2021). Member of the Steering Committee of ISOC Chapters Advisory Council in 2019, 2020, 2023 and 2024. She is a Member of the Committee of Women Leaders of the Americas and member of the Advisory Board of Women In Tech.

She was invited by the German government to the Digitalisation Programme in the cities of Berlin and Hannover (2018). She has won the Chevening scholarships from the British Council and Fulbright. She is a grantee of the International Visitors Program and Youth Leaders of the US Department of State.

She obtained the Decoration of Ambassador of UAE in Peru (2022), “Order of Values Peru Bicentennial” Decoration (Peru, 2021), the “International Leader and Entrepreneur Woman Award” (ODM Peru, 2019), the “2018 Ibero-American Woman Leader Award” (Peru, 2018), and the “Young Leader Award” from the International Young Leaders Foundation (Argentina, 2010). She was named “Distinguished Guest” by the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio (USA).

She is the author of the books: “The challenge of digital democracy. Towards an interconnected citizenship” (2019), “Internet and the pandemic” (2020) and “Digital technologies and elections in Peru” (2021). Additionally, she is co-author of several books in Spanish and English languages. Also, she is an international lecturer and TEDx presenter.

Research Interests

Digital democracy, Artificial intelligence, Digital rights, Digital citizenship, Digital government, Digital transformation

Positions at the OII

  • Visiting Policy Fellow, January 2024 -