As Executive Director, Lea oversees the development and implementation of GPD’s vision, ensuring the continued relevance of its policy agenda and organisational strategy in the evolving geopolitical landscape.
Since joining GPD, Lea has been leading the organisation’s pioneering work on facilitating multistakeholder dialogue in internet-related public policy discussions and advancing the human rights agenda in related international forums and processes. Since 2014, she has been leading GPD’s efforts to support the work of the Freedom Online Coalition, for which GPD performs a secretariat function.
She represents GPD on a number of boards and initiatives: she is a member of the UK Multistakeholder Group on Internet Governance and the co-Lead of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) Task Force on Strategies and Assessments. Previously, she was the co-Chair of the GFCE Advisory Board (2016-18), a member of the UN CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (2016-18), and a member of the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (2015-18). She is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Before joining GPD, Lea co-founded the Croatian UN Association, organised the first Croatian Model UN conference (ZAGIMUN), and was a founding member of the European Model UN Network (EMUNNET). In 2009, she worked at the UN Democracy Fund in New York. Lea holds an MSc in Global Governance and Ethics from UCL and an MA in Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies from the University of Zagreb. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Croatian.