Lea Kaspar heads Global Partner Digital’s (GPD) programmatic portfolio. Since 2012, she has been managing projects at the intersection of human rights and digital communications, concentrating upon facilitating multistakeholder dialogue and effective civil society engagement in international forums and processes. These have included capacity building and advocacy initiatives at the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS), the WSIS+10 Review process, and the International Telecommunication Union. She is currently working on the development and implementation of GPD’s cyber capacity building programme, which aims to make cyber policy-making processes around the world more open and inclusive.
She is the co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise and a member of the UK Multistakeholder Group on Internet Governance. She has formerly served as a member of the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (2015-2017), and the UN CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (2016-2018). Lea also works closely with governments in the Freedom Online Coalition, for which GPD performs a secretariat function. She has been a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations since 2017.
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.