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Rowan Barnett

Director in Europe, Middle East and Africa


Rowan Barnett is the Director of in Europe, Middle East and Africa. As a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google, he oversees Google's philanthropic funding, product donations and employee giving and volunteering in the region, supporting innovative nonprofits using technology to tackle complex global challenges and create more opportunity for everyone. In his previous roles at Google, he also led's philanthropy across Asia Pacific as well as Google for Startups efforts to enable access to the tech ecosystem for diverse and underrepresented entrepreneurs and social innovators. Prior to Google he was a Senior Director at Twitter responsible for growing the platform across many European and Emerging Markets, spent 8 years in journalism and social innovation at Axel Springer, as well as failing to be a successful entrepreneur. Rowan serves on a number of advisory boards, including the nonprofit entrepreneurs leadership network and as a trustee of the Trialogue Educational Trust and Club of Three. He is also a Fellow of the Bertelsmann German Israeli Young Leaders initiative. Rowan grew up in England, studying history at Oxford before moving to Berlin nearly 20 years ago where he lives with his wife and four children (one is a dog). With roots in 8 countries, he also calls London, Paris and Tel Aviv home.