Digital Ministerial


Pam Dixon

World Privacy Forum

Founder and Executive Director


Pam Dixon is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a respected public interest research group. An author and researcher, she has written influential studies in the area of identity, AI, health, and complex data ecosystems and their governance for more than 20 years. Dixon has worked extensively on privacy and data governance across multiple jurisdictions, including the US, India, Africa, Asia, the EU, and additional jurisdictions. Dixon currently serves as the co-chair of a UN Data Governance working group, and is the co-chair of the World Health Organization Research, Academia, and Technical working group. At OECD, Dixon co-chairs the formal civil society multistakeholder work in OECD’s new AI Working Party. In prior work, Dixon was part of the AI expert group that crafted the OECD AI Principles, which were ratified in 2018. Dixon has presented her work on complex data ecosystems governance to the National Academies of Science and to the Royal Academies of Science. She has written 9 books and numerous studies and articles. Her peer-reviewed field research regarding the Aadhaar ecosystem in India, published in Nature Springer, was cited in India’s landmark Supreme Court Aadhaar privacy decision in 2018. Dixon is the 2021 recipient of the EFF Pioneer Award for groundbreaking research regarding privacy and data ecosystems. She has been named one of the most influential global experts in digital identity.

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