American University of Beirut

Katherine Maher

A trustee since 2020, Katherine Maher is a consultant at the U.S. Department of State on the Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is also the former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, she was Advocacy Director for the international digital rights organization, Access, in Washington, D.C. where she worked on global policy issues. Maher has previously worked as an Innovation and Communication Officer at UNICEF, where she was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team. She is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and her writings on human rights, technology and foreign policy have appeared in various publications, including the Atlantic and the Guardian. Maher is a graduate of New York University (BA, ’05) and has studied at the American University of Cairo and Institut français d’études arabes de Damas in Damascus, Syria.​

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