Tara Denham

Director, Centre for International Digital Policy Global Affairs Canada

Tara Denham

Director, Centre for International Digital Policy Global Affairs Canada

Biography

Tara Denham is the Director of the Centre for International Digital Policy at Global Affairs Canada, which includes the Digital Inclusion Lab and the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism. The Digital Inclusion Lab focuses on engagement, research, analysis, and testing of tools in order to understand the rapidly evolving intersection of technology and foreign policy. Currently, areas of focus include Human Rights in the digital age, Artificial Intelligence and geopolitics, and innovation in data-driven policy-making. The G7 Rapid Response Mechanism, announced at Charlevoix, is mandated to strengthen coordination to prevent, thwart and respond to malign and evolving threats to G7 democracies. Ms. Denham’s team is responsible for standing up the Canadian-led RRM Coordination Unit, and she is also the Canadian Focal Point.  The RRM will share information and threat analysis related to various threats to democracy, and is an established mechanism to identify opportunities for coordinated response. Previously, she managed programming teams within the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force, including the portfolios of the Middle East, Afghanistan, democracy and human rights, and peace support operations. She has also been deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff to the Representative of Canada to Kandahar (2009-2010). She has worked with the Department for 15 years, and previously worked in the non-governmental sector. Ms Denham has a Masters degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, with a focus on conflict studies.

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