Tech Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Denmark
Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen is Denmark’s Tech Ambassador with responsibility for representing the Danish Government to the global tech industry and in global governance forums on emerging technologies. Anne Marie and her team have a global mandate and a physical presence in Silicon Valley, Copenhagen and Beijing, transcending borders and regions in rethinking the traditional understanding of a diplomatic representation.
Prior to her appointment, Anne Marie worked at World Economic Forum in Geneva (2017-2020) where she led the World Economic Forum's work on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Global Public Goods. Her focus was on mobilizing technology companies, governments and civil society to collaboratively tackle the barriers that prevent emerging technology from scaling responsibly to help solve society’s biggest challenges.
Before joining the World Economic Forum, Anne Marie co-founded an innovation house for student entrepreneurship; co-founded Democratic Capital; worked as political advisor in the Danish Parliament; and served on the Board of Directors of Copenhagen Business School and The Danish Consumer Council.
Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen holds a M.Sc. in International Development from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in International Business & Politics from Copenhagen Business School and is a 2017 Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum.
As the FOC celebrates its 10th anniversary, the global trajectory with respect to its core mission of protecting freedom online is moving in a negative direction. This session will pose questions to panellists to discuss how the FOC can develop a strategic plan to combat the spread of digital authoritarianism and the role it should play in confronting the existential threat to democratic values-based governance in 21st century digital society.
Tech for Democracy and Ways to Jointly, Responsibly, and Proactively Take Action
This session will reflect on the multistakeholder Tech for Democracy Conference and prior consultations and explore ways to jointly, responsibly and proactively take action and promote the use of digital technologies for democracy and human rights.