FB India appoints Public Policy Director for Data and Emerging Tech
Facebook today announced the appointment of Sunil Abraham as the Public Policy, Director for Data and Emerging Tech to lead and shape the company's stance on tech policy issues in India. Reporting into the Public Policy Director, Sunil will be responsible for building partnerships and engagements with key stakeholders in the public policy area of data privacy, consumer protection, and AI led innovation for new products and services.
As part of the public policy leadership team, Abraham will contribute to important policy development initiatives and proceedings in India and the South Asia region on data protection, privacy, new and emerging tech and represent Facebook's position in these multi-stakeholder processes.
Sunil Abraham is a serial institution builder with almost a quarter century of experience in Indian and global civil societies. In 1998, he co-founded Mahiti Infotech, an open technology service provider for the nonprofit sector and in 2008, he co-founded the Centre for Internet and Society, a policy and academic research organization focusing on accessibility, openness. access to knowledge, internet governance, digital humanities and telecom regulation. He has been an advocate of the free/open source software and was a part of the Wikimedia movement starting in 2004 when he co-managed the International Open Source Network for UNDP. Most recently he spent a year as Endowed Professor at ArtEZ University for the Arts in the Netherlands.
Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook -India, South & Central Asia says, "Sunil’s experience in the field of technology policy and his vast research on data reforms are an ideal fit for Facebook. We are thrilled to have Sunil in our team as he brings deep industry and civil society knowledge and understanding. With his expertise and experience, he will help us in our mission to build transparency, accountability and empowered communities.”
Protecting people’s privacy has always been the central focus for Facebook. For years, Facebook has been working to ensure that its users, advertisers, customers and partners enjoy the platform while keeping their data safe and secure. This holds true for the work that India is doing to strengthen its data protection regime and boost India's fast growing digital economy and develop norms for its digital society. Keeping users safety and privacy at top, Facebook will continue to work alongside governments and regulators to find the right solutions which serve both our mission and public interest.