Carolina Rossini is a Co-Founder of Portulans Institute and served as founding Secretary for the Board and CEO from 2019 to 2021 before taking the role of Senior Advisor. She has over 20 years of experience in technology law and policy, including ICT for development, internet, intellectual property, open innovation, and telecommunications. She is the co-founder of Portulans Institute, founder of iNova Partners Consulting – assisting non-profits in executing effective and long-term change and impact -, and Yong Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.
She serves on the advisory board of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Lighthouse Collective (USA), Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil) and #IamtheCode (Global).
She is a results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in policy change and advocacy impact, strategic organizational development and growth, and fundraising. Previously, once based in Washington DC, she served as the RightsCon Director at Access Now for the Tunisia edition, as a Global Policy Manager for Connectivity at Facebook, and as the Vice President for International Policy at Public Knowledge (PK). While living in San Francisco she was the International Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a consultant to Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, while in Boston she was Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Back in Brazil, where she was born, she was an in-house counsel Telefonica, and a law lecturer at the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (CTS/FGV).
Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University (2008), an MA in International Economic Negotiations (2006) from UNICAMP/UNESP, an MBA from Instituto de Empresas (2004), and a JD from the University of Sao Paulo – USP. (2000)