Olga Cavalli

Olga Cavalli

Former Member, Internet Society Board of Trustees


Olga Cavalli is an Internet leader whose work has been fundamental for enhancing participation of Latin America and the Caribbean in Internet Governance. She served on the Internet Society Board of Trustees from 2016 - 2021.

She is the co-founder and the academic director of the South School on Internet Governance which has granted more than 3,500 fellowships for attending an intensive training on Internet Governance, organized in different countries of the Americas since 2008. The School is also open to the community through remote participation with video streaming and different languages, hosting thousands of attendees from all over the world. She is also the co-founder of other capacity-building activities: Dominios Latinoamerica, ARGENSIG, the Argentina School on Internet Governance and Desafíos de Internet.

She co-edited the book “Internet Governance and Regulations in Latin America” published in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the South School on Internet Governance. The book is free and available in Spanish for the whole community and soon will be published in Portuguese and English.

Olga is frequently invited as keynote speaker and panelist in international summits and events. Recently the German Government invited her to participate in the IGF 2019 Berlin promotional video, which includes personalities like Angela Merkel and Vint Cerf, among others. She is also a frequent contributor writing papers and chapter books in subjects related to her areas of expertise.

Since 2006 Olga has been very active in ISOC. Since 2016 she has been a member of the ISOC Board of Trustees. She is an ISOC Argentina Chapter board member, and was the ISOC Argentina Chapter´s president (2015–2018) and the Chapter´s Board Secretary (2011–2015). She was also a member of the ISOC Chapter Advisory Council representing Latin America and the Caribbean, among other activities.

Recognized by ISOC as a “Game Changer”, Olga works towards the inclusion of girls and women in ICTs and the Internet, organizing activities jointly with ISOC, ISOC Argentina Chapter, ITU, UNESCO, ICANN, the Argentina National Center of Engineers and the University of Buenos Aires.

As an Internet expert, she was invited by ITU to participate in the Study Group on Internet of Things and Smart Cities (2015-2017). The ITU has recognized her as an innovator in this field.

During 2007- 2014 she was distinguished by the United Nations Secretary General, being chosen to be a part of the Internet Governance Forum's Multistakeholder Advisory Group, MAG.

Olga is very active in ICANN. She is co-lead of Work Track 5 on Geographic Names at the Top Level and Vice Chair of the Governmental Advisor Committee (GAC). She was a member of the Cross Community Working Group on Accountability for the IANA transition, GNSO Council Member, GNSO vice chair, a member of the LAC Regional committee, among other activities.

Olga is a Teacher at the University of Buenos Aires and is also involved in the development of community network projects in rural areas of Argentina.

Olga is a member of the IGF Argentina committee. Previously she was a member of the LAC IGF committee, the representative of Argentina in the WSIS (Tunis 2005), a member of the Committee of the Regional Action Plan eLAC - ECLAC for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean (2010-2015), coordinator of the REGULATEL IDB Regional Roaming Project (2010-2013), member of the National Commission of Cyber Crime which defined the Cyber Crime Law of Argentina (2008-2009), member of the Commission that created the National Digital Agenda of Argentina (2008-2009) and Board member of the National Engineers Center of Argentina.

Her education includes a PhD in Business Direction, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Regulation, and a degree in Electronic and Electric Engineering.

She is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese and German, and can understand French and Italian.

Olga lives in Buenos Aires and is the mother of Juana and Federico.

You can find more information about Olga in social networks:
Twitter @olgacavalli
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