Elizabeth Linder is the Founder and CEO of The Conversational Century, and was Facebook’s Politics and Government Division Specialist from 2011 to 2016. Specialising in global and digital communications, Elizabeth Linder is the perfect speaker for forward-thinking industries.
Looking at the cross-section between 21st-century leadership and the digital revolution, Elizabeth is well-placed to advise leaders on how to futureproof their business as communication becomes more digital and connectivity evolves exponentially.
Elizabeth has worked at Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Chatham House, and in each of these roles she has proved herself to be a self-starter, carving a place for herself as an irreplaceable asset in each team. She launched her career at Google and joined the YouTube politics team in 2007 – the year widely recognised as the seminal moment that user-generated content first played an influential role in a major political election, Elizabeth was instrumental in working on this digital progression.
In 2008, Facebook recruited Elizabeth to join its small but growing team. At the time, Facebook had just 100 million active users. By the time Elizabeth left Facebook eight years later, she had been at the company longer than 99.2% of current employees.
She can boast of a number of incredible accolades during this time. Elizabeth worked directly with Mark Zuckerberg on his first tour of Europe, opened Facebook’s first office in India, and in 2011 moved to London to found and build the Politics and Government division across the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. As this was a politically turbulent time, Facebook acted as a dominant platform for these conversation topics. Leaders at the senior-most levels searched to better understand this uncharted space, and so Elizabeth moved from the Egyptian Prime Minister’s Office to the Royal Hashemite Court, the Nigerian Senate to the British Parliament, advising leaders on how “social media citizens” are charting out a new world order and questioning societal norms. She left Facebook in 2016 to found the Conversational Century, a movement that challenges decision-makers to re-imagine communication in a digital world.
Elizabeth strongly believes that current and emerging leaders in business and in public office have the most critical role to play in the next chapter of this story.
As social media plays an increasing role in shaping societies, Elizabeth can help educate businesses on how to use and improve their digital connectivity, helping to create authentic communities that have real influence.