Baroness Joanna Shields

Founded WePROTECT in 2014

The BARONESS SHIELDS OBE (Joanna Shields) is a British-American technology industry veteran and parliamentarian who served as the UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security and Under-Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017. Previously Digital Advisor to David Cameron and Chair of Tech City UK, she was made a life Peer in 2014. In 2016, Baroness Shields was appointed the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Internet Crime and Harms.

Before working in government Baroness Shields spent over 25 years building some of the world's best-known technology companies, including Electronics for Imaging, RealNetworks, Google, Aol and Facebook, as well as leading several start-ups to successful acquisitions, including Bebo, Decru and Veon.  At Facebook, she was Vice President and Managing Director in EMEA and oversaw the growth of the platform to over 1 billion users. She has also served as President of People Networks at Aol, a position she assumed after leading the acquisition of Bebo by Time Warner's Aol unit for $850 million, and as a Managing Director for Google in EMEA. 

Baroness Shields has served as a Trustee for Save the Children UK, the NSPCC There 4 Me board and the American School in London, In 2014 she was recognized in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours with an OBE for services to the digital industries and for her voluntary service to young people.