Rowan Barnett

Head of Google.org, Europe, Middle East & Africa | Google.org | Germany

Rowan Barnett leads Google.org, Google’s philanthropy, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which brings the best of Google to help solve some of humanity’s most significant challenges and support underserved communities. In his previous roles at Google, he led Google.org’s philanthropy in Asia Pacific and Google for Startups efforts to enable access to the tech ecosystem for diverse and underrepresented entrepreneurs and social innovators. Before Google, he was a Senior Director at Twitter responsible for strategic market development across European and Emerging Markets. He spent eight years in journalism and leading digital and social innovation at Axel Springer and founding startups. Rowan serves in a number of advisory capacities, including on the Board of the Trialogue Educational Trust, helping H2.co support startup ecosystems, and he is a Save the Children Changemaker. He holds an MA in History from Oriel College, Oxford, with Berlin’s English, French and Central European roots.