Jennifer Freeman is CEO of PeaceGeeks. She has led the technology nonprofit’s strategy to scale, working with newcomers, policymakers and nonprofit leaders to explore the enabling conditions for innovation and digital transformation to create more modern, efficient, human-centred migration systems.
Jen has been recognized for developing public-private partnerships that leverage technology to enhance the security, and agency of human rights defenders, peacebuilders, displaced and conflict-affected populations. Before joining PeaceGeeks, Jen worked in international peacebuilding and humanitarian emergencies, and is an internationally recognized expert on Women, Peace and Security. Previously, she was Professor of Practice at the Kroc School of Peace Studies, Director of the Women PeaceMakers Program, and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, at the London School of Economics.
When not in front of a computer, Jen takes her family to as many places as possible. She hopes they will learn about the vastness and diversity of human experience; they hope she will learn how to lose better at cards.
Jen's father immigrated to Canada from the UK; her maternal grandfather stowed away on a boat from Sweden. Born in Canada, Jen spent 18 years living in seven countries on three continents, as an international student, a temporary foreign worker, a spousal sponsee, and a permanent resident. She has five sharp and sassy children, three of whom were once refugees.