Leslie Daigle has been working at the intersection of technology, business/economics and policy to drive effective change for more than twenty years.
Always fascinated by the Internet’s technology, innovation and real world impact, she started her professional career working with Internet applications technologies for corporate commercial activities, and expanded to take on leadership roles within the premier Internet technology standardization organization, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
Leslie is currently the Global Technical Officer at the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), furthering GCA’s development and deployment of global solutions that contribute to eradicating cyber risk.
Leslie is the Principal at ThinkingCat Enterprises. She has attracted funding for projects focusing on advancing the Internet’s technology development and deployment through leadership and targeted activities coordinating action of interested Internet stakeholders.
Leslie was previously the Internet Society’s first Chief Internet Technology Officer. She joined the ISOC in 2007, and she helped to (re)create the global dialog on important technical issues, calling stakeholders to action by providing achievable targets and facilitating their own collaboration across (corporate) organizational boundaries until May 2014.
Leslie was an appointed member of the related Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from March 2000 to March 2008, and was the elected Chair of the IAB from 2002 to 2007. Prior to working for the Internet Society, she held the positions of Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems, Director of Directory Research at VeriSign, and Vice President for Research at industry pioneer Bunyip Information Systems, among others.
Leslie holds an M.Sc. in Computing & Information Science from the University of Guelph, and a B.Sc. in Math and Computer Science from McGill University.