Linda Raftree

Co-Founder,
MERL Tech

Linda Raftree is an independent consultant focused on the ethical uses of technology and digital data in international development, human rights, and social impact spaces. She is currently supporting Humanity United and Girl Effect to develop and implement organizational data policy, practice, tools and guidance. Additionally, she is supporting iMedia to develop digital social and behavior change strategies that place ethics and safeguarding at the center and use digital data to measure impact. Linda has also supported CRS and USAID to develop responsible data principles, policies and guidelines and has advised The Rockefeller Foundation on innovation and ICTs for evaluation.

In addition to her consulting work, Linda organizes the MERL Tech conference, which brings together various sectors who are working on data and impact measurement in the humanitarian and development spaces. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Linda worked in various roles at Plan International, including youth engagement, ICT4D, and transparency & governance. She has published on adolescent girls and ICTs for UNICEF, the role of ICTs in child and youth migration for the Oak Foundation, ICT-enabled monitoring and evaluation for The Rockefeller Foundation, and digital safeguarding for Girl Effect. Linda is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM). She runs the New York City Technology Salon, and blogs at Wait… What?