Appointment of Veronica Donoso to the position of INHOPE Executive Director

April 02, 2015

INHOPE is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Veronica Donoso to the position of INHOPE Executive Director, effective April 13th. 

Veronica is originally from Chile, but has lived and worked in Belgium since 2002 when she started her doctoral studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Since 2002 Veronica has carried out research about children, digital technologies and their protection online and since 2006 she has been an active member of the EU Kids Online network. Being the mother of a two-year old boy, Veronica is particularly interested in creating empowering, enriching and safe online experiences for the youngest audiences. She obtained her PhD in 2007 with a dissertation entitled: “Adolescents and the Internet: Implications for home, school and social life”.

Since 2007 she has held both academic and non-academic positions including Senior Researcher at the Center for User Experience Research of the KU Leuven, post-doctoral researcher at the Media & ICT in Organizations & Society research group of the University of Antwerp and as Project Manager at the Belgian Safer Internet Centre (Child Focus) where she was in charge of the e-safety helpline. Veronica has also acted as expert and independent consultant for several institutions dealing with the empowerment and the protection of children online including the EC, UN, UNICEF and the Word Federation of Advertisers.

In 2010, Veronica was appointed by the European Commission as the Research Coordinator of the 2nd Assessment of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU and since 2011 she has been invited to act as independent reviewer of the EU Pledge monitoring, a self-regulatory initiative to foster responsible advertising of food and beverage towards young children in the EU. Before becoming INHOPE Executive Director, Veronica was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Law and ICT of the KU Leuven where she is currently affiliated researcher.

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