Elizabeth D. Gibbons

Senior Fellow

Elizabeth D. Gibbons is currently a Senior Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she participates in initiatives which leverage her expertise in advancing the human rights of children and adolescents. These have included the development of a cross-disciplinary child protection curriculum for graduate students, an online HarvardX and Executive Education courses for child protection professionals, which she managed in her capacity as Director of the Child Protection Certificate Program. Since 2014, Gibbons has been engaged in the exploration of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on human rights, with particular attention to the potential for these technologies to affect inequality within and between global societies. As Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee, she led development of a chapter within IEEE’s publication Ethically Aligned Design, 1st Edition, which identifies issues and makes recommendations for ensuring AI benefits humanity by contributing to the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to her academic appointment at Harvard FXB Elizabeth Gibbons enjoyed a lengthy career in international development, primarily with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), during which she lived and worked in Togo, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and served as head of UNICEF’s offices in Haiti and in Guatemala. She also held several positions in UNICEF’s New York Headquarters, including Acting Director, Emergency Operations; Chief, Global Policy; and Deputy Director, Division of Policy and Practice. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, Ms. Gibbons is fluent in French and Spanish, and the author of Sanctions in Haiti: Human Rights and Democracy under Assault, as well as a contributing author to several other books.