Bio Summary

Dr. Tanya Filer is Founder and CEO of StateUp.

A leading expert in public-purpose technology and digital governance, Tanya has worked widely with technology companies, public sector and international organisations, and research institutes across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Prior to founding StateUp, Tanya founded the Digital State programme at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, a research unit of the University of Cambridge. She is widely published in academic and media publications, including Wired, NS Tech and Brookings Tech Stream, where she is Contributing Author. A particular focus of her recent work has been on foreign policy dimensions of digital governance issues.

Tanya teaches across several postgraduate programmes at Cambridge, including the MPhil in Public Policy, and has taught at Yale and Oxford. She is also Academic Director of the Internet and Digital Economy Parliamentary Scheme, a year-long programme for MPs in the UK. 

 Tanya sits on the Academic Advisory Board of VentureESG and Advisory Board of the Information Law and Policy Centre, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Cambridge Trust and Technology Initiative and the Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment at the World Economic Forum. 

Tanya is passionate about “translating” between different parts of innovation ecosystems—government and the technology sector, academic research and policy and industry decision-making—which is a key motivation behind StateUp’s products and services.

Tanya has held fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and the Library of Congress, and was a UK-Israel British Council fellow in Cyber research in 2018. She is a graduate of Oxford, Cambridge, and UCL.

See what Tanya has been working on

Brookings: How digital minilateralism can help to revive international cooperation

In a new article for Brookings TechStream, Dr. Tanya Filer, founder and CEO of StateUp, and Dr. Antonio Weiss, senior partner at The PSC, argue that digital minilaterals are providing a new model for international cooperation.

StateUp 21: 2022 edition

StateUp 21 is the first annual publication to offer both data-driven insights into the international PPT landscape and rigorous, independent, expert analysis of some of the most exciting up-and-coming Public-Purpose Tech (PPT) startups—our 2022 cohort of StateUp 21 members.


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