Martina Larkin

CEO, Project Liberty

Martina Larkin is joining Project Liberty as its first CEO in December 2022, following an international career working at the intersection of public policy, geopolitics, economics and innovation.

Martina is an experienced leader and recognised expert well versed in innovation and international economics and politics. Before joining Project Liberty she was Vice President for Global Issues at System, an artificial intelligence and data science company based in the United States. Before that she spent 16 years at the World Economic Forum, most recently as Head of Europe and Eurasia where she oversaw the Forum’s activities in 56 countries, working with business leaders across all sectors, as well as representatives from governments and international and civil society organisations. Previously she led the Forum’s think tank, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Young Global Leaders Foundation. 

She has helped launch numerous innovative initiatives and global networks addressing emerging technologies, the environment, education, and economic and political development. She has forged successful interdisciplinary regional and global coalitions, working with diverse groups of stakeholders to effect change. 

Martina is a member of several non-profit boards, including the European Institute of Innovation and Technology of the European Commission; the international advisory panel for the Future of Science and Technology of the European Parliament; SITRA, Finland’s innovation think tank; Deusto University and Circulo de Empresarios, in Spain. She is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Martina holds a degree from Fordham University, a Master of Business Administration from ESCP in Paris and was awarded the prestigious Yale World Fellowship from Yale University in 2011. Earlier in her career, she was Associate Vice President at Lazar & Company, an investment bank, and held positions at Nestlé Switzerland. She speaks English, French and German fluently, and lives in London with her family.