Position Description

Technology Policy Lead, Consumer IoT
Job category Regular/Full-Time
Group Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Global Network
Location San Francisco
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Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

San Francisco, CA USA


The World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (C4IR) is looking for a Project Lead for Consumer Internet of Things. The Lead will join a high-profile team of experts working to shape the trajectory of emerging technologies, maximizing their benefit to society while also reducing potential risks.


Connected devices outnumber people worldwide. By 2025, these devices, commonly known as the internet of things (IoT), are projected to exceed 40 billion, fuelled by continued technological advances and the plummeting costs of computing, storage and connectivity. The consumer IoT market, led by smart home, wearable technologies and connected vehicles, is the fastest growing segment of the IoT ecosystem with a forecasted 16.8% compound annual growth rate and is projected to overtake manufacturing to become the largest source of global IoT spending by 2023.


The Lead for Consumer IoT will partner with the Head of IoT, Robotics and Smart Cities and teams across the Forum to develop, test and support new policy and governance frameworks for IoT. Resulting outcomes of this work may include innovative partnerships, global norms and standards, or new models of supporting innovation. These policy and governance frameworks will be piloted with governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia to test theories about impact, iterate based on lessons learned, and then scale the adoption of frameworks and resulting governance protocols globally.  The Lead for Consumer IoT will also facilitate engagement across the Forum's existing global communities of business executives, leading academicians, government officials, the start-up community, media, civil society organizations, social entrepreneurs, and partners. The position is based in San Francisco and will work closely with global teams in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Partner with the Head of the team to establish, evolve and execute a comprehensive global strategy for shaping the future of consumer IoT technologies in the public interest.

  • Track trends in the development of the consumer IoT ecosystem and ongoing efforts related to IoT governance to define gaps in current policy frameworks.
  • Collaborate with the Global IoT Council to oversee key components of Forum’s annual state of IoT governance report and global action plan and establish a common standard and global agenda for measuring, tracking and addressing gaps in technology governance.
  • Ensure coordination and consistency across IoT-related efforts at the Forum and its Affiliate Centres.


Manage, grow and mobilize a global community of public and private sector partners to address collective action issues related to the development, use and governance of consumer IoT technologies.

  • Collaborate with industry teams and colleagues to identify, recruit and onboard new partners.
  • Ensure consistent communications with public and private sector stakeholders to keep them current and engaged in the work of the platform.
  • Elevate the Forum's brand recognition and value proposition within the $840 billion consumer electronics industry through public speaking, media engagement and other forms of thought leadership.


Drive measurable impact through a global portfolio of high-profile projects to address key governance gaps in consumer IoT, such as growing threats to consumer privacy and security.

  • Identify new opportunities to elevate, amplify and expand promising initiatives that advance the responsible and ethical development, use and governance of consumer IoT technologies.
  • Scope and launch new multi-stakeholder initiatives to address key governance gaps, including the development of clear problem statements and opportunities for impact, assessment of resource needs, creation of budgets, formulation of project governance models, design of workstreams, and establishment of milestones and evaluation criteria.
  • Develop and manage multi-stakeholder project communities, including the identification of target community members, development of marketing materials and project documentation, outreach and negotiations with partners around project engagement, and ongoing relationship management.
  • Ensure project objectives and are met on time and on budget through regular project update calls and workshops (in-person and virtual), holding community members and stakeholders accountable, and planning for contingencies.
  • Manage a growing team of in-person and remote fellows from the public and private sector who have been seconded to the Forum.
  • Support the Forum's network of affiliate centres in scoping new projects and scaling governance approaches across different use cases, sectors and geographies.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Masters (or higher) degree in public policy management, business administration, technology, economics/finance or similar fields.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in—or directly with—the private sector on new policies and/or business models related to consumer IoT or emerging technologies, ideally including both the start-up community and Fortune 500 companies. Proven track record of developing and implementing IoT-related policies and solutions.
  • Deep knowledge of the IoT ecosystem, including key governing bodies, decision makers, and leading private sector companies operating in this space. Demonstrated thought leadership regarding consumer IoT, including published articles, speeches/presentations in international forums, and conference participation
  • Comfort driving entrepreneurial projects, starting new teams, and identifying opportunities for impact in crowded spaces. Ability to design and drive medium to large-scale project design and delivery.
  • Successes engaging global leaders from the private and/or public sector.
  • Ability to quickly develop a meaningful perspective on internal and external issues that have organizational impact.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to manage and motivate high performing, dispersed teams through volatility, uncertainty, complexity, risk and ambiguity.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written language skills in English; verbal proficiency in other languages would be an asset.


The World Economic Forum encourages applicants from around the globe with diverse experiences and backgrounds. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, including assistance with relocation. 

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