Elizabeth M. Renieris (CIPP/E, CIPP/US) is an entrepreneurial attorney, thought-leader and strategic consultant who is passionate about emerging technologies and their impact on privacy, identity, society, and collective consciousness. She is particularly interested in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning, and the potential of these emerging technologies for social impact.
She presently serves as Global Policy Counsel to Evernym, Inc., an innovative startup focused on building commercial products and services for individuals and enterprises that enable a new paradigm of digital identity. In her role as Global Policy Counsel, Elizabeth advises Evernym on both foreign and domestic law and policy challenges, particularly as they relate to digital and self-sovereign identity, blockchain and DLT, governance frameworks, and data protection and privacy matters.
Elizabeth is particularly focused on reaching a “new deal on data” that is user-centric, user-controlled, and privacy-enhancing, with specific emphasis on enhancing individual rights. Having a deep interest in and understanding of advanced technologies allows her to act as a kind of “legal engineer” who works in parallel with technical teams to design and build products and services focused on promoting these compliance and policy objectives.
In addition to her role at Evernym, Elizabeth is actively involved in a number of blockchain-related academic initiatives and interest groups, including through active participation in the European Commission’s EU Blockchain Observatory and collaboration with the German Blockchain Association's Bundesblock, as well as through projects with the MIT Media Lab’s Legal Forum and various Legal Hackers chapters. Elizabeth is also an advisor to several blockchain-related projects, including the CU Ledger initiative focused on credit unions and a supply-chain and trade finance solution called IOUze. She is also a frequent public speaker.
In prior roles, Elizabeth served as a principal at a DC-based boutique blockchain practice and as general counsel at a blockchain-based digital identity startup in San Francisco. She has counseled global technology companies and startups alike on all aspects of privacy and data protection laws, technology transactions, and global regulatory compliance strategies as an attorney with a major US law firm's blockchain and technology transactions practice group, and as a member of the intellectual property/information technology practice of a major international law firm's London and Abu Dhabi offices.
A polyglot who has lived and worked in six countries on three continents, Elizabeth has a global perspective on questions of law and policy. Elizabeth holds an A.B. from Harvard College, graduated on the Dean’s List from Vanderbilt Law School, and obtained an LLM from the London School of Economics, where she earned distinction for her dissertation on media and the law.