Announcement: Catherine Stihler appointed new CEO of Open Knowledge International


Dear all,

We are delighted to share the news with you that Catherine Stihler has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Open Knowledge International.

Catherine has years of experience in the creation and sharing of knowledge on the global stage. She will join the OKI team in February, and will stand down as an MEP at the end of January after an extraordinary career in EU policy-making spanning nearly 20 years.

Catherine has served as an MEP for Scotland since 1999, where she lives with her husband and young children. In this role she has served as Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee and authored influential reports and opinions that have shaped EU policy.

She is also the former Rector of the University of St Andrews – where she received an honorary doctorate earlier this year. She has worked on digital policy, prioritising the digital single market, digital skills, citizen online data protection, copyright reform to support internet freedoms, and the role of Artificial Intelligence and automation.

You can find our full announcement on our blog at (

We look forward to welcoming Catherine to both Open Knowledge International and our Open Knowledge Network.

Best regards, on behalf of Karin Christiansen,

Lieke Ploeger


Fabulous news! She will be a terrific leader for OKI and the community.