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Esther Benjamin is CEO and Executive Director of World Education Services (WES), a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping international students, immigrants, and refugees achieve their educational and career goals in the U.S. and Canada.
Digital Transformation at UK Department of Health - CAPE Policy Fellow, CSaP, University of Cambridge, UK, UK Department of Health
Diane has nearly 15 years’ experience leading digital initiatives and transformation programmes in the public, private sectors, international and mission-driven organisations.
She is a Digital transformation and organisational agility expert. She is passionate about creating positive social impact through designing, implementing digital strategies, whilst developing and testing system change frameworks that foster the development of sustainable digital capability.
Diane is French and Mexican, she’s started her career as a journalist and European correspondent for the Mexican Association of Journalists. She then joined the Telecommunications industry where she led on the development of innovative digital health experiments and various multi-million pound nation-wide transformational programmes, respectively in France (SFR-Vodafone) and the UK (EE-British Telecom). She enriched her portfolio of experience by transferring her knowledge and expertise from the private sector to International Organisations (World Economic Forum) and NGOs (Ashoka Foundation, British Heart Foundation, Blockchain Climate Institute), whilst fostering public-private-academic collaborations, which she highly values and nurtures. With a similar approach to her work, drawing on academic knowledge and private sector best practices, she is now part of the Digital Strategy and Policy unit at the UK Government Department of Health, where she is responsible for advising on digital transformation and agile capability building strategies across the healthcare system.
Diane has an academic background in Law from Paris II Pantheon ASSAS, a Bachelor in Entrepreneurship (Bsc.) from the Paris Chamber of Commerce Business School, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Paris School of Graduate Management, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She is currently pursuing an Executive Doctorate in Public Affairs (EDPA) with the University Paris Dauphine, and was selected in April 2022 CAPE Policy Fellow with the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge, UK.