President & Founder of 21c Consultancy, Julia completed her D.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University and is an internationally recognised expert on Digital Government. Dr Glidden is currently serving as an expert advisor to the United Nations on the 2016 eGoverment Readiness Survey and its working group on ‘Ageing and the Data Revolution.’ Dr Glidden is actively involved the European Commission’s Smart City initiative, and is the founder of the pioneering EU project Citadel-on-the-Move which has helped over 140 cities across all six continents to open and use data. Julia is currently working with the British Standards Institute Smart Cities Working Group, BIM - which is developing Building Information Modelling standards for the global construction industry, W3C, the Open Data Institute and the Open Knowledge Foundation to help advance and promote practical bottom up open data standards. She is also a member of the European Commission’s expert working group on the new 2018/19 Horizon 2020 Programme.
An accomplished TedX speaker, Dr Glidden is regularly asked to speak on global ICT and innovation trends at forums around the world. Prior to launching 21c Consultancy, Julia served as Managing Director for Accenture eDemocracy Services where she wrote and delivered majored IT proposals for countries ranging from the United Kingdom to the Philippines and as a Senior Vice President at the international communications firm Fleishman Hillard where she oversaw multi-million public affairs campaigns for clients including United Airlines and GE Capital.