Full Name
Kara Hinesley
Job Title
Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs
Speaker Bio
Kara Hinesley is the global Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Canva. She manages the company’s public policy agenda with government, regulators, NGOs, and civil society groups on a diverse range of tech and digital issues.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Quinnipiac University, the University of Sydney, and an LLM candidate at the Australian National University, she holds dual legal credentials in the United States and Australia as a licensed attorney and solicitor.

Before joining Canva, Kara was Director of Public Policy, Government, and Philanthropy at Twitter, Inc. There she oversaw policy strategy across the Asia-Pacific region while playing an active role in leading the company’s response to the Christchurch Call and acting as the global lead for Twitter’s #DataforGood program, which leveraged Twitter data to work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development goals.

She held board positions on the Digital Industry Group Inc. and also previously worked as a senior media and policy advisor in the Australian Government.
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