Shane Ryan, Global Executive Director, Avast Foundation, on equity & inclusion in the digital space

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Shane Ryan, Global Executive Director of the Avast Foundation, on equity and inclusion within the digital space; trust-based philanthropy, inclusive co-design and much more.


On this episode, we are talking with Shane Ryan, Global Executive Director of the Avast Foundation. Many of you who use a computer day in and day out will recognise the Avast brand — they are one of the world’s leading antivirus software providers.


We are going to be talking with Shane about equity and inclusion within the digital space, and to kick things off, here’s a sobering statistic:


According to the United Nations, nearly 3 billion people, or 37% of the global population, have never been online despite a rise in Internet use during the pandemic. And, here’s another statistic: 96% of those nearly 3 billion people who have never been online, live in the developing world.


Today’s conversation is well-rounded and spans equity and inclusion within the digital space, trust-based philanthropy, inclusive co-design and much more.


Shane himself has overcome much adversity during his childhood, having been in care and coming from humble beginnings in West London; and subsequently succeeding in a career that saw him become Deputy Director of the National Lottery Community Fund, in the UK and, today, Global Executive Director of the Avast Foundation.


His experience in equity, inclusion, grant-making and philanthropy provide him with a unique vantage point from which to shed light on the importance of equitable and inclusive digital futures, trust-based philanthropy and inclusive co-design. Inclusive co-design being a thread that is constant throughout Shane’s career — he has always been passionate about ensuring everyone has a voice.


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About Shane Ryan


Shane Ryan is the Global Executive Director of the Avast Foundation, steering the organization toward its goal of creating a more equitable and inclusive digital future. In addition to this role, Shane serves on the Forbes Nonprofit Council and as a board member of numerous charitable organizations, many of which he helped to create. At the Avast Foundation, Shane works to break down barriers to digital freedom and advocate for respectful and safe online experiences through grants and educational initiatives.

Shane has over 25 years of industry knowledge in advocacy work and philanthropic experience, formerly serving as Deputy Director of the National Lottery Community Fund, and Vice Chair of Children England. Previously, Shane was a community organizer in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods and managed the United Kingdom’s first mobile health care facilities for the National Health Service. Shane has written for multiple publications and is a trusted expert in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, where he serves as a frequent advisor, consultant, and speaker.

Shane has been recognized with multiple awards for his nonprofit advocacy and leadership. He is a co-founder and current Chair of the Grenfell Young People’s Fund, a co-founder and current Chair of the Fathers Development Foundation, and a Fellow for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Earlier, Shane served as CEO of Future Men, an award-winning charity that supports Black boys and men, and was the co-founder and Chair of the Young Westminster Foundation, Board Trustee of the Hillingdon Community Trust, and Chair of the Aire Centre. Shane holds degrees in Health Service Management and Charity Administration from Southbank University as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cumbria.


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