Jeni Tennison

Founder and Executive Director

Jeni is an expert in all things data, from technology, to governance, strategy, and public policy. She is the founder of Connected by data, a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

Jeni was CEO of the Open Data Institute, where she held leadership roles for nine years. There, she developed and directed the ODI’s approach to topics such as open data, data governance, data portability and data institutions, as well as leading research, development and advisory work in sectors ranging from health and climate to agriculture and engineering.

Before joining ODI, Jeni worked as an independent consultant, specialising in open data publishing and consumption. Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer behind and worked on the initial development of She has a long-standing interest in open and web standards, served on the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group and co-chaired the W3C’s CSV on the Web Working Group.

Jeni is the co-chair of the Data Governance Working Group at the Global Partnership on AI, and sits on the Boards of Creative Commons, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the Information Law and Policy Centre. She has a PhD in AI and an OBE for services to technology and open data. She loves Lego and board games and is the proud co-creator of the open data board game, Datopolis.