William Echikson

William Echikson is Google’s Head of Free Expression Policy and PR in EMEA region. In that role, he is responsible for leading the company’s outreach on its Transparency Report and in its relations with international organizations. Before joining Google four years ago, William worked as European foreign correspondent for a series of US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and BusinessWeek. From 2001 until 2007, he managed the Brussels bureau for Dow Jones as bureau chief. William also has written, directed and produced for television documentaries for America's Public Broadcasting Service. He has published four books of narrative non-fiction, including a work on the collapse of communism and the history of the Bordeaux wine region. His favorite period as a journalist remains the five years from 1985 to 1990 which covered the collapse of communism. Afterward, he wrote Lighting the Night about his experiences. William graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.