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Amanda Brock

Amanda is the CEO of OpenUK, which took part in the Open Technology for Sustainability Day at the recent COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference.


Amanda Brock

Amanda Brock (Intellectual Property Law LLM, 1998) is the CEO of the UK body for the business of Open Technology (open source software, open hardware and open data) OpenUK. On 11 November OpenUK joined a small event in Glasgow to host a big day for the open technology communities. The Day was streamed live from the Skypark Fringe. It included an amazing program sharing Open Technology for sustainability and skills for a sustainable future from the open communities.

Since graduating with an LLM in Intellectual Property and IT Law in 1996 Amanda has amassed an impressive list of career achievements. Amanda sits as a Board Member for a number of organisations in the open technology sector. Previously Amanda has been the Chair of the Open Source and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs; CEO of the Trustable Software Engineering Project, focused on solutions to risk in open source Software; a member of the Cabinet Office Advisory on Open Source and the Open Stack Drafting Committee; and was General Counsel of Canonical, one of the world’s biggest open source companies and the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, setting up the global legal team and running this for five years.

More recently Amanda Brock was listed as one of 20 CEO’s to Watch in the Insights Success publication (Amanda Brock: Dedicated to Drive Businesses with Open Source Technology ( and mentioned in the Computer Weekly’s Most influential Women in Tech Longlist (Most Influential Women in UK Tech: The 2021 longlist (

As a senior lawyer she has worked across a range of sectors including hardware, mobile, ISP, data centre and digital financial services in Emerging Markets. She has worked internationally since 2000 across EMEA, US, AsiaPac and Emerging Markets, based out of both the UK and Amsterdam Amanda has contributed to the leadership and strategy of a number of businesses and multi-organisational collaborative projects, and open source initiatives. She has expertise in open source software, collaboration across businesses (coopetition), developing product and strategy, risk, governance and compliance, IP, Standards, Sustainability, contracting and commercialisation in digital and provides consultancy and advisory services. She’s worked in digital transformation since 2000.

She is a regular international keynote speaker, podcast guest and panel member, and author covering digital, business and revenue models, Open Source, policy and legal issues, with a particular focus on open for good. She writes regularly for both academic journals and the tech press including Information Age, The Reg and CBR Digital. She is an Executive Editor and co-Founder of the Journal of Open Law Technology and Society (formerly IFOSSLR), a Fellow of the Open Forum Academy and a guest editor of an IEE Special Edition on Open Data.

Amanda is the Editor of the book, Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice”, 2nd Edition, to be published by Oxford University Press in September 2021 with open access sponsored by the Vietsch Foundation and contributed to by 20 leading figures in open source.

Amanda’s full profile can be found on her LinkedIn account.



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