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Mevan Babakar

Leaders Europe 2023


News and Information Credibility Lead, Google


United Kingdom



Mevan Babakar is Google’s News and Information Credibility Lead. In this capacity, Mevan advocates for an open, community-led response to fighting misinformation. Previously, she was the Deputy CEO of Full Fact, the United Kingdom’s independent fact-checking charity. During her time at Full Fact, Mevan founded and led a team to build AI tools to scale the work of fact-checkers around the world. This work went on to win the Google AI Impact Challenge. Mevan was born in Iraq, and her experiences as a Kurdish refugee motivated her to dedicate her career to protecting and strengthening democracy. She sits on the boards for the UK for UNHCR, which is the UK arm of the UN refugee agency, and the Democracy Club, which empowers voters to find their polling stations and voting information in the UK.