Ernie Allen

Founding Board Member, Former President & CEO, Nat’l Center for Missing and Exploited Children; founding President & CEO, Int'l Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Ernie Allen is a global expert on the digital economy, the dark side of the internet, public-private partnerships, and child protection including the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. He frequently speaks to global audiences on these issues and advises governments, law enforcement, technology companies and nonprofit organizations. In 2015, he was appointed by then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron to chair a global initiative to combat online child abuse.

Previously, as President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Mr. Allen created the national Missing Children’s hotline, the CyberTipline to report sexual exploitation, and brought forensic services and training to law enforcement. During his tenure, more than 180,000 missing children were recovered and the recovery rate increased from 62% to 97%. To extend the effort globally he founded the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and served simultaneously as its President and CEO. He built a missing children’s network of 23 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries, and worked with parliaments to enact laws in 100 countries.

Mr. Allen led efforts to implement new global policies on virtual currencies and the anonymous “Dark Web”; worked with leading companies to create technology to address child victimization; created a coalition of financial institutions which reduced a $30 billion commercial child pornography industry to virtually zero; and formed a coalition of global health care companies to address child victimization as a public health crisis.

Mr. Allen’s work has been widely recognized and he is the recipient of numerous awards. He was called “one of America’s foremost social entrepreneurs” by President George W. Bush, named “Executive of the Year” by NonProfit Times, and named one of the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine. During his tenure NCMEC was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth Magazine.