Lucinda Longcroft

Head of Office, New York, WIPO

Lucinda Longcroft, a national of Australia, is Head of the New York Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Headquartered in Geneva. Since joining the WIPO in 1998, Ms. Longcroft has served as Deputy Director, Development Agenda Coordination Division, Development Sector, and as a senior attorney in the Copyright Division and Electronic Commerce Division of WIPO.

Ms. Longcroft's work focuses on the management and use of intellectual property for economic, social and cultural development. In managing WIPO's New York Office, Ms. Longcroft is responsible for WIPO's liaison with the United Nations in New York, and with the Member State delegations, international intergovernmental organizations and civil society in the region.

Among other responsibilities, Ms. Longcroft has contributed to the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda, and has been involved in WIPO's work with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on secured transactions involving intellectual property, as well as the WIPO Internet Domain Name Processes, which led to ICANN's adoption of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), and WIPO's contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). She holds a Bachelor of Law degree (Honors) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Masters in International Law (Honors) from the University of Cambridge, England. She also holds a Diploma in Speech and Communication from the Australian Speech and Communication Association.

Following law school, Ms. Longcroft was an Associate for The Honorable Justice Daryl Davies in the Federal Court of Australia, and an Associate to Judge Macdonald of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Before joining WIPO in 1998, she practiced as an attorney with the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In Australia, she practiced as an attorney with the Legal Office of the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and co-wrote a Report on Designs Law for the Australian Law Reform Commission.