Andre is the chair of the board. He has been Director of the Mercator Centre Berlin since 2011. Since 2009 he was Director Centre for International Affairs at Stiftung Mercator. He was previously Head of Strategic Communications with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. Wilkens also headed the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute (OSI) in Brussels and co-ordinated Soros' activitiesin Europe (2003-2009). He was co-initiator and founding member of the European Council for Foreign Relations and is the Chairman of the OSI Roma Advisory Board. His positions prior to this were at the Ogilvy & Mather communications agency in Brussels, the European Training Foundation in Turin and at the European Commission and European Parliament in Brussels.
Ravi is the founding director of Toxics Link, an Indian environmental NGO working on areas of chemical safety, toxics and waste. Over the past 14 years, Ravi and his group have played a key role, as civil society actors, to help formulate polices and regulations including those relating to bio medical waste, municipal solid waste and hazardous waste, besides implementing several best practice models on the ground.
Ravi is part of several standards and regulatory committees in the Government, and participates in UNEP, IFCS, WHO forums and International conventions, at various committees and panels. He has been awarded the IFCS Special Recognition Award (2008) and the prestigious Ashoka fellowship, and writes regularly on environmental issues in the media and journals. He is also a well known and accomplished photo-artist, and has published two photo books.
Gus has worked at the intersection of technology and human rights for over twenty years. He developed national, regional, and global campaigns on communications privacy; he worked on national security and anti-terrorism policy, and led global advocacy on border, travel, and financial surveillance; he led research and co-authored a book on identity systems and policy, entitled Global Challenges for Identity Policy; and he founded regional and global networks of civil society organisations to work on technology and rights.
Gus has acted as an external evaluator for UNHCR, advised the UN Special Rapporteur on Terrorism and Human Rights, and has advised a number of other international organisations. He has held visiting fellowships at Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, was a Visiting Scholar at the American Civil Liberties Union, and holds a B.Math from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the University of London.
He is currently on the boards of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, Medconfidential, the Omidyar Network Digital Identity Portfolio, and Simply Secure. Gus is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).
Gillian is a three-time executive director, campaigner, serial social entrepreneur, attorney, author and filmmaker. She is experienced in advancing social justice and environmental campaigns in the United States and around the world and has managed all aspects of organisational growth.
In 2010, Gillian completed three years as Campaign Director for the United States 1Sky campaign (now merged with 350.org), which, under her leadership, grew within two years to become the largest collaborative climate and energy campaign in the US. Prior to this, Gillian served as the Executive Director of WITNESS, which uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. Before this, Gillian directed a global undercover investigation and campaign on the Russian mafia’s involvement in trafficking women for forced prostitution, and produced and directed an influential documentary film which was televised internationally and helped spur policy changes worldwide.
Gillian is also co-editor and author of a book titled Video for Change: A Guide to Advocacy and Activism. She received her BA from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University, where she was recognised as a Public Interest Law Scholar. She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including being named a Director’s Fellow by MIT’s Media Lab, an echoing green fellowship, the Skoll Award, the Schwab Foundation Award and an Ashoka Award. She was also honored with a Next Generation Leadership Award by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Stephanie Hankey is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Tactical Technology Collective.
Stephanie's work combines her technology, art and activism background with her focus on privacy, personal data, ethics and design. She currently talks, teaches, writes and consults on 'the politics of data'. She is also the co-founder of the creative agency Tactical Studios, the co-curator of the exhibition 'Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question' and the co-curator of 'The Glass Room'. She has been awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for her work as a social entrepreneur. In 2016/17 she was an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and in 2017 she was made a Visiting Industry Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. Stephanie has a degree in the History of Design and Art from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Masters in Computer Related Design from the Royal College of Art, London.
Marek, Creative Director and co-founder of Tactical Tech, produces creative and social interventions that span various media, from film and radio to television, books, exhibitions and, of course, the web. For the past 25 years, he has been working at the nexus of technology and politics, information and activism and the consequences of living in a quantified society. Marek’s most recent documentary series for Tactical Tech, Exposing the Invisible, explores the digital tools and tactics that now enable evidence based activism to thrive on an unprecedented scale. Marek is also co-founder of the creative agency Tactical Studios, co-curator of the exhibition Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question and The Glass Room and co-author of the book Visualising Information for Advocacy and the latest Efficiency And Madness (Using Data and Technology to Solve Social, Environmental and Political Problems). He is currently working on a new radio show, a continuation of recently concluded Love & Chaos that was produced for Berlin’s Reboot FM (2012-2016) and a new film, How Long Is Now.