Members of the multistakeholder Working Group (in alphabetical order)
Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE)
Palermo University School of Law, Argentina
Eduardo Bertoni was the Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) until May, 2006. Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005) and a former fellow of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law. Mr Bertoni has also worked as a private lawyer in Argentina and has been a legal advisor for several nongovernmental organizations in his country. He has also worked as an advisor to the Department of Justice and Human Rights in Argentina. He holds a Masters in International Policy and Practice from the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Mr Bertoni was appointed Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the School of Law of Universidad de Buenos Aires, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law, George Washington University. Mr Bertoni has written several publications on the right to freedom of expression, judicial reforms and international criminal law and has given lectures and conferences in several countries on these issues.
Bertrand de La Chapelle
Internet & Jurisdiction Project
Bertrand de La Chapelle has actively promoted multi-stakeholder governance processes since 2001, building on wide-ranging experience as a diplomat, an entrepreneur and a civil society actor.
In 1986, Bertrand became a French career diplomat, but also accumulated nine years of private sector experience founded on his training as an engineer. Between 1990 and 1998, he founded the consulting department of a leading French technology monitoring firm and was a co-founder and president of Virtools, which provides the world's leading development environment for 3D interactive content.
Bertrand actively participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process between 2002 and 2005 to promote dialogue among civil society, the private sector and governmental representatives. During that time he also served as director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online.
From 2006 to 2010, Bertrand served as France's Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, where he monitored all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, even acting as a vice-chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and in 2008 as a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
Bertrand is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1983) and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (1986).
Nighat Dad is an activist, human rights campaigner and lawyer from Pakistan
Communications and Public Affairs
Head of Free Expression EMEA
During a three-decade career as a foreign correspondent in Europe, he wrote four books, directed award-winning TV documentaries and published in prestigious publications such as the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal.
Mr Echikson joined Google’s communications department in 2008. At Google, Mr Echikson has been responsible first for coordinating communications for the European Union, and more recently, for all of Southern, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He launched Google’s op-ed program and its well-read European blog. He also has handled the company’s high profile antitrust and other policy-related issues in Europe.
Mr Echikson is 51 years old and holds Belgian and American citizenship. He lives in Brussels with his wife and three children.
Specialties: European affairs, policy and product communications.
Grace Githaiga is an Associate of KICTANet. She also works for the ‘Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa' (MEDIeA) Research Programme. Ms Githaiga was a Fulbright/Humphrey Fellow at University of Maryland
Civil Initiative on Internet Policy
Artem is the IT coordinator for the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy – an NGO From the Kyrgyz Republic.
Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Communication and Information Sector
Coordinator for Information Society & Internet Governance Council of Europe
Lee Hibbard coordinates Council of Europe work in various international forums dealing with information society and internet governance related issues. More recently, he has been active in the work of the Pan-European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). At the substantive level, he has been heavily involved in the conception and development of several pan-European policy documents concerning empowerment of children online, the public service value of the Internet, protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the internet, freedom of expression and internet filters, and also human rights guidelines for ISPS and online games providers.
Senior Advisor for Digital Rights
Patrik Hiselus has been working with IT and Law in an international context since the beginning of the 90's. He has served as specialist on ICT regulatory matters, as company lawyer negotiating content contracts, as specialist in national and international public affairs and, today, as to sustainability/human rights in telecommunications. His special focus, representing TeliaSonera, has been on content related issues such as copyright, privacy, protection of children and ethical dilemmas. Most often in multi-stakeholder contexts such as the following; The EU research Project IMPRIMATUR, a multi stakeholder project which defined legal, technical, standards- and business aspects on electronic commerce for content; The EU DG Internal Market multi-stakeholder dialogue on illegal up- and downloading, representing his industry; The formation of the Global Network Initiative (GNI); and of the Industry Dialogue were a number of telecommunications companies have teamed together based on principles to support the respect of privacy and freedom of expression in telecommunications, with growing understanding of stakeholder expectations. He today works at TeliaSonera Group Sustainability http://www.teliasonera.com/sustainability
Digital Defenders Partnership
Fieke Jansesn’s background is working in the field of internet freedom, technology for transparency and accountability and independent media. In her Master in International Communication and her Advanced Master in International Development Cooperation she has looked at the role of media and digital technologies in social change processes like digital activism in repressive environments. Her areas of interest are to understand the new spaces, grey areas and changing dynamics that technologies bring to the world.
Project director for Freedom on the Net
Sanja Kelly heads research, writing, and administrative operations for the project, and manages a team of over 50 international consultants.
Ms Kelly has ten years of experience in international development, seven of which she has spent at Freedom House, where she has managed and helped develop methodologies for various multinational studies. She is the author and editor of several articles, books, and numerous country reports examining internet freedom, democratic governance, and women’s rights. Ms Kelly has also led various international research missions and has represented Freedom House at high-level meetings in over 20 countries. She is frequently interviewed by domestic and international media and her analysis has appeared on BBC Radio, Fox News, CNN, ABC News, and other outlets. In addition, Ms Kelly has worked extensively on gender issues in the Middle East and North Africa and she headed one the largest studies of women’s rights in the MENA region completed to date. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Columbia University.
FOC Tallinn conference coordinator
Estonian e-Governance Academy
Martin Lään is the coordinator for the Freedom Online Coalition’s high level conference in Tallinn.
He was part of the Estonian delegation during the reparations for the WSIS Phase-II in Tunis and the opening meetings of the IGF. He served as the Easter-European regional group coordinator at the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).
Martin has an MBA degree from IMD, Switzerland
Global Head and Senior Legal Director of Business & Human Rights Program
Ebele Okobi leads Yahoo!’s efforts to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet and works to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Before joining Yahoo!, Ebele worked as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris and London, an attorney fellow at Consumers Union (a consumer rights advocacy NGO) in San Francisco, a director of Advisory Services at Catalyst (an NGO with the mission of advancing women in leadership) in San Jose and Amsterdam and as a member of the Management Development Program at Nike’s EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam, where she created marketing, corporate responsibility and business development strategy for Africa, NikeWomen and Nike Digital.
In 2001, she took a sabbatical to volunteer for human rights organizations in the US and Senegal.
Ms Okobi earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California, a JD from Columbia Law School and an MBA Certificat des Études from HEC-Paris. She lives in California with her husband, Rich Harris III, as well as a teenager, a three year old and infant twins.
Nicolas Seidler joined the organization in February 2010. One of his current areas of work concerns Internet and Human Rights, in particular freedom of expression online.
Nicolas contributes to developing partnerships with international and regional organizations, engaging with global policy makers and non-governmental stakeholders on key Internet issues. In this role he contributes to ISOC's engagement with a variety of organizations such as the ITU, the Human Rights Council or the Council of Europe. He also contributes to coordinating the Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Nicolas holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). He also holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Media Sciences from the University of Geneva.
He is a native French speaker and speaks English fluently. He also speaks some German and Spanish. Nicolas is based in Geneva, Switzerland
Director and Representative, Global Internet Policy and Human Rights
Center for Democracy and Technology
Matthew Shears has extensive experience in Internet and telecommunications policy and governance in the non-profit, public and private sectors. Most recently he assisted CDT's Internet governance and policy work at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), the UNESCO World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) review and the World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF).
From 2005 through 2009, Matthew was the Internet Society's Public Policy Director, responsible for building the global policy team and representing the organization during the Tunis phase of the WSIS, at ITU Telecom World and at the Internet Governance Forum. From 2006-2008 he was a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Group on Internet governance.
Matthew started his career with the public relations firm Hill and Knowlton in New York. He then worked for the United States Mission to the European Union in Brussels as a Senior Commercial Specialist, joined AT&T Europe as their Regional Director for International Public Affairs, moved to the broadband satellite start-up Teledesic as European Affairs Director and then joined Cisco Systems as the Government Affairs Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Matthew received his MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and his BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. He also has a Diploma in Design and Innovation from the Open University.
Policy and Communications Director
Global Network Initiative
David Sullivan joined GNI in September 2011. Based in Washington, DC, David helps lead GNI's policy engagement with governments, facilitates shared learning opportunities for its members, and manages the Initiative’s communications and outreach activities.
Prior to GNI, he was Research Director at the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, where he oversaw field research and policy analysis on preventing mass atrocities in Africa. David helped lead Enough’s work on global electronics supply chains contributing to conflict in eastern Congo, and helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project to monitor violence in Sudan and South Sudan. David has worked for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia, supported elections in Pakistan, and managed humanitarian programs across Africa. He has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.
Bouziane Zaid, Ph.D.
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Bouziane Zaid obtained his M.A. (1999) in Mass Communication and Ph.D. (2009) in Communication from the University of South Florida. His research interests are in the areas of media law and policy, public service broadcasting, development communication, and critical media studies. He is author of Public Service Television Policy and National Development in Morocco: Contents, Production, and Audiences. He is also co-author of the online book Mapping Digital Media: Morocco. Zaid did consultancy work for Freedom House and for the Open Society Foundation Media Program. He works as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.