GPD unveils new Board of Advisors

2 Sep 2019

From today, GPD will benefit from the insight, guidance and wisdom of a new Board of Advisors, comprising some of the world’s leading voices on human rights in the digital environment.

The Board’s thirteen members bring a unique wealth of experience and insight from a diversity of spheres—including civil society, government, law, international institutions, and the tech industry. They have been tasked with informing, enriching and strengthening GPD’s work across a broad portfolio of issues, from cybersecurity to online content regulation.

The Board’s members are:

  • Andrew Puddephatt, Board Chair
  • Katharine Kendrick, International Public Policy Manager at AirBnB
  • Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society
  • Dominique Lazanski, independent
  • Matthew McDermott, Chief Business Development Officer, Access Partnership
  • Alice Munyua, Policy Advisor, Mozilla
  • Jason Pielemeier, Policy Director, Global Network Initiative
  • Matthew Shears, Board of ICANN
  • Jessica Simor QC, Barrister at Matrix Chambers
  • Eneken Tikk, Senior Adviser, ICT for Peace Foundation
  • Tatiana Tropina, Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
  • Francisco Vera, Advocacy Officer, Privacy International
  • Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder, GovLab @NYU

Commenting on the announcement of the Board of Advisors, GPD Executive Director Charles Bradley said:

“At GPD we feel very fortunate that so many wonderful people—with such unique and wide-ranging talents—have agreed to commit their time, energy and insight to supporting our work. As our organisation grows, the diversity of expert perspectives within our Board will help ensure we remain impactful in the face of the urgent and rapidly evolving challenges facing human rights in the digital environment.”

With a broad mandate to provide expert strategic and substantive advice across GPD, Board members will offer both ad hoc, in-depth support on GPD’s programmatic portfolio and high-level, big picture insight, in the form of biannual “trend-watching” calls. 

The Board of Advisors will initially operate until 31st July 2020, after which an extension of its mandate will be decided by GPD’s executive team. 

Find out more about the Board’s members here.