Committee of Management (Board)

Rachel Maher

Rachel Maher – President

Rachel is the global focal point for Accountability to Affected People for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva. She has extensive experience as an advocate, project manager, and trainer in humanitarian emergencies and development projects in Australia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Balkans, and Greece. Her work is focused on human rights, migration, and conflict.

She has worked as a senior project director and coordinator in international humanitarian and media development contexts for the World Health Organization, the CDAC Network, International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Internews Network, and BBC Media Action. She also has extensive experience working with community-based and human rights journalists.

Previously, her work in Australia was primarily with Indigenous and migrant communities. She has worked extensively in Australian community radio and as a producer for national broadcasters ABC and SBS.

Rachel completed post-graduate studies in documentary film and television at the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology in Sydney.

Martin Potter

Martin Potter – Treasurer

Martin Potter is a researcher and a faculty member of the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor at James Cook University and has worked with Monash University and the University of Queensland’s Centre of Communication for Social Change.

He is a multi-award-winning creative director and producer of transmedia and media for development projects and is a director of the Big Stories Co. His work includes the participatory media projects Big Stories, Small Towns, which won the Community Champion at SXSW Interactive; Stereopublic: crowdsourcing the quiet, winner of a TED City 2.0 award; and The White Building which ran from 2010 to 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

He has completed a PhD in Screen Studies from Flinders University in South Australia.

Malavika Jayaram

Malavika Jayaram – Member

Malavika Jayaram is the inaugural Executive Director of Digital Asia Hub, a Hong Kong-based independent research think-tank incubated by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where she is also a Faculty Associate.

A technology lawyer for over 15 years, she practised law at Allen & Overy, London, and was Vice President and Technology Counsel at Citigroup. She taught India’s first course on Information Technology & Law in 1997 and is adjunct faculty at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.

She is on the Advisory Board of Mozilla’s Tech Policy Fellowship, and is an Associate Fellow with Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), as part of its Asia-Pacific Programme. She is a member of the High-Level Expert Advisory Group to the OECD project, “Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being”. Malavika tweets at @MalJayaram.

Aim Sinpeng – Member

Aim Sinpeng is a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is the co-founder of the Sydney Cybersecurity Network and Thailand coordinator of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. An award-winning educator, Aim is passionate about digital rights and internet freedom.

A native of Thailand, Aim has 15 years of experience in finance and international development, having worked for the World Bank and IHS Markit. She continues to consult on political and market risk, media development, and digitisation in the Asia Pacific.

Aim completed her PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Toronto. Aim has lived and worked in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia and speaks five languages.

Andrew Lowenthal (Ex-Officio)

Andrew Lowenthal has been advocating for freedom of expression, video for change, and open technology for more than 20 years. His work traverses the fields of nonprofit and inter-cultural leadership, video production, network building, research, software development, social impact design, and event management.

In 2005, he co-founded EngageMedia, an Asia-Pacific nonprofit working at the intersection of digital rights, open and secure technology, and video for change. As EngageMedia Executive Director, he has founded multiple networks, overseen more than a dozen large-scale events and hundreds of workshops, and built a team of more than 30 people across nine countries.

From 2006 to 2008, he worked with the Tactical Technology Collective as their Participatory Media Project Lead, producing a series of open-source communications toolkits. Andrew was active in the global Indymedia network from 2000 to 2006.

Andrew has spoken at a wide range of events and locations, including Harvard, MIT, the Ford Foundation, Stockholm Internet Forum, and the Singapore International Film Festival. His writing has appeared in the Oxford Journal of Human Rights Practice, the Institute of Southeast Asia Studies, the Network of Centers, and the Institute of Network Cultures. His video work has been screened at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Glasgow Center for Contemporary Art, and the Australian Center for the Moving Image.

Andrew is currently an Associate at the University of Tasmania. He was previously a Fellow at Harvard’s Film Studies Center and Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. In 2015, he was a Ford Foundation JustFilms Fellow.

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