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Our people

Staff members

Our permanent team

Eva Blum-Dumontet's picture
Advocacy Officer
United Kingdom

Eva is an Advocacy Officer at Privacy International and collaborates with international partners on promoting a better awareness of surveillance programmes carried out in countries across Africa, South America and Asia. She also takes part in the research and investigations aiming at...

Anna Crowe's picture
Legal Officer
United Kingdom

Anna is a Legal Officer on the Privacy in the Developing World Project, where she focuses on the right to privacy in the context of development and humanitarian aid. Prior to joining Privacy International, Anna worked on transitional justice issues with the International Crisis Group...

Dr Gus Hosein's picture
Executive Director
United Kingdom

Gus has worked at the intersection of technology and human rights for over fifteen years. He 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...

Eric King's picture
Head of Research
United Kingdom

Eric is head of research at Privacy International, where he runs the Big Brother Incorporated project, an investigation of the international trade in surveillance technologies. His work focuses on the intersection of human rights, privacy and technology. He is the secret prisons...

Vicky Nida's picture
Development Director
United Kingdom

As Development Director, Vicky leads fundraising activities at PI. She is responsible for developing our fundraising strategy, securing new sources of income and ensuring high levels of donor care. Her role focuses on individual and major donors, as well as leading a programme of...

Carly Nyst's picture
Legal Director
United Kingdom

Carly is PI’s Legal Director, and leads PI’s engagement with international human rights mechanisms and humanitarian organisations. Prior to joining PI, Carly was the Legal Adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Visiting Scholar at the...

Edin Omanovic's picture
Research Officer
United Kingdom

Edin is a Research Officer on the Big Brother Inc project. He focuses on issues related to the export of surveillance technology and provides research in support of PI's litigation work, advocacy strategy and policy recommendations. He also undertakes investigative research of...

Alexandrine Pirlot's picture
Advocacy Officer
United Kingdom

Alexandrine is an Advocacy Officer at Privacy International working across the organisation and the PI network on privacy related issues with a particular focus on communications surveillance with the aim of engaging in advocacy activities at the national, region and international...

Kenneth Page's picture
Policy Officer
United Kingdom

Kenneth is a Policy Officer on the Big Brother Inc project. He focuses on issues related to the export of surveillance technology, and supports PI's related advocacy work. He has previously worked in the public, private and NGO sectors in Ireland, Scotland and Brussels. Joining PI...

Paul Ranford's picture
Financial manager
United Kingdom

Paul is a Chartered Accountant. His previous career involved various Finance Director positions in West End advertising and brand management agencies from which he retired to pursue academic and other interests in 2002. Recently Finance Manager (and later a Trustee) of the Poetry...

Matthew Rice's picture
Advocacy Officer
United Kingdom

Matthew Rice is an Advocacy Officer at Privacy International working across the organisation engaging with international partners and strengthening their capacity on communications surveillance issues. He has previously worked at Privacy International as a consultant building the...

Mike Rispoli's picture
Communications manager
United Kingdom

As Communications Manager, Mike handles all of Privacy International's external communications. He is the point-person for the media and also develops strategy for public engagement. Before joining PI, Mike was the Campaign and Media Strategist for Access, an international NGO...

Dr Richard Tynan's picture
United Kingdom

Richard is a Technologist at Privacy International, with a specific focus on the area of surveillance technologies. He focuses on wired and wireless surveillance mechanisms and the strategies employed by cyber-criminals to harvest valuable private information from a wide range of...

Alinda Vermeer's picture
Legal Officer
United Kingdom

Alinda is a Legal Officer on the Big Brother Incorporated project where she is responsible for developing and implementing Privacy International's litigation strategy regarding the international trade in surveillance technologies. Alinda is a Dutch-qualified lawyer who has worked...

Caroline Wilson Palow's picture
Legal Officer
United Kingdom

Caroline is a legal officer on the Global Surveillance Monitor project, where she is responsible for producing a global assessment of privacy and surveillance law. Caroline is a U.S.-qualified lawyer who previously specialized in privacy and intellectual property litigation at a...

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees oversee our organizational practices and receive regular updates on our work in the privacy field.

Anna Fielder's picture
Consumer rights advocate

Anna is Trustee and Board Chair, and has been a consumer policy advocate and expert for many years (though she did also spend a stint as a travel writer and editor). She currently works as public affairs advisor and researcher for national and international organisations. In this...

Barry Kernon's picture

Barry is PI's Treasurer. He is a Chartered Accountant who has been in private practice since 1972. For 16 years he headed his own firm, Kernon & Co, until he joined H W Fisher & Company as a consultant when the two firms merged in 2002. Barry acts for a great many authors...

Barry Steinhardt's picture
Civil liberties and privacy expert

Barry is a Trustee of PI and was previously the Director of the ACLU's Program on Technology and Liberty. Prior to leading that programme, Barry served as Associate Director of the ACLU. He has advocated tirelessly for privacy and information technology issues, speaking to...

Daniel Cooper's picture
Partner, Covington & Burling

Dan is a Trustee of PI and a Partner at Covington & Burling, one of the world's most prestigious international law firms. He advises on European privacy and data protection matters, as well as contentious and non-contentious intellectual property work and e-commerce issues....

Dr Jerry Fishenden's picture

Jerry is a technologist with over 25 years’ senior experience in the public and private sectors. He has served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) in a variety of organisations, from the NHS, to the Houses of Parliament, to Microsoft. He has also...

Heather Brooke's picture
Investigative journalist

Heather is an award-winning writer, journalist and freedom of information campaigner. Her unprecedented five-year campaign for the full disclosure of MPs’ expenses led to a comprehensive reform of the Parliamentary expense system. She is the author of The Revolution Will Be Digitised (...

Karen Banks's picture
International civil society expert

Karen is a Trustee of PI and the Network Development Manager for the Association for Progressive Communications, an internationally networked organisation that focuses on the use of information and communication technologies by civil society for social justice and development. She was...

Sue Carpenter's picture
Lawyer and human rights campaigner

Sue has spent over a decade working with Equipo Nizkor, a human rights group that fights against impunity and focuses on Latin America. She has helped bring various prosecutions for crimes against humanity, the most important of which led to the repeal of Argentina’s amnesty laws and...

Advisory board

Privacy International's Advisory Board currently comprises 124 members in 47 countries. Ranging from Parliamentarians to former government officials, from academics to civil liberties advocates, and from consumer rights specialists to corporate and legal consultants, our Advisory Board represents an extremely broad spectrum of interests and expertise.

We maintain an active discussion with our Advisory Board about our activities and projects and seek their comments throughout the year. Some members also actively contribute to the substance of our campaigns and research.


Hovanes Manucharyan
Technology Expert


Carlos G. Gregorio
Researcher and Professor of law, IIJusticia & University Torcuato di Tella
Eduardo Bertoni
Director, Due Process of Law Foundation
Pablo Palazzi
Attorney and Founder of Foro de Habeas Data


Erich Moechel
Director, Quintessenz


Graham Greenleaf
Professor of Law & Information Systems at the University of New South Wales
Jason Catlett
Privacy and Consumer Expert
Nigel Waters
International regulation
Roger Clarke
Visiting Professor, Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, University of New South Wales


Ahmed Swapan Mahmud
Executive director and founder of VOICE


Mathias Vermeulen
Research Fellow at the European University Institute


Gergana Jouleva
Executive Director - Access to Information Programme
Maria-Martina Yalamova
Privacy law expert


Carlos Alfonso
Director - Information Network for the Third Sector
Danilo Doneda
Brazilian Observatory for Digital Policies


David Flaherty
Professor Emeritus, University of Western Ontario
Micheal Vonn
Policy Director British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
Philippa Lawson
Barrister and Solicitor Whitehorse, Yukon
Ronald Deibert
Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab Munk School of Global
Tamir Israel
Staff lawyer Samuelson-Glushko


Herbert Burkert
Professor of law - University of St. Gallen


Antonino Serra Cambaceres
Coordinador Programa Legal, Consumers International


Nelson Remolina Angarita
Associate Professor Faculty of Law Universidad de los Andes

Czech Republic

Marek Tichy
Technology consultant Iuridicum Remedium


Detlef Nogala
Kriminologische Forschungsgruppe Max-Planck-Institut
Marit Hansen
Deputy Privacy & Information Commissioner, Land Schleswig-Holstein
Ulf Buermeyer
Criminal judge of the Berlin High Court


Rikke Frank Joergensen
Senior Advisor The Danish Institute for Human Rights
Stephan Engberg
Director, Open Business Innovation


Gemma Galdon Clavell
Researcher - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Rafael Fernandez Calvo
Editor, Novática


Mercy Wambui
ICT Specialist UN Economic Commission for Africa


Caspar Bowden
Privacy specialist, founding director of FIPR
Jerome Thorel

United Kingdom

AC Grayling
Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London
Alex Deane
Former and founding director - Big Brother Watch
Charles Farrier
Co-Founder of No CCTV
Dave Jones
David Mery
Researcher and journalist
Edgar Whitley
Reader - The London School of Economics
Heather Brooke
Investigative journalist
Helen Wallace
Director - Genewatch UK
Ian Brown
Oxford Internet Institute
Isabella Sankey
Director of Policy at Liberty
Jo Glanville
Editor - Index on Censorship
Judith Vidal-Hall
Former Editor of Index on Censorship
Malcolm Hutty
Policy Manager London Internet Exchange
Mark Thomas
Producer and Political Comedian
Peter Noorlander
Media Defence Initiative
Phil Booth
Former director, No2ID
Shami Chakrabarti
Director, Liberty
Simon Davies
Founder, Privacy International and now Privacy Surgeon
Terri Dowty
Former and founding director Action on Rights for Children
Tim Davey
Tony Bunyan
Editor, Statewatch
Wendy Grossman
Journalist & author

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Anne S. Y. Cheung
Associate Professor - Department of Law, University of Hong Kong


Jan Klasinc
Civil Society expert and formerly with the Croatian Helsinki Committee


Ivan Szekelyi
Counsellor Open Society Archives at Central European University
Kristina Irion
Assistant Professor Department of Public Policy, Central European University
Laszlo Majtényi
Chairman, Eötvös Károly Public Policy Institute
Zoltan Galantai
Associate Professor Budapest University of Technology and Economics


Sinta Dew Rosadi
Lecturer Faculty of Law Padjadjaran University


TJ McIntyre
Lecturer in the School of Law University College Dublin


Ruth Gavison
President, Association for Civil Rights in Israel


Rajan Gandhi
Founder and Managing Trustee of Society in Action Group (SAG) Haryana Province


Andrea Monti
Diego Latella
Researcher Italian National Research Council
Raymond Wacks
International Privacy Expert
Stefano Rodota
Privacy Expert and former President of the Italian privacy authority


Gohsuke Takama
President, Meta Associates
Toshimaru Ogura
Department of Economics Toyama University
Yukiko Miki
Information Clearinghouse Japan

South Korea

Della Chang
Director, Jimbonet
Jaiok Kim
President Consumers Korea


Issa Luna Pla


Gayathry Venkiteswaran
Executive Director - Center for Independent Journalism
Stephen Gan
Editor-in-Chief Malaysiakini


Michiel Karskens
Public affairs advisor, Consumentenbond – the Dutch Consumers Union
Sophie In't Veld
Member of the European Parliament


Dinesh Thapa
Privacy Nepal


Katitza Rodriguez
International rights director, EFF


Al Alegre
Executive Director - The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
Alvin B. Marcelo
Director - University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center
Malou Mangahas
Board member Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism


Shahzad Ahmad
Association for Progressive Communications


Slobodan Markovic
President, Center for Internet Development


Sergei Smirnov
Director, Human Rights Network


Alberto Escudero-Pascual


Breda Kutin
Director, Slovene Consumer Association


Pirongrong Ramasoota
Head of Department of Journalism and Information Chulalongkorn University


Yaman Akdeniz
Director, Cyber-Rights and Cyber-Liberties


Andreij Pazuk
President, Privacy Ukraine
Roman Romanov
Chairman of the Rule of Law Committee National Commission for the Strengthening of Democracy and the

United States

Barbara Simons
Past President of the Association for Computing Machinery
Beth Givens
Director - Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Bob Barr
President and CEO of Liberty Strategies
Bruce Koball
Technology consultant
Caroline Fredrickson
Executive Director - The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Chris Soghoian
Graduate Fellow - Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University
Deborah Hurley
Senior Research Associate Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
George Danezis
Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Ira Glasser
President of the Drug Policy Alliance Board of Directors
Jacob Appelbaum
Software hacker and traveller, and Developer for the Tor Project
Jay Stanley
Public Education Director Technology and Liberty Program American Civil Liberties Union
Jeff Jonas
IBM Distinguished Engineer
Lee Tien
Senior Staff Attorney Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lewis Maltby
President National Workrights Institute
Marc Rotenberg
Executive Director Electronic Privacy Information Center
Mike Godwin
Noam Chomsky
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pamela Samuelson
Professor of Law and Information University of California at Berkeley
Robert Ellis Smith
Publisher, Privacy Journal
Wayne Madsen
Investigative journalist


Sylvia Cadena
Consultant and researcher ICTs for development


Edmundo Vitale
General Manager, Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes

South Africa

Anriette Esterhuysen
Director - Association for Progressive Communications
Tracy Cohen
Former Councillor, Independent Communications Authority (ICASA)