People.

We are a dedicated team of technologists, analysts, researchers, advocates, and policy experts.

We collaborate with other donors to attract long-term funding for civil society organisations engaged in the democracy and technology problem. In addition to our core Staff members, we also have an Advisory Council (whose members broadly guide, inform, and advance our network) as well as a Network Investment Council (whose members help to expand our network through the Open Call determination process). Together, we are building a global network of public service partners to help restore the critical connection between media and democracy.

Advisory Council

María Paz Canales
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María Paz Canales

María Paz Canales is the Executive Director of Derechos Digitales, a non-profit organisation she helped found in 2005. With her team based in Chile, she works to advance human rights, privacy, and access to knowledge and information in Latin America. Her prior work in private practice and academia covered telecommunications regulation, competition, data protection, and intellectual property. María is a Chilean lawyer and holds a Master's Degree with specialisation in Law and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Matt Browne
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Matt Browne

Matt Browne is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he leads the organisation’s work on populism. He is also the founder and director of Global Progress, a network of progressive think tanks, strategists, and leaders. Matt was previously co-director of the Berggruen Institute task force on Renewing Democracy for the Digital Age, and sits on the board of a host of progressive foundations, including Policy Network, Canada 2020, Terra Nova, and VoltaItalia.

Pia Mancini
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Pia Mancini

Pia Mancini is the co-founder & CEO at Open Collective, as well as the Chair of DemocracyEarth Foundation. An ardent democracy activist and open source technology sustainer, Pia has worked in politics in Argentina and developed technology for democracy around the world. She is a Y Combinator Alum, Forum of Young Global Leaders (World Economic Forum) member, globetrotter, and Roma's mum.

Emma Ruby-Sachs
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Emma Ruby-Sachs

Emma Ruby-Sachs is Executive Director of SumOfUs, a global movement of over 15 million members worldwide. She is a lawyer and writer whose work has been published in The Guardian, The Nation, Huffington Post, and other international outlets. She was previously Deputy Director at Avaaz, and has practised constitutional appellate law, administrative law, and worked on issues of wrongful arrest and wrongful conviction in Canada.

Marietje Schaake
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Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake is the international policy director at Stanford University Cyber Policy Center, an international policy fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and the President of the Cyber Peace Institute. From 2009 to 2019, she served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party where she focused on trade, foreign affairs, and technology policies.

Shoshana Zuboff
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Shoshana Zuboff

Shoshana Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School and a former Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. She is the author of three influential books: In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power, The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism (with James Maxmin), and most recently, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.

Network Investment Council

Audrey Tang
Network Investment Council
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Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang is Taiwan's digital minister in charge of social innovation. She is a software programmer known for revitalising the computer languages Perl and Haskell and building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. Audrey served on Taiwan's National Development Council's Open Data committee and K-12 curriculum committee, and led the country's first e-Rulemaking project. She has also worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interact…

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Mélody Patry
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Mélody Patry

Mélody Patry is Advocacy Director at Access Now where she leads on global advocacy, communications, and campaigns, and works closely with the Policy and Tech teams to develop the strategies and partnerships needed to protect the internet and those who use it. Mélody was previously head of advocacy at free speech organization Index on Censorship in London, where she worked with human rights defenders, government officials, and in coalitions such as the Global Network Initiative, the Civic Solidarity Platform, and Don’t Spy on Us. Before Index on Censorship, she worked with Cairo-based grassroo…

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Matt Mitchell
Network Investment Council
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Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell is a hacker and Tech Fellow at the Ford Foundation where he works with the BUILD and Technology and Society teams to develop digital security strategy, technical assistance offerings, and safety and security measures for the foundation’s grantee partners.

Matt was recently named by WIRED magazine as one of the WIRED25, a group of “innovators who are using technology to lead society through this period of global uncertainty and pointing the way to a safer future.” He was previously listed by VICE’s MOTHERBOARD as a HUMAN OF THE YEAR for his work protecting marginalised communities…

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María Paz Canales
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María Paz Canales

María Paz Canales is the Executive Director of Derechos Digitales, a non-profit organisation she helped found in 2005. With her team based in Chile, she works to advance human rights, privacy, and access to knowledge and information in Latin America. Her prior work in private practice and academia covered telecommunications regulation, competition, data protection, and intellectual property. María is a Chilean lawyer and holds a Master's Degree with specialisation in Law and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Evelyn Austin
Network Investment Council
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Evelyn Austin

Evelyn Austin is the Executive Director of Bits of Freedom where she is responsible for strategy, personnel, and operational management. She previously supported the organisation's voluntary projects, contributed to strengthening the European network, and wrote about the dominance of major communication platforms. Evelyn is also the co-founder of The Hmm (a platform for contemporary visual culture), and a member of the Digital Culture advisory committee of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Pia Mancini
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Pia Mancini

Pia Mancini is the co-founder & CEO at Open Collective, as well as the Chair of DemocracyEarth Foundation. An ardent democracy activist and open source technology sustainer, Pia has worked in politics in Argentina and developed technology for democracy around the world. She is a Y Combinator Alum, Forum of Young Global Leaders (World Economic Forum) member, globetrotter, and Roma's mum.

Sarah Aoun
Network Investment Council
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Sarah Aoun

Sarah Aoun is the chief technologist at the Open Technology Fund. As a human rights technologist, she works with activists, journalists, and high-risk communities on security and privacy. She has given numerous trainings on operational and digital security and has worked with several groups and NGOs to set up organisational security practices. Sarah currently sits on the board of the Internet Freedom Festival. She was previously a Ford-Mozilla Open Web fellow, an Internet Freedom fellow, and an advisor to both GJS Security and the Human Rights Foundation.

Swee Leng Harris
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Swee Leng Harris

Swee Leng Harris is a Principal at Luminate where she works with the Data & Digital Rights team to identify funding opportunities, support funding execution and portfolio management, and undertake policy research and analysis. She is also a member of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group for the UK Government.

Prior to joining Luminate, Swee Leng was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at The Legal Education Foundation where she led a portfolio of policy grants focused on the technical legal capacity of civil society to engage with the legislative process relating to the UK’s exit from the…

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Amira El-Sayed
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Amira El-Sayed

Amira El-Sayed is a Principal at Luminate where she sources and manages Luminate’s global Civic Empowerment grants and investments to help ensure that everyone – especially those who are marginalised or underserved – can participate in governance, receive the services they need, and hold those in power to account.

Amira was most recently Director of Programs and Strategy at Reboot, leading its New York-based Programs Team and working to advance civic participation and social action with a variety of philanthropic, government, and private sector partners. She also worked on Reboot’s theory of c…

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Team

Meetali Jain⁩
Deputy Director
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Meetali Jain⁩

As Deputy Director, Meetali assists in setting and achieving Reset’s strategic direction. Her mission is two-fold — to ensure organizational effectiveness and to strengthen programmatic work in campaigning, litigation, and policy development and advocacy. She brings two decades of experience to Reset as a lawyer, academic and campaigner, both in the United States and in South Africa. Meetali began her legal career post 9/11 representing individuals charged with terrorism. She later focused on holding corporations accountable for human rights abuses, and facilitated the development of the …

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Alaphia Zoyab
Advocacy Director
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Alaphia Zoyab

As Advocacy Director, Alaphia is in charge of developing our advocacy and campaigning strategy, including partner engagement. Her mission is to build a diverse and global network of civil society groups and stakeholders working to tackle digital threats to democracy. She brings a decade of campaigning experience to Reset, first at Amnesty International and then as a senior campaigner at Avaaz, where she focused on issues of media reform, human rights, and the impact of digital hate speech on minorities. One of Alaphia's successes includes protecting Sky Television in the UK from a takeov…

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Ben Scott
Executive Director
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Ben Scott

As Executive Director, Ben is responsible for Reset's strategic direction. In this capacity he oversees the coordination of our policy, technology, and civic engagement work, while providing expert counsel on policy development and advocacy. His mission is to create a global network of organisations working to achieve Reset's aims by coordinating and integrating financial, knowledge, and relational resources across the globe. Ben’s role at Reset is an evolution of his previous position as Luminate’s Director of Policy & Advocacy (he continues to be policy and advocacy advisor at…

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Poppy Wood (Representative)
Senior Advisor, UK
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Poppy Wood (Representative)

As Senior Advisor, Poppy leads our UK policy and political strategy. Combining her expertise in policy and technology, Poppy's mission is to maximise Reset's impact in the UK and help drive its influential policy agenda. In addition to previously running multiple technology advisory businesses and supporting some of the world's leading technology companies and start-ups, Poppy also worked in Downing Street for two years where she was an advisor on public appointments and tech policy. Poppy is a World Economic Forum "Global Shaper" and in 2018 was recognised in Brummell Magazine's "Ones to Watch" list celebrating London's high-potential talent. 

Vivian Ntinyari
Operations Manager
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Vivian Ntinyari

As Operations Manager, Vivian is responsible for developing and implementing Reset’s internal operational strategy. Combining expertise in internal control and compliance management, Vivian oversees the processing of Reset’s investments and shores Reset’s financial and risk positions. Her mission is to utilize institutional learning and demand sensing to refine a velocity-focused funding operations model. Vivian studies civil society at SOAS and has been gaining experience in operations management since 2016.

Felix Kartte (Representative)
Senior Advisor
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Felix Kartte (Representative)

As Senior Advisor, Felix leads our German policy and political strategy and advises on Reset the overall policy direction. Based in Berlin, Felix currently focuses on building civil society coalitions in the face of growing digital threats to democracy. Also, he helps policymakers develop systemic approaches to regulating Big Tech and reining into surveillance capitalism. Previously, Felix was with the European External Action Service, Europe’s diplomatic arm, where he helped shape the EU’s strategic response to disinformation and malign digital interference. He also spent a number of years with the European Commission after starting his career as a researcher and journalist.

Dylan Sparks
Analyst
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Dylan Sparks

As Analyst, Dylan conducts research and strategic planning to support our programmatic work on law and policy around the world. He works to expand Reset's network of relationships by evaluating projects and scoping funding opportunities in support of cutting-edge research, technology development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy. Dylan’s role at Reset builds on his previous work as a researcher for Luminate and Omidyar Network where his remit focused on developing understandings about digital threats to democracy and studying elections, disinformation, and data privacy legislation. In this capacity, he also worked on due diligence for grants and investments.

Dan Blah
Chief Technologist
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Dan Blah

As Chief Technologist, Dan oversees our technology-centred efforts. He leads Reset's technology funding and implementation work, provides strategic counsel, and connects a network of experts to support Reset and our partners across the full portfolio of our work. His mission is to build Reset's capacity as a trusted source and sharer of knowledge at the intersection of technology and democracy. Dan previously served as Principal Director and Chief Technologist of the Open Technology Fund (OTF), which he co-founded in 2012 and remains involved with as a strategic advisor to the team …

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