GNI Staff

Judith Lichtenberg

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative, Judith leads a dynamic multi-stakeholder human rights collaboration, building consensus for the advancement of freedom of expression and privacy amongst technology companies, academics, human rights and press freedom groups and socially responsible investors. Based in Amsterdam, Judith brings to GNI extensive experience from her private sector career in telecommunications policy and regulation in Europe, and her work in civil society advocating for human rights.

Before joining the GNI, Judith was Head of Regulatory Affairs & Digital Rights at Vodafone Netherlands in Amsterdam, where she worked in a variety of roles since 2008, including Head of Privacy & Sustainability and before that as Head of Legal Affairs. She managed external stakeholder relationships and advised on regulatory policy, strategy and digital rights issues.

Judith has served as Executive Director of the Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation, a Dutch NGO advocating for lawyers around the world who are threatened or suppressed in the exercise of their profession. She continues to serve on the L4L Board and she is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam.

She served as an international election observer in Ukraine, Armenia and Kazakhstan, and was a law clerk with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha.

Judith graduated in civil and public international law from the University of Amsterdam, specializing in international criminal law and justice at the Amsterdam Law School.

Kath Cummins

Director of Communications & Outreach

Kath is responsible for GNI’s outreach to policymakers, stakeholders, funders and the media. She comes to GNI after working as a print and broadcast journalist, magazine editor and communications advisor, in the United States, the UK, China and Australia. 

Prior to GNI, she was the Director of Public Affairs at the Washington DC-based National Center for Victims of Crime. As well as fundraising and managing a Department of Justice grant project, she raised the profile of emerging crime issues such as identity theft, DNA databases, financial fraud, online stalking and child exploitation.

Before moving to the United States, Kath was the Media and Policy Advisor to the Australian High Commission in London. She lived and worked in China for nine years, editing a bilingual magazine and freelancing for publications including The Financial Times, The Economist Intelligence Unit, and The South China Morning Post. Kath presented a regular Australian public radio program out of Beijing and Shanghai between 2004-2009. She began her career reporting on anti-trust, corporate regulation, competition policy and infrastructure for The Australian Financial Review.

Kath holds degrees in Classics and Law from the Australian National University in Canberra.

For any media inquires, please contact Kath at kcummins@globalnetworkinitaitive.org

Jason Pielemeier

Policy Director

As Policy Director, Jason is responsible for working with GNI’s diverse members to develop and articulate GNI’s policy positions, and engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders to enhance protections for free expression and privacy globally.   

Prior to joining GNI, Jason was a Special Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, where he led the Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights section in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In that role, Jason worked with colleagues across the U.S. government, counterparts in other governments, and stakeholders around the world to promote and protect human rights online.   

Jason is a graduate of Northwestern University and Yale Law School.  Between degrees, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer and later led an innovative land titling and conservation project in rural Guatemala. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and as an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

David Sullivan

Director of Learning and Development

As Director of Learning and Development, David works to enhance and expand the Global Network Initiative’s collaboration between ICT companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics. He devises and executes a shared learning agenda for participating members, strengthens membership integration and works to recruit new members and secure diverse funding sources. David returns to GNI after a year working as an independent business and human rights consultant. David was the second staff member employed by GNI when he joined the organization as Policy and Communications in Director in 2011.

Prior to joining GNI, David 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 has worked for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia, supported free and fair elections in Pakistan, and managed humanitarian programs across Africa.

David holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

Chris Sheehy

Research & Administrative Associate

Chris coordinates the day-to-day operations for GNI staff and its growing membership and provides support on research, communications, events and social media.

Chris brings a mix of experiences in the non-profit sector, having worked on landmine action and post-conflict recovery for the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and the former Journal of ERW and Mine Action, and as an intern in the Development office at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC.

Chris graduated from James Madison University magna cum laude with a degree in international affairs and Middle East studies.