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, advised on strategy, regulatory policy 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, including when they defend dissidents and human rights organizations. 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 law and public international law from the University of Amsterdam and specialized in international criminal law and justice at the Amsterdam Law School.

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Jason is responsible for helping shape GNI’s strategic direction, 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.

Chris Sheehy

Policy Officer

Chris provides support on research, communications, events, and social media, contributing to GNI’s work to enhance protections for freedom of expression and privacy around the world.

Chris brings a mix of experiences in the nonprofit 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 with a degree in international affairs and Middle East studies.

Idan Ben Yakir
Operations Associate

In her role as Operations Associate, Idan supports the day-to-day operations of GNI, including finance, travel, and event planning, and assisting with the activities of the GNI committees in the areas of accountability, development, learning, membership, and policy.

Before joining GNI she served in the Peace Corps in Morocco and the Federated States of Micronesia, where she worked with communities to build sustainable youth programming and improve school administration. Prior to the Peace Corps, Idan supported international operations at Doctors Without Borders as an intern and provided a variety of programming for pediatric patients with Project Sunshine.

Idan has a range of human rights experience, including work in women’s health and transitional democracy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in International Relations and Art History.

Sarina Phu

Sarina Phu
Research and Program Associate

Sarina conducts research and supports the implementation of GNI’s grant programs to promote engagement with GNI members and non-members, especially from underrepresented regions, to advance freedom of expression and privacy rights globally.

Before joining GNI, Sarina interned with the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in Washington, D.C., as well as in the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She worked as a Research Aide at the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, supporting research that quantified diplomatic relationships.

Sarina holds a master’s degree in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a bachelor’s in International Studies and Media Studies from the University of Denver, where she graduated magna cum laude.