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.
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. He continues to lead GNI’s public policy engagement on an interim basis. 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.
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.
As Communications Manager, Rocío is responsible for overseeing GNI’s internal and external communications, including developing and implementing a communication strategy to increase GNI’s visibility and impact. With 20 years as an international development and communications professional, Rocío has championed dozens of civil society communications and advocacy initiatives to promote access to public information, transparency, and civic participation.
Before joining the GNI, Rocío worked with the International Budget Partnership (IBP), where she built communications platforms from scratch, including a bimonthly newsletter and website. She also designed and implemented numerous campaigns, learning materials, and webinars to engage a growing international network of fiscal policy analysts and practitioners. Rocío also managed IBP’s grant portfolio in Central America for five years. Her country focus was in El Salvador, where she facilitated multi-stakeholder discussions, while simultaneously mentoring local civil society organizations on their communications and advocacy campaigns. Additionally, Rocío has worked with organizations in Africa, Asia, Central Europe, and South America.
Rocio holds a master’s degree from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and graduate studies from the European University, La Sorbonne, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Administrative and Research 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.
Georgetown MSFS-GNI Fellow, 2016-17
As the Georgetown MSFS Fellow, Barbara supports GNI with research, events management and communications. She is currently completing her master’s degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she focuses on global cyber and technology issues. Previously, Barbara worked for Canada’s international development agency in South Africa, as an analyst at the global consulting firm Accenture, and as a public policy advisor for the provincial government of Ontario.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from McGill University in Montreal.
Georgetown MSFS-GNI Fellow 2017/18
A Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) candidate at Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Elyse’s focus of the study is the global tech policy regarding freedom of expression and privacy.
Before commencing her graduate work at Georgetown, Elyse worked as a global PR manager for the chairman of KT (Korea Telecom), the biggest telecommunications operator in Korea. She also worked in KT’s global business unit, where she collaborated with consulting firms, strategic partners, and foreign governments to build successful ICT development projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Elyse holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Business Administration from Ewha Womans’ University based in Seoul, South Korea.