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.
As Program Director, 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.
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 multistakeholder 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.
Rocío 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.
Program and Communications Officer
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 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.
Program and Policy Officer
Nikki works on GNI’s policy activities, and develops and manages global programs that forward our mission to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector.
She joins GNI from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she worked on research programs that explored the intersection of democracy and online discourse, with a particular focus on technology-enabled media manipulation and the phenomenon of harmful speech online more broadly. Prior to Berkman Klein, Nikki implemented Internet-oriented programs at Internews in close collaboration with civil society, human rights defenders, political activists, and independent journalists around the world.
Nikki holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University where she was captain of the women’s rowing team and president of the university’s Panhellenic Association.
Idan Ben Yakir
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.
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.