We’re a diverse, passionate group of nomads. As a team we have expertise in everything from information activism to responsible data to inclusive facilitation.
Ivan is the executive director of Global Voices and a leader in the development of alternative media organizations. He is also a photographer, artist and writer, with work in major museum collections, and the author of White Road, a two-volume monograph about Siberia and Central Asia. He is an affiliate of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, the board chair for the Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project, a co-founder of Screen Projects, and a 2016 Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. He is an advisory board member for the Benetech Human Rights Program. He was an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, teaching visual storytelling, and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he wrote about shifts in media technologies, and their effects on violent conflict. He was a regional director and vice president for Internews Network, based in the former Soviet Union and Asia for over a decade, where he developed and led dozens of media initiatives focused on conflict, humanitarian disaster and transitional societies.
Elizabeth Lindsey is the executive director of Byte Back, a nonprofit in the US working to improve economic opportunity by providing computer training and career preparation to underserved Washington, DC metro area residents. Prior to her work at Byte Back, Lindsey served as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Groundswell in Washington, DC. She has also worked at the DC Department of Employment Services and has focused on economic development for populations of women and minorities in New Jersey. Elizabeth earned her master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her bachelor’s in history and French from Swarthmore College. Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors of The Workplace DC, a Washington workforce development collaborative, and on the Board of Directors of the Goodwill Excel Center.
María Baron is an Argentine journalist and Global Executive Director of Directorio Legislativo, an organization that promotes democratic consolidation and access to information throughout Latin America. She is the co-founder of the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, a group of activists across 14 countries. For her efforts in advocating for accountability and ethics in government, she received NDI’s Democracy Award for Civic Innovation. María is a Fulbright-APSA Congressional Fellow and a Reagan-Fascell Fellow. She is a member of the civil society steering committee of the Open Government Partnership and sits on the board of CEDA Washington. María is an avid soccer player and a mother of three.
Seember Nyager is a Policy and Risk Assessment Manager at Google’s Trust and Safety Team. As the former CEO of the Public and Private Development Centre in Nigeria, she successfully advocated for the adoption of open contracting standards by the Nigerian government, using a platform called Budeshi to demonstrate the utility of contracting data enabled by new technologies. Seember worked with many organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa, with her areas of expertise lying in the intersections of media, law and technology. She is particularly interested in exploring the role (if any) of the private sector in making access to public information a global norm.