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.
Alix is a recovering researcher with a passion for applying creative solutions to difficult problems. She is a hunter and gatherer, identifying data and technology strategies that can empower social change initiatives around the world to maximise their impact and make the most of their resources. She co-founded The Engine Room and leads it to be a nimble organisation that provides direct support where, when, and how initiatives need it. She sits on the Advisory Council of Open Technology Fund, and the Technology Advisory Council of Amnesty International. She plays a mean game of chess.
Alix leads organizational development, strategy, and fundraising.
Nathaniel Heller is the Executive Vice President, Integrated Strategies, at the Results for Development Institute (R4D) where he oversees the organization’s cross-cutting practice areas, including R4D’s work in governance and social accountability, adaptive and collaborative learning, adapting and scaling up innovation, and initiatives aimed at increasing access to vital products and services. Before that, he co-founded and led Global Integrity, a non-profit organization that promotes government transparency and accountability worldwide through high-quality research, cutting-edge technology, and innovative policy insights. Nathaniel conceptualized and established the OpenGov Hub, the world’s first open government-themed co-working community with locations in Washington, DC and Kathmandu, Nepal. He also created an emerging markets research company servicing consulting firms and hedge funds, now Foglamp Research. He currently serves as a civil society steering committee member of the Open Government Partnership.
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.
Ali Ravi is currently leading Confabium with a mission to help projects, organizations and foundations integrate digital innovation into their success strategies. Most recently, Ali has been consulting various projects and organizations on digital security matters including theory, capacity-building, strategy, and sustainability. He served as the Director of the Privacy and Expression Program at Tactical Tech from 2010-2014, designing, implementing and overseeing awareness-raising and capacity-building initiatives such as Security-in-a-Box and myshadow.org. He has also worked as strategy consultant and technology director in the torture rehabilitation sector internationally. Prior to entering the non-profit world, he worked in the telecommunications sector as software designer/developer, as well as in the corporate-consulting sector as senior analyst and project manager.