A selection committee composed of key individuals/organizations from the whistleblowing, journalism, human rights activism, women rights, LGBTQI+ rights and tech ecosystems will evaluate the received applications.
Whistleblowing International Network
Anna Myers is Executive Director of the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN). WIN connects and strengthens civil society organisations that defend and support whistleblowers around the world. Anna is a lawyer with 18 years’ experience in the field of public interest whistleblowing and anti-corruption. She was Deputy Director at Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) in the UK and recently worked in Washington DC with the Government Accountability Project (GAP). Anna has advised thousands of individual whistleblowers, trained compliance officers, lawyers, and anti-corruption specialists around the world and shares her practical and legal expertise with civil society, policy makers, governments and professional bodies around the world. Anna was consultant to the Council of Europe on the Recommendation on the Protection of Whistleblowers (2014) and drafted the Explanatory Memorandum. Anna drafted the UNODC Resource Guide on Good Practices in the Protection of Reporting Persons (2015).
J. Bob Alotta
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Filmmaker and technologist turned Executive Director, J. Bob Alotta has lead the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, an LGBTQI rights foundation working for social, racial, gender, and economic justice around the globe, for the last eight years. Through film and at Astraea, Bob engages philanthropists, leaders, community members, human rights defenders and technologists to transform the marginalization of LGBTQI people in our societies. Representing a new generation of social change philanthropists, Bob’s work builds new models for social justice and movement building, expanding the rights and dignity for marginalized people everywhere.
Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy
Shaista Aziz is a former BBC News, Al-Jazeera and CNN journalist and has worked as a communications specialist for a number of international organizations including Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders (MSF) and Oxfam. She has worked extensively across the Middle East, Pakistan, East and West Africa. Her writing and journalism has been published in a number of international publications including The Guardian, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post and New York Times. She regularly contributes as a guest on national radio and TV panel discussions including reviewing the newspapers for BBC Radio. She is the founder of the Everyday Bigotry Project, an anti-racism, anti-bigotry digital platform, and co-founder of the Women’s Advancement Hub, Pakistan and Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy. She is also a newly elected councillor for Oxford City Council.
Blueprint for Free Speech
Dr Suelette Dreyfus is the Executive Director of Blueprint for Free Speech, an international freedom of expression NGO. She is also an Academic Specialist in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. Prior to her most recent career, she trained and worked as a staff journalist on the largest daily newspaper in Australia. She has written a number of scholarly articles, and a literary non-fiction book that has been translated into 7 languages and made into 2 films. She was part of the team that developed Rubberhose (Marutukku), the world’s first deniable encryption archive.
Tanya O’Carroll is co-founder and director of Amnesty Tech, a globally distributed team of advocates, researchers and technologists committed to ensuring that advancements in technology benefit, rather than erode, rights. In her eight years at Amnesty International, she has spearheaded innovation projects focused on the use of new technologies for human rights and built up a programme of research and advocacy to ensure accountability when it comes to issues such as surveillance, big data, artificial intelligence and Big Tech.
Vanina Serra is Programme Officer for Voice at Mama Cash. She manages grants to women, girls, trans and intersex people who are advancing their right to self-determination, self-representation and artistic expression both on- and offline. She also leads Mama Cash’s work on the effects of the closing space phenomenon on feminist organising. Before” joining Mama Cash, she worked as Programme Officer with the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice and with different organisations in South-East Asia.
Global Interfaith Network
Victoria Petitjean is Programme Managers for the Global Interfaith Network (GIN-SSOGIE), since October 2016. She is Franco-British, holds a BSc in Economics and International Development from Bath University and a MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, and has 9 years of experience in international policy (working at the European Commission, UNESCO and OECD) and human rights work (in South East Asia and East Africa, notably working in NGOs and for local political representatives). Previous to this position, she was Treasurer and Board member of the French LGBT organization, SOS homophobie, and interned at UNESCO, to work on the first UN report examining violence against LGBT youth in schools around the world.