Zeynep Tufekci is an academic and writer who focuses on big social challenges that defy disciplinary boundaries and simple answers. Her work encompasses a wide range of topics, ranging from technology and society to pandemic response to complexity and knowledge. Her academic work focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, and social interaction. Originally from Turkey, Dr. Tufekci has become a go-to source on the impact of social media and the growing influence of machine learning algorithms. 


Rhodri Davies is Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and also leads Giving Thought – CAF’s in-house think tank focussing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, which traces the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the modern context. He has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics – from charity taxation to the civil society applications of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence – and presents a bi-weekly podcast exploring philanthropy and civil society issues.


Frederike Kaltheuner is a tech policy analyst, researcher and advocate for justice in a world made of data. Since June 2020, she is also the fund manager of the European AI Fund, a philanthropic initiative to strengthen civil society in Europe. She is a 2019-2020 public interest Tech Policy Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation. Previously she was a Director at the London-based NGO Privacy International, where she led the organisation’s work on corporate surveillance. Her team’s technical investigations into the murky world of online advertising have led to statutory inquiries by regulators, and caused some of the world’s most downloaded apps to change their practices.


Adrian Arena is the Director of International Human Rights at the Oak Foundation. He started the International Human Rights Programme on joining the Oak Foundation as a Programme Officer in February 2000. In its first year of operation, the programme had an annual budget of USD 2 million and largely focussed on supporting international NGOs.  Since those beginnings,, it has expanded to a programme with 8 staff and an annual budget of over $30 million addressing issues of impunity for gross abuses; arbitrary detention; the persecution and prosecution of LGBTl; and supporting human rights activism in the context of closing civic space. The programme operates globally but with some focus countries.


Nighat Dad is one of the pioneer women's rights activists in Pakistan and has played a pivotal role in defining the cyberspace narrative in the country, and has been at the forefront of Pakistani feminist movements. She was recently named a member of the Facebook Oversight Board, an independent and diverse committee that works to keep content on Facebook in check. A lawyer by profession, Nighat has also been listed as the TIME's magazine Next Generation leader back in 2015 and won the Human Rights Tulip Award in 2016. Nighat is also a TED Global Fellow and has used these platforms to create awareness about the patriarchal strongholds in Pakistan, and how they affect the everyday lives of women, online and offline.


As Senior Vice President for Innovation, Zia oversees the Rockefeller Foundation’s approach to developing solutions that can have a transformative impact on people’s lives. He partners with various initiative teams to incorporate innovation into their strategies. He also leads programmatic work to develop new tools, fields, and movements to improve the social impact of innovations, particularly those related to data and technology. He advises a number of partners and grantees on strategy and leadership.  Zia is currently on the Board of Directors for Atlas AI, DataKind and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. He has served on the World Economic Forum Advisory Council for Social Innovation and the U.S. National Advisory Board for Impact Investing.


Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy analyst and advocacy strategist interested in and working on understanding the unfolding impacts and gendered implications of ICT adoption and how those impact governance, media, entrepreneurship and culture.

She is a Commissioner on the Lancet & Financial Times Global Commission (Governing Health Futures 2030), President and co-Chair of the Transform Health Coalition, a board member at The New Humanitarian, Development Gateway and Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), she is also a Ford Global Fellow.



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