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Our founders, volunteers and staff are represented on our Board along with some of the most influential innovators in global online media.

Ethan Zuckerman

portrait of Ethan ZuckermanEthan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab.  He is the author of “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection”, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

Rebecca MacKinnon

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Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project, based at the New America Foundation. She is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom (Basic Books, January 2012). She is also co-founder, along with Ethan Zuckerman, of Global Voices, serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and is a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative.

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN in Beijing for nine years and was Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001, then served as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. From 2004-06 she was a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where she began her ongoing research and writing about the Chinese Internet.

Miguel Paz

Miguel_Paz_by_Audrey_Cerdan_02Miguel Paz is the founder of, a data journalism website that keeps track of who’s who in business and politics in Chile, Colombia and Venezuela, provides open-source software and advises newsrooms and civic organizations. He is also president of Poderomedia Foundation, which promotes the use of new technologies to rethink journalism, a Nieman Berkman Fellow 2015 and a ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow 2013. Paz has 17 years of experience as a reporter and editor. He was deputy director of, Chile’s first digital-only news organization; deputy editor of La Nación Domingo; co-founder of El Periodista magazine and co-creator of Caras EGO. He was recently appointed “Distinguished lecturer” in data journalism and multimedia storytelling at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. You can always find him at

James Deane

jamesdeane_smlJames Deane is Director of Policy and Learning at BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity.  He has more than 30 years’ experience of supporting independent media and journalism around the world.  He is a founding member and former Executive Director of the Panos Institute, founded in 1986 to support developing country journalism.  He is a leading commentator and adviser on media development issues and author and commissioner of numerous papers, briefings, books and features on the role of media in society. His current principal focus is on the role of media in fragile and divided societies and he has written and commissioned several BBC Media Action policy briefings on this and other issues. He is an elected steering committee member of the Global Forum for Media Development and sits on the advisory boards of the Communication Initiative, the UK Research Partnership on Conflict, Crime and Security and the London School of Economics Department of Media and Communications.

Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia – the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia, which is free to use and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 23 million volunteer-authored articles in over 280 languages, and is visited by more than 483 million people every month, making it the number five most-popular website in the world.

Gardner, a seasoned journalist, was formerly head of, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada's most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, won many international awards for excellence, and grew to become Canada's most popular news site. Gardner started her career in 1990 as a producer with CBC's “As It Happens,” an internationally-recognized groundbreaking news and current events radio program. She has worked in radio, television, newspapers, magazines and online.

Mohamed Nanabhay (Chairman)

m_nanabhay Mohamed Nanabhay works at the intersection of media, technology and entrepreneurship. As the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English he led the team that produced the award winning coverage of the Arab revolutions in 2011. During his tenure, the website saw a colossal increase in traffic and has been recognised by the Online News Association for general excellence in online journalism. In 2006, he founded the New Media division at Al Jazeera which focused on engaging audiences through social media and emerging media technologies. During this period he pioneered and launched the Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository.

As an Internet entrepreneur, Mohamed has been involved with developing online properties since 1995 and is an angel investor, providing seed funding and mentorship to early stage internet companies. He was named a Creative Commons Pioneer by BusinessWeek, serves on the Board of Directors of the Media Development Investment Fund and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Informed Societies.

Aparna Ray (Volunteers representative)

Aparna Ray is an India based bridge-blogger with special interest in ICT4D, community, governance, gender and social inclusion. She is a long-standing, active member of the Global Voices volunteer community. In the 8years that she has been with GV, Aparna has been a committed member, be it as volunteer author, part-time sub-editor or even stand-in Editor for South Asia. She is also an enthusiastic participant in various initiatives, projects and collaborations involving the Global Voices community – all of which help her engage closely with her fellow volunteers as well as staff members.

A keen student of the social sciences, Aparna works at the intersection of communities, communication, technology and innovation. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Psychology and is a Qualitative Research Consultant and Ethnographer by profession. Passionate about people and cultures, she has spent over 18 years travelling extensively across the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East, handling a wide range of research across diverse categories, demographic and psychographic groups. Her travels have taken her across urban and rural landscapes, providing her with the unique opportunity to interact and engage with people and communities across geographies. Find out more about Aparna at Myriad Spaces, her personal website.

Jillian C. York (Volunteers’ representative)

Jillian C. York is Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work focuses on free expression, with an focus on the Arab world, and she has written for a variety of publications, including Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and CNN. Jillian contributed chapters to the upcoming volumes “Beyond Wikileaks: Implications for the Future of Communication, Journalism, and Society” (Palgrave Macmillian; March 2013) and “State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide” (Ashgate Publishing; expected November 2013).  She serves on the Advisory Boards of R-Shief,, Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund and Internews’ Global Internet Policy Project.

Mohamed ElGohary (Staff representative)

Mohamed ElGohary is a Cairo based Blogger/Translator/Social Media Expert. He works as Global Voices Lingua Manager. After a major in Biomedical engineering, ElGohary switched careers to work as a Social Media consultant and freelance journalist for Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, after which he joined forces with Global Voices Staff. You can follow his occasionally updated blog in English and Arabic.

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