Our founders, volunteers, and staff are represented on our Board along with some of the most influential innovators in global online media.
- Ethan Zuckerman
- Rebecca MacKinnon
- Miguel Paz
- James Deane
- Sue Gardner
- Mohamed Nanabhay (Chairman)
- Marianne Diaz Hernández (Volunteers representative)
- Qurratulain Zaman (Volunteers representative)
- Laura Vidal (Staff representative)
Ethan 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 http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.
Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project, based at the New America Foundation. She is the 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 is the founder of Poderopedia.org, 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 an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow 2013. Paz has 17 years of experience as a reporter and editor. He was deputy director of ElMostrador.cl, 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 http://twitter.com/miguelpaz.
James 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 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 CBC.ca, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada's most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, CBC.ca 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)
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 recognized 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.
Qurratulain \Zaman (Volunteers representative)
Qurratulain Zaman is a journalist who has worked with one of Pakistan’s daily “Daily Times” and Germany’s international broadcaster “Deutsche Welle”. One of her recent stunts is to launch a virtual- newsroom for citizen journalists in Pakistan under the umbrella of PakVotes. PV brought social media platforms together with a network of reporters to track violence during Pakistan’s 2013 elections. She is remotely managing PakVoices, which is a digital community media project for local transparency in governance in Southern Punjab and Makran Coast. She splits her time between London, Bonn & Islamabad. She tweets at @natrani.
Marianne Díaz Hernández (Volunteers’ representative)
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO Acceso Libre, a volunteer-based organization that documents threats to human rights in the online environment in Venezuela. She's also a volunteer for Creative Commons, having served as Legal Lead of the Venezuelan chapter for the last three years. Marianne currently works as a public policy analyst for the Latin American NGO Derechos Digitales. She's volunteered for Global Voices, and particularly for the Advox project, since 2010. She has also published several fiction books. You can always find her on Twitter!
Laura Vidal (Staff representative)
Laura Vidal is the Latin America Editor of Global Voices, a blogger, and a Ph.D. candidate in Education based in France. Before joining Global Voices, Laura has written and worked for Venezuelan newspaper Tal Cual. As a language and literature graduate, her work has been based on language coaching and intercultural training. A lot of her ruminations on her research and the subjects surrounding it (education, online media, representation and cultural horizons) can be seen on her blog lenguaraces.com.