EDRi is governed by a Board vested with powers of management and administration by the members’ General Assembly.

Board members are elected by the General Assembly. They can be employees of member organisations or other experienced and suitably skilled people put forward and supported by member organisations. In all cases when they are elected to the Board they act as individuals, not as representative of their organisation or any other interests. Board members serve for a maximum of two terms of three years each. You can write to them at board [at] edri [dot] org.

It is of vital importance for EDRi to effectively identify, disclose and manage any actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest to protect EDRi’s integrity and manage risk. EDRi’s Conflict of Interest policy therefore applies to staff and Board. It covers management with respect to Board deliberations, in a universally established manner: if a Board member has a conflict of interest with regards to a “transaction” being considered, she or he recuses her/himself from the discussions, unless asked by the Board to join for information purposes; and doesn’t have a vote in the decision.

Read EDRi’s statutes here.

Anna Fielder


Anna is President of EDRi. She has been a consumer and privacy advocate for over a quarter century, after having trained as a classics scholar and spending a stint as a travel writer and editor. She is currently senior policy adviser and Chair Emerita of Privacy International and senior policy advisor to the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), covering all aspects of consumer policy from regulations to digital rights; she also works as independent policy researcher/advisor for other public interest organisations, and has authored/co-authored numerous studies, policy briefings etc. She was previously regional Director at Consumers International, the global consumer federation, where she put issues related to online rights and data protection on the consumer organisations’ priority agenda, and set up the TACD back in 1998. Anna is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Thomas Lohninger

Vice President

Thomas is the Vice President of EDRi. He is also the Executive Director of the digital rights NGO, EDRi member, in Vienna, Austria. He is Senior Fellow of the Mozilla Foundation working on net neutrality in the European Union, and the Center of Internet and Society of the Stanford Law School holds him as a non-residential Fellow. He worked in Brussels on the European net neutrality regulation as Policy Advisor for EDRi, and is on the EDRi Board since 2019. His background is in IT and cultural and social anthropology.


Walter Van Holst


Walter van Holst is by day a consultant at legal consultancy firm and moonlights as a digital rights activist. Walter has a background in business administration (information management) and as an IT lawyer (specializing in data protection law and IT contracts, among other things). He has extensive experience with interdisciplinary issues at the interface of law, IT and society. As the treasurer on the board of EDRi, he combines his legal, technical and organizational knowledge. Walter is also one of the representatives of dutch EDRi member, Vrijschrift.

Alyna Smith

Alyna Smith

Alyna is Deputy Director at PICUM, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants. She is also the focal point on data protection and digital rights, leading PICUM’s engagement with a diverse array of partners, and the development of their analysis and work in this area. Alyna has a background in the life sciences, philosophy and law and has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary settings, and with partners across national, regional, and global contexts.

isabela fernandes - a board member

Isabela Fernandes

Isabela is the Executive Director of the Tor Project since November 2018. She joined the Tor Project as Project Manager in 2015, after working as Product Manager for International and Growth at Twitter for four years. Isabela has been part of the free software community since the late 90s, and in 2007 she co-founded and worked as Latin America Project Manager for North by South, a startup from San Francisco focused on free software projects. Isabela was also part of Brazil’s Federal Government Free Software initiative, working in 2005 on the Ministry of Communications digital inclusion project and participating in 2006 on a project to migrate the IT of the Presidential Palace of Brazil to free software.

A bio photo of Anrej, a board member

Andrej Petrovski

Andrej is the Director of Tech at SHARE Foundation, an EDRi member organisation based in Belgrade, Serbia. He holds an MSc in Cyber Forensics and a BSc in Software Engineering. Previously, Andrej worked as a Tech researcher and Cyber forensic expert at SHARE Foundation, where he conducted research on digital security and analysed the digital landscape in Serbia. His work aimed to enhance the security and resilience of online media, journalists, and Human Rights Defenders, as well as provide responce to cyber attacks. He has actively campaigned against the use of Biometric Surveillance in public spaces and is interested in the intersection of digital rights and environmental issues.