Board

EDRi is governed by a Board vested with powers of management and administration by the members’ General Assembly (GA). Board members are elected by the GA, and 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.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.

Anna Fielder 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).
Katarzyna Szymielewicz is the Vice-president of EDRi. She is also a co-founder and the president of Panoptykon Foundation – a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of surveillance. In this capacity, she has managed to grow the organisation from two persons working not for profit to seven full-time, paid employees. Over four years of existence Panoptykon Foundation became one of the most dynamic, recognisable and influential organisations in Poland. She is also an Advisor to the Minister for Administration and Digitalisation and member of the board of Tactical Tech Collective. She is a member of the International Commission of Jurists (Polish section) and Internet Society. Prior to launching Panoptykon Foundation, she was an attorney at one of major international law firms, Clifford Chance, specialising in data protection and financial law. She’s a graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Law & Administration Department, and the University of London’s Development Studies program in the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Walter Van Holst is EDRi’s Treasurer.
Guillermo Beltrà leads EDRi member Access Now’s policy team globally, providing strategic vision, guiding and coordinating the operations of policy experts in Latin America, North America, Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Before joining Access Now, Guillermo was Director of Legal and Economic Affairs at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), the largest NGO defending consumer rights in Europe. For over ten years, Guillermo has worked on numerous digital files, including telecommunications, privacy, data protection, net neutrality, and platform regulation. He is a seasoned lobbyist with a track record of advocacy victories over the past years, and has experience assisting on communications and social media strategies.
Thomas Lohninger is Executive Director of the digital rights NGO, EDRi member epicenter.works 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.
Raegan MacDonald is a tech-policy professional, with years of experience working as a policy analyst, campaigner, manager, and head of office in the field of technology and human rights. Originally from Canada, she is based in Brussels, where she is currently the Head of EU Public Policy at Mozilla, and covers issues including privacy, data protection, copyright, net neutrality, and disinformation. Prior to joining Mozilla, Raegan founded and led Access Now’s Brussels office. In 2014, she was named a Privacy by Design Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. Raegan is a graduate of the University of Vienna and the University of Leipzig, where she received her Masters in Global Studies. Raegan has been an observer/member, friend, and colleague of the EDRi network since 2010 when she first worked on the EDRi-gram, and later interned in the Brussels office. In addition to her role on the EDRi Board, Raegan is the Chair of the Board of the Digital Freedom Fund (DFF); she’s a member of Civil Engagement; an Advisory Board member of the Brussels Privacy Hub; and a member of the Advisory Board of Online Censorship.