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.
|Andreas Kirsch is member of the EDRi board since 2004 and EDRi President since 2008. Andreas co-founded EDRi in 2002. He is also President of the Austrian Association for Internet Users and the Austrian data protection NGO Forum Datenschutz. He is Co-founder and was President (until 06/2015) of the Austrian activist group AKVorrat. In his professional capacity Andreas is managing partner of mksult GmbH, which he founded in 2003. The company provides data protection consultancy services to medium and large scale Austrian and international institutions and companies and provided the data protection news portal http://www.unwatched.org/ from 2003 until 2015. Andreas is member of the Austrian Data Protection Council, the data protection advisory body to the Austrian Government as well as of the Information Society Advisory Council at the Austrian Federal Chancellery and in 2012 coordinated the Austrian citizens initiative against data retention with more than 106.000 supporters and the Austrian constitutional complaint against data retention with more than 11.000 plaintiffs, which was referred by the constitutional court to the ECJ and led – together with other initiatives – to the abolishment of the EU Data Retention Directive and of the Austrian implementation of the same directive.|
|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 2 persons working not for profit to 7 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.|
|Ot Van Daalen is Treasurer of EDRi. Ot is a researcher and lecturer in the field of privacy and security, mainly at the Institute of Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. He also works at the Dutch Data Protection Authority. In 2009, he founded the Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom. There he was closely involved in the creation of legislation in the field of privacy and internet freedom and he managed to grow the organisation from 1 to 6 full-time employees, over 300 volunteers and thousands of followers. Before launching Bits of Freedom, Ot worked for years at one of the largest commercial law firms in The Netherlands, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, specialising in competition and regulatory law. Ot studied at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University in New York. He is also a guest author for the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent.|
|Anna Fielder 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).|
|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.|