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Who We Are

We are a diverse team of information specialists, technologists, designers, human rights advocates and environmental justice activists from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We are united by a passion for social change and the potential of technology and effective information processes to contribute to it.

We are a diverse team of information specialists, technologists, designers, human rights advocates and environmental justice activists from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We are united by a passion for social change and the potential of technology and effective information processes to contribute to it.

We are a diverse team of information specialists, technologists, designers, human rights advocates and environmental justice activists from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We are united by a passion for social change and the potential of technology and effective information processes to contribute to it.

Directors

STEPHANIE HANKEY - CO-FOUnder & Executive DIRECTOR.

Stephanie has worked to strengthen information activism and reduce limits to freedom and expression online since 1998. Stephanie previously worked with the the Open Society Institute establishing their Technology Support for Civil Society Program, before co-founding Tactical Tech in 2003 and Tactical Studios in 2011.

Stephanie has a background in information design, was editor-in-chief of Pulp magazine and worked as a creative director and producer for a number of London-based multimedia companies. She has a Masters in Information and Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art London, and a certificate in Campaigning and Lobbying from NCVO. Stephanie is currently developing Tactical Tech's work on influence and visual persuasion and leading its new initiative on data shadows and political engagement.

MarEk Tuszynski - Co-FouNDER & Creative DIRECTOR.

Marek is a restless producer of various creative and social interventions that span across various media: radio, television and internet; as well as utilise non technical formats such as workshops, books sprints and endless conversations. Activism, innovation and creativity are the major driving forces in his work as much as the importance of marginalised voices, opinions and world views.

He co-founded The Second Hand Bank, International Contemporary Art Network, Tactical Tech and recently Tactical Studios. He is currently focusing on producing interactive and static visualisations representing complex social and political issues, he is working on the next documentary film for Tactical Tech; Exposing the Invisible, in some spare time he is producing a radio program titled Love & Chaos on Reboot FM.

Privacy and Expression

Chris Walker - programme advisor

Over the past eight years, Chris has advised on a number of projects at the intersection of technology and human rights, principally in countries where access to information is heavily constrained, closely monitored or both. This experience builds upon a strong technical foundation in computer and network security as well as an academic grounding in legal, political, economic and activist approaches to related challenges.

BOBBY SORIANO - Programme Advisor.

Bobby has 15 years of systems and network administration experience. He has worked with numerous NGOs implementing information and computer related projects. He is also an information and communications technology trainer. His recent work includes computer and online trainings for conferences and organisations in Asia, Africa and some countries in Europe. He is also involved in projects on the use of mobile technologies for advocacy.

DANIEL Ó CLUNAIGH - PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Before joining TTC, Daniel worked on security and protection of human rights defenders through research and advocacy at an international level as well as grass roots observation, protective accompaniment and training. At Tactical Tech, he carries out research, writing and editing of digital security materials, as well as regularly facilitating digital security workshops. In particular, he is focusing on the development of 'holistic' approaches to digital security which are consistent with human rights defenders personal, organsational and emotional well-being. He also works closely with particular communities at risk such as women's rights advocates and LGBTI communities in order to develop context-specific digital security guides. Outside of work, he tries to make time for music, yoga, tweeting and blogging.

Twitter: @DanOClunaigh

A. RAVI - PROGRAMME Director

With advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and Robotics, A. Ravi's work focus has primarily been on information systems design, ICT strategy development and adult-learning methodology. This includes four object-oriented software years in the corporate consulting world, five early web-application years in the European telecom industry; and over 10 years in the NGO world as Technology Strategist for digitally inclined smaller NGOs, and ICT educator/trainer for individuals involved in rights advocacy. 

Hannah Smith - Project Assistant

After moving to Berlin at the end of her studies in 2011, Hannah started out coordinating conferences, bringing together civil society actors to broach topics of globalization, good governance and international cooperation. Thereafter, she spent a year working in a young start up firm before finding Tactical Tech. Hannah has a degree in International Politics and is interested in ideas around human rights, citizenship and statelessness.

At Tactical Tech, Hannah supports the activities of the Privacy & Expression team, including Security-in-a-Box, trainings, and workshops. In her spare time Hannah likes cycling around the city and discovering the many peculiarities of the German language.

ANNE ROTH - PROGRAMME RESEARCHER AND EDITOR

 Anne holds a degree in political science from the Free University of Berlin. She cofounded one of the first interactive media activist websites, Indymedia, in Germany in 2001 and has been involved with media activism and various forms of activist online media ever since. She has worked as a web editor and translator in the past. Since 2007 she has written a blog that covers privacy, surveillance, media, net politics and feminist issues.

HADI AL KHATIB - PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Hadi has been working in the protection field with various international organisations in the Middle East since 2006, including Medicins Sans Frontieres and the Danish Refugee Council. His work has focused on maintaining strong relationships with community groups and coordinating resources to meet organisational and project needs. Before joining Tactical Tech, Hadi co-founded a locally based nongovernmental organisation, Volunteer for Jordan, promoting youth participation in and support for civil society. He holds a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Tishreen, Syria.

Becky Kazansky - Programme Researcher

At Tactical Tech, Becky works on the MyShadow project, conducts applied research on usability, the FOSS tool ecosystem, and security training methodologies, and leads workshops aiming to make abstract concepts like privacy more tangible and accessible. Becky has an academic past in political science, and holds a Masters Degree in Systems and Interaction Design from ITP -- the Interactive Telecommunications Program, at NYU. Before joining TTC, Becky served as a research consultant on tech policy for the Ford Foundation's Freedom of Expression Unit, designed games and systems of play aimed at encouraging civic participation for Area/ Code and UNICEF, and reported on networked politics and privacy issues for organizations such as Personal Democracy Media and the Berkman Center.

Evidence and Action

MAYA INDIRA GANESH - PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Maya pitched her tent at Tactical Tech in 2009. She started as a consultant determining how documentation of violations against sex workers in India and Cambodia could be used in advocacy. This was a natural progression from her work as a researcher, activist and writer with women's rights organisations in India and internationally. Now she is the Director of the Evidence & Action programme, and works with her team to publish content as guides, books, websites, and organises events like the recent Info-Activism Camp. Maya works with the Executive Director assisting in the development and implementation of the organisation's strategic direction; helps build networks and partnerships for the organisation; and supports the Finance & Operations team in programme management. She has Masters degrees from Delhi University, India, and the University of Sussex, UK. Find her on Twitter as @mayameme

 

TOM LONGLEY - PROGRAMME ADVISOR

Tom's work has focussed on the documentation and analysis of large scale human rights violations and the effective use of technology to aid this. Before joining Tactical Tech, Tom was project manager at Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS), where he managed the development of the OpenEvSys rights violation database. He has extensive field work with NGOs in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and others on the investigation of human rights abuses and war crimes. He has also consulted for the University of Nottingham's Human Rights Law Centre and the Open Society Institute Information Programme.

 

Mathilde Landgrebe - Production Coordinator

Mathilde is Franco-British and based at the Tactical Tech Berlin office. Using print, multimedia or film, Mathilde's aim is to publish information effectively : to communicate, research and raise awareness on matters that need to be heard. Mathilde has directed and filmed a feature documentary on the Land Rights of an indigenous tribe in the Philippines, been a reporter for Arte and has worked on various documentary film productions for channels such as Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel and History Channel UK. Raised and educated in London, she has a Geography and Politics degree from La Sorbonne, Paris, and a Masters in Media Production, Promotion and Management.

GABI SOBLIYE - PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

Prior to joining the team, Gabi worked at Transparency International, contributing to data projects such as the Global Corruption Barometer, and for The Guardian in London. Gabi holds a Masters in Human Rights from University College London. At Tactical Tech, Gabi has just finished working on the Women's Rights Campaigning Toolkit, and now works on visual persuasion areas central to our book Visualising Information for Advocacy. She works on a variety of data representation projects and is currently working on two visualisations on issues of protest and housing collapses with advocate groups in Egypt.

She has an interest in data and design, which, outside of Tactical Tech, she applies to the creation of braided hair wreath displays.

FAITH BOSWORTH - PROGRAMME COORDINATOR.

Faith has a background working in LGBTI and women’s rights activism in South Africa as well as web and print journalism and theatre. At Tactical Tech she spent over a year working on communications and outreach across the organisation and now coordinates projects around the subjects of media and mobilising for advocacy. She holds an MA degree in Media Studies with a focus on Gender and Sexuality, from Sussex University, UK and a BAHons in English Literature. She is based in Tactical Tech's European office in Berlin.

LISA GUTERMUTH – PROGRAMME RESEARCHER

Lisa is working with the Evidence and Action Programme conducting research and adapting materials for different groups.  Currently this is with the Women’s Rights Campaigning: Info-Activism Toolkit.  She has previously focused on land grabbing, crowd mapping, and e-waste for different projects at Tactical Tech and with affiliated organisations.  Offline you can find her gardening, reading books with tangible pages, or baking bread.  She is currently finishing her masters in Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin and is involved in urban gardening projects around the city.

Technology, Production and Communication

NIKO PΑRΑ - WEB DEVELOPER

Niko is working on the myshadow.org, tacticaltech.org, and exposingtheinvisible.org project websites, though manages to get himself at least a little bit involved in most of Tactical Tech's projects, whether designing, developing, planning, or speaking.  He is interested in decentralized systems, red russian kale, learning every web framework, and learning sysadmin.  He once tried to study art and computer science at Umass Amherst, and used to help out at the Beehive Design Collective, Folk Routes music collective, and the Greenhorns.  He runs a music blog and tweets, and tries to blog about tech.

KAUSTUBH SRIKANTH - HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY

Kaustubh is an Information Architect based in Bangalore, India. An active open-source software practitioner, he has over 10 years experience working with community-driven web content management and social platforms. He has a special interest in low cost, sustainable, open radio networks and founded Infinity Radio (later known as RadioVeRVe), India's first internet radio station promoting Indian independent music. At Tactical Tech, he geeks out on Drupal, his favorite open-source web development framework and is responsible for managing and maintaining Tactical Tech's online infrastructure.

Laurent Delleré - Web Developer

Laurent moved to Berlin in 2000. After studying comparative literature he got a degree in International Media and Computing at the FHTW Berlin. He has over 6 years of experience as a web architect and project manager in various companies and is currently working as a freelancer. Laurents portfolio include a wide range of websites for the Unesco in Vienna, the Free and Humboldt universities in Berlin, the Heinrich-Böll Stiftung, the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and many other big and small web projects.

DAVID TIMOTHY - PRODUCTION COORDINATOR.

David has worked for over 10 years with various NGOs in India, worked in the area of conflict resolution and has always been involved with the print media in every organisation he has worked with. He was part of the marketing, design and production team of the largest Children's book publishing house in India, that worked at reaching the printed media to the remotest parts of the country and inculcate in the Indian Children the habit and love of reading, before he came on to be part of TTC. 

HELEN KILBEY - COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Helen got involved with Tactical Tech in 2012 as a writer and editor, joining the Berlin office as communications coordinator in 2014. She has worked on a number of Tactical Tech projects, and is responsible for the monthly newsletter In the Loop. With a background in journalism, publishing and teaching, she is a former editor of online news portal allAfrica.com and has a degree in Journalism and Media studies from Rhodes University in South Africa, as well as a BAHons in Philosophy. 

ALLAN STANLEY - HEAD OF PRODUCTION

is an information designer and production guru. He was also a long-standing member of the Bangalore-based technology NGO, Mahiti. At Mahiti, he headed up the design function, specialising in information architecture and the usability of web-based and multimedia applications. Over the last 10 years he has managed numerous technology projects for NGOs, and conceptualised projects such as a series of digital pedagogic games and tools to teach soft skills and literacy to young adults in rural India. Allan was a lead organiser for AsiaSource and AfricaSource 2 and led the local production team for the World Information City exhibition (India).

CLAIRE TOLAN - WEB DEVELOPER

At Tactical Tech, Claire is helping to develop and expand websites. She studied literature and worked in various nonprofit publishing ventures and archives before becoming entranced by garlands of code. Outside of Tactical Tech, she works in collaboration with friends on several Internet-based archival and sound projects. In addition to the Internet, she likes open source everything, cracking black boxes, critical theory and poetry, and the Blumenladen of Berlin. She hosts a biweekly radio show, You're Worth It, on Berlin Community Radio.  

Tactical Studios

LUCINDA LINEHAN - PRODUCTION MANAGER

 Prior to joining Tactical Tech, Lucinda built a freelance career producing large scale events together with co-managing an international dance company. She has over 17 years experience in print, multimedia and event production, working with executive level clients from well known global brands. She holds a postgraduate degree in Education from London University and a BA Cantab in English and French.

Operations and Administration

POORNIMA RAMAKRISHNA - OPERATIONS MANAGER, BANGALORE

Poornima is an operations expert with over 10 years of experience in finance, administration, logistics, HR, project management, legal and company affairs within non-profit organisations. She was, for almost a decade, a valuable member of the core Mahiti team. She is now setting up and will be managing the e-commerce section of the Tactical Tech website. She has a Masters in Sociology and is presently working towards an MBA and a certification as Company Secretary

JOHANNA (HANNELIE) COETZEE - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND RESOURCES

Hannelie has worked in Financial Management for not-for-profit organisations since 1999. She started her career in finance at the Namibian offices of the United Nations Children Fund and served the local UN office in different financial and administration capacities for five and a half years. After completing her Masters in Public Management at the University of Potsdam, she broadened her horizon beyond the financial aspect of development work. For one and a half years, she acted as a Programme Manager for Positive Vibes, a NGO working with and for people affected by HIV in Namibia. She also has done several consultancies in finance and human resources matters with NGOs and small for-profit organisations.  

JAN GRIFFITHS - FINANCIAL MANAGER

Jan's role is to keep the financial wheels of the organisation well-oiled. She brings a wealth of experience in finance and administration, having co-founded and managed a number of small, successful businesses in the corporate sector. She has a BA (Hons) in Business Administration and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

 

DANIELA O'HALLORAN - ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR

Daniela O'Halloran joins the Tactical Tech team with over ten years experience working in finance and administration for civil society organisations and in the private sector. In Ireland, she started and ran the social enterprise, Ireland Donates, which aimed at linking together NGOs and private organisations. She has a Degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics, and since returning to Berlin she has started a Masters Degree in Social Management from the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin in cooperation with the Partaetische Akademie Berlin.