We are a diverse team of information specialists, technologists, designers, human rights advocates and environmental justice activists.
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. She 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 working on an upcoming book on visual political representation and has recently co-founded the creative agency for advocacy; Tactical Studios.
MarEk Tuszynski - Co-FouNDER & Creative DIRECTOR.
Marek Tuszynski is a restless producer of various creative and social interventions spanning various media: radio, television and internet, as well as analogue formats such as workshops, book sprints and endless conversations. Activism, innovation and creativity are major driving forces in his work, as much as the importance of marginalised voices, opinions and world views. He has co-founded a number of initiatives and organisations, such as The Second Hand Bank, International Contemporary Art Network, Tactical Tech and recently Tactical Studios. Marek is currently focusing on using visual formats in representing evidence to influence the course of social and political issues, while also working on the next documentary film for Tactical Tech, along with other animations. In his spare time he produces a radio program titled Love & Chaos on Reboot FM.
PRIVACY AND EXPRESSION PROGRAMME
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.
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.
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.
DANEIL Ó CLUNAIGH - PROGRAMME ASSISTANT. Daniel has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Dublin City University. He has worked for the security and protection of rights advocates in various roles with Front Line, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, and Peace Brigades International in Mexico. At Tactical Tech, he forms part of the Privacy and Expression team and is based at the European office in Berlin.
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.
EVIDENCE AND ACTION PROGRAMME
MAYA INDIRA GANESH - PROGRAMME DIRECTOR. Some people are generalists and enjoy immersing themselves in particular disciplines and ideas for a period of time, and then moving on. As her journey indicates, Maya is a generalist, and happily so. She has Masters degrees in Psychology, and in Media and Cultural Studies, from Delhi University and the University of Sussex. Since 1995 she has worked as a researcher, writer and activist with women's rights and international NGOs and academic institutions in India on gender rights, violence against women, sexuality rights, HIV/AIDS prevention with young people and internet and mobile phone use, policy and communication rights. She has worked with the Association of Progressive Communication's Women's Networking Support Program, UNICEF, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, Point of View Mumbai, CREA, New Delhi. She has published non fiction writing about gender, women's rights, pulp magazines, sexuality, the internet and mobile phones.
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.
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.
DIRK SLATER - PROGRAMME ADVISOR. Dirk has worked with Tactical Tech since 2005. He has worked on nearly a dozen projects focusing on increasing the ability of advocates and activists in marginalised communities to use digital technologies, including advocates working on human rights in Russia, HIV/AIDS advocates in Central Asia, sex worker advocates in the Asia-Pacific and pro-democracy activists in South East Asia. Dirk has also contributed to several of Tactical Tech's toolkits and guides. Prior to this he was Senior Circuit Rider for the Low-Income Networking and Communications (LINC) Project, helping build the capacity of advocacy and activist groups across the United States.
parker mah - PROJECT CONSULAnt. Parker has been freelancing in multimedia since 2002, both in his native Canada and abroad, as a photographer, radio show host and media skills and literacy trainer. He worked previously in post-production for the Montreal Life Stories project at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and is also an experienced youth workshop facilitator. He is currently working on a new digital toolkit for Tactical Tech integrating advocacy strategies and digital communication. Alternative media, the democratisation of access to technology, and arts-based social activism are favourite topics.
EMMA PREST - PROject coordinator. Emma has worked for a range of NGOs and charities including Amnesty International UK, the Campaign for Freedom of Information and Chain of Hope, a children’s medical charity. She worked in Colombia as a Spanish-English translator and has written for the Independent in London. Emma holds an MA in Public Policy from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her first degree, in Politics and Geography, was from the University of Edinburgh.
Joelle Hatem - PROject Consultant. Joelle has been working in communications since 2007, helping non-governmental organizations and grassroots movements strategically integrate information and technology in their advocacy campaigns. Her favorite fields of interest are gender, sexuality, rights, intersectionality and the human condition. Joelle will be working on a number of Tactical Tech's projects in the Arab region. She has a BA in Translation and a DES in Journalism, both from the Lebanese University.
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.
MATHILDE BAKER - PRODUCTION COORDINATOR. Mathilde grew up in London and has a Geography degree from La Sorbonne in Paris. She has worked on various documentary film productions for channels such as Arte, France Télévision, History Channel UK, Discovery and Sundance. She has directed and edited a documentary film about the land rights of the Aeta Tribe in the Philippines.
TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCTION AND COMMUNICATION
ALLAN STANLEY - HEAD OF PRODUCTION. Allan 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).
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.
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.
NIKO PARA - WEB DEVELOPER Niko has a background in web development for nonprofits and activist groups, as well as working in music collectives. He has worked with the Beehive Collective and the Greenhorns on security trainings, consultation, and web development. He briefly attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for computer science and art. He currently lives in Berlin on a quest to find red kale, which has proven to be elusive.
OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
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.
BECKY FAITH - Mobiles and Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Becky uses her skills and experience in mobile advocacy and research to develop mobile advocacy projects and support our monitoring and evaluation work. She worked on the Message in-a-box and Mobiles in-a-box toolkits, and has helped develop human rights training materials for the United Nations. Becky was a Trustee of the Sussex Community Internet Project and was also on the selection committee for the Young Foundation's first Social Innovation Camp. She is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Systems at the Open University, looking at the use of mobile phones in overcoming digital exclusion in the UK.
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.
Lisa Gutermuth – Research and Administrative Assistant. Lisa comes from a background of International Affairs and Economics tied with Agriculture and the Environment. She is currently doing her masters in Agricultural Economics at Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin and is involved in urban gardening projects around the city. In our Berlin office she serves as office manager, keeping administrative and financial things in check, but also works on several projects helping with research and support.