ZHENYE (RYAN) PAN
Zhenye (Ryan) Pan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) with a specialization in Technology, Media, and Communications. His research focuses on artificial intelligence, disinformation, digital economy, technology and multilateral organizations, and human rights in the tech sector. Previously, he was a fellow at Ayadee Foundation with a focus on the intersections of human rights and emerging technologies including blockchain, DAO, and NFT.
Currently, he works as a UN Advocacy consultant at Access Now, a global human rights organization defending and extending digital rights of at-risk users around the world. He is also an editor for Columbia’s Journal of International Affairs. Ryan is multilingual and passionate about languages. He speaks Chinese, English and is intermediate in French. And he just began studying German last year.
Laura Vuillequez is an expert facilitator and a strategist for intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. She has been an advisor to top management and leading political figures, such as the former president of Switzerland, Ruth Dreifuss. She also focuses on human rights and digital policy. She has worked for prominent NGOs and international organizations such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, in Geneva and Strasbourg.
As a consultant to the Internet Governance Forum of the United Nations, Laura acted as project coordinator and facilitated the participation of over 2000 attendees from various stakeholder groups at IGF’s 8th edition. Laura also contributed to the regulatory work of the Council of Europe on artificial intelligence, where she provided policy analysis at senior level. Through her advocacy work on drug policy reform, she promoted the right to health, social justice and human dignity.
Laura has contributed to several publications in doing research, writing and editing, such as the publications «Advancing Drug Policy Reform: a new approach to decriminalization » and « Social Production of Habitat ». In her spare time, Laura is a professional member of the choir, writes and paints. .She speaks fluent Spanish, French and English.
Angie Orejuela is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, specializing in Foreign Policy Analysis and International Economics and Development. She is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Diplomacy and focuses her writing on how digital technologies affect global politics. For the past 3 years, she has also worked as a Microsoft Inside Account Manager for the North East, higher education region at SHI International.
As a first-generation Honduran-American, Angie has found passion in studying human rights and advocacy work through technological advancements in developing countries. She hopes to one day work as a foreign policy analyst who specializes in internet governance. She speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Rithika Shenoy is a lawyer and journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. She received a BSW LL.B degree from Gujarat National Law University in India, and authored and co-authored a number of papers on International Law. She received a full scholarship to attend a summer school on International Law at Xiamen University, in China.
Rithika completed a masters in journalism from the University of British Columbia, where she was also a Global Reporting Fellow, and worked on a year-long in-depth investigation on fishmeal production. She currently works at the Global Reporting Centre, and at The Conversation Canada, where she is an associate producer for “Don’t Call Me Resilient” a podcast on critical race theory.
As a lawyer and journalist, Rithika is passionate about human rights – especially in the digital age – and hopes to work on issues surrounding internet governance. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Konkani.
ANJU GILL MANGAL
Anju has 20 years of experience leading a team, managing digital tech, digital connectivity and digital inclusion programmes and projects across Asia, Pacific, Caribbean and Africa – she has extensive skills with donor reporting and relationships, telecommunication sector, ICT policy, broadband policies and strategy development, e-government, digital connectivity, digital transformation, cybersecurity, digital media, digital skills, digital financial inclusion and digital economy in Asia and Pacific. Anju has a masters in Governance and Development, a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Science/Computer and GIS-Geography. She has worked with the key partners and regional organisations, private and public sector, academic institutions, research organizations, and think tanks, and specialists in the field of digitalization and technology innovation. She works with governments, ministers, high-level officials, civil society organizations to develop and support national and regional policies, digital transformation and digital connectivity initiatives.
She has significant management and technical experience overseeing and leading complex ICT, digital transformation projects and capacity building training to counterparts including collaborating with national and provincial governments, private and public stakeholders, civil society and academia.
She has led projects that support marginalised communities such as persons with disabilities, rural and remote communities and initiatives that support women and girls. She provides high-level recommendations on policies and strategies that support regional cooperation in cybersecurity and digital connectivity to support the Asia Pacific Information Superhighway, the Pacific Regional ICT Strategic Action Plan and the Digital Strategy of the Pacific. She has developed ICT strategies, Broadband Policies and knowledge management and communications strategy, action plans and implementation plan for the Asia and Pacific including implementation plans for national governments.
She has managed project budgets, consultants and national coordinators to develop policies, deploy content management systems and ICT and knowledge management platforms, solutions/approaches and initiatives in Asia-Pacific. She continues to engage and develop policies on information security, cybersecurity and digital transformation related policies to support policymakers, non-governmental organisations, national and regional counterparts including private sector organisations. She works with mobile operators, telecommunication industry experts, UNESCAP, ITU, APCICT, UNDESA, Asia Foundation, Internet Society, Kacific, UNDESA, ADB, World Bank, ICANN, APLD, APNIC, tech giants like Huawei, Meta, Twitter, Tiktok, Google etc to reduce the digital divide.
Shubhi is a tech-policy professional with experience in policy design and implementation, risk modelling, cybersecurity, strategic communications and regulatory compliance. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree from University of California at Berkeley, Goldman School. From designing election campaigns to manoeuvring social media platforms to favour certain political actors, Shubhi has developed a deep understanding of how misinformation impacts election security and democracy. She is passionate about trust and safety issues like misinformation, election security, civic integrity, platform governance and privacy.
Prior to arriving at the Goldman School, Shubhi was driving efforts to set up India’s first skill regulator, the National Council for Vocational Education and training (NCVET), a regulatory body of the Government of India. She also worked with different political parties in India to help them secure electoral victory in the 2019 Indian General elections by translating public opinion into agenda driven manifestos.
Shubhi has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering and has been a debate aficionado and a voracious follower of world politics throughout her life. She is also an accomplished Tabla (a percussion instrument) player.