Committee of Management (Board)

by Andrew April 05, 2017

Rachel Maher- President

Rachel Maher is a project director for the media development agency, Internews working on new media, technology and advocacy with journalists and producers in Afghanistan. Previously she worked on journalists’ rights and freedom of expression and with Internews in Sri Lanka. Rachel has many years’ experience working as a producer and mentor on media production and training projects in Australia and abroad. Her work has had a particular focus on Indigenous and migrant communities and on young people’s empowerment. She worked for many years in Australian community radio and has freelanced as a producer for Radio New Internationalist, ABC Radio National, SBS and the Pacifica Network in the USA and newmatilda.com.

Rachel is the President of EngageMedia, a video advocacy and distribution organization working across South East Asia and the Pacific, and is a board member of the Community Broadcasting Foundation in Australia. She completed post-graduate studies in documentary film and television at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002 and is currently undertaking a Masters in Journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney.

Enrico Aditjondro - Vice President

Enrico is EngageMedia's former Southeast Asia Editor where he focused on climate change and West Papua and a host of regional issues from 2009 to 2013. Prior to that, he was journalist for the Maritime Workers’ Journal in Sydney, a stringer for ABC News (US), and media officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization in Jakarta.

He is currently running the media campaign on tobacco control in Indonesia for with the World Lung Foundation while also finishing a video series on Raja Ampat with Small Towns Big Stories.

Enrico Aditjondro has a taste for troublesome problems and has over the years embarked on campaigns such as Australian labour disputes, freedom of the press in Indonesia, avian influenza outbreak, human rightsviolations in Timor Leste, and indigenous rights in West Papua.

Merlyna Lim – Secretary

Merlyna LimMerlyna Lim is a professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She is the Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society.

Lim's research interests revolve around societal implications of digital media especially in the non-Western context. She has investigated the use of digital media in recent uprisings, including the Arab Spring, the Malaysian Bersih (electoral reform) movement, and populist movements in Indonesia.

She has held positions in Princeton University, Arizona State University, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and the University of Southern California.

Andrew Lowenthal (Ex-Officio)

Andrew has been working in the field of media and technology activism since 1998 when he joined community television show Access News in Melbourne, Australia. His work traverses the fields of organisational development, video production, network building, research, software development.

Andrew was active in the Indymedia network from 2000-2006. From 2006-08 he worked with the UK based Tactical Technology Collective as their Participatory Media Project Lead, editing the NGO-in-a-box and Message-in-a-box open source communications toolkits.

Andrew was previously a Fellow at Harvard's Film Studies Center and Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and MIT's Open Documentary Lab. In 2015 he was a Ford Foundation JustFilm's Fellow.