Committee of Management (Board)

by Andrew August 02, 2017

Rachel Maher- President

Rachel is a media and communications professional with extensive experience as a producer, manager and trainer on projects in Australia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Sri Lanka, the Balkans and Greece. Her work is focused on human rights, migration and conflict.

She has worked as a senior project director and a consultant in humanitarian and media development contexts, for UNHCR, Internews Network, BBC Media Action and Overseas Consulting; specialising in access to information, freedom of expression, digital innovation, technology and advocacy initiatives. Rachel has trained and managed journalists and producers in West Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Previously, her work in Australia was primarily with Indigenous and migrant communities. She has worked extensively in Australian community radio and as a producer for national broadcasters ABC and SBS.

Rachel completed post-graduate studies in documentary film and television at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology in Sydney in 2014.

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.