The EngageMedia Team
Airani Sasanti – Finance and Administration Officer
Born in Indonesia, Airani started working in 2008 as a content writer and journalist in the Visit Indonesian Year event. In the same year, she worked as an administrative assistant in Kotak Hitam forum, an independent organisation which focuses on research, workshops, and documentary film production for social change in Indonesia.
In 2015, she joined documentary production house Banjarsari Film, where she worked as an assistant producer, responsible for pre-production design and planning, and as an Administration Coordinator for the film, ‘Di Kaliurang’.
As Administration and Finance Officer at EngageMedia, Airani’s role is to support the work of the Finance and Administration Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and to provide logistical support to project managers.
Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese
Andrew Lowenthal – Executive Director
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, and project and event management.
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.
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Bahasa Indonesia
Daniel Munthe - Operations and Logistics Assistant
Daniel received his degree in accounting from Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia in 2017. Starting his career as an auditor in one of the big four public accounting firms, he has experience in auditing clients from diverse industries. Daniel then moved to work in one of the oldest and largest media groups in Indonesia, where he became interested in media and its impact on society.
Daniel has been into social and environmental issues since he was a student activist. He influenced others through publication and other activities in university organisations. In 2019, he started pursuing his master’s degree in Business Law from Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University.
Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia, Sundanese
Darika Bamrungchok – Digital Rights Manager (Mekong)
Darika has been involved in human rights advocacy and activism in Thailand since the 2006 military coup d'état. She started her career in journalism and conducted sporadic research work in the field of international relations.
She also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Central European University in Budapest, with a specialisation in human rights advocacy and digital media under modern authoritarian regimes. In Hungary, she worked for a year-long consultancy project, “Citizenship Education in Fragile Democracies,” which covered Hungary, Kosovo, Albania and Poland.
Prior to joining EngageMedia, Darika worked as a Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International Thailand. She has experience in developing and implementing strategies and campaigns for human rights defenders; as well as leading numerous capacity building and training for activists in the field of human rights education and campaigns.
Languages: Thai, English
Dianne Olivan – Program Officer
Dianne is a social researcher by training. She obtained her degree in Communication Research from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2016.
She has assisted several research projects for organisations such as the National Union of Bank Employees, HealthJustice Philippines, and the Philippine Department of Health. Her longest research involvement was with the program, “The Mass Transit System in Metro Manila: From Tranvia to MRT, 1879-2014” under the Third World Studies Center, as its research assistant on oral history.
Dianne also has valuable experience in organising and facilitating several social issue-based events and initiatives. In EngageMedia, she leads the logistical planning for Coconet: Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp.
As Program Officer, her role is to provide project management support to initiatives related to digital rights and video for change.
Languages: English, Filipino, Hiligaynon
Julie Soriano-Velasquez – Administration and Finance Manager
Julie Soriano-Velasquez is an eco-warrior who has spent a decade of developmental work related to the environment and good governance.
Her expertise includes financial management, procurement, travel management, financing and consultancy contracts, audit, event organization, and general administration.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy and was the Managing Editor of their university publication. As a student leader and activist, she advocated various issues, including a call for students’ rights and campus press freedom.
Julie also advocates change via environmental awareness and empowered parenting. She endeavors to empower women as catalysts of such shifts, as they play a significant role in most households.
Languages: English, Filipino
Kathleen Azali – Digital Rights Program Manager (Indonesia)
Kathleen Azali is an activist-researcher whose work intersects the fields of information, technologies, design, and political economy. Trained in Cultural Studies, she draws on her experience in programming and library management to collaboratively design, build, and maintain contextual technical and organisational systems. Her works have been published/presented in numerous outlets, including Creative Commons Global Summit, Oxford Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Australian National University’s Digital Indonesia, and New Left Review.
In 2008, she founded C2O, an independent library and co-working cooperative space, run under PERIN+1S, a registered non-profit focusing on collective learning and assembling of information and technology. Within and beyond this organisation, she has assisted numerous human rights groups--including peasants, feminists, LGBTIQ+ communities, journalists’ associations, and workers’ unions--in developing strategic and secure use of technologies. She is also a part of Digital Defenders Partnership's Field Building Project.
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Javanese, Japanese
King Catoy – Video Lead
King Catoy is an independent documentary filmmaker and alternative media practitioner in the Philippines. His roots in activism started as a student leader in the University of the Philippines Los Baños, where he took up Development Communication. He studied 16mm film documentary at the Mowelfund Film Institute in Quezon City, Philippines and went on to co-found the film collective Southern Tagalog Exposure in 2001.
In 2009, he became executive director of Mayday Multimedia, a video collective focusing on workers issues, and in 2012, became multimedia director of the non-profit media group PinoyMedia Center Inc. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of AlterMidya- People’s Alternative Media Center, a national network of independent and grassroots-based media outfits in the Philippines. He has also worked on several video advocacy projects with Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific.
He has directed numerous videos and trained indigenous and urban poor communities and alternative media practitioners on video production.
Languages: English, Filipino
Nikholas Borang – Engagement and Learning Specialist
Borang Yerry Niko is an independent journalist based in Yogyakarta. While studying in university in 1998, he joined the student democracy movement and produced several propaganda bulletins. From 1999, working with publishers in Yogyakarta, he helped translate several English books on politics and literature into Indonesian, including Orwell's Animal Farm.
In 2004 he participated in early meetings to rebuild Indymedia Jakarta. He worked as a radio/web/video journalist for more than six years at Vhrmedia.com. During that time, he also worked with community radio and media networks.
Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese, Manadonese
Pitra Hutomo – Project Manager (Indonesia)
Pitra Hutomo was born and raised in Jakarta. She moved to Yogyakarta in 2002 to pursue a degree in Earth Sciences. Pitra worked for the Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) for more than 10 years, where she was the coordinator of research as well as the acting director. She joined EngageMedia in 2017 following her role as a logistics coordinator for the Camp COCONET.
Being trained as an archivist and systems analyst, Pitra helped the foundation of IVAA's Online Inventory on Indonesian Modern and Contemporary Art documents. The experience brought her to programs such as Travelling Fellow of Asia Cultural Council, Research Fellow under French Cultural Centre Indonesia and Archivist Exchange under Australia's Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Her non-professional initiatives comprise of documentary making practices under collectives such as Video Report, Hyphen and Uripurup where she advocates substantive land rights and rights to the city for marginalised communities.
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Javanese, Sundanese, French.
Red Tani – Advocacy & Communications Senior Manager
Red Tani has advocated critical thinking, evidence-based legislation, religious freedom, and other human rights since 2009 when he founded Filipino Freethinkers. Their advocacy has been featured in Philippine and international media, receiving awards such as the Globe Tatt award and the Rappler Do More award.
His advocacy continues as a representative in the RH Law national implementation team, as a founding member of Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network, and as part of various organizations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights, feminism and gender equality, and freedom of speech and religion.
Passionate about the power of stories and storytelling for advocacy, he shares fiction-based techniques for writing, speaking, and presenting in lectures and workshops around the Philippines.
He joins EngageMedia to develop ethical alternatives to mainstream social media, empowering advocates to tell impactful stories through video.
Languages: English, Filipino
Rezwanul Islam – Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Rezwanul Islam has long experience in the field of citizen and social media. For more than 15 years, he has been writing for local and international citizen media sites/blogs. He is a longtime contributor to Global Voices, an international non-profit citizen media organization and leads its newsroom for South Asia. He previously worked as a jury at the Deutsche Welle Best of The Blogs (BOBS) Awards and also worked for Al Jazeera Plus as a node editor for South Asia.
As a freelance researcher, translator, and consultant, he has contributed to different advocacy and human rights projects over the years. He has experience in developing communications strategies and campaigns for non-profits. In Bangladesh, his work experience includes serving as a consultant for UNDP in different projects, especially for Citizen’s Voice (Nagorik Kontho), a citizen journalism portal.
He had lived in a number of cities in the Asia Pacific region such as Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Canberra in the past decade.
Languages: Bengali, English, German
Sara Pacia - Communications and Engagement Coordinator
Sara is a Filipino journalist and multimedia storyteller at heart, passionate about utilising and appropriating today's digital technologies for the empowerment of the public and the improvement of media and data literacy. After obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines, she worked as a Digital Content Editor for The Philippine Daily Inquirer before receiving her Master's degree in Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the London School of Economics and Political Science as a recipient of the UK Chevening Scholarship.
Among her previous works are the Inquirer Kill List, a database on the fatalities of the Philippine drug war; Pinas to Paris, a multimedia report on climate change adaptation in the Philippines; and Mojo-Manual.org, a mobile journalism manual for journalists. She has also served as a consultant and a resource speaker for academic and civic organizations in the Philippines.
Languages: Filipino, English
Vino Lucero - Project and Communications Officer
Vino is a journalist based in Manila. He received a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2015. Before joining EngageMedia, he contributed to investigative reports and data stories for the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) for more than four years. His writings earned him a finalist spot in the 2017 and 2019 Free Press Awards' "Newcomer of the Year" category, making him the first Asian journalist to achieve such a feat.
Vino volunteers his free time to organize youth empowerment events related to civic participation and freedom of information (FOI). In 2019, he was recognized as the FOI Youth Advocate of the Decade during the FOI New Generation Awards for his years of advocating for citizens' right to information as a student leader, as a journalist, and as a leading figure in Philippine youth organizations.
Languages: English and Filipino
Widy Dinarti – Organisational Development Manager
Widy Dinarti is a social impact innovator and life and cross-cultural coach. After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from University of Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia, she has conducted social and humanitarian projects in collaboration with a variety of organisations, both in non-profit and private, at a local and international level in India, South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.
Widy was also a recipient of several awards including the Deutsche Post DHL Global Corporate Responsibility Awards in 2015 for her Youth Employability Project in South Africa and Youth Business Incubator Project in Uganda. Recently, she was selected to represent Indonesia in HANDs! Asia Project, a Japan Foundation Fellowship Programme in creative and innovative education for humanity; and as one of the fellows for IDEAS 6.0 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Education Programme.
Widy also supports startups and social enterprises in their organizational development and business development projects.
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese, English.
Anna Helme – Technology Manager
Anna Helme co-founded EngageMedia in 2005, stepping down from the executive and organisational development in 2009 to consult primarily on technology projects such as Plumi and Video4Change. Anna's work with tactical media began with Undercurrents and Indymedia in the UK in 1999, and has included early internet streaming, mobile citizen media labs, network building and trainings for video activists and open source technologists, software development and co-directing documentaries in collaboration with communities: about indigenous cultural connection to water (Cultural Flows, 2012) and feminist/queer body positivity (Aquaporko!, 2013).
This work is woven into their praxis as an interdisciplinary moving image maker and curator working with narrative, documentary and hybrid film, and video art. They are currently finishing a doctorate researching queer/feminist filmmaking methodologies, lecture and consult on curriculum development at the University of Melbourne’s School of Film and TV.
Anthony Mariadason, CA – Accountant
Anthony Mariadason is a dedicated CA and Finance professional with diverse experience founded on a solid technical grounding in chartered accountancy, followed by senior financial roles and assignments across a range of industries. With a commercial and strategic as well as not-for-profit focus, he possesses skills in partnering with stakeholders to develop practical financial and management accounting systems to assist with operational decision-making and to support long-term sustainable growth and accounting improvements for clients.
Part of the management of Go Consulting and Accounting, a professional and management accounting practice in Melbourne, he develops and maintains a client base of small to medium businesses, including a telecom services provider, registered training organisations, a number of startups in the technology space, importers, and a variety of small businesses. He brings over two decades of experience as an accountant to assist EngageMedia’s projects.
Languages: English, Tamil
Egbert Wits – Learning Manager, Video for Change
Egbert Wits has been active in the field of international development in Indonesia for over 12 years. Specializing in training design and facilitation, community empowerment, and strengthening the capacities of local organizations.
He has successfully managed a large 3.5-year project (Creative Communities) aimed at increasing the quality of representation at the village level for PNPM (Indonesia's National Community Development Program), steering and training a team of over 50 facilitators, regional coordinators, and researchers in 8 different provinces of Indonesia.
Lately, he’s been designing and facilitating various training and doing consultancies for EngageMedia (video for change and impact measurement), the Dutch Water Authorities (sanitation and health), Butterfly Works (Human-centred Design), OXFAM (Youth Empowerment) and Kindernothilfe (Impact Orientated Project Planning and Monitoring).
Languages: English, Dutch, Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese