Marianne is co-founder of The Workshop in New Zealand. She is a researcher, strategist and storyteller with more than 25 years experience using research, advocacy and campaigning to promote human rights and democracy. Trained as a lawyer, she has lived and worked in the Gaza Strip, Timor Leste and Afghanistan, as well as New Zealand. Marianne’s strengths are in strategic approaches to system change, including fundraising, research,
Will is a social science lecturer at Technological University Dublin in Ireland. He established their Access Foundation Programme in 2009. He has also lectured on youth work, community and regional development undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Prior to working in higher education Will worked for over 10 years in the community and voluntary sector.
He currently serves as a Trustee of the Mount Street Club Trust and was a company director for the Yes Equality (equal marriage) campaign in 2015. Will has been a Central Group member of the Community Worker’s Cooperative and Chairperson of Lourdes Youth and Community Services. He was also a ministerial appointment to the National AIDS Strategy Committee from 2000 – 2005 and was the national evaluator for the KnowNow Rapid HIV testing programme in 2016/17. He holds postgraduate qualifications in both community development and education. He is a member of the Sociological Association of Ireland.
Advisory Board Chair (maternity leave)
Dr. Heidi Tworek is Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She has briefed or advised officials and policymakers from multiple European and North American governments on media, cybersecurity, disinformation, democracy, and the digital economy. She served on the steering committee of the Transatlantic High-Level Working Group on Content Moderation and Freedom of Expression. Her work covers health communications and platform governance.
She is a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute as well as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her latest book – News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2019) – received awards from the Wiener Holocaust Library and the Business History Conference.