I am an independent senior consultant and researcher in the field of civic tech, open governance and ICT4D (buzzword alarm). Based in the Tuscan countryside and Amsterdam, I work as strategy and policy advisor, campaign strategist, co-creator, and researcher around the globe with activist groups, NGOs and government institutions. Countries I have worked in include Honduras, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Mozambique. You can find an overview of my work and the services I provide here.
Next to my professional consulting work I am a member of the Amsterdam based activist research collective DATACTIVE. We are exploring how citizens engage in pro-active and re-active practices in order to protect and expand civil society space in times of increasing data abundance. Read more about us and my particular academic work here.
I am a convinced hybrid between disciplines as well as between practice and academia. I have been working on the role of data and technology in socio-political change processes and communication as right since the early 2000s. Despite a rapidly changing field in increasingly datafied environments, I am a community radio passionate and ‘people over tech’ advocate.
I also get extremely uncomfortable when innovation is equated with the latest tech hypes. This is mirrored in my doctoral research, where she is exploring the aspects of inclusion and democracy in times of the big data hype, exploring community structures and identities of data activism networks with a specific focus on rather marginalized groups.
Whenever I am not holding my computer or facilitating co-creation sessions offline I will be found in the mountains. My passion for sport climbing made me leave the flat lands of Holland and build my basecamp in Italy some years ago.