Our Trustees

Dr Amani Abou-Zeid is the African Union Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT & Tourism, with over 30 years’ work experience in Africa. Egyptian national, she has a BSc in Telecommunications Engineering; an MBA in project management; a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard School of Government; and a PhD in Social and Economic Development from The University of Manchester, UK. Dr Abou-Zeid was decorated Wissam Al Alawi by HM King Mohamed VI of Morocco and selected one of "The 50 Most Influential Women in Africa". She joined global leaders as Commissioner to the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development as well as the Global Commission on energy. 

“Our children have the right to a safe present and a bright future. In this digital age, we need to work together to provide them with adequate digital literacy and a safe cyberspace.”

Dr. Ansgar Koene is Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader at EY where he supports the AI Lab’s Policy activities on “Trust & AI”. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute of the University of Nottingham, and Chairs the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Working Group on a Standard for Algorithmic Bias Considerations. He collaborated with 5Rights on the project “The Internet on Our Own Terms”, where young people aged 12 - 17 participated in deliberative juries to put the internet ‘on trial’.

“As an academic researcher working on issues of data ethics and ethical uses of algorithmic systems, working with 5Rights has provided invaluable insights into the experiences of children and young people online.  5Rights takes a rigorous evidence-based approach to supporting the rights of children and young people online, by listening to their voices and recognising their diversity.”

Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC is a leading barrister and expert in human rights law issues and civil liberties. She is a member of the House of Lords and chairperson of Justice. She has acted in prominent legal cases including the Brighton Hotel Bombing, Michael Bettany espionage and the Guildford Four appeal. She also played a crucial role in getting a Human Rights Act into Labour’s 1997 manifesto and into statute. She was chair of the British Council for six years. As Principle of Mansfield College, Oxford, she established a human rights institute, to increase public and academic understanding of the field.

“5Rights is a vital and brilliant new NGO addressing the whole issue of ethical standards on the Internet with regard to children. I am so proud to be involved.”

Louise Macdonald OBE believes that cross sector collaboration is key to creating the thriving, just and equal society we are all striving to build. Her commitment has been shaped by experiences and relationships made in community settings and national programmes in the public and third sectors across Scotland over the past 25 years. It is this commitment that underpins Louise’s work as the National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland. Formerly Chief Executive of Young Scot, the multi award-winning youth information and citizenship charity with over 700k members aged 11-26, Louise is also Independent Co-Chair of the First Minister’s Advisory Council on Women and Girls; a Board member of the Scottish Parliament think tank Scotland’s Futures Forum, a Trustee of the 5Rights Foundation and immediate past President of the European Youth Card Association (representing 41 countries and 6m+ young cardholders).

“Since its very beginning, the 5Rights campaign has sought to redress the balance for young people in this rapidly evolving digital world through the lens of a rights-based approach. There has been excellent work done so far, including the 5Rights Youth Commission in Scotland, but that is just the start. Our children and young people must be empowered, and any abuse of their rights online called out and tackled at root cause.”

Manuel Costescu (Treasurer) is CEO-Europe for DFCapital, a financial institution providing working capital to SMEs. Prior to his current role, he advised on impact investment strategies for the EBRD, Global Harvester, a low carbon economy merchant bank. He also acted as Head of Investments at Open Society Foundation, Soros Economic Development Fund. In 2016, he was nominated Secretary of State for Trade & Investment and was subsequently elected as a Member of the Romanian Parliament. Prior to this, Manuel was an Executive Director with J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank and a consultant for McKinsey. Manuel holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  

“As a father of three children, I live every day with the ever present virtual reality permeating family life. It is a privilege to be able to work with gifted people on ensuring that whatever the digital future brings, we would have been deliberate about it.”

Peter Wanless has been Chief Executive of NSPCC, the UK’s leading child protection charity, since 2013. He was previously the Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive, and Director at the Department for Education from 1998 to 2008. He is on the Royal Foundation Taskforce for the Prevention of Cyberbullying.

“Childhood shapes who we become, abuse never should. That is why I feel so strongly that children’s rights must apply online as well as offline so the wonderful opportunities afforded by digital technology help children flourish, rather than subject them to potentially devastating and unnecessary risk.” 

Rhiannon Lawson is the Director of Service Design and Technology Standards at the Government Digital Service. Rhiannon leads the development of technology policy and guidance which supports the UK Government to buy, build and reuse technology and build accessible services which meet user needs. Rhiannon is also the lead on the government cloud policy, and has supported governments around the world to create technology and cloud strategies. Rhiannon regularly speaks at schools and universities to encourage children and young people into STEM jobs to continue the diversification of the industry.

Shoshana Zuboff is the author of the books In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power and The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism, co-authored with James Maxmin. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, integrates her lifelong themes: the digital revolution, the evolution of capitalism, the historical emergence of psychological individuality, and the conditions for human development.

Zuboff's work is the source of many original concepts including 'surveillance capitalism', 'instrumentarian power', 'the division of learning in society', 'economies of action', 'the means of behavior modification', 'information civilization', 'computer-mediated work', the 'automate/informate' dialectic, 'abstraction of work' and 'individualization of consumption'.

Stephanie Nguyen is a human-computer interaction designer and researcher, specialising in data privacy, user experience design, and tech policies that impact marginalised populations. At Consumer Reports, she is conducting investigative tech research to uncover how deceptive practices can bring harm to people. Stephanie is an appointed member of IEEE Standards Association’s Global Advisory Council on Children's Experiences, focusing on translating policy to practice by collaborating across industries to reimagine meaningful choice and control in sharing personal data. She previously was a Research Scientist at MIT and led design and research for public interest projects at U.S. Digital Service under the Obama Administration.

Dr Towela Nyirenda Jere (vice-Chair) works in the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Programme at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency as a Principal Programme Officer focusing on policy, legal and regulatory aspects of infrastructure development. She has 20 years of experience working in the private sector, academia and international development. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Networking and Telecommunications), a Master of Arts in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet Governance), an ACCA Diploma in Financial Management and is a qualified Project Management Professional (PMP). She continues to advocate for increased awareness among African policy makers of the importance and significance of infrastructure and ICT development, Internet Governance and policy processes at national and continental level.

“The significance of the work that 5Rights undertakes in promoting the rights of children and young people online cannot be overstated. In an ever-increasing connected and online world, ensuring that children and young people are adequately protected in their digital interactions is paramount and 5Rights is leading the way, not only for the UK but globally as well.”