Founder & Chief Executive Optimist
Kosta has researched at and consulted for the MIT Media Labs and has worked on projects ranging from bionic eyes, satellites, spacecraft, and vision testing systems for developing countries. Projects he has worked on have been awarded TIME’s best invention of 2009, Vodaphone’s Wireless Innovation Award, and won the MIT Global Challenge and a Google Innovation Grant. He has spoken at TEDx, the United Nations, and numerous space and communications conferences. He started A Human Right because he believes the Internet is a tool that helps people to help themselves.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Abby is an advocate and strategist for the advancement of human rights and gender equality. Named by GovFresh as one of the Top 100 Women in Politics & Technology, Abby has been a founding member of the Global Justice Center, All Day Buffet, and Digital Democracy. She worked on the development of the first mobile based tool for coordinating responses to gender based violence in Haiti's camps and has spoken widely on international justice, women's equality, and innovative strategies for enforcement of women's equality across the globe. Most recently, she has served as a consultant to UN Women, Nike and Global Citizen Year, the New Media Advocacy Project, and the Nuru Project spearheading programming initiatives, curriculum development, and global campaigns.
Master Twitterer & Community Manager
Edward has worked on issues ranging from homelessness to Canadian First Nation land claims. His specialities include social media, speech writing, research, and futures consulting. As an entrepreneur and professional translator, he has spearheaded multilingual community management projects for governments, multinational companies, and political causes. He resides in London, where he splits his time between A Human Right, music, and translation.
Director of Technical Partnerships
Chris splits his time between freelance consulting in the communications industry and participating in art and music movements around the world. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team as he spent his youth learning from the greats in telecommunications and the satellite industry while supporting his family's business, Dish Network. He works with A Human Right, Dish Network and Globecomm Systems to help enhance communications on Earth. Also an artist of a somewhat unique variety, he collaborates with creatives from around the world to help bring more artistic expression into the world. Most recently he facilitated the launch of an art project into the depths of space.
Christian von der Ropp
Director, Terrestrial Networks
Christian was 16 when he started his first Internet business in 1997 as a webdesigner. While studying law at the University of Tübingen, Germany he worked as a financial analyst in the field of new technologies and fell in love with telecommunications. He began work as an ITC consultant with a strong focus on wireless networks including GSM, UMTS and LTE and has since specialized in intercontinental submarine cables and advises in the creation of telecommunications policy internationally.
Director, A Human Right Canada
Colin has spent over ten years gaining experience and knowledge in all levels of government, business and First Nation communities. His passion for technology and social ventures has created a network of affirmed relationships with Aboriginal community and business leaders in Canada. Those connections have allowed Colin to facili- tate multi-million dollar green energy developments and economic partnerships an behalf of and with the First Nations people of Canada. Colin is the Director of A Human Right Canada.
CTO, Deutsche Telekom
Former President, Canadian Space Society
Chérif GhalyUnited Nations
Chief, Technical Coordination and Partnerships (UNOCHA)
Chair, Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (UNOCHA)
First Native American in Space
Vice President, Qualcomm
Vice President, Space Technology for STL
Co-Founder/Chairman, Emergency Communications Leadership & Innovation Center (eCLIC), Carnegie Mellon University-Silicon Valley
Founder, Greek America Foundation
Special Advisor, XPrize Foundation
Author & Luminary
Founder, XM Radio
Founder, 1Worldspace Satellite Radio
Founder, Earth Day International
Founder, Webby Awards