Susan Morgan became the first Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) in June 2010. As Executive Director, Susan is responsible for continuing to make GNI a leading voice in defending and promoting freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology industry worldwide. Susan is focused on advancing GNI’s goals, including increasing membership, encouraging collective action, overseeing the learning and accountability framework, and acting as a public advocate and spokesperson for GNI.
Previously, Susan spent six years in British Telecommunication’s (BT) corporate responsibility (CR) team, most recently heading the strategy, policy and business planning team. In her most recent role she had responsibility for managing BT’s CR risks; the business case for CR; the development of BT’s CR story; sustainability reporting and developing the direction for BT in relation to the low carbon economy.
When Susan joined BT’s corporate responsibility team she had responsibility for the reporting of the company’s sustainability achievements to external stakeholders. She played a key role in the running of the governance processes that ensured BT met its CR responsibilities, including the development of the company’s CR risk register. She also led research on CR issues including privacy in the digital networked economy and responsibility in the global information society.
Prior to joining the corporate responsibility team, Susan spent four years in the commercial heart of BT undertaking a range of communication and strategic relationship roles.
Susan spent the first seven years of her career in the not for profit sector. She held a number of different roles at The Work Foundation, a UK based organisation which campaigns to improve the world of work.
A British national, Susan is a graduate of Durham University with a Masters degree in Politics and outside work enjoys yoga, swimming, reading and travelling.
John Kampfner is is an author, broadcaster and commentator specializing in UK politics, international affairs, media and human rights issues. He is GNI’s European Advisor. He is also Chair of the board of Turner Contemporary, one of the UK's highest profile art galleries. He also serves as Advisor to Google on freedom of expression and culture From Sept 2008 until March 2012 he was Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, one of the world's leading free expression organizations. In late 2009 Index launched a successful campaign to change UK libel laws. He began his career as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph, first in East Berlin where he reported on the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany, and then in Moscow at the time of the collapse of Soviet Communism. He went on to become Chief Political Correspondent at the FT and political commentator for the BBC's Today program. As Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-2008, he took the magazine to 30 year circulation highs. He was the British Society of Magazine Editors Current Affairs Editor of the Year in 2006. He is the author of a number of books. His most recent book, Freedom For Sale, was launched in the UK in September 2009 and in the US in March 2010, and was published in Italian, Spanish and Russian. His previous books include the critically acclaimed and bestselling Blair's Wars, an account of the former prime minister's militaristic hubris. John is a regular pundit for all channels on politics and foreign affairs.
Jermyn became the first Independent Chair of GNI in January 2011.
He is currently Chair of Transparency International’s (TI) Business Advisory Board and was Executive Director and CFO of TI from 2000 to 2003 and a member of their international Board from 2003 till 2006. For six years from 2003 till 2009 he was also a Board member of International IDEA, an intergovernmental organisation supporting democracy development. He joined TI after a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which saw him elected worldwide chairman of the firm in 1997. During his career there he championed the introduction of corporate social responsibility issues into PwC strategies.
David joined GNI in September 2011. Based in Washington, DC, David helps lead GNI's policy engagement with governments, facilitates shared learning opportunities for its members, and manages the Initiative’s communications and outreach activities.
Prior to GNI, he was Research Director at the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, where he oversaw field research and policy analysis on preventing mass atrocities in Africa. David helped lead Enough’s work on global electronics supply chains contributing to conflict in eastern Congo, and helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project to monitor violence in Sudan and South Sudan. David has worked for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia, supported elections in Pakistan, and managed humanitarian programs across Africa. He has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.