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IranCubator Judges

IranCubator’s Advisory Board will serve as judges for the contest. The Advisory Board consists of individuals who are already building apps and other technologies for use inside Iran, mobile technology and security experts, social entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists with extensive experience in technology incubators.

Yasmin Green

Yasmin is the Director of Research and Development for Jigsaw, a unit within Google, focused on solving global security challenges through technology. Yasmin was previously Head of Strategy and Operations for Google Ideas, now Jigsaw.

At Google, Yasmin served as Head of Sales Strategy and Operations for Southern Europe, Middle East, and Africa as well as Africa Operations Manager. Before joining Google, she consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton. Yasmin has experience leading projects in some of the world’s toughest environments, including Iran, Syria, UAE and Nigeria. In 2012, she led a multi-partner coalition to launch Against Violent Extremism, the world’s first online network of former violent extremists and survivors of terrorism. Based on her own interviews with ISIS defectors and jailed recruits, last year Yasmin launched the Redirect Method, a new deployment of targeted advertising and video to confront online radicalization.

Yasmin is a Senior Advisor on Innovation to Oxford Analytica. Until 2015, she co-chaired the European Commission’s’ Working Group on Online Radicalization. Yasmin was just named as one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” most influential young leaders, and in 2016 was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.”

Emily Jacobi

Emily Jacobi is passionate about leveraging technology to empower marginalized communities. Beginning her career as a youth journalist at the age of 13, she has led technology, media and research projects in Latin America, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the US. Prior to founding Digital Democracy, she worked for Internews Network, and as Assistant Bureau Director for Y-Press. Emily has presented on the intersection of technology, civic engagement and human rights to US Congress, the State Department, the United Nations, and numerous universities and technology conferences. Devoted to protecting the environment and democratizing the design process, at Digital Democracy Emily works with the staff and board, oversees strategic planning and development and works directly with grassroots partners to design programs and tools that empower marginalized communities to defend their rights.

Andre Carothers

Andre Carothers is a consultant on leadership and management, a Managing Partner at the Batchery, a Berkeley-based start-up accelerator, Director of the New Place Fund and a Board member of Mother Jones and the Rainforest Action Network.

Brandie Martin Nonnecke

Brandie Martin Nonnecke is Research & Development Manager for CITRIS, UC Berkeley and Director of the CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program. She is a Fellow at the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society.

Brandie researches human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies. Her current research is primarily focused on the benefits and risks of AI-enabled decision-making, including issues of fairness, accountability, and appropriate governance structures. She has published research on algorithmic-based decision-making for public service provision in the urban context and outlined recommendations for how to better ensure the application of AI to support equity and fairness. She is also researching the ethics of biometric-based digital identity systems and recently published a piece highlighting the risks of digital ID systems for refugees. Her research has been featured in BBC News, PCMag, and Mashable.

Milad Keshtan

Milad Keshtan, the Program Director at United for Iran, was a pro-democracy student activist back in Iran where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management. After he left the country in 2012, he worked with several successful civil rights and human rights campaigns as a Campaign Organizer, including the “No to Compulsory Hijab” campaign and “Iran’s Right to Life” campaign.

Before joining U4I, Keshtan worked with NetFreedom Pioneers as the Content and Marketing manager of Toosheh project, the nation’s biggest satellite file-casting channel, which provides Iranians with free and uncensored internet content.

Allen Gunn

Director of Aspiration Tech, Gunner works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. He is a contributor to open projects: Mozilla, the Tor Project, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Peer 2 Peer University, Joomla!, CiviCRM, and Creative Commons.

Raphael Mimoun

Raphael Mimoun is the founder of Horizontal, a non-profit leveraging technology for rights and justice. Horizontal empowers activists, journalists and human rights defenders to operate safely in the face of surveillance, censorship, and repression. At Horizontal, Raphael oversees the design and implementation of all programs, including digital security trainings and the development of secure tools and apps, such as Tella, an app to document and report rights violations. Prior to Horizontal, Raphael worked with activists and human rights defenders in repressive environments on strategic planning, civil resistance, and strategic nonviolence. Raphael has published on civil resistance and international affairs in publications such as Foreign Policy and the Huffington Post.

Jennifer Sturm

Jenn Sturm is a brash, queer, and earnest geek. As the ACLU’s Director of Online Engagement, Jenn heads up digital campaigning and communications strategies, mobilizing the ACLU’s million plus supporters to fight to get the U.S. on a better track. Jenn’s illustrious career has included stints as a UNIX sysadmin, cab driver, and baker. Her proudest educational achievement was completing Computer-Circus camp as a child, where she learned to eat fire, walk a tightrope, juggle, and code video games in Pascal and C — all life experiences that come in handy as a digital mobilization strategist working for social change.

Fereidoon Bashar

Fereidoon Bashar is Executive Director of ASL19, a technology and media lab working to overcome online censorship and misinformation. Since 2009, he has worked with many civil society groups to develop tech tools in support of their work, led research on information controls during elections, and helped circumvention tech companies localize and develop for country-specific user needs. As Executive Director, he leads strategic partnerships and organizational strategy.

Graziella Jackson

Graziella leads the business, cultural, creative, and technological growth and development of Echo & Co. As Chief Executive Officer, Graziella helps social sector organizations meaningfully engage constituents by implementing advanced digital practices and tools. She oversees Echo’s work in sharing human-centered design with clients who want to better understand digital and produce more effective results, particularly within nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, social and civic tech startups and ventures, and the educational technology field.

Prior to joining Echo & Co., Graziella was an independent consultant, working with clients in the social and private sectors to transform digital through content strategy and human-centered design. She has worked with nonprofit and consumer organizations and brands including the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, ASPCA, Newseum, Greenpeace, AARP, The George Washington University, National Education Association, Natural Resource Defense Council, Volkswagen, NASDAQ, and Rosetta Stone.

Firuzeh Mahmoudi

Firuzeh Mahmoudi is the Director of United for Iran, a Bay Area NGO working to improve civil liberties in Iran. After witnessing the 2009 uprising in Iran, Firuzeh organized a global rally in 110 cities. The day turned to be the largest day of global support for Iran in history. Shortly after, she started United for Iran.Years later, United for Iran works to improve human rights, support civil society, and increases civic engagement through technology.

Reza Ghazinouri

Reza Ghazinouri is a former co-director of United for Iran, and currently manages the Android Developer Risk program at Google. Prior to his time at Google, Ghazinouri worked with PwC as a Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Risk senior associate. Born and raised in Iran, Ghazinouri studied sociology as a graduate student at the University of Tehran, where he was an outspoken student activist. Ghazinouri co-founded and led several pro-democracy associations during his term at the university, and was subsequently expelled and later blocked from finishing his academic career, despite ranking 6th among 5000 participants in the National Graduate University Entrance Exam.

Since 2012, Ghazinouri has contributed to or managed multiple campaigns and programs with United for Iran, including the Iran Prison Atlas — a database of Iranian political prisoners, prisons, and judges — and the first iteration of the IranCubator project, which aims to develop technological solutions for civil society and human rights issues in Iran. These projects reflect his enduring interest in bridging the gap between human rights, civil society, and technology, as well as the promotion of information security and open source projects. Reza holds a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development.