Our team

Our team

Mauricio Lazala Leibovich

Director

Mauricio Lazala Leibovich

Mauricio is the Director of the Digital Freedom Fund. He is an international human rights lawyer and advocate. Before joining DFF in early 2022, Mauricio was Deputy Director at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, leading on strategic, regional and programmatic areas of work. He has also worked at grassroots human rights NGOs in various countries, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights. Mauricio is based in Frankfurt. 

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Thomas Vink

Programme Officer

Thomas Vink

Thomas is the Programme Officer at the Digital Freedom Fund. Before joining DFF he worked at an international anti-corruption organisation, managing multi-country projects on areas such as ethics and integrity policy, protecting victims and witnesses of corruption, and social accountability. Thomas is based in Berlin.

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Jonathan McCully, Legal Adviser

Legal Adviser

Jonathan McCully

Jonathan is the Legal Adviser to the Digital Freedom Fund. He previously held a senior legal role at an international non-governmental organisation, working on strategic litigation before international, regional and domestic courts. Jonathan is also a Mozilla Fellow, creating resources to facilitate greater collaboration between litigators and technologists in cases challenging human rights violations caused by AI. Jonathan is based in London.

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Racial and Social Justice Lead

Laurence Meyer

Laurence is the Racial and Social Justice Lead at the Digital Freedom Fund. She previously worked as a parliamentary assistant in the French National Assembly and works on the notion of race in law. She is also involved in several community-centered projects. Laurence is based in Berlin.

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Legal Officer

Judith Rauhofer

Judith is the Legal Officer of the Digital Freedom Fund. She is qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt and a solicitor in England and Wales and has previous experience in legal practice, legal publishing and advising digital rights organisations on policymaking and strategic litigation. Before taking up the position with DFF, she worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where she pursued research and teaching in the area of data protection and technology law.

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Darrah Hassell

Finance Manager

Darrah Hassell

Darrah is the Finance Manager at the Digital Freedom Fund. She is a qualified finance professional, holding a Master’s in Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Before taking up her position at DFF, Darrah worked for eight years in the international development sector. Darrah is based in Berlin.

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Operations and Events Officer

Jihane Jadrane

Jihane is the Operations and Events Officer at the Digital Freedom Fund. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Groningen in International Relations and International Organisation. Before taking up her position at DFF, Jihane held different positions in governmental and non-governmental organisations. Jihane is based in Berlin.

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Operations and Events Officer (Maternity Cover)

Claire Aichholzer

Claire is the Events and Operations Officer (Maternity Cover) at the Digital Freedom Fund. She has a Master’s degree from University College London and studied at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. Prior to joining DFF, she worked in events, fundraising and grant writing at various nonprofits in the US, including the Public Art Fund and COVID Grief Network. Claire is based in Berlin.

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Racial and Social Justice Support

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Joel is the Racial and Social Justice Support at the Digital Freedom Fund. They recently completed a master’s degree in Global History where their research focused on the way in which gender and sexuality were reforged in colonial contexts. Before joining DFF they worked for an LGBTQ+ rights organisation. Joel is based in Berlin.

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