Sameer Padania

Consultant in London, United Kingdom

I work with funders, civil society organisations and companies on innovation and experimentation in journalism, activism and human rights.

Current clients include the European Right To Information movement, WAN-IFRA, and The Philanthropy Workshop. To contact me about projects you might have in mind, please do get in touch.

I've worked as a grant-maker, application assessor and strategic consultant for funders supporting journalism and media, from foundations like Open Society, Bertha and Knight, as well as Google's DNI Innovation Fund. My most recent work has focused on tracking, funding and supporting experimentation in the field of journalism around the world; previous areas of focus include research and advocacy networks around the world focused on media, human rights and technology policy.

I've also worked in and with civil society, with a particular focus on the intersection of human rights, technology and communication. Since 2001, I have set up, run and advised on many online journalism, media development and human rights video advocacy projects, working with thousands of journalists, media-makers, human rights advocates and organisations globally. I've worked and consulted for WITNESS.org, Panos, GFMD, Tactical Technology Collective, and Global Partners Digital, as well as running a multi-company initiative on the ethics of facial recognition in social media for Yahoo's Business and Human Rights Program.

I am a trustee of 360Giving, a UK campaign advocating greater transparency in grant-making – here’s more information about their data standard. And I am on the Editorial Board of UK open journalism start-up Publish.org.

  • Work
    • Macroscope
  • Education
    • University of Oxford
    • University of Geneva