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.

To contact me about projects you might have in mind, please do get in touch.


I've worked as a grant-maker, strategic consultant and application assessor for funders supporting journalism and media:
- foundations specialising in journalism, like Open Society, Bertha and Knight
- innovation funds for journalism, including Google's DNI Innovation Fund, the Nesta Future News Pilot Fund
- helping to grow the media funding ecosystem through collaborations with philanthropic networks/collaboratives like Ariadne, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and The Philanthropy Workshop, and through the newsletter and events for the European Journalism Centre's Journalism Funders Forum
- helping to establish the Public Benefit Journalism Research Centre

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 WAN-IFRA,, 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 member of The Doc Society Foundation Board, and of the Advisory Board to First Draft.

[Until late 2019, I was a trustee of 360Giving, a UK campaign advocating greater transparency in grant-making – here’s more information about their data standard.]

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