Sameer Padania is an independent consultant focusing on innovation in journalism and human rights. He has worked for leading organisations in journalism, media development, human rights, and philanthropy - from Open Society, Bertha, Knight and GFMD to Tactical Tech, WITNESS, Panos and Global Partners Digital - on a wide range of journalism, digital media and policy initiatives, including the Hub, the world's first UGC platform for human rights video.
In 2016, he was an Independent Assessor on the Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, prior to which he served for 3.5 years as a grant-making Program Officer in the Open Society Foundation's Program on Independent Journalism, where his focus was to track and fund experimentation in the field of journalism around the world. At OSF and in previous roles, he has also worked on and funded research and networks around the world focused on media and technology policy, including how technology companies, investors and engineers can be more protective of human rights and freedom of expression. He is a member of the board of 360Giving, which supports grantmaking organisations in the UK to publish and use open data.