As a partner at Omidyar Network, Stephen brings exceptional experience in applying media and technology to create positive social impact. Stephen leads the global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative and a portfolio that includes a broad range of national and global organizations. Many are innovators in the use of technology to help make governments more responsive and aid citizens in holding their governments to account. The portfolio includes: change.org, Global Witness, mySociety, Co-Creation Hub, Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, and Janaagraha, among others.
Prior to Omidyar Network, Stephen served as the chief executive of BBC Media Action, where he led a period of sustained growth that included building programs in more than 40 countries in the developing world. Stephen helped establish the organization’s international reputation as one of the largest and most successful organizations using media and communications to improve the lives of the world’s poor and promote better governance and transparency worldwide. Prior to the BBC, Stephen held executive positions at several nonprofit organizations based in the United Kingdom and the developing world.
Stephen is based in London and is a board member of mySociety, Praekelt Foundation and on the Advisory Board of Global Witness. He holds an M.A. in Oriental and African studies from the University of London.