Board Director

Rahimah (Ima) Abdulrahim brings 20 years of experience working to promote democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. Most recently, she was the Public Policy Director for Southeast Asia at Meta, prior to which, she spent 19 years at the Habibie Center. Ima's experience spans democracy, good governance, women and peace building, democratization and empowering civil society in the region and globally.

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Dr Nova Ahmed is a Professor of Computer Science at North South University, where her research focuses on human-computer interaction, AI ethics and distributed systems. She completed her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, and received the Grace Hopper Faculty Scholar award for her interdisciplinary academic contributions. Nova is passionate about empowering women in STEM and advancing social justice using science and enlightenment. Her research interest lies in systems, ICTD and feminist HCI.

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Sabhanaz Rashid Diya is a computational social scientist with over 16 years of experience in technology, public policy, and ethics. She was previously the Head of Public Policy for Bangladesh at Meta, where she focused on various regulatory and legislative aspects, including hate speech, data protection and the data economy, online harms, algorithmic transparency and artificial intelligence, competition, and privacy. Diya also worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading policy and advocacy efforts in multidisciplinary digital economy, data and AI issues. Her career spans across private and public sector in the U.S., Asia and Africa, including USAID and the World Bank, on money transmission, national security and encryption, digital trade and internet governance. Diya is also the founding Board Director for U.S. Bangladesh Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Master's degree in public policy and data science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Asia 21 Leader at the Asia Society and a Term Member at Council on Foreign Relations.