Technology | Ethics | Human Rights

Dr. Gina Helfrich is Program Officer for Global Technology at Internews.

She has spent the past seven years leveraging her extensive experience in program management and strategic communications to make technology better serve the needs of vulnerable and marginalized people. Presently, she manages global programs improving digital safety for human rights defenders and journalists and supporting digital rights as human rights. Prior to Internews, Dr. Helfrich served as Director of Communications & Culture at NumFOCUS, a non-profit supporting open source scientific software and data science communities.

Dr. Helfrich has worked to advance diversity, equity, and belonging in the business, higher education, and non-profit sectors for nearly two decades. Dr. Helfrich is the former Director of the Harvard College Women’s Center at Harvard University and earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University with a specialization in ethics and women’s and gender studies.

Dr. Helfrich has been an invited speaker at events such as South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW), the Texas Conference for Women, and Columbia University’s Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation.

She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two cats.