Team

Director
Marius Dragomir is the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society. He previously worked for the Open Society Foundations (OSF) for over a decade. Since 2007, he has managed the research and policy portfolio of the Program on Independent Journalism (PIJ), formerly the Network Media Program (NMP), in London. He has also been one of the main editors for PIJ's flagship research and advocacy project, Mapping Digital Media, which covered 56 countries worldwide, and he was the main writer and editor of OSF’s Television Across Europe, a comparative study of broadcast policies in 20 European countries.
Core Faculty Member at the School of Public Policy

Cameran Ashraf is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University, a human rights defender, and co-founder of AccessNow, one of the largest international human rights organizations dedicated to defending human rights in the digital age and finalist for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s highest human rights honor.  

Senior Program Officer and Researcher
Éva Bognár is Senior Program Officer and Researcher at CMDS. Éva has been with the Center since 2006. She has been managing projects (including EU-funded projects on Violent Online Political Extremism, Media Pluralism, Press and Media Freedom, and projects funded by the Open Society Foundations on Hungarian Media Laws in Europe, and Hungarian Media Ownership) and events (public lectures, workshops, conferences and the annual summer school) for the Center. Éva is the Hungarian contributor to the Digital News Report, a major comparative project from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. Recently she has been studying Hungarian minorities and their use of online space; and media representation of migration. Her background is in sociology.
Resident Research Fellow
Amy Brouillette is the Senior Research and Editorial Manager of the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) project and a fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society. Prior to joining RDR, Amy served as director of the European Media Program at the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at Central European University in Budapest.Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, and the Columbia Journalism Review.
Research Affiliate
Kate Coyer is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Media, Data and Society in the School of Public Policy at Central European University, and an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She leads CMDS’ work related to technology and civil society and was previously executive director of the Center.
Program Coordinator

Mihaela works as the Program Coordinator for the CMDS. She has a strong background in academic research but has also been involved in doing community work here in Budapest. Her interests lie in project management, Jewish cultural heritage, fundraising and international development. 

Researcher
Dumitrita works for CMDS's Media Influence Matrix – Romania case study as a researcher. Previously she has been managing the “Sound Relations” project together with Ian M. Cook, while teaching courses and conducting research on academic podcasting. She has previously done research on media representation, migration, and labour integration. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a MA degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from CEU. She also has professional background in project management and administration. She has worked and lived in Romania, Hungary, France and Turkey.
Outreach Coordinator

Robert works as the Outreach Coordinator for CMDS. Previously he worked for different Hungarian TV stations and online media outlets in various positions ranging from journalist to senior editor and news producer. He graduated in History and in Media Studies at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, then he obtained an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU.

Core Faculty Member
Sejal Parmar is Assistant Professor of Law at the Department of Legal Studies and a core faculty member of the Center on Media, Data and Society at the School of Public Policy at CEU. Her main field of research and policy engagement is international and European human rights law, particularly on freedom of expression.
Editor

Tom Popper is a journalist with 30 years of experience, including close to 10 years editing for daily newspapers in the United States and extensive work for business, policy and travel publications in Europe. Since the early 1990s, he has been head editor of several English-language publications produced in Hungary, including Budapest Week, Time Out Budapest and the Budapest Business Journal.