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,  human rights defender, and co-founder of international human rights and technology organization AccessNow.  In recognition of his work, the European Parliament selected AccessNow as a 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, misinformation, 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.
Researcher
Roni Dorot is a researcher for CMDS within the project Media Influence Matrix. She received her PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, and holds a MA in Public Policy from Tel-Aviv University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, at the School of Public Policy, CEU. Her previous research analyzed the governmental outcomes of Israeli municipalities from a comparative perspective. She is a recipient of the Sapir Price for municipal studies (in Israel), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura scholarship and the EUI excellence fellowship. She is the author of ‘Documania’ blog at Haaretz newspaper.
Program Coordinator

Mihaela works as Program Coordinator for CMDS, where she coordinates international and EU funded projects that deal with media capture and literacy, declining trust in journalism and cross border investigative journalism. Since 2017 she has been a collaborator of Naturvation (HORIZON 2020 EU project) where she conducts research on sustainable development goals (SDG 11). Her academic background includes a BA and a MA in Jewish history as well as Jewish minority heritage and its representations in the shared public space.

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 Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Media, Data and Society and is responsible for the communication and dissemination of the Center's projects, programs and publications. He is also a guest lecturer at the Department of Media and Communications at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. Prior to joining CMDS, he had a 15-year-long career in journalism, focusing mostly on covering international news. He worked for different Hungarian TV stations and online media outlets in various positions ranging from journalist to senior editor and news producer. He also served as Content Project Manager for the European Maccabi Games 2019. Previously, he graduated in History and in Media Studies at ELTE , then obtained an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU.
Core Faculty Member
Sejal Parmar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Studies, a core faculty member of the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) and a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy.
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.