Members of the SIENNA consortium

The SIENNA project involves researchers from 13 organisations, including ten univesities, one company, one association of research ethics committees, and one civil society organisation from Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

Philip Brey, University of Twente (coordinator)
Rowena Rodrigues, Trilateral Research (deputy coordinator)
Adam Holland, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
philip brey

Philip Brey is full professor of philosophy and ethics of technology within the department of philosophy at the University of Twente, and its former chair. He is also scientific director of 4TU.Ethics, a research centre that comprises 60 researchers from four universities. He has published extensively in the areas of ethics of science and technology, social and political philosophy, and responsible research and innovation. Philip Brey currently leads the FP7 SATORI project that aims to develop a European framework for the ethical assessment of research and technological innovation. Philip Brey has an extensive publications record on human-machine interaction technologies and has also published on human enhancement and genetics. He leads the management work stream and SIENNA's work on AI & Robotics. Contact: p.a.e.brey[at]


Rowena Rodrigues is Senior Research Manager at Trilateral Research. Her areas of expertise include regulation of new and emerging technologies, comparative legal analysis, ethics of new and emerging technologies, privacy and data protection (law, policy and practice), certification, security and surveillance, ethical impact assessment, and responsible research & innovation. She has contributed/contributes in various capacities to European research projects, e.g., SHERPA, TITANIUM, SATORI, IRISS, PULSE, EU privacy seals. She has published book chapters in Policy Press, Routledge, Springer and articles in journals such as the Computer Law & Security Review, European Journal of Social Science Research, International Data Privacy Law, International Review of Law, Computers and Technology and the Journal of Contemporary European Research. At Trilateral, she has contributed in various capacities to EU research projects (e.g., SATORI, PULSE, IRISS) and provides consultancy to the private sector. Rowena leads SIENNA's work on methodological and theoretical foundations. 

Contact: rowena.rodrigues[at]


Adam Holland is a Project Manager at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, where he is primarily responsible for overseeing the Lumen project. [], a database of legal requests to remove material from the Web that is the the Center's oldest and longest running project. In that role, his work focuses on takedown regimes both legal and private, as well as intermediary liability. He has also been involved with a variety of other projects at Berkman Klein, most recently the Criminal Justice Debt Project, Open Access and Law Lab. Trained as a lawyer with a focus on IP issues, his legal writing includes papers on 3D printing, data breaches, bioethics, copyright reform, and corporate private ordering as an alternative to notice and takedown regimes. Adam received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard in 1994 and his J.D. cum laude, Honors in Intellectual Property from Boston University School of Law in 2010. 

 Contact: jholland[at]

Amal Matar, Uppsala University
Amar Ashar, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Anaïs Rességuier, Trilateral Research

Amal Matar is a Researcher at Center for Research Ethics and Bioethics at Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University. Her research interests include social and ethical aspects of new genomic and reproductive technologies with focus on stakeholders’ perspectives as well as the wider societal implications for such technologies. She previously conducted research on international research ethics, primarily focusing on the Middle East. She holds a PhD in Bioethics from Uppsala University, a MSc., in Biotechnology from the American University in Cairo and is a trained Medical Doctor. Contact: 

Contact: amal.matar[at]


Amar Ashar is a senior researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His current research areas include issues of networked policymaking, improving information for decision makers in the public and private sectors, and harmful and hate speech online. He also manages a number of strategic and emerging efforts at the Center, and works closely with Berkman Klein staff, fellows, faculty, affiliates, and alumni, with a variety of colleagues across Harvard University, as well as with numerous external partners and collaborators.. 

Contact: ashar[at]


Anaïs Rességuier is Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research focussed on the ethics of new technologies. Her main research interests include the interface of the ethical inquiry and the social sciences and how societal challenges can be addressed; the socio-political implications of emerging technologies; and responsible research and innovation. She previously conducted research in the humanitarian sector and on the concept of care more generally. She has completed a PhD in Political Theory from Sciences Po Paris. She holds an MA in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University and a MSc in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford.

Contact: anais.resseguier[at]

Angelo Napolano, Trilateral Research
Anna Holm, Uppsala University
Bernard Reber, Sciences Po

Angelo Napolano is Communications and Marketing Manager at Trilateral Research. Angelo is a communication professional who has worked in the cultural sector, scientific organisations, and research and innovation gaining extensive experience in external communications, media relations and digital marketing strategy.He has worked in the programming and promotion of public engagement programmes in leading national and international organisations and consortia. He manages the marketing and communications team and his work focuses on the marketing strategy and communications plans for the organisation and the dissemination, exploitation and communications of various EC- funded projects. Angelo is currently a member of the Association of British Science Writers. He specialised in copywriting, communications and marketing at the Institute European of Design; in social media marketing at the school of communications at the University of Arts in London and in science communications with various masterclasses at the Guardian and The British Science Association. Alongside his background in communications, Angelo has developed research in the philosophy of language and semantics and has published a monograph and participated in international conferences. Contact:

Contact: Angelo.Napolano[at]


Anna Holm is part of the SIENNA communications team. She participates in the development of communication plans, writes for web and newsletters, develops communication materials (video, presentations and printed materials), and supports researchers in everything from poster production to drafting press releases, evaluating and reporting communication efforts.

Contact: anna.holm[at]


Bernard Reber is a philosopher (moral and political philosophy, HDR/Sorbonne University) and political scientist (PhD/School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) / Centre for sociological and political Studies Aron Centre, Paris). He is CNRS Director of research in SciencesPo and has been CERSES (CNRS Research Center on Meaning, Ethics and Society) vice-Director in charge of a new research area concerned with the ethics of Environment and Technologies..

Contact: bernard.reber[at]

Brandt Dainow, University of Twente
Chris Bavitz, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
David Wright, Trilateral research

Brandt Dainow is a postdoctoral researcher employed fulltime on the SIENNA project by Twente University. He is also an occassional lecturer at Maynooth University (Ireland), where he lectures on the philosophies of the Digital Age in the Philosophy Department, and ICT Ethics in the Computer Science Department. Prior to obtaining a PhD in ethical issues of emerging ICT’s in 2019, Brandt was active in the commercial IT industry for 30 years, specialising in the adoption of new IT technologies. Involved in the web since 1992, Brandt saw first-hand the difference between the promise of web technologies and the way in which they were actually used. This experience has driven his philosophical interests ICT ethics, particularly AI and algorithmic justice. Brandt is a founder of the International Association of Digital Analytics, the British Computer Society’s Internet Specialist Group and the Irish Chapter of the Internet Society (of which he was chair 2016 - 2019). 

Contact: bd[at]


Christopher T. Bavitz is Managing Director, Cyberlaw Clinic and the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar and teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. And, he is a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. Chris concentrates his practice on intellectual property and media law, particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology. He oversees many of the Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, advising of startups, and the use of technology to support access to justice, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab. Prior to joining the Clinic, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998-2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP / Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. Chris received his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University in 1995 and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1998. 

 Contact: cbavitz[at]


David Wright is Director of Trilateral Research, a London-based research company, which he founded in 2004. He has been a partner in numerous projects funded by the European Commission involving privacy, surveillance, risk, security and ethics. He has published many articles on privacy impact assessment in peer-reviewed journals. He wrote the first articles on ethical impact assessment and surveillance impact assessment. Springer published his most recent book, Enforcing Privacy, co-edited with Paul De Hert, in April 2016. His previous books were Surveillance in Europe (Routledge, 2015) and Privacy Impact Assessment (Springer, 2012). The latter was the first such book on PIA. 



Dirk Lanzerath,
Fábio Shecaira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Francisco Lara Sanchez, University of Granada

Dirk Lanzerath is Secretary General of EUREC and Head of EUREC Office; Managing Director of the German Reference Centre (DRZE) of the University of Bonn; graduated in Biology and Philosophy; lecturer at the University of Bonn (Philosophy, Ethics, Bioethics), guest lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (Ethics). As Faculty member of The Bioethics Program (Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics: Central and Eastern Europe) of The Graduate College of Union University Schenectady, Schenectady, NY, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (USA) he is very experienced in teaching research ethics in Central and Eastern European Countries. Research areas: ethics, bioethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology. Dirk Lanzerath is experienced in European networking processes and in coordinating large EC-Projects. He is coordinator of the ENERI project. Dirk Lanzerath leads the work stream developing proposals from the project.

Contact: lanzerath[at]


Fábio Shecaira is Professor of Legal Theory at the National Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro since 2012. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from McMaster University (2012) as well as a law degree from the National Faculty of Law (2008). His research focuses mainly on the theory of legal reasoning (logical and rhetorical aspects). 

 Contact: fabioperin[at]


Francisco Lara is a Senior Lecturer of Moral Philosophy at the University of Granada, Spain. His research interests for many years have been about conciliation between personal values and ethical consequentialism and about ethical consideration of animals. Recently he has been working in diferent topics concerned with applied ethics, especially with bioethics. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge, East Anglia and Oxford (at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics). Currently Francisco Lara is leading an international research project about artificial intelligence and moral enhancement, funded by the Spanish Government. 

 Contact: flara[at]

Jantina de Vries, University of Cape Town
Javier Valls Prieto, University of Granada
Josepine Fernow, Uppsala University

Jantina de Vries will lead the South African contribution to the SIENNA project. She is a Senior Researcher in Bioethics at the University of Cape Town and obtained a DPhil at the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on developing ethical best practice for genomics research in Africa, and has contributed to developing an evidence base for best practice in informed consent for African genomics research, investigating ethical challenges relating to the sharing of African samples and data and exploring what constitutes fairness in African genomics research collaborations. 

 Contact: jantina.devries[at]


Javier Valls Prieto is a Permanent Professor at the Inter-University Andalusian Institute of Criminology and at the Department of Criminal Law at the University of Granada, Spain. In this period of time he has participated in 6R+D projects. He was Head of the Master program on Criminality and Social work with young people from 2008-2010, in which he was in charge of the privacy and data protection system. He also worked in the design of the Privacy Impact Assessment in the use of Data Mining in the ePOOLICE project. He is Director of the Technology and Law Laboratory of the University of Granada. 

 Contact: jvalls[at]


Josepine Fernow leads SIENNA's communications and dissemination work stream. She has more than 15 years experience from research communication. She works at Uppsala University's Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) where she co-ordinates activities and manages external and internal communications. Josepine Fernow is also communications manager and public lead for the management work package in the IMI-funded public-private partnership PREFER, and leads the communications works package in the H2020 STARBIOS2 project. 

Contact: josepine.fernow[at]

Konrad Siemaszko, Helsinki Foundat. for Human Rights
Lisa Tambornino, European Network of Research Ethics Committees
Liu Yigong, Dalian University of Technology

Konrad Siemaszko is responsible for the legal and human rights research in SIENNA and is coordinating the work on generalizing the project’s results. He holds degrees in law and sociology from Warsaw University. Since 2016 he has been working for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, where he has been involved in both litigation and research projects. His work focuses on the impact of new technologies on human rights and freedom of expression (both online and offline). 

Contact: konrad.siemaszko[at]


Lisa Tambornino leads SIENNA's work to develop proposals. She studied philosophy, psychology and law at the University of Bonn. She obtained her PhD in philosophy in 2013. She has more than ten years of experience in working in interdisciplinary fields – in research, writing/editorial, project management and teaching. She was researcher and lecturer at the Jülich Research Centre and the German Reference Centre of Ethics in the Life Sciences. Currently, she is
research assistant at the EUREC Office. EUREC will contribute in many other ways to the projects access, e.g. by definig the approach for analysis and development of research ethics protocols and professional ethical codes and creating a survey of REC approaches and codes for human enhancement. EUREC represents RECs and associations of RECs in nearly all EU Member States. EUREC will work with the other partners and its own members to develop operational guidelines for research ethics for the three technologies. 

Contact: tambornino[at]


Liu Yigong is a full professor of law within the faculty of humanities and social sciences at Dalian University of Technology. He is the director of Jurisprudence Institute since 2009. From September 1999 to May 2000, he was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia (Canada). From August 2005 to October 2006, he was a visiting scholar at Boston College(USA). He focuses on the areas of jurisprudence, legal history, and comparative law. 

Contact: liuyg2015[at]

Marcelo de Araujo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Maria Bottis, Ionian University
Mats Hansson, Uppsala University

Marcelo de Araujo is Professor of Philosophy of Law at UFRJ (since 2004), and Associate Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, UERJ (since 2003). He is also a researcher at the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq). He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Konstanz, Germany, in 2002. His current research focuses on the ethical and legal implications of the use of technologies for human enhancement. This research has benefited from financial support granted by CNPq, CAPES, Alexander von Humboldt, and FAPERJ. 

Contact: marceloaraujo[at]


Maria Bottis is an Attorney-at-law and an Associate Professor, School of Information Science and Informatics, DALMS, Ionian University. She graduated from Arsakeion High School of Patras with High Honors (20/20 graduation certificate, first of class) and had been under full tuition scholarship throughout high school. In 1985, she topped the Greek National examinations for entrance in all Universities/all disciplines with 1998 points over 2000, and entered in Athens Law School first. She is a Honors graduate of Athens Law School (graduated first of class). She is a holder of a LL.M degree (Cambridge Law School UK) a LL.M degree from Yale Law School and a PhD on medical information law and ethics from the University of Athens. 

Contact: botti[at]


Mats Hansson is leading SIENNA's Human Genomics work stream. He is Senior Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Uppsala University and has conducted extensive research in biomedical ethics as principal investigator in several multi-disciplinary research projects dealing with issues ranging from ethical, social and legal aspects of the implementation of genetic diagnosis in clinical practice and the use of human tissue materials in research, to clinical and medical ethics. 

Contact: mats.hansson[at]

Nicole Santiago, Trilateral Research
Olga Campos, University of Granada
Philip Jansen, University of Twente

Nicole Santiago is Senior Research Analyst at Trilateral Research. Her recent work has focused on the regulation of emerging digital technologies within international human rights frameworks. She is currently involved in EU research projects (SHERPA, SIENNA, and TechEthos), as well as research in cybersecurity and cyberwarfare. Nicole is a US-licensed attorney with a specialisation in international and human rights law. Prior to Trilateral, Nicole worked as an associate at an international law and consulting firm in Washington, DC. She earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law (Boston), and an MA from The American University of Paris in Diplomacy and International Law. 




Olga Campos, University of Granada, contributes to the Spanish studies in SIENNA.


Philip Jansen is a PhD candidate at the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente, specialising in the ethics of artificial intelligence. In addition, he is an ethics advisor for the University of Twente’s F​aculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science​. Philip was a research associate in the EU-funded SATORI project (2013–2017, and has (co-)authored a number of professional and academic publications on ethics assessment of research and innovation. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy and ethics of technology from the University of Twente (cum laude), and has written an award-winning master’s thesis on the ethics of surveillance by unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in civil contexts. 

Contact: p.h.jansen[at]

Rachel Herdy, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Renée Dekker, University of Twente
Robert Gianni, University of Maastricht

Rachel Herdy is Professor of Legal Theory at the National Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2011), and was a visiting researcher at the University of Miami School of Law (2008-2009) and at the Reasoning and Argumentation Laboratory (ArgLab) of the Nova Institute of Philosophy, Lisbon (2016-2017). Her previous investigations focused on human rights and the philosophy of pragmatism, and more recently she has directed her efforts to understand how legal courts deal with expert evidence. 

Contact: rachelherdy[at]


Renée Dekker, is a legal advisor and an academic lawyer at the Department of Governance & Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente. She is a PhD researcher in Health Law. Her research focuses on the legal aspects of emerging technologies in healthcare, human rights, patients' rights and legal governance of healthcare. In addition, she is lecturing two courses in health law for the education program of the Bachelor Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. And Renée Dekker works from her expertise in the field of Health Law & emerging technologies in healthcare, as a legal advisor for Hooghiemstra & Partners. 

Contact: r.c.dekker[at]


Dr Robert Gianni is a political and social philosopher working at Maastricht University and Ethics Expert for the European Commission and Eureka Eurostars. He has been working on the relation between science and society with a particular focus on their regulations and their intersections. The current aim of his research is to critically scrutinize the different registers of justification of technological innovation and their repercussions for democratic systems. Some of his latest works include: Gianni R., (2019), ‘Chosing Freedom: ethical governance for responsible research and innovation’, in von Schomberg R. ,Hankins J., International Handbook on Responsible Research and Innovation, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, & Gianni R., Pearson J., Reber B., (eds.) (2018), Responsible Research and Innovation. From Concepts to Practices, Routledge, Oxford. 

Contact: r.gianni[at]

Ryan Budisch, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Santa Slokenberga, Uppsala University
Saskia Nagel, RWTH Aachen University

Ryan Budish is a Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center. In his time at Berkman Klein, Ryan has contributed policy and legal analysis to a number of projects and reports and has led several significant initiatives relating to artificial intelligence, Internet censorship, corporate transparency about government surveillance, and multistakeholder governance mechanisms. Ryan received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. 

Contact: rbudish[at]


Santa Slokenberga, Uppsala University, contributes to the human genomics work stream. She received her LLD in medical law in November 2016. Her research focuses on the coexistence of the EU and Council of Europe in regulating health-related direct-to-consumer genetic testing. In addition, she has been teaching in the fields of EU law and medical law and since 2011, she is lecturing in several medical law related subjects at Riga Stradins University (Latvia) for both undergraduate and graduate students, including supervision. Since 2014, Santa Slokenberga teaches the summer school course “Comparative human rights in healthcare” at Yale University. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Santa Slokenberga worked as a legal advisor for Deloitte Latvia. 

Contact: santa.slokenberga[at]


Saskia Nagel led SIENNA's human enhancement work stream before leaving the University of Twente. She is full Professor of Applied Ethics at Aachen University (Germany). Her areas of expertise and research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, the life sciences (in particular neuroscience and cognitive science), and technologies. She has led a research group studying the ethical, anthropological, and social implications of our growing knowledge about the brain’s plasticity. She co-authored the first position paper on pediatric enhancement, which was supported by several major US American physician associations.

Sean Jensen, University of Twente
Zuzanna Warso, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Wang Qian, Dalian University of Technology

Sean Jensen is a Ph.D. candidate working on the Ethics of Human Enhancement in an International Context at the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente. He recently completed his MA in Bioethics at New York University, where he focused on the ethics of new & emerging technologies and worked with the Future of Life Institute on a research-based internship investigating biotechnology. Previously, he received a BA in English & Philosophy from Northern Illinois University and wrote a novel. 

 Contact: s.r.jensen[at]


Zuzanna Warso constirbutes to SIENNA's work on generalizing the project’s results. Since 2011 she has been working as a lawyer at Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. In her work she explores intersections of human rights and technology, with a particular focus on the issue of women’s rights. Zuzanna Warso passed the bar exam in April 2017. She is a member of the Women’s Rights Group by the Polish Bar Council. In 2017, she was been awarded the Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

Contact: zwarso[at]


Wang Qian is a full professor of philosophy and ethics of science and technology within the department of philosophy at Dalian University of Technology. He is vice director of the academic committee at DUT and the director of the academic committee at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he is also the scientific director of 8TU Center for Ethics and Technology (eight key universities) since 2011. He has published extensive academic papers in the area of ethical and philosophical issues on emerging technology, management of intellectual resources, management of science and technology, and responsible innovation of specific projects. 

Contact: qianwang[at]

Wen Chengwei, Dalian University of Technology
Yan Ping, Dalian University of Technology
Yasemin J. Erden, University of Twente

Wen Chengwei graduated from the philosophy department of Beijing Normal University and received her Philosophy Bachelor Degree in 1987. She graduated in philosophy of technology and science at the Northeastern University School of Humanities and Law (doctoral Degree in 2004). Since 2005 she has been professor, and currently she is professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dalian University of Technology. Also she is PhD supervisor and member of the department of philosophy. Previously, she served as vice-minister for Instruction at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Contact: sywenchw[at]


Yan Ping is coordinator of 8TU Ethics Center in China. She received her PhD in philosophy of science and technology in June 2017. Her research focuses on ethics of technology, responsible research and innovation (RRI) and engineering ethics. She has won Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and worked in Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the summer 2013. She has published several papers on responsible innovation and education of ethics of science and technology, especially focus on responsible innovation in port development. 

Contact: yanping[at]


Yasemin J. Erden is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Twente. She joined the SIENNA project in October 2020, working primarily on human enhancement. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Roehampton in 2009, and worked in a number of institutes before joining St Mary’s University, London in 2010. There she held posts of Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy. Her research covers interdisciplinary fields in science and technology, alongside work in philosophy of language, aesthetics, and ethics. She is Vice Chair of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) and a council member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. She is also part of the Nanobubbles project, an ERC Synergy Grant funded research project, due to begin in 2021. The project uses nanobiology as a case study to investigate how, when and why science fails to correct itself. 

 Contact: y.j.erden[at]

Wen Chengwei, Dalian University of Technology

Yu Xue is a PhD student at Dalian University of Technology, and a visiting scholar at TU Delft from September 2015 to August 2016. She is also an affiliate member of 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology and a member of 8TU. Center for Ethics and Technology. She focuses on the ethical topics and philosophical issues about emerging technologies, especially human-machines interactions. She takes part in some foundations and publishes some academic papers on robot ethics, moral self-driving cars or human-machines interactions. 

Contact: yuxue526[at]