Lea is currently leading a programme of work that aims to facilitate global south civil society engagement in international debates on Internet policy and governance. Since 2012, she has concentrated upon facilitating coordinated civil society advocacy in a range of forums including the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), NETmundial, the WSIS+10 Review process, the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development’s (CSTD) Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), and various processes of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As the in-house expert on Internet governance, she conducts research and analysis of these processes with the aim to contextualise and communicate their outputs and relevance to the broader community.
As of November 2014, she has been a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), where she serves as a civil society representative. At the national level, as a member of the UK Multistakeholder Group on Internet Governance (MAGIG), she has been participating in the consultation processes with the UK government on international Internet freedom issues and the potential implications of international discussions on Internet governance since March 2013.
Lea also works closely with governments in the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), for which GPD is performing a secretariat function. Before joining GPD, Lea co-founded the Croatian UN Association, organised the first Croatian Model UN conference (ZAGIMUN), and was a founding member of the European Model UN Network (EMUNNET). In 2009, she worked at the UN Democracy Fund in New York. Lea holds an MSc in Global Governance and Ethics from UCL and an MA in Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies from the University of Zagreb. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Croatian.