After 17 years of leading, Anriette Esterhuysen has decided to step down from her role as an executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Since June 2000, she has been the inspirational force behind the APC’s growth as an organisation and a network with 74 members. Her contribution left a significant mark in the ICT for development, internet rights and governance arenas. As a passionate human rights activist and a committed leader, Anriette Esterhuysen led APC in some new directions while staying true to the roots of the organisation. At the request of the board, Esterhuysen will continue to play a role in APC’s management structure, particularly in the area of policy strategy and advocacy.
The board of directors appointed the current deputy executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, as the new executive director. With a valuable experience, as an activist and a leader in struggle for democracy in Philippines, Chat joined APC in January 2000 as a gender and development expert. She led the development, fundraising and management of nine multi-country ICT for development projects that focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since June 2013, Chat was appointed as deputy executive director.
APC welcomes Chat García Ramilo in her new role and wishes her success in continuing to lead APC with the same strength and impassioned commitment that Edie Farwell, APC’s first executive director, and Anriette have, imprinting her own personal style on the way. APC’s dedication to ensuring that the internet serves to promote social justice will carry on under this new and very welcome leadership.