Akhil is the Policy and Program Support Fellow at Access Now. He recently completed his MSc in Global Corporations and Policy from SOAS University of London (previously known as the School of Oriental and African Studies), where his dissertation focussed on the spread of digital authoritarianism in Africa. After completing his bachelors in Economics from Loyola College – University of Madras, Akhil briefly volunteered as a school teacher with the non-profit Teach for India. He started his professional pursuit as an intern with the UN – Dept of Public Information at the headquarters in New York. After which, he worked as a project officer with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), an intergovernmental organisation based in Singapore. During his time at ASEF, he had the opportunity to travel across Southeast Asia and Central Europe, working with government and civil society actors to organise education policy programmes and forums. Akhil serves as a member with UNESCO Bangkok’s Steering Committee on Youth and AI Ethics. He grew up in the Middle East and is now based in Kerala, India.