Arul Prakkash, Program Manager for Asia and the Pacific
Before joining WITNESS, Prakkash served as the executive director and senior program staff member of Pusat Komas, a human rights and popular communications NGO in Malaysia. Prakkash has a background in grassroots community organizing with urban poor youth, indigenous communities and plantation workers with a focus on the use of popular media to empower and advocate for human rights. Prakkash played a vital role in setting up community-based media centers and training NGOs and communities on using video for change.
Prakkash’s expertise also extends to other popular communications tools for information dissemination, community education and using internet and social media technology for human rights in Southeast Asia. He founded “code4change” a initiative to empower and support non-profit organizations and communities with digital information and communication technologies to effect social and environmental change. He was also a member of the first steering committee of BERSIH 2.0, a civil society movement advocating for free and fair elections in Malaysia and later helped set up and co-coordinate a nationwide election observation body (using a web based platform) that trained hundreds of independent observers during the 2013 Malaysian general elections.