Our people

David  Madden


Washington DC


  • Global


  • Innovation

Impact Areas

  • Civic Empowerment
  • Data & Digital Rights
  • Financial Transparency
  • Independent Media


David Madden

Head of Innovation

David helps Luminate expand the ways it has impact. He brings nearly 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur creating organisations that use technology to drive change.

Most recently, David was the Founder & CEO of Phandeeyar, a tech hub in Yangon, which is spearheading the development of Myanmar’s startup and social innovation ecosystem.

Previously, David co-founded Purpose, a global digital strategy agency, which uses technology to build movements and harness New Power. A civic tech pioneer, he co-founded Avaaz.org, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 50 million members, and GetUp.org.au, a technology-enabled movement that has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined.

David currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Phandeeyar, and is the host of Revolution of Necessity, a podcast that shares the stories of tech entrepreneurs in emerging markets.