New DGI team to be announced soon…
DGI is in the process of finally becoming incorporated and recruiting new directors and members. As soon as practicable, we will update this page and introduce you to our new team and will acknowledge our past members, who have been part of our journey since DGI was founded in December, 2014.
Gisele Mesnage, Founder/ President
Gisele is an experienced and passionate advocate based in Sydney. She moved to Australia from France, aged 11, after being told by her parents that her family was going on an adventure to see kangaroos.
She graduated in 1998 from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) with Honours, has completed multiple computing courses at TAFE NSW and enjoys continuing education courses at the WEA, Sydney, particularly in space exploration and marine biology. Gisele also has an enviable knowledge of Star Trek, being a long-time Trekkie. Give her a call – you may find her voicemail recording reveals she is on the starship Enterprise and cannot take your call.
Gisele has volunteered for many not-for-profit organisations over the years and was involved in the peace movement and advocating for Aboriginal rights. She was a member of the Sydney Space Association for 25 years, advocating for Australia’s own space program.
Gisele is a member of the Ashfield Access Committee of Ashfield Council. Gisele also has a wealth of experience as an end-user tester of digital technology.
Gisele enjoys sharing time with her family and friends, theatre (audio-described where possible, of course) and opera and folk music, falling asleep to an audio book and chilling out, walking and swimming with her noble Guide Dog and friend, D’Artagnan (a.k.a. Mr D). Those who know her well know the way to her heart is marzipan, not chocolate, and that the first English word she learned was “shut up”, obviously she still doesn’t know what those words mean.
Gisele’s goal is to bring about legal and other systemic reforms to create an inclusive digital society. Although her father is no longer with us, his influence lives on in Gisele’s conviction that digitalisation makes the world more accessible. As her father used to spend hours explaining to her, binary code is flexible and not visual. After decades attempting to bring about change through lodging complaints with the Australian Human Rights Commission, direct approaches to various organisations and ultimately litigation, Gisele founded The Digital Gap Initiative to achieve real change in a systematic and constructive way.