Gitanjali S. Gutierrez, Information Commissioner, effective 2 March 2015
Ms. Gitanjali S. Gutierrez graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA), with a double major in African-American history and social change movements. She later graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Public Law from Cornell Law School (Ithaca, New York, USA) and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She then served as a judicial clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She was called to the bar in the State of New York (USA) in 2002.
Ms. Gutierrez is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer with over a decade of experience with public access to information laws. Following her clerkship, she taught international human rights law at Cornell Law School and then received the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law from 2003-2005. She was an attorney from 2005-2011 with the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based international human rights organization. In the course of her work, she was granted secret-level security clearance from the USA Department of Justice from 2004-2015.
She has practised before all levels of courts in the United States and provided investigative, legal and factual research to support human rights litigation in several European countries and international tribunals. Ms. Gutierrez has also conducted trainings for the general public and legal professionals on public access to information laws. Throughout her career, Ms. Gutierrez has mentored students, paralegals and junior lawyers in their academic and professional development.
Sheena Bassett, Project Officer
Ms. Bassett joined the ICO in 2018. In her current role as Project Officer she serves as project lead for the ICO’s Annual Return process, Annual Report and Monthly Roundup. In addition, she oversees the ICO’s public outreach initiatives and assists the Information Commissioner with media relations.
LaKai Dill, Investigation Officer
Ms. LaKai Dill joined the ICO as an Investigation Officer in March 2020. She served almost 7 years at the Bermuda Ombudsman’s office under the first and second appointees, as research support in a temporary role initially and later returning as an Investigations Officer.
Ms. Dill is experienced in resolving complaints about the public sector through informal approaches and formal investigations. She enjoys supporting small teams with enhancing efficiencies, by drawing on her skills in mapping out processes, trouble-shooting, organising and developing resources. She is driven to contribute to the growth of Bermuda’s accountability branch.
As an undergrad, Ms. Dill studied international relations in Puebla, Mexico. She then interned at Ghana’s hybrid ombudsman and human rights institution for six months in their Cape Coast office. A treasured accomplishment was publishing an article in Latin American Policy, based on her undergraduate dissertation on Black identity politics in Mexico. On returning to Bermuda, Ms. Dill earned a graduate degree in special education, including teacher training – a programme she began while working with a local youth development charity. Recently, she completed an online postgraduate certificate in dispute resolution, tailored for ombuds and other complaints professionals.
Tikitta Suhartono, Office Manager
Tikitta Suhartono joined the Information Commissioner's Office in November 2015 as our Office Manager. She is responsible for all aspects of the running of the Office, including the financial management, office management and administration and human resources.
Answer Styannes, Investigation Officer
Ms. Answer Styannes joined the Information Commissioners Office as an Investigation Officer in October 2016. She received her Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information (“PC.foi”) and is currently the ICO’s Information Officer. Prior to moving to Bermuda with her Bermudian husband, Ms. Styannes worked at Daly & Associates, a Hong Kong-based human rights law firm mainly focusing on providing assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. Ms. Styannes also worked for the Asian Human Rights Commission during her time in Hong Kong, in which she headed the Indonesia Desk of the organization.
Ms. Styannes started her human rights career with the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat) in Jakarta, Indonesia, while she was a law student at the University of Indonesia. Shortly after her graduation, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue her LL.M degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex (England, UK). Ms. Styannes was part of the Human Rights Clinic of the university and was a research intern at Minority Rights Group International as well as Global Witness.
Throughout her career as a human rights researcher and advocate, Ms. Styannes has developed strong interests in the issues of the rights of minorities, protection against torture, anti-discrimination, and freedom of expression and information. With her experience and skills set, Ms. Styannes hopes to contribute to the advancement of democracy and open government in Bermuda.