Desiree is a founder of the citizen’s initiative “Air to the People” which provides open data measurements on air quality in Serbia.
She is a founding member of ISOC Serbia Belgrade and Hacklab Belgrade. She chairs the board of the SHARE Foundation, which champions the protection of personal data and digital rights and serves on the Advisory Council of Open Rights Group UK and ISOC England UK.
Desiree was a Senior Advisor, Public Policy and International Affairs Advisor at Afilias Plc from 2001 to 2021. She championed the university-industry collaboration in the field of Internet governance as a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. As of 2021, Desiree co-chairs the RIPE Cooperation Working Group.
She served on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society back in 2004-2010 and 2013-2019, as well as the Board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility 2004-2010. She served as Special Adviser to the UN Under-Secretary and Chair of the Internet Governance Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (2006-2009). She continues to volunteer her time and fundraise for many different local and global Internet communities, organisations and institutions to keep the Internet open and accessible.