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Our Team


The IFEX Council

The IFEX Council acts on behalf of IFEX network members, overseeing policy and dealing with all strategic and substantial matters facing IFEX. Council members are elected at the biannual IFEX General Meeting, and serve on the Council for two-year terms.

IFEX Council members for 2013-2015 are:

IFEX Convenor: Barbara Trionfi, International Press Institute, Austria
Deputy IFEX Convenor: Wesley Gibbings, Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Trinidad and Tobago
Barbora Bukovská, ARTICLE 19, United Kingdom
Arnold Amber, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Canada
Masjaliza Hamzah, Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia
Essam Shiha, Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, Egypt
Andrés D'Alessandro, Foro de Periodismo Argentino, Argentina
Taranath Dahal, Freedom Forum, Nepal
Oleg Postovanu, Independent Journalism Center, Moldova
Jacqui Park, International Federation of Journalists, Belgium
Sulemana Braimah, Media Foundation for West Africa, Ghana
Zoé Titus, Media Institute of Southern Africa, Namibia
Marian Botsford Fraser, PEN International, United Kingdom

The IFEX Staff Team

The IFEX staff team, based in Toronto, Canada, runs the day to day operations of the network and is managed by founding member organisation Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).

The four main areas of work for the staff are: Information and Awareness Raising; Campaigning and Advocacy; Network Development; and Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability.
  • The Information and Awareness team is responsible for the IFEX website, on-line publications, special reports, and all other IFEX communications materials, both print and digital. They work with the membership to create freedom of information materials that engage wider audiences and make better use of new technologies.
  • The Campaigning and Advocacy team develops campaigns and strategies that support and build on the actions of individual IFEX members and regional networks. In collaboration with the IFEX network, they build powerful and creative campaigns and maximise their potential through the use of digital and multimedia materials and social networking.
  • The Network Development team supports IFEX members, regional networks, and the IFEX network as a whole. This is accomplished through workshops, resources, peer networking, new member outreach, and surveys, as well as through meetings of regional networks, the IFEX Council, and the biannual General Meeting of all IFEX members.
  • The Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability team ensures the long-term viability of IFEX through a strong membership, donor relations, and regular monitoring and evaluating of IFEX programmes to ensure they are on target.
IFEX Staff

Annie Game
IFEX Executive Director

Rachael Kay
IFEX Deputy Executive Director

Maureen James
IFEX Funding and Strategy Specialist

Leslie de Freitas
IFEX Communications Manager

Heather Orrange (on maternity leave)
IFEX Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist

Kristina Stockwood
IFEX Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator

Natasha Grzincic
IFEX Online Editor

Marianna Tzabiras
IFEX Section Editor, Asia & Pacific and Digital Rights

Erin Woycik
IFEX Section Editor, Americas

Caro Rolando
IFEX Section Editor, Africa, Europe & Central Asia

Hiba Zayadin
IFEX Section Editor, Middle East & North Africa

Elena Romanova
CJFE Office Manager

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