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 2017-2019 are:
IFEX Convenor: Roula Mikhael – Maharat Foundation, Lebanon
Deputy IFEX Convenor: Owais Aslam Ali – Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Pakistan
Treasurer: Omar Rábago Vital – Centro Nacional de Comunicacion Social (CENCOS), Mexico
Gilbert Sendugwa, Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), Uganda
Ioana Avadani – Centre for Independent Journalism – Romania (CIJ-Romania)
Jillian York – Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Jodie Ginsberg – Index on Censorship
Nedal Al Salman, Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Bahrain
Karin D. Karlekar - Pen American Centre, United States
Bulbul Ahsan - MediaWatch, Bangladesh
Berna Akkizal, Initiative for Freedom of Expression, Turkey
Pedro Vaca, La Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), Colombia
Paula Martins, ARTICLE 19
The IFEX Secretariat
The IFEX Secretariat, based in Toronto, Canada, runs the day to day operations of the network.
The three main areas of work for the staff are: Communications; Campaigns and Advocacy; and Member and Network Development.
- The Communications team amplifies the reach and impact of IFEX member voices and creates original, engaging material to foster a broader and deeper understanding of the right to freedom of expression and information. It is responsible for IFEX communications channels including the website and social media.
- The Campaigns and Advocacy team develops network-wide campaigns and strategies that support and build on the actions of individual IFEX members and regional networks, seizing opportunities where we can have the most collective and measurable impact – including IFEX’s flagship campaign to end impunity.
- The Member and Network Development team supports the strengthening of IFEX members, regional networks, and the IFEX network as a whole. This is accomplished through direct support to members, convening skills exchanges and learning opportunities, self-serve organisational strengthening resources, and peer networking, as well as through meetings of regional networks and the biannual IFEX Strategy Conference.
IFEX Executive Director
IFEX Deputy Executive Director
Management Systems and Operations
Head of Management Systems and Operations
Programme Support Administrator
Financial and Office Systems Administrator
Elizabeth Rivera Rivas
Leslie de Freitas
Head of Communications and Editorial
Campaigns and Advocacy
Head of Campaigns and Advocacy
Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist
Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator
Member and Network Development
Head of Member and Network Development
Membership and Programme Specialist
Member and Network Specialist