Quinn in Executive Director for Article 19. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University focusing on global non-profit management and a BA in International Relations and the Environment from Stanford University. Prior to joining ARTICLE 19, she worked for the largest non-profit management consultancy in Europe, and was a campaign manager for leading environmental organisations in the United States.
JUDr Barbora Bukovská
Senior Director for Law and PolicyLaw and Policy Team
JUDr Barbora Bukovská
Barbora Bukovská has been ARTICLE 19’s Senior Director for Law and Policy since 2009. She leads on the development of all ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to legal work across the organization.
Barbora has an extensive experience working with various organisations on a range of human rights issues, including protection from discrimination, access to justice, deprivation of liberty, reproductive rights and community development. She also initiated about 50 cases at the European Court of Human Rights on these issues and has published a number of reports and articles on a broad range of human rights. From 2006 to 2008, she was the Legal Director at the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, an international organisation working on the rights of people with disabilities in Europe and Central Asia. She graduated from the Law School of Charles University in Prague and has earned a doctorate degree in law in Slovakia and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. In 1998 and 1999, she was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Law School in New York.
Head of Asia Programme
Matthew joined ARTICLE 19 in January 2018. Prior to joining ARTICLE 19, much of Matthew’s work focused on the human rights situation in Thailand and Myanmar. He has researched abuses by state security forces, violations of fair trial standards, refugee policies, threats to human rights defenders and restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and movement, among other topics, and has written reports for the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, Fortify Rights, the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International and Aegis Trust. From 2013 to 2015, Matthew was a research fellow and clinical instructor at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. Matthew was previously Justice Base’s Myanmar Project Manager and Acting Executive Director. He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Sarah joined ARTICLE 19 in January 2019 as Head of the Europe and Central Asia team, defending the human rights to freedom of expression and information in the region. Between 2012 and 2018, she led PEN International’s policy and advocacy work, overseeing its engagement with the UN and regional human rights mechanisms and governments. She is the author of numerous PEN International country-specific and thematic reports concerning legal restrictions on free expression and the protection of writers and journalists at risk. She has a particular interest in freedom of expression in Turkey, where she has led numerous advocacy missions, trial observations and the amicus interventions on the priority cases of journalists before the European Court of Human Rights. She regularly publishes, lectures and gives trainings on a variety of freedom of expression issues.
Sarah has consulted for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, OSCE and Oxford and Harvard universities on issues relating to freedom of expression, asylum and forced migration. She speaks Spanish and is graduate of Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin and BPP Law School. She is currently training as a barrister at the English Bar where she is an Exhibition Scholar of the Inner Temple.
David joined ARTICLE 19 in August 2013. As Senior Director of Programmes, he is responsible for overseeing the programmes of work in Europe and Central Asia, and Asia-Pacific, the thematics leads on Media freedom, Protection and the UN Team, supports governance structures, as well as internal security.
With a BA in Political Science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, David has more than 20 years of professional experience in human rights with the UN, and various IGOs and INGOs.
Prior to joining ARTICLE 19, David worked for Amnesty International for ten years, primarily as Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia. He worked in the Balkans region during and after the armed conflict for 7 years, mainly for the OSCE. David lived and work for 4 years in various countries in Africa, including post-genocide Rwanda, Liberia and Burkina Faso.
David speaks English, French and Spanish and has knowledge of Serbo-Croatian.
Denise joined ARTICLE 19 in Oct 2019 as the Regional Director for the Brazil and South America region. Denise is a lawyer and human rights activist with more than 25 years of experience on gender and access to justice. Denise holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University of Essex/UK, and a MA in History and Politics from Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, with several publications on women’s rights, human rights and civil society. A founding member of THEMIS – Gender Justice and Human Rights, a feminist organisation that develops legal empowerment programs for women community leaderships since 1993, she worked for the Ford Foundation as a senior program officer responsible for the Human Rights Program in Brazil from 2000 to 2011 and has served on the Advisory Committee of UN Women in Brazil and Latina America and Caribe regions. Currently, Denise is a board member of Conectas Human Rights and Ibirapitanga Institute.
Regional Director for Bangladesh and South Asia
Faruq joined ARTICLE 19 at the end of 2018 as the Regional Director for the Bangladesh and South Asia region. He has over two decades experience of working in the field of international development program management and leadership, as well as journalism, media development and development communications in Asia, North America, Europe and Central America. He wrote stories for a variety of international publications including Time magazine, New Internationalist, Gemini News Service, Information-Denmark, Rapport-Sweden and Far Eastern Economic Review. As the Coordinator and International Spokesperson of Nepal International Media Missions for International Media Support, Denmark, he coordinated two International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Missions to Nepal in response to continued violations of press freedom and FoE in Nepal during the time of conflict. He was a member of the Canadian Government’s delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2004 as the civil society adviser on UNSCR 1325.
Fatou is a human rights and freedom of expression advocate with more than 18 years’ experience working in Africa. She established ARTICLE 19 West Africa in Senegal in 2010 and represented ARTICLE 19 various initiatives including the IFEX lead advocacy on Tunisia (Tunisia Monitoring Group) from 2005 to 2011. From 2002 to 2005 she worked with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights for the adoption of the Declaration on Freedom of Expression in Africa and the mechanism of the Special Rapporteur on FoE in Africa.
Beginning her career in the Gambia in 1999 at the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) Fatou went on to co-found the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, established after the April 2000 killings. A member of the Africa Regional Advisory Group (RAG) of Amnesty International and past Chairperson of the working group of the African Platform on access to Information (APAI) Fatou holds LLM in Economic and Communication Law, a Master’s Degree in International Law, from the University of Toulouse, and a Bachelor (Cambridge English Law Specialty).
Saloua Ghazouani Oueslati
Regional Director for Tunisia and Middle East and North Africa
Saloua Ghazouani Oueslati
Since joining ARTICLE 19 in 2012, Saloua has led the organisation’s programs in Tunisia and gradually in other countries of the MENA region. She has 15 years of experience working in non-governmental and multi-lateral organisations, including the UNDP in Tunisia and the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR). Saloua holds an MSc in Information and Communication from the Institute of Press and Information Sciences in Tunisia. She is accredited as a BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) Facilitator.
Regional Director for Mexico and Central America
Leopoldo joined ARTICLE 19 in 2013, and became the Regional Director for the Mexico and Central America region from 2020. He holds a BA Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has worked as attorney in the Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustin Pro (Centro Prodh), and as a researcher on human rights and immigration issues at the Universidad Iberomericana.
Regional Director for Kenya and Eastern Africa
Mugambi Kiai joined ARTICLE 19 in January 2020 as the Regional Director for the Kenya and Eastern Africa region. He is a lawyer by training with a very distinguished track record of nearly three decades in the areas of Human Rights, Rule of Law, Justice, Governance and Democracy including Freedom of Expression and Media (Press) Freedom issues and challenges.
He is an LL.M Graduate from Harvard School of Law and has an LL.B from the University of Nairobi, Faculty of Law.
Director of Communications and InformationCommunications and Information Team
Sara Wilbourne joined ARTICLE 19 in 2016 to lead the development of the organisations’ international communications strategy together with the evolution of international campaigns.
Sara has extensive experience in NGO communications primarily with Amnesty International Secretariat where she held senior positions with responsibility for international publications and strategic communications. She led the development of the iconic Amnesty international brand during a seven-year process which resulted in the first unified global expression of the organisation. Prior to joining Amnesty Sara spent the first twenty years of her career in the field of educational and academic publishing, first joining Longman Scientific and Technical division (now Pearson), and going on to become the youngest university press publisher in Europe in 1992 when she took over the reigns of Cork University Press. Sara went on to become the President of the Irish Publishers Association in 2000 and the launched a number of ground-breaking titles with authors who taught her the joy of collaboration and diversity in pursuit of knowledge.
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