Sarah joined ARTICLE 19 in January 2019 as Head of the Europe and Central Asia team, defending the human rights tofreedom 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.
Marian has 17 years’ experience in formulating and managing development projects. She is currently responsible for consolidating and expanding the financial sustainability of ARTICLE 19 by implementing a robust strategy and vision of income-generating activities. She originally joined ARTICLE 19 in 2014 as Fundraising Officer.
Prior to ARTICLE 19, Marian was a Senior in-house Consultant in HTSPE’s Business development Unit (now called DAI Europe) for over seven years, with particular emphasis in procurement and management of projects funded by the EC/EDF. This provided her with excellent knowledge of and practical experience with rules, processes and procedures of the European Commission and the European Union, and required regular communication with EU delegations worldwide. Her professional experience has been mainly focused on Governance, Empowerment and Human Rights. Prior to joining HTSPE in 2007, she worked for two prestigious NGOs in Bolivia (Promujer; Ayuda en Accion-Bolivia), addressing political and civil rights, undertaking major research projects and designing policy strategies and campaigns.
She is fully conversant with PCM and donors’ rules and procedures, particularly EC, USDOs/DRL, DFID, bilateral donors (Norwegian MFA, SIDA and Canada MFA) and foundations such as MacArthur, National Endowment for Democracy (NED) or OSF. She is a qualified lawyer and worked as Crown Court Clerk for a solicitors firm in UK (2005- 2007). Marian holds a Bachelor of Law (School of Law, University of Granada, Spain) and an MSc in International Development by the University of Bath, UK.
Dessalegn Yehuala is an information technology and data enthusiast. Currently employed by Addis Ababa University as a lecturer and researcher within the Computer Science Department, Dessalegn has been an ARTICLE 19 Internet of Rights fellow since March 2018. Dessalegn monitors and documents freedom of expression concerns in The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Maureen is a systems engineer from Merida, Venezuela who joined ARTICLE 19’s Internet of Rights Fellowship Programme in April 2018. Maureen’s research focuses on low-cost spectrums technology as a solution for areas in need of internet connectivity. She is also interested in developing strategies to overcome political and policy barriers to technical development.
Yosr Jouini is a software engineer from Tunis, Tunisia. Her work focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) and the ethical concerns of algorithmic decision-making. Previously, she was a fellow of both the African School on Internet Governance and the Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance. As a first year Internet of Rights fellow who began in April 2019, she will conduct research on technical solutions and standards for an ethical AI and focus on AI development in the Middle East and Africa.
John Gbadamosi from Nigeria is a core member of Media Rights Agenda’s (MRA) digital rights department. He is involved in advocacy, project conception, planning, implementation and reporting in MRA’s mandate areas especially in digital rights and freedoms. John who started his fellowship in April 2019 will be examining the regulatory guidelines for deployment of broadband services in Nigeria in the course of the IoR fellowship.
Samat is a former Chief Technology Officer at Meduza, a prominent independent news outlet. His team experienced internet censorship first hand and successfully fought it using technical means in Kazakhstan. Now, he advocates for technology better suited to withstand internet censorship in Russia and in the world. His current focuses include technologies such as eSNI, DoH, HTTP/3 protocols, large IT companies’ cooperation with governments on censorship initiatives, and internet censorship legislation.