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Director, Sénégal and West Africa
Director, Sénégal and West Africa

Fatou Jagne
@FatouJagneS

Fatou Jagne
@FatouJagneS

Fatou established the ARTICLE 19 regional office for West Africa in Senegal in 2010. She represented ARTICLE 19 in IFEX lead advocacy, and the Tunisia Monitoring Group, and supported programmes development for ARTICLE 19 in Tunisia from 2011 to 2012. She has more than 18 years’ experience working on human rights in Africa.

Fatou began her human rights career in the Gambia in 1999 at the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) as Programme Officer. She is a co-founder of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in the Gambia, set up after the April 2000 killings of students. She also previously worked as a freelance Producer & Presenter at the Gambia National TV.

From 2002 to 2005, Fatou coordinated ARTICLE 19’s work to assist the African Commission on Human and People’ Rights (ACHPR) to adopt a landmark Declaration on Freedom of Expression in Africa and worked with the ACPHR Focal Point to develop the framework for the mechanism of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression in Africa. She serves in several working groups and regional oversight committees including the Africa Regional Advisory Group (RAG) of Amnesty International to provide strategic advice to Regional Offices and Amnesty Sections and Structures.

She holds an LLM in Economic and Communication Law and Master’s Degree in International Law, from the University of Toulouse, Capitole and a Bachelor of Comparative Law (English Law Specialty) University of Toulouse and Cambridge.

MENA Programme Assistant
MENA Programme Assistant

Feryel Charfeddine

Feryel Charfeddine

As a Program Assistant, Feryel has supported the implementation of the MENA Transparency Program since October 2015Feryel graduated with a Master’s degree in Market Finance from the Trade University.  Prior to joining ARTICLE 19, she worked with several other national NGOs, as a Project Coordinator with the Foundations of Chokri against Violence and as Executive Director with Reform, a national association combating police violence.  

Director of Communications and Information

Sara Wilbourne

Sara Wilbourne

Director, Brazil and South America
Director, Brazil and South America

Paula Martins

Paula Martins

Paula is a lawyer who has worked for many years with NGOs in Brazil on issues such as housing rights, indigenous land rights and disability rights. She has also developed capacity-building programmes and materials on human rights themes. She has experience in coordinating human rights projects, researching and documenting human rights violations and legal counselling on legal matters of public interest. Before joining ARTICLE 19, Paula worked with Human Rights Watch as a researcher on Angola, and as a focal point on housing rights with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. She was a visiting fellow to the Federation Internationale des ligues des Droits de l’Homme in Paris and with the European Roma Rights Center in Budapest. She has an LLM in public interest law, with a specialisation in international human rights law.

Office Manager

Renato Alesi

Renato Alesi

Renato Joined ARTICLE 19 as Office Manager in November 2011. Prior to this, he worked at The Management Centre, a management consultancy working internationally with non-profit organisations, where he coordinated the materials for the management training programmes. He also assisted with the website development; liaised with venues in preparation for events; as well as ensuring the smooth running of the office. At ARTICLE 19 Renato is responsible for the successful day to day running of the International office here in London, he also assists in coordinating travel, events and offers general IT support to the office.

Head of Finance

Ahmed Bangura

Ahmed Bangura

Ahmed is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA in Finance from University of East London. He has over 13 years experience in a variety of management and financial accounting, internal and external audit and project accounting roles both in the UK and overseas. He spent over 9 years working for KPMG Sierra Leone as an Auditor and Financial Management Specialist providing consultancy and other financial management services to various INGO’s and Government Agencies. In the UK, Ahmed has provided support in financial management to a number of Charity Organisations, and has particular experience in charity statutory reporting (SORP), implementing new accounting systems and developing strong systems and procedures of financial control. Ahmed joined ARTICLE 19 in September 2012 from Tower Hamlet CVS where he was the Finance Manager.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Officer

George Morris

George Morris

George oversees monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities at ARTICLE 19. Prior to this, he coordinated a two year programme to increase M&E capacity for London based charities in the health and social care sector. George has also worked as an evaluator for the International Institute for Environment and Development, and as a communications contractor at UNICEF Ethiopia. He holds a MA in Global Media and Communications at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Cross-Programmatic Projects Manager

Patricia Meléndez

Patricia Meléndez

Patricia joined ARTICLE 19 as Cross-Programmatic Projects Manager in May 2012, overseeing the largest grants of the organisation across multiple regions and thematic areas. She coordinates the portfolio of work on the civic space, in particular ARTICLE 19’s work under the Civic Space Initiative (CSI) consortium. Prior to this she worked in the Office of the Secretary General of Amnesty International where she coordinated special projects and provided support to the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General. She has worked as a clerk at the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and has work experience from different United Nations agencies and non-government organisations. Patricia holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and an LLM (Distinction) in International Law and International Relations from the University of Kent. She has lived in many countries in Latin America, Africa and Europe.