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Head of Digital
Head of Digital

Mallory Knodel
@chaoticfree

Mallory Knodel
@chaoticfree

Mallory takes a human rights, people-centred approach to cybersecurity policy advocacy. Originally from the US but living in Nairobi, she has worked with grassroots organisations around the world in Bolivia, France, Palestine and the UK. She has used free software throughout her professional career. She holds a BS in Physics and Mathematics and an MA in Science Education.

Programme Officer, Malaysia
Programme Officer, Malaysia

Nalini Elumalai

Nalini Elumalai

Nalini  is grass roots human rights activist from Malaysia. She is a graduate in Political Science from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) and she has Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. Before taking on her current position, among other things, Nalini worked for eight years with Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), as a campaign coordinator. During her eight year tenure she discharged a wide variety of roles and responsibilities, including steering the organization for two years as the Executive Director. She has also worked as a Consultant with Amnesty International Malaysia and a Program Coordinator for Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network. Nalini is actively involved with several activist grassroots movements related to the rural poor, plantation workers and indigenous people. From 2006, she has volunteered in a community-based organisation, the Oppressed People Network, working closely with grassroots communities fighting for the right to safe housing and land rights and championing workers’ rights.

Executive Director
Executive Director

Thomas Hughes
@thomasmhughes

Thomas Hughes
@thomasmhughes

Thomas Hughes joined ARTICLE 19 as Executive Director in October 2013.

He is the founder and former Director of the social purpose enterprises, Diversity (an international advertising network for online news media from human rights repressed countries) and VirtualRoad.org (a secure hosting service that protects the websites of civil society organisations).

For the past two decades Thomas has worked on human rights and media development issues, including as Deputy Director of International Media Support (IMS) between 2005 and 2010, as well as previously for the United Nations, European Commission and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

He is a member of the UK Foreign Secretary’s Independent Advisory Group on Human Rights and an Independent Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

Deputy Executive Director

Quinn McKew

Quinn McKew

As the Deputy Executive Director, Quinn is responsible for global operations and governance at ARTICLE 19 including the integration of our 8 regional offices and 50+ regional partner organisations. Quinn 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.

Head of Asia Programme
Head of Asia Programme

Matthew Bugher

Matthew Bugher

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.

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.

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.

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.