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Legal Officer
Legal Officer Law and Policy Team

Paulina Gutierrez

Paulina Gutierrez

Paulina is the former Digital Rights Programme Officer at ARTICLE 19 Mexico and Central America Office. She is an international human rights lawyer and Internet freedom advocate in Latin America. Paulina holds a degree in Law and another one in International Relations, she holds specialisation degrees on privacy, intellectual property and the Inter American Human Rights System. Her professional experience includes twelve years working on human rights policy research, human rights violations legal advisory, freedom of expression and gender issues. During the last four years she designed and developed the digital rights agenda for ARTICLE 19 Mexico and Central America Regional Office, including innovative approaches to study and exercise Freedom of Expression and Information online. She is also a member of INDELA’s Advisory Board and BENETECH’s Human Rights Program Advisory Board.

Head of Media Freedom
Head of Media Freedom Media Freedom Team

Pierre François Docquir
@pfd_FreeMedia

Pierre François Docquir
@pfd_FreeMedia

Pierre François is the Head of the Media Freedom Programme of ARTICLE 19.

Pierre François Docquir is a researcher and expert in the fields of Human Rights Law, Freedom of Expression and Media Law and Regulation. He joined ARTICLE 19 in 2015 as senior legal officer. He previously served as vice-president of the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel in French-speaking Belgium (2007-2015). He obtained his PhD in Law in 2009 (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and was a lawyer at the Brussel’s Bar (2000-2004).

His work focuses on the protection of freedom of expression in the changing context of contemporary media landscapes. His publications include a volume on the evolution of media regulation in the age of convergence, a book on comparative free speech law (US-ECHR) and articles on various aspects of freedom of expression in worlds that are digitized (or not).

ECA Programme Officer & Media Freedom Programme Officer
ECA Programme Officer & Media Freedom Programme Officer ECA and Media Freedom Teams

Roberta Taveri
@roberta_veri

Roberta Taveri
@roberta_veri

Roberta joined ARTICLE 19 in September 2018 as the ECA Programme Officer, and also currently covers the role of Media Freedom Programme Officer. She focuses on the work on Spain and the Western Balkans and she provides support to ARTICLE 19’s Social Media Council initiative.

Roberta holds a Master degree in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and degrees in Philosophy from the University of Bologna (Italy) and the University of Edinburgh. Roberta has worked for over 8 years in the human rights field at international level: she worked with UN-OHCHR and international NGOs in Uganda and Rwanda, as well as with the human rights section of the EU delegation to the UN in Geneva. Before joining ARTICLE 19, Roberta worked in the international department of the Law Society of England and Wales in London. Roberta speaks English, Spanish and Italian, and has a working knowledge of French.

Office Manager
Office Manager Operations Team

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 Projects
Head of Projects Projects Team

Inger Wong

Inger Wong

Inger manages the Projects Team in ARTICLE 19 where she leads strategic planning and good project management across the organisation including grant management, compliance, monitoring, learning and reporting. Her team also promotes organisational accountability and transparency. Prior to joining ARTICLE 19 in 2009, Inger was a Program Strategist at George P. Johnson, an international experience marketing company based in London. She previously worked in Honduras for Movimiento por la Paz, el Desarme y la Libertad (M.P.D.L.), a Spanish development organisation, and has worked for different United Nations agencies and international non-governmental organisation in Thailand and the United Kingdom. Inger holds an LLB in Law and European Legal Systems from the University of East Anglia and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Consortium Manager - PROTECT
Consortium Manager - PROTECT PROTECT Team

Mariam Diakite

Mariam Diakite

Mariam Diakite joined ARTICLE 19 in 2020 as a Consortium Manager to lead ARTICLE 19’s flagship programme PROTECT (PROTECTING RIGHTS, OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY ENHANCING CIVIC TRANSFORMATION) which is being implemented by ARTICLE 19, Hivos, ICNL and Internews.

Mariam is a partnership broker; in addition to her Consortium Manager role, she currently serves as a Co-chair for the Cross-Consortia Aid Connect (CCAC) programme group convened by Bond as part of the Civil Society Collective (CSC) programme.

She has extensive experience designing and managing a variety of projects which relate to public health, nutrition, WASH, human rights and education. She has managed these projects both on the field in Sudan, and remotely from the UK with international trips to the project locations in Africa and Asia. She brings a unique perspective to the project she oversees, by combining her experience delivering projects in French, English and Bambara; and working on projects funded by institutional donors, Trusts, Majors Donors and Foundations.

Her areas of expertise are brokering partnerships remotely, agile project development/management (including financial management)/implementation in the UK and overseas; adaptive programming, monitoring and evaluation, the management of complex relationships with multiple governments, funders and country partners; and people management.

Head of Protection
Head of Protection Protection Team

Silvia Chocarro

Silvia Chocarro

Silvia Chocarro joined ARTICLE 19 in January 2019. She is the Head of Protection, leading the strategy on the safety of journalists, human rights defenders and civil society. She sits on the IFEX Council, she is a member of the Centre for Freedom of Media (University of Sheffield) and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society (Central European University).

In her 20-year career, Silvia has worked for intergovernmental organizations, for example at UNESCO in the development of the UN Plan of Action on the safety of journalists; for freedom of expression coalitions, for example leading international advocacy for IFEX; for media development NGOs on issues related to the safety of journalists, community media, gender and media and strategic communications; and for media outlets, as foreign correspondent in Spain, Mexico and the US. Silvia is the author of several publications, for example “Nosotras en el país de las Comunicaciones: voces y miradas de mujeres”. She holds a PhD in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Senior Legal Counsel, Transparency
Senior Legal Counsel, Transparency Transparency Team

David Banisar

David Banisar

David has worked in the field of information policy for over 20 years specialising in access to information, freedom of expression, whistleblowing, communications security, and privacy. He leads ARTICLE 19’s work on promoting the right to information and  advocacy at the United Nations on sustainable development, environmental protection, and anti-corruption

David previously was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Director of the Freedom of Information Project at Privacy International, and Policy Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous organisations, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the UN Development Programme and the Open Society Institute.

He has a Juris Doctor in law and public policy from The Columbus School of Law, at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Legal Officer, Transparency
Legal Officer, Transparency Transparency Team

Ilaria Fevola
@ilariafevola

Ilaria Fevola
@ilariafevola

Ilaria joined ARTICLE 19 in 2019 as legal officer focusing on transparency, the right to information, anti-corruption and sustainable development. She has been a legal researcher for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression covering the case-law of the European regional courts (European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union). Prior to joining Article 19, she gained experience in the field of freedom of expression by working at UNESCO, the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), the World Association of Newspapers and News publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Oxygen for Information (Ossigeno per l’Informazione).

Ilaria holds a master’s degree in International and European Law from the University of Torino (Italy). She is currently pursuing an LLM in Human Rights Law at the University of London.