International Board of Trustees

Accountability for our operations is maintained by our International Board of Trustees, working to the highest standards of transparency and integrity in governance, and drawing on the expertise of its members. The International Board approves the annual report and accounts of ARTICLE 19, in which are detailed all our major donors and regional projects. Go to our Annual reports page to find out more.

UK [appointed December 2013]

Paddy Coulter, Chairman

UK [appointed December 2013]

Paddy Coulter, Chairman

Paddy Coulter is a specialist in media and development with over 30 years professional experience of international communications. Hailing originally from Northern Ireland, he is currently based in Oxford as a Director of Oxford Global Media, a UK consultancy working on a range of communications strategy assignments for international organisations.

His previous experience includes responsibility for the Reuters international journalism programme of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he was Director of Studies between 2001 and 2007.  From 1990-2001 Paddy was Director (and from 1987-1990 Deputy Director) of the International Broadcasting Trust, producing over a hundred television programmes on global development and human rights for BBC TV, Channel 4 Television and other leading international broadcasters.   He was previously and Head of Communications at Oxfam (1982/1987).

Paddy is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. He has maintained a strong interest in media and civil society, having had lengthy involvements as a Trustee with UNICEF UK, Comic Relief and the Media Trust as well as Oxfam. He won the Gold Award from the United Nations Correspondents Association in New York for the IBT television documentary series ‘Under the Blue Flag’ and in 2000 Paddy was awarded OBE by Her Majesty’s Government in London for “services to development awareness”.  He is also a Trustee of the Geddes Trust which seeks to promote Oxford student journalism and is a Visiting Fellow of the Bournemouth Media School, University of Bournemouth.

In addition to being Chair of the International Board of ARTICLE 19 (since 2014), Paddy sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Governance Committee and is also a director of the regional affiliate ARTICLE 19 East Africa.

 

Malaysia [appointed June 2016]

Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Vice Chair

Malaysia [appointed June 2016]

Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Vice Chair

Gayathry Venkiteswaran is a journalist and activist and sits on the Governance committee of the International Board of ARTICLE 19.  She is a lecturer at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, where she is also a PhD candidate with the focus of her research on media reforms in Southeast Asia.  Prior to this, she was the executive director of the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance, working on press freedom and access to information in the region. Before joining SEAPA, she headed a Malaysian press freedom organisation, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), worked as a journalist and taught media history and journalism in a number of private colleges and universities. She was curator of the freedom of expression content on Asia and the Pacific for the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) based in Toronto, and is co-editing a book on the media in transition in Burma with two other editors, scheduled for publication in 2019.

Gayathry has authored a research paper for the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, Challenges and Recommendations (2016), and has presented extensively in international fora on issues related to media freedom and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia. She has an MA (International Relations) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Mass Communication from University Sains Malaysia.

Gayathry Chairs the Governance Committee of the International Board

 

Lebanon (based in Berlin, Germany) [Appointed June 2020]

Abir Ghattas

Lebanon (based in Berlin, Germany) [Appointed June 2020]

Abir Ghattas

Abir Ghattas is a Lebanese human rights activist and a technologist and the Information Security Director for Human Rights Watch.  Prior to her current role she was the communications and outreach director for Raseef22 a PAN Arab independent media platform and also the outreach director for Majal, a network of digital platforms centered on securing freedom of expression and access to information in the MENA region. Abir’s work focuses on women’s rights, digital rights, and the intersection of gender and tech. She sits on the grant advisory board of Access Now and Open Technology Fund’s “Red Team” board.

USA [appointed June 2020]

David Kaye

USA [appointed June 2020]

David Kaye

David Kaye teaches law at the University of California, Irvine. From 2014 – 2020 he served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. He is also the author of Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet (2019). Since October 2020 he has been serving as the Independent Chair of the Board of the Global Network Initiative. He has also written for international and American law journals and numerous media outlets. David began his legal career with the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a former member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

 

USA [ appointed June 2018]

Bob Latham

USA [ appointed June 2018]

Bob Latham

Robert P. “Bob” Latham has had a distinguished career spanning three decades, as a trial lawyer with recognized expertise in the areas of media law and intellectual property litigation. He is currently a Partner and Chair of Jackson Walker L.L.P.’s media law practice group, and his trial practice also involves complex commercial disputes, international, and class actions. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Virginia Law School.

In addition to his practice at Jackson Walker, Bob serves on the International Board of ARTICLE 19 and the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law. He is also a former president of the Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center.

Bob has served on the Executive Committee of World Rugby for seven years, and chairs the World Rugby Regulations Committee.  He is a former Chairman of the Board of USA Rugby as well as a former President of Rugby Americas North. Bob is also a published author and columnist, and a much sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. He has spoken on matters related to the rights of free speech, technology and intellectual property litigation, advocacy and litigation strategy, dispute resolution and sports – from Antwerp to Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro to Glasgow, and Melbourne to Yangzhou.

Bob also sits on the Major Gifts Committee of the International Board.

Brazil [Appointed 2022]

Lucia Nader

Brazil [Appointed 2022]

Lucia Nader

Lucia Nader is a political scientist with expertise in the field of democracy, social change, and human rights. 

A seasoned consultant and facilitator and the author of several articles on social entrepreneurship, she has been researching and working with activists, NGOs and donors for more than 25 years. She is former Executive Director of the Brazil-based organisation Conectas Human Rights, and led on its Foreign Policy and Human Rights Program, with a focus on south-south relations. 

Recently she has focused on strengthening institutional processes, and fostering individual and collective care and protection within organisations. She facilitates team-building, governance and strategic planning, as well as collaborative research initiatives. Her current PhD research at the Institute for Development Studies – University of Sussex focuses on regenerative activism, looking at the benefits of renewal, restoration and revitalisation at individual, organisational and movement levels.

Lucia was a visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice – CHGRJ (New York University) and at the Institute for Latin American Studies – ILAS (Columbia University) in 2017 and 2018. From 2015 and 2016, she was a fellow with the Open Society Foundations Fellowship Program investigating ‘Solid Organizations in a Liquid World’.

She holds a postgraduate degree from Sciences-Po (Paris, France) and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). Ashoka, an organisation supporting entrepreneurs and organisations that provide solutions to social problems, recognised her work in 2009. Lucia is fluent in Portuguese, French, English and Spanish. 

Kenya [appointed June 2021]

Charles Onyango-Obbo

Kenya [appointed June 2021]

Charles Onyango-Obbo

Charles Onyango-Obbo is a Ugandan journalist and writer with over 30 years of experience, who lives and works in Nairobi.

He is currently developing a museum of African historical figures, “The Wall of Great Africans”, part of which is published on Facebook.

Onyango-Obbo, has an MA in Journalism from the American University in Cairo, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

He was co-founder and Managing Editor of The Monitor, Uganda’s most successful independent newspaper. He has campaigned long for media freedom, in a career that saw him arrested several times over his newspaper’s reporting, and appearing in court over a record 120 times, during which he and a colleague won a definitive case in the Uganda Constitutional Court protecting freedom of expression.

In 2003 moved to work with Nation Media Group (NMG) in Nairobi after it bought a controlling stake in The Monitor, as the group’s first Executive Editor for Media Convergence and Africa project. In 2014 he joined Mail & Guardian (South Africa),  to launch its pan-African unit Mail & Guardian Africa.

In June 2016 he launched Africapedia, a story ideation startup, in Nairobi. He writes three weekly columns published in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, focusing mostly on democratic transitions, technology, and disruptive trends across various sectors in the continent.

He is the author of three books, and a fourth, exploring the exploits of  pioneering journalists over 150 years in 16 eastern African countries, is being published in July.

He sits on the board of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Nairobi, and the advisory board of media innovation hub Baraza Lab.

Onyango-Obbo joined the Article 19 international board in June 2021.

India (Appointed in June 2020]

Aparna Ravi

India (Appointed in June 2020]

Aparna Ravi

Aparna Ravi is a corporate and finance lawyer with nearly two decades of experience, having practiced law in New York, London and India.  She is currently based in New Delhi, where she is a Partner at Samvad Partners Advocates, a pan-Indian, full-service law firm. In addition to representing clients in financing, mergers and acquisitions, and investment transactions, Aparna regularly advices a number of corporate clients on corporate governance issues as well on compliance and advisory matters, including implementing policies to make working places safer.

Aparna has also worked with a legal not-for-profit organization in Bangalore, India where she was involved in research and litigation on women’s rights and the right to education, and has been a visiting faculty at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.  Aparna was a member of the Bankruptcy Law Reform Committee constituted by the Indian Government that prepared the initial draft of the new legislation and continues to research and write widely on insolvency law reform in India.

Aparna also has a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from New York University School of Law (2003) and a Bachelor degree in Government from Harvard University (2000). She is qualified to practice law in India and in New York.

 

UK [appointed June 2018]

Mark Salway

UK [appointed June 2018]

Mark Salway

Mark is Director of Sustainable Finance at Cass Business School, City, University of London.  He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and holds their postgraduate diploma in charity accounting. He has been responsible for the business school’s work on developing financial sustainability in charities, and has led the social investment and social finance work for the past four years. He also leads the ICAEW accredited MSc module on Advanced, Audit, Accounting and Taxation.

Mark has extensive experience as management consultant for industry, government and with many non-profit organisations – from the UN and CARE International, to Age UK and the Children’s Society – as well as many commercial organisations such as Virgin Airlines, and WS Atkins.  He has also advised government at the Department of Work and Pension and Department of Education and Skills.

He was Director for Finance and Operational Support for CARE International UK from 2007-2014, (and Joint Acting CEO in 2014).  During the earlier part of his career Mark worked for KMPG from 1996-2004 in consulting and audit, where he was also part of the Charity Management Team.

He is passionate about giving people tools to help themselves and developing a voice for civil society, and helped to establish www.lendwithcare.org.uk, the peer to peer lending platform.

Mark sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee for the International Board.

 

 

UK {appointed December 2020]

David Viney

UK {appointed December 2020]

David Viney

David Viney is a digital technologist with more than 20 years’ leadership experience across the public, private and third sectors, including six years building a digital consulting business.

He is currently Director of Enterprise Platforms at the British Standards Institute (BSI), having previously undertaken similar roles at Arup and at the BBC; where he delivered business systems across news, television and radio.

David is professionally qualified in both IT and Finance, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Passionate about international development and human rights, he has served on the Finance Committee and main Boards of both SciDev, a global news media NGO, and Privacy International (‘PI’).

Whilst David was at PI, the board oversaw a complete overhaul of the vision, strategy and branding of the organisation, to maintain relevance in the post-Snowden era; addressing not only fundamental privacy rights, but also emerging concerns such as data exploitation by large corporates and the protection of democracy from malign actors.

David joined the ARTICLE 19 board in December 2020.

UK {appointed June 2019]

Lesley Swarbrick

UK {appointed June 2019]

Lesley Swarbrick

Lesley Swarbrick was appointed HR director of TI Media, formerly Time Inc. UK, in August 2014. In her nearly four years with the company, she was instrumental in the transformation of the business, leading a range of leadership and communication initiatives – including the work around the company’s strategic narrative.   Prior to joining Time Inc. UK, Lesley had a long and distinguished career in HR at the BBC spanning two decades. In addition, she ran a successful HR consultancy business, where her clients included the Financial Conduct Authority, Amnesty International and Fox International.

As HR Director BBC Vision, Lesley reported to the Executive Director and was responsible for supporting the Executive Directors of BBC Vision and BBC MC&A in developing, integrating and implementing the People Strategy to achieve the broader business objectives of the organisation.

Lesley is a former journalist with a strong interest in human rights and freedom of expression issues.