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Access Info Europe Team

The Access Info Europe team consists of our board, staff, consultants, interns, and volunteers. The core team is based in the office in central Madrid, although some consultants are based elsewhere. We get out and about a lot, implementing projects across the wider Europe region – check out our events – and you can also track us down on social media. Don’t hesitate to contact us, and we hope to meet you sometime soon!

Meet Our Team
Helen Darbishire
Helen DarbishireVice President and Executive Director
Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the public’s right of access to information (freedom of information), and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. Helen is founder and Executive Director of the Madrid-based NGO Access Info Europe, established in 2006 to promote the right of access to information in Europe and globally. Helen has worked for over 20 years as a human rights professional, focusing on issues of freedom of expression and information, media freedom, civil society development, and democratisation.

Prior to setting up Access Info Europe, Helen worked as a campaigner and project manager at Article 19 (1989 to 1998) based in London and Paris, and for the Open Society Institute (1999-2005) where she directed programmes on freedom of expression and freedom of information, based in Budapest and New York. Helen has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. She is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010). She holds a degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Psychology from Durham University, UK. Resident in Madrid, she speaks English, French and Spanish.

Andreas Pavlou
Andreas PavlouRTI Campaigner and Researcher
Andreas Pavlou is a Right to Information Campaigner Researcher at Access Info Europe, after joining the civil society organisation in 2011. The focus of Andreas’ campaigning and research lies in improving access to information in law and practice throughout Europe, in line with Access Info’s strategic plan.

A major area of Andreas’ work deals with campaigning for greater access to information in law and practice in the European Union. Part of this work involves coordinating campaigns directed at the EU institutions, managing the AsktheEU.org request platform, as well as work with the ALTER-EU coalition in Brussels to increase transparency of lobbying in the EU. Andreas has also drafted and edited reports on transparency of EU institutions in practice via analyses of requests on AsktheEU.org.

Andreas’ campaigning also focuses on national level transparency, by helping to support campaigns in Spain, Cyprus, and elsewhere in Europe. Currently, Andreas’ coordinates a pan-European project to map and increase levels of transparency around decision-making processes at the national level.

Andreas has also been involved in a number of other areas of Access Info’s work including analysing and authoring reports on Access for Rights, Aid Transparency, Open Government Standards, and the Open Cyprus Project.

Andreas holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary European Studies after studying in the UK, Czech Republic, and Spain, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Andreas works in English and Spanish, and speaks French and Greek.

Alba Gutiérrez
Alba GutiérrezRTI Campaigner and Researcher
Alba Gutiérrez is a Right to Information Campaigner and Researcher at Access Info Europe, having joined the organisation in October 2015.

Alba has previously worked as a researcher and project coordinator of various transparency and accountability projects, with a special focus on human rights, social justice, and international development issues.

Now a campaigner at Access Info, Alba coordinates access to information projects at both the European and national level, with a particular interest in the campaign in Spain to promote greater government transparency and lobby regulation.

Alba works on a variety of Access Info project areas and core campaigns, including to obtain greater transparency of decision-making processes and lobbying activities, and to promote open government. In line with Access Info Europe’s strategic plan, Alba researches and analyses data obtained via access to information requests in order to make and promote policy recommendations that enhances transparency in practice and law around Europe.

Alba has a postgraduate qualification in Development Studies and holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences after studying in Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Alba works in English and Spanish.

Luisa Izuzquiza
Luisa IzuzquizaCommunications Officer
Luisa Izuzquiza is a Communications Officer at Access Info Europe, having joined the organisation in January 2014.

Luisa manages the conceptualisation and planning of Access Info Europe’s communication strategy, leading its implementation for a wide range of campaigns and projects at an EU and a national level. She also works on the organisation and implementation of specific projects part of the Spain Transparency campaign, including coordination of the Coalición ProAcceso, and liaison with other Spanish CSOs on campaigns such as Polétika. Luisa also contributes to specific investigative and reporting activities.

Luisa holds a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid, and specialised in Political and Public Communication in France and in Europe in the Paris-Est Créteil University.

Based in Madrid, she works in English and Spanish.

Juan Sobrino
Juan SobrinoChief Financial Officer
Juan Sobrino holds a degree in Business and Tourist Activities. He worked from 1994 to 2001 in the field of adventure trips in the company Viajes Sanga. In 2001, he studied a course of Technical and Advanced Accounting at the Centro de Estudios Financieros of Madrid and started working as an accounting advisor for the Company Trisa Asesores Ltd.

In 2003, he set up the consultant’s office Numeritas Ltd. to offer his accounting services to all kind of companies, associations and professionals. Numeritas Ltd. has been advising Access Info Europe in accounting, tax and labour matters since the organisation’s creation in 2006.

Alessandro Donelli
Alessandro DonelliGraphic Designer
Alessandro Donelli is a visual designer with more than 15 years of experience.

During his career he has gained experience in advertising and corporate identity with a focus on web and new-media and, more recently, also in photography.He lived in different European countries collaborating with Advertising Agencies, Universities and NGOs.

Recently he moved to Madrid where he works as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and photographer.

He loves sailing, the sea and all its inhabitants and he’d like to spend the rest of is life on board travelling around the world.

In the meantime he’s trying to learn Spanish and how to prepare a perfect gazpacho.

Ana Torres
Ana TorresCommunications Intern
Ana is a Communications intern at Access Info Europe, having joined the organisation in February 2016.

She holds a degree in Translation and Interpreting by the University of Granada and a degree in International Relations by Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid).

Due to her interest in languages, she has studied and worked in different countries such UK and France. She has working experience as an intern at the External Relations Department of UNHCR Spain and has collaborated with other Human Rights NGOs such as Peace and Cooperation.

She speaks English, French and Spanish.

David Savic
David SavicResearch Intern
David Savic is a Research Intern at Access Info Europe who joined our team in January 2017. He is currently finishing his final year at Universidad Europea de Madrid, a bachelor degree in International Relations. David is currently working on his bachelor thesis which would be based on the connection between Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and their geopolitical influence in terms of spreading an extreme forms of Islam (Wahhabism), illegal arms smuggling, and their involvement in several major terrorist attacks across the EU in last 15 years.

In terms of research, David is seeking to contribute to Access Info Europe in various spheres, specifically in the areas of transparency and immigration policies across Europe.

David is native in Serbo-Croat, fluent in English, has moderate knowledge in Macedonian and Russian, and basic understanding of Arabic and Spanish.

David Ortega
David OrtegaComputer Technician
David Ortega is a Computer Technician and Sound Engineer from Madrid.

During his career he has collaborated with many institutions, such as Schools, Organisations, Theatres and Film Production companies, providing his experience on IT and sound designing.

Compromised with his work, David is always up-to-date with any news regarding to IT and communication technology. He tries to expand his skills in a daily basis to offer the best solutions to his clients.

Road bike lover, David rides his bike anytime he has the chance to escape from the City and breath some fresh air.

The Executive Board
Access Info Europe’s governance body is the Executive Board (“Junta Directiva”) which is elected by the Assembly General. Access Info Europe members are those directly associated with the organisation (we currently have ten members plus five honorary members). The functions of the Executive Board are set out in the statutes and are essentially oversight of all operations of the Association. The President and the Vice President have the legal power to represent the Association; the Vice President also acts as the Executive Director and assumes day-to-day responsibility, reporting regularly to the other Board members.

Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of Law at HEC Paris, Global Clinical Professor at New York University School of Law

President

Alberto is a public interest advocate at TheGoodLobby, an innovative skill-based matching organization connecting people with expertise with civil society organizations that need them. Originally from Italy, Alberto is a graduate of the College of Europe, Harvard Law School and Bocconi University. Prior to entering academia fully time, he clerked at the Court of Justice of the European Union and qualified as an attorney at law in New York. Alberto was named 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He lives in Bilbao, Spain.

Helen Darbishire, Right to Information Activist and Founder of Access Info Europe

Vice President

Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the public’s right of access to information (freedom of information), and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. Helen is founder and Executive Director of the Madrid-based NGO Access Info Europe, established in 2006 to promote the right of access to information in Europe and globally. Helen has worked for over 20 years as a human rights professional, focusing on issues of freedom of expression and information, media freedom, civil society development, and democratisation.

Prior to setting up Access Info Europe, Helen worked as a campaigner and project manager at Article 19 (1989 to 1998) based in London and Paris, and for the Open Society Institute (1999-2005) where she directed programmes on freedom of expression and freedom of information, based in Budapest and New York. Helen has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. She is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010). She holds a degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Psychology from Durham University, UK. Resident in Madrid, she speaks English, French and Spanish.

Carlos Cordero Sanz, Director of Sustentia, expert corporate justice, development, transparency, and human rights, and a founder of Access Info Europe

Secretary

Carlos Cordero is director of the consultancy Sustentia-Innovación Social which specialises in corporate justice, development, transparency, and human rights.

Carlos directs research into corporate social responsibility, notably an annual report on Spain’s IBEX 35 publicly listed companies, and he has worked on access to information monitoring projects, such as the study “Transparency and Silence.” Carlos is actively engaged with a range of Spanish civil society organisations, including Amnesty International and Oxfam, and is president of the Association of Professionals for the Quality of Development Aid (ACADE), and a member of the Committee for Control of the Fair Trade Stamp in Spain (FLO), as well as of the Commission for the Code of Conduct of the Spanish NGO Development Coordination Platform (CONGDE).

With a degree in Economics and Business (Complutense University) and an Executive MBA (Instituto de Empresa), Carlos is an expert in development projects for Spain’s Open University (UNED) as well as being a lecturer in various postgraduate courses around Spain. Carlos lives in Madrid and speaks Spanish and English.

Christian Mihr, Journalist, international media policy expert and human rights professional, Director of RSF Germany

Treasurer

Christian Mihr has been the Executive Director of Reporters Without Borders Germany, RSF Germany, since 2012. He lives in Berlin but loves Bavaria. He still believes in the possibility of a European public sphere and he likes to satisfy his curiosity through using access to information laws. Apart from that he’s dealing with questions of cyber censorship and online surveillance, online safety, press freedom in the digital age, media pluralism and the accountability of intelligence services in the digital world.

His current job at RSF forces him to pay attention to the whole world but he has a special interest in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia. Prior to joining RSF Germany for a long time he worked as an editor and freelancer for several print- and online-media in Germany and Ecuador and as a journalism trainer for a German foundation in Southern Russia. He studied journalism with a specialization in Latin American Studies and Political Science at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the University of Santiago de Chile.

International Advisory Board
Access Info’s International Advisory Board provides strategic advice, guidance and moral support, helping the team shape projects so that they have the maximum possible positive impact on transaprency in law and practice.

Paivi Leino-Sandberg

Adjunct Professor of EU Law, University of Helsinki

Chair of the International Advisory Board and Liaison with the Executive Board

Dr Leino-Sandberg is Adjunct Professor of EU Law, University of Helsinki, and currently works as a Counsellor of Legislation, EU Law, at the Finnish Ministry of Justice, where she is responsible for constitutional and institutional issues, EU external relations and fundamental rights. She has been involved in a number legislative files, including the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the PNR agreements and Regulation 1049/2001 on public access to documents. She frequently publishes and lectures in her areas of expertise both in Finland and abroad, and has recently written on Europe’s economic crisis, the relationship between public access to documents and democracy, fundamental rights, external relations and good administration in the EU. In 2011-2012 she has also acted as an expert for the European Parliament on questions relating to good administration in the EU.

David Goldberg

Academic and right to information activist

Deputy-Chair of the International Advisory Board

David Goldberg co-ordinates Project Forsskal an early advocate of open government) and has worked for the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information since 1984, being a co-convener in Scotland for many years.

David is an adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles) and Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. From 2007 -2013, he was an Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts etc (FRSA) and gained a ‘PhD by Prior Publication’ (Glasgow Caledonian University).

Ana Petruševa

Managing Editor (Balkan Insight), Country Director Macedonia

Ana Petruseva is an experienced journalist and one of the founders of the BIRN regional network and BIRN Macedonia. As the managing editor of Balkan Insight, BIRN’s flagship online platform, she manages a large group of journalists across the Balkans and their production of news, analysis and investigative reports for the leading English language news site in the region.

Ana manages the web content and works on the design of special topics pages and features on the BalkanInsight website. She also develops and carries out various training and publishing projects, and commissions and oversees investigations, while also maintaining oversight of the production of BIRN’s newspapers, Belgrade Insight and Prishtina Insight.

As the country director of BIRN Macedonia, she manages the editorial team of BIRN Macedonia and its website Prizma, organises trainings and debates involving journalists throughout the country, and secures funding for the organisation.

Prior to joining BIRN, Ana was the Macedonia country director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, IWPR. She previously worked as a journalist for a variety of media outlets in Macedonia and abroad, including Reuters, Deutsche Welle, Telma TV and daily newspaper Dnevnik.

Ana was the associate producer of the IWPR documentary “Ohrid and Beyond,” and served as the co-author and producer of the BIRN Kosovo documentary “Does Anyone Have a Plan?”. Ana graduated from the Skopje Journalism School in the Faculty of Law at the University of St. Cyril and Methodius.

Kevin Dunion

Honorary Professor and Director of the Centre for Freedom of Information, University of Dundee

Kevin was previously the first Scottish Information Commissioner (2003 -2012) and is author of Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice. Since demitting office he has conducted international consultancy on the implementation of FOI laws (and in particular the role of the Commissioner) for a number of clients, most recently working on projects in Brazil, Croatia, and Republic of Georgia. He is one of 3 international experts appointed to the World Bank’s Access to Information Appeals Board.

Prior to all of this, he worked with environmental and international development NGOs, with a particular focus on environmental justice. He lives in a fishing village on the east coast of Scotland.

Staffan Dahllöf

Freelance reporter

Born 1955 in Sweden, Staffan is a freelance reporter based in Copenhagen, where he reports on Danish issues to Swedish media, and on European affairs to Danish and Swedish media.

Since 1994 Staffan has been engaged in courses on EU-reporting arranged by The Swedish Institute for Further Education of Journalists (FOJO), by the Danish School of Media and Journalism and by the European Journalist Center (EJC) in Maastricht. In this respect he has conducted courses about EU and EU-reporting in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, and for a couple of years, in Turkey.

Staffan has joined a couple of crossborder reporter teams like the farmsubsidy.org network and the MEPs Project and runs as a co-editor the website Wobbing.eu on journalism and FOI-legislation.

Zuzana Wienk

Founder and program director of Fair-Play Alliance

Zuzana Wienk is a founder and a program director of a leading Slovak political watchdog NGO – Fair-Play Alliance. Wienk graduated from Commenius University in Bratislava with a major in journalism. Before founding Fair-Play Alliance in 2002 she worked as a reporter and columnist in number of opinion-making media. She was a member of a self-regulatory body for ethics in print media – the Press Board, member of variety of juries and belongs to most quoted Slovak political analysts.

Wienk is an author of number of innovative concepts aimed to fight corruption, e.g. a voluntary asset disclosure web based project hosting detailed declarations of the Slovak Prime Minister, former Speaker of Parliament, members of government and parliament. She also developed philosophy of a respected Award for courages fighters for public interest (the White Crow) which not only celebrates such individuals but offers them help and support and creates a community of reformists.

Wienk is often a member of governmental working groups concerned with anti-corruption and transparency legislation and her expertise on party finance, electoral campaigns, conflict of interest, access to public information and judiciary is often used by universities, media, foriegn delegations and international institutions during their visits to Slovakia.

Fabrizio Scrollini

President of DATA Uruguay

Fabrizio Scrollini is the researcher in charge of the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA), and member of the Open Data Network for Development (OD4D). He is also President at DATA Uruguay, a civil association based in Uruguay that builds civic technology to promote human development, co-founder of Abrelatam and Open Data Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, and participates as ‘Lead Steward’ at the International Charter of Open Data. Scrollini has also worked with governments, regulators and civil society at international and regional level on transparency, access to public information and public sector reform.

Gavin Sheridan

Investigative journalist and co-founder of TheStory.ie

Gavin is also co-founder of the website thestory.ie, as well as the open data legal platform Vizlegal. He is former Director of Innovation at social news agency Storyful. He also lectures and trains journalists in access to information and eyewitness content discovery / verification.
TheStory.ie is a pro bono website dedicated to open data and access to information. The website is behind several successful information appeals, including the “Trichet Letters” and an Irish Supreme Court case involving Ireland’s bad bank, NAMA. Vizlegal is a global legal informatics platform for caselaw, statutes and commentary.

Julia Keseru

Global Matchbox Lead, The Engine Room

Prior to joining The Engine Room, Julia led the international work of the Sunlight Foundation. Coming from the Hungarian transparency community, she has been an advocate for open government and open data issues with a special focus on political finance and corruption. Julia has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and regularly writes about the challenges and the potential of the global open government movement.

Julia leads the Matchbox Program, supporting partners to bring about positive change, and building a network of experts and social change instigators.

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