OUR GOVERNANCE 

ACOS is led by Executive Director Elisabet Cantenys and governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives from news organizations, press freedom NGOs and the freelance journalism community.
Mike Christie

Mike Christie

General Manager, Global Logistics
& Security, Thomson Reuters 

Executive Board Member

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Mark Perkins

Head of Investigations
World Service, BBC

Executive Board Member

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Salima Belhadj

Salima Belhadj

Editor-in-Chief

AFPTV North America 

Board Member

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Vanessa Charlot

Vanessa Charlot

Freelance Photojournalist
& Lecturer

Board Member

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John Daniszewski

John Danizsewski

Board Member

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Deutsche Welle Mathias Dreissig

Mathias Dreissig

Editor
Deutsche Welle News

Board Member

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VP for Standards & Editor at Large
The Associated Press 

Diane Foley

Diane Foley

Founder & President
James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

Board Member

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Bill Holstein

Bill Holstein

President 
Overseas Press Club Foundation

Board Member

Victoria lavenue

Victoria Lavenue

Head of Assistance 
Reporters Without Borders

Board Member

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Maria Salazar Ferro

Maria Salazar-Ferro

Director of Newsroom Safety & Resilience
The New York Times Company

President

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Elisa Lees Muñoz

Elisa Lees Muñoz

Executive Director
International Womens Media Foundation

Treasurer

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Andréa Schmidt

Andréa Schmidt

Freelance Journalist & Filmmaker 

Secretary

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Marc Perkins 

Finbarr O'Reilly

Finbarr O'Reilly

Freelance Photographer & Writer

Board Member

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clothilde redfern

Clothilde Redfern

Director, Rory Peck Trust 

Board Member

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David Rhode

David Rohde

Executive Editor for News
The New Yorker

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Board Member

Art Sotloff

Art Sotloff

Board Member

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Lucy Westcott

Lucy Westcott

Emergencies Director 
Committee to Protect Journalists

Board Member

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Daniella Zalcman

Daniella Zalcman

Freelance Photographer 
Founder & Executive Director, Women Photograph

Board Member

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Founder, 2LIVES
Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation

Elisabet Cantenys

Elisabet Cantenys

Executive Director
 

Elisabet has been Executive Director at the ACOS Alliance since 2016, leading the organisation's growth and strategy, overseeing its global partnerships and managing its program of activities. She brings to the Alliance more than a decade of experience working on freelance safety issues and cultivating a collaborative approach to these. As former Head of Programmes at the Rory Peck Trust, in London, she oversaw, managed and implemented more than a dozen journalist safety projects worldwide and co-founded the Journalists In Distress network (JID). Cantenys has also worked as a freelance documentary producer, radio journalist and writer in New York, London and Barcelona. Elisabet co-leads the Newsrooms Advocacy Group at the Coalition Against Online Violence. She is a regular participant and speaker at press freedom and journalism safety conferences and events, and writes about journalist safety issues. 

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