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.
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Mike Christie

General Manager
Global Logistics & Security
Thomson Reuters 

Executive Board Member

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Elisa Lees Muñoz

Executive Director
International Womens Media Foundation

Executive Board Member

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John Danizsewski

Vice President for Standards
& Editor at Large
The Associated Press 

Board Member

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Anna Therese Day

Freelance Journalist

Board Member

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Mathias Dreissig

Editor
Deutsche Welle News

Board Member

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Diane Foley

Founder & President
James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

Board Member

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Sarah Giaziri

Director
Frontline Freelance Register

Board Member

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Bill Holstein

President 
Overseas Press Club Foundation

Board Member

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Victoria Lavenue

Head of Assistance 
Reporters Without Borders

Board Member

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Maria Salazar-Ferro

Director of Newsroom Safety & Resilience
The New York Times Company

President

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Jason Reich

Vice President of Corporate Security
The New York Times Company

Treasurer

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Andréa Schmidt

Freelance Journalist
& Filmmaker 

Secretary

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Finbarr O'Reilly

Freelance Photographer & Writer

Board Member

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Marc Perkins 

Head of Investigations
World Service, BBC

Board Member

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Clothilde Redfern

Director
Rory Peck Trust 

Board Member

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Head of Investigations
BBC World Service

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David Rohde

Executive Editor for News
The New Yorker

Board Member

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Art Sotloff

Founder, 2LIVES
Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation

Board Member

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Daniella Zalcman

Freelance Photographer 
Founder & Executive Director, Women Photograph

 

Board Member

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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. Cantenys has also worked as a freelance documentary producer, radio journalist and writer in New York, London and Barcelona. 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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