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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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Maria Salazar Ferro

Director, Newsroom Safety & Resilience

The New York Times

PRESIDENT

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Elisa Lees Muñoz

Executive Director
International Womens'

Media Foundation 

TREASURER

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Andréa Schmidt

Freelance Journalist  & Filmmaker

What Escapes Production

SECRETARY

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Mike Christie

General Manager, Global Logistics & Security

Thomson Reuters

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Mathias Dreissig

Editor, Deutsche Welle News

Deutsche Welle

BOARD MEMBER

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Diane Foley

Founder & President

James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

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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Finbarr O'Reilly

Photographer & Writer 

Freelance

BOARD MEMBER

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Clothilde Redfern

Director

Rory Peck Trust

BOARD MEMBER

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David Rohde

Executive Editor for News

The New Yorker 

BOARD MEMBER

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Art Sotloff

Founder

2LIVES Stephen Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation 

BOARD MEMBER

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Lucy Westcott

Emergencies Director 

Committee to Protect Journalists

BOARD MEMBER

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Daniella Zalcmann

Freelance Photographer; Founder & Exec. Director

Women Photograph

BOARD MEMBER

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Marc Perkins

Head of Investigations, World Service

BBC

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Selima Belhadj

Editor-in-Chief, AFPTV

North America
Agence France Presse

BOARD MEMBER

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Vanessa Charlot

Visual Journalist

& Assistant Professor

University of Mississippi

BOARD MEMBER

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John Daniszewski

Vice President, Standards & Editor-at-Large

The Associated Press

BOARD MEMBER

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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