Barbara Trionfi

Interim Executive Director

Tel: + 43 1 512 90 11 - 28

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A native of Milan, Italy, Barbara Trionfi graduated in Chinese Studies from Ca' Foscari University in Venice with a thesis on freedom of opinion in the P.R. of China. After living and working in China for some years, Barbara received an M.A. degree in International Relations from Webster University in Vienna with a focus on international human rights mechanisms. Barbara also specialized in Chinese contemporary literature at Shanghai's Tongji University and at Shandong University in 1991 and 1993. Parallel to her study, she carried out research into China’s censorship system during Mao Zedong’s and Deng Xiaoping's leaderships.

Barbara started working at IPI in 1999 as Press Freedom Advisor for the Asia-Pacific region. Later, as Press Freedom Manager, she oversaw IPI press freedom activities and lead the IPI press freedom team. Today, as Interim Executive Director, Barbara manages IPI operations, in line with the overall startegy defined by the IPI Executive Board.

Her field of expertise covers different areas related to press freedom and freedom of expression, including media ethics and self-regulatory media accountability systems, journalists safety, and international mechanisms to protect press freedom.

Barbara has taught undergraduate courses in media ethics, media literacy and cultural diversity and the media at Webster University Vienna since 2005.

Barbara is married and a mother of two children.

LANGUAGES: Italian (native), English (fluent), German (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (basic)


Steven M. EllisSteven M. Ellis

IPI Director of Advocacy and Communication

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 35

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Steven M. Ellis coordinates IPI's advocacy and communication activities, and previously served as senior press freedom adviser, focusing on Europe and North America. Before joining the International Press Institute he was a reporter for daily newspaper The Metropolitan News-Enterprise covering courts and the legal community in Los Angeles. He graduated magna cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law and is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Michigan, where he practiced law after serving as a legal clerk in the Office of Executive Counsel to the Governor of Michigan. He also holds a bachelor's degree in advertising and has worked in public and government relations.

LANGUAGES: English (native), Spanish (conversational), German (basic)


Scott GriffenScott Griffen

IPI Director of Press Freedom Programmes

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Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Scott has been with IPI since 2011, first as press freedom associate and later as Press Freedom Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, he coordinates IPI's work on defamation laws in Europe. 

Scott graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2010 with a B.A. in Humanities. He received his master's degree in Global Ethics and Human Values from King's College London in 2014.

LANGUAGES: English (native), Spanish (fluent), German (fluent), French (proficient), Portuguese (proficient), Dutch (proficient)


Martin Leonhartsberger

Martin Leonhartsberger

Finance & Administration Manager

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 21

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Martin Leonhartsberger is a certified public accountant and has over 15 years experience in finances and administration working for companies such as GEWISTA WerbegesmbH, PROGRESS Werbe, VerlagsgmbH, Altstoff Recycling Austria AG, Manpower GmbH, and more recently Philips Austria GmbH.

Martin ensures the smooth operation of all of IPI's financial and administrative needs.

LANGUAGES: German (native), English (fluent)


Javier Luque 

Digital Media Coordinator of the News Innovation Platform

Tel: + 43 1 512 90 11

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Javier Luque coordinates the News Innovation Platform for the International Press Institute (IPI). He holds a Master’s Degree in International Journalism from Cardiff University, in the United Kingdom, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Psychology. Prior to joining IPI, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Los Angeles, covering the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several online publications and over 40 TV Channels across the United States and Latin America.He also previously worked as a crime reporter for Cadena SER, the main nationwide radio station in Spain.

LANGUAGES: Spanish (native), Catalan (native), English (fluent)


Helena SoaresHelena Soares

Development and Grants Coordinator

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Helena Soares oversees institutional fundraising opportunities for IPI’s projects and liaises with a wide range of international stakeholders. Before joining IPI in Vienna, she was a Fundraising Officer for Global Witness in London, where she assisted in the management of extensive grants portfolios, donor stewardship and building relationships with international partners. Helena holds an MA in Journalism Studies from Cardiff University.

LANGUAGES: English (fluent), Portuguese (native), Spanish (fluent) and French (proficient)


Silvia MoralesSilvia Morales

Development Coordinator & Congress Manager

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 13

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Silvia Morales was born in Manila-Philippines and grew up in Madrid, Spain. In her position as IPI Development Coordinator and Congress Manager Silvia oversees IPI’s fundraising and marketing activities. Furthermore, she supervises the organization of the annual IPI World Congress.

Silvia has over ten years experience working for marketing and advertising agencies, managing accounts such as Volvo Cars and Saab, Vodafone and Reale Insurance Group among others. Before joining IPI, she was the Madrid Head of Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships for UNICEF Spain,  where she worked for four years specializing in corporate fundraising and marketing campaigns.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Economic from ICADE (Universidad Pontificia Comillas) and a Masters Degree in Marketing and Sales Management from ESIC Business & Marketing School in Madrid.

LANGUAGES: Spanish (native), English (fluent), French (basic)


Christiane KlintChristiane Klint

Membership & Global Relations Manager

Tel: +43 1 512-90 11 - 14

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Christiane Klint has been working with IPI since 1993 with the primary focus on communicating with IPI’s members and the acquisition of new members. Christiane also provides support and assistance on congresses, conferences and other events. Additionally, provides planning advice for IPI’s activities, as well as marketing and fundraising. Christiane grew up in Mexico City and attended the German school there, she also studied at York University in Toronto and at the University of Vienna.

LANGUAGES: English (native), Spanish (fluent), German (fluent)


Milica MileticMilica Miletic

Conference and Events Coordinator

Tel: + 43 1 512 90 11 - 16

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Milica Miletic plans, manages and develops IPI conferences, events and seminars, as well as handling public relations and marketing for the events. Prior to joining IPI, she worked for the Media Centre Belgrade, and the South East Europe Network for Professionalisation of Media. She holds degrees in journalism and media studies from the University of Belgrade and is the author of an article on media self-regulation practices in the countries of South East Europe in “Freedom of Speech in SEE: Media Independence and Self-regulation”, published in 2007 by Media Development Centre, Sofia, Bulgaria.

LANGUAGES: Serbian (native), English (fluent), Bulgarian (basic)


Marta SrokoszMarta Srokosz

Administrative Officer

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 19

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Marta Srokosz assists the IPI staff with mailings, photocopying, faxing, filing, and other administrative tasks.

LANGUAGES: Polish (native), German (fluent), Russian (fluent)


South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)

Oliver VujovicOliver Vujovic

SEEMO Secretary General

Tel: +43 1 513 39 40

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Oliver Vujovic is responsible for activities of SEEMO, an affiliate of IPI for South East and Central Europe. With more than a decade of journalistic experience, he was a correspondent for the Balkans of the daily newspaper Die Presse in Vienna, as well as freelance correspondent for the Balkans for different media worldwide. In addition, Oliver was a director of the magazine Balkan Dialogue. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Belgrade and has authored, co-authored, and published articles in more than 60 books and publications. 

LANGUAGES: German, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin (native), English (fluent), Slovenian, Macedonian, Bulgarian (conversational), Italian, Greek, Albanian, Romanian, Russian (basic)