Staff directory

Alison Bethel McKenzie

Alison Bethel McKenzie

Executive Director

Tel: + 43 1 512 90 11

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Alison Bethel McKenzie has over 25 years experience in journalism, as a reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and trainer. From 1995-2000 she was senior assistant city editor at the Boston Globe, supervising a reporting staff that covered City Hall, urban affairs and transportation. In 2000, she joined The Detroit News as features editor, and then became the paper’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief from 2001 to 2006, overseeing coverage of the White House and members of Michigan’s congressional delegation. She joined the Legal Times in Washington, D.C. in 2006 as executive editor, moving on in 2007 to the Nassau Guardian, in the Bahamas, as managing editor.

Before joining the International Press Institute (IPI) in August 2009, she spent a year in Accra, Ghana, for the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists, as a Knight International Journalism Fellow, helping Ghanaian journalists improve their reporting skills in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.

Alison oversees IPI’s strategic vision and is responsible for the overall leadership of the staff in the implementation of IPI’s goals, the overall administration and development of the organization and its press freedom activities, and the financial management of IPI.

LANGUAGES: English (native), German (basic), Spanish (basic) and Akan/Twi (basic)

Barbara Trionfi

Barbara Trionfi

Press Freedom Manager - Focus on Asia and the Pacific region

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. Today, as Press Freedom Manager, she also oversees IPI press freedom activities and leads the IPI press freedom team.

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

Senior Press Freedom Advisor - Focus on Europe and North America

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 35

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Steven M. Ellis coordinates press freedom activities for Europe and North America, and contributes to projects, advocacy campaigns and press freedom missions.

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

Press Freedom Advisor / Project Coordinator

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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)

Vanessa I. Garnica

Press Freedom Advisor - Focus on Latin America and the Caribbean

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 15

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Originally from the city of Valencia, Venezuela, Vanessa earned her B.A. in International Studies from the University of South Florida back in 2004 with a minor in Mass Communications.

Since then, Vanessa has lived in South East Asia and worked as a journalist for English and Spanish language publications in both North and Central America respectively.

While living in northern Georgia, Vanessa reported on illegal immigration raids carried out in the southern part of the state, and the creation of a workers’ union consisting of undocumented workers who faced discrimination on a daily basis.

As a reporter in Costa Rica, Vanessa covered international trade agreements, national emergencies, such as two major earthquakes, and the 2009 H1N1 Influenza outbreak, while also highlighting issues affecting the agricultural sector throughout the country.

At IPI, Vanessa monitors press freedom violations and media developments in Latin America and the Caribbean and coordinates IPI's activities in this region. 

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

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 18

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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

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 recruiting potential 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)

Claudia GillyClaudia Gilly

Assistant to the Executive Director

Tel: +43 1 512 90 11 - 20

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Claudia Gilly manages correspondence, scheduling, and a variety of other administrative affairs for the Executive Director, including promoting IPI's image by: representing the executive director internally and externally; providing liaison between the executive director, and members, key executives, donors and other supporters, as well as employees. Mrs. Gilly holds a Master’s Degree in political science and a Bachelor’s Degree in communication science from the University of Vienna. Prior to joining IPI, she worked at the Royal Thai Embassy in Vienna.

LANGUAGES: German (native), English (fluent)

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)