Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the public's right of access to information (freedom of information). She is committed to the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments.
Helen is founder and Executive Director of the Madrid-based organisation Access Info Europe, established in 2006 to promote the right of access to information in Europe and globally.
Prior to setting up Access Info Europe, Helen worked as a campaigner at Article 19 (1989 to 1998) based in London and Paris. She then worked with the Open Society Foundations (1999-2005) directing programmes on freedom of expression and freedom of information, based in Budapest and New York.
Helen has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. She also serves on the boards of a number of CSOs, including Fundación Civio (Spain), DATA (Uruguay), Diritto di Sapere (Italy, of which she is a founder), and the Request Initiative (UK). She is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010). In 2016 Helen was jointed the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership as a civil society representative.
Helen holds a degree in History and Philosophy of Science from Durham University, UK.
Resident in Madrid, she speaks English, French and Spanish.