Helen Darbishire

founder and director Access Info Europe

Helen Darbishire, is a human rights activist specialising in the public’s right of access to information. Helen is founder and Executive Director of Access Info Europe, headquartered in Madrid since 2006. Her work includes multiple partnerships with journalists, helping them to make use of the access to information and/or freedom of information laws in investigations in areas such as corruption, migration, lobbying, environment, and human rights protection. She has also led investigations into levels of transparency of media ownership across Europe. Helen previously worked with Article 19 and the Open Society Foundations. She has provided expertise to UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the World Bank, and the European Union. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership. She holds a degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Psychology from Durham University, UK.

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