Our Team

Our team is based in Brussels, close to the European institutions, and at the heart of the digital and human rights environment.

Claire Fernandez

Executive Director

Claire is in charge of EDRi’s leadership, mission and strategy, financial sustainability and oversight, and the daily management of the operations. Before joining EDRi, she worked as the Deputy Director of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), and prior to that as an independent human rights consultant, and as an adviser to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and represented the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Kosovo. She holds a Master degree in Human Rights from the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France.
(Languages: French, English, Serbo-Croatian)

E-Mail: claire.fernandez [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 8C04 0EDA 7D93 8FEE 5A6C 7984 6AA8 2F3C 236C BE38


Chloé Berthélémy

Chloé Berthélémy

Policy Advisor

Chloé leads EDRi’s policy work on law enforcement and data protection issues, including cross-border access to data at EU and Council of Europe levels, Europol, EU police and migration databases, and information exchange (“Prüm”, EURODAC). She also has expertise related to online freedom of expression and content
moderation in the context of the Terrorist Content Online Regulation. Before joining EDRi, she advocated for youth rights at the European level. In her free time, she is active in environmental and feminist social movements.
(Languages: French, English, German)

E-Mail: chloe.berthelemy [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 2BFD E5C3 E6E3 6F6E C4E6 0C7F 80E4 3DF9 13C1 BFB6
Twitter: @ChloBemy

Sarah Chander

Senior Policy Advisor

Sarah leads EDRi's policy work on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and specifically the EU’s AI Regulation. She also works on issues of discrimination in a digital context, migration-related technologies, and works on a process of decolonising the digital rights field alongside the Digital Freedom Fund (DFF). She looks to make links between the digital and other social justice movements. Sarah has experience in racial and social justice and previously worked at the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) on a wide range of topics including anti-discrimination law and policy, intersectional justice, state racism, racial profiling and police brutality. She was actively involved in movements against immigration detention.
(Languages: French, English)

E-Mail: sarah.chander [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 1BA3 827E 35E1 6848 A585 92B7 5B74 AC72 8091 D060
Twitter: @sarahchander

Ella Jakubowska

Policy Advisor

Ella leads EDRi's advocacy on biometric mass surveillance practices (such as public facial recognition) used by law enforcement agencies, government authorities and private actors. She contributes to the team’s work on artificial intelligence and anti-discrimination, with a keen interest in issues of power, justice, the construction ofcriminality, and how biometric technologies threaten rights to equality and non-discrimination. She holds an interdisciplinary MSc in Human Rights, with a research focus on feminist approaches to the sociology of Science & Technology. Prior to joining EDRi, Ella worked in digital business transformation.
(Languages: English, French[ish])

E-Mail: ella.jakubowska [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 8B92 3E96 4E53 83F3 2F92 240A F53D 739E CFDA 2711
Twitter: @ellajakubowska1

Diego Naranjo

Head of Policy

Diego is a lawyer with a human rights background who joined EDRi in October 2014. He oversees the work of the EDRi policy team and coordinates the networks’ advocacy efforts. He follows the debate around encryption, the ePrivacy Regulation, privacy of communications (CSAM-related legslation) and workers’ surveillance. Between 2017-2018 he was a member of the expert group on digital rights put together by the Spanish Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital
Agenda. He co-founded the Andalusian human rights organisation Grupo 17 de Marzo and worked on migration law, labour law, and international criminal law before specialising on digital rights.
(Languages: Spanish, English, French)

E-Mail: diego.naranjo [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 9A62 189E DB31 1798 6A8E FD45 E320 B10D 3493 8C21
Twitter: @DNBSevilla

Jan Penfrat

Senior Policy Advisor

Jan is leading EDRi’s work on platform regulation, including the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act, and covers policies related to disinformation and surveillance advertising. Before joining EDRi, Jan was a freelance technology reporter at the German IT magazine Golem.de where he covered internet regulation, IT security and open source software. He started his career as a policy consultant for the lobbying firm EUTOP and was a co-founder of the Privacy Training Center.
(Languages: German, English, French)

E-Mail: jan.penfrat [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: E19B D0B9 6467 5B97 395F 117A CE16 0278 1398 FFE6
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Twitter: @ilumium

Sebastian Becker

Sebastian Becker Castellaro

Policy Advisor

Sebastian works on platform regulation, including the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act, and covers policies related to disinformation and surveillance advertising. Before joining EDRi, Sebastian worked in several human rights organisations including Derechos Digitales and the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). He holds a Master's degree in Constitutional Law from the Universidad de Chile and in International Law from Université Libre de Bruxelles. In his free time he likes to skate, play football, read literature and philosophy and hangout with friends.
(Languages: Spanish, English, French)

E-Mail: sebastian.becker [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 571A 09D6 25D2 C956 90D3 DBA6 EECD 0C52 5836 CADB
Twitter: @sebabecks


Guillermo Peris

Senior Community Coordinator

Guillermo’s main goal is to facilitate the synergies among EDRi members and observers and making sure the different organisations that constitute EDRi work in the best possible conditions. He is also constantly looking for new organisations in order to recruit them to join the EDRi family. If you’d like to join us, he’s the one you should talk to. In his free time he loves drinking beer, reading whatever falls in his hands on science fiction or mythology and have heated conversations about politics.
(Languages: Spanish, English, French)

E-Mail: guillermo.peris [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 5C5C 52B1 9CDA 55A4 03DF 1F90 F344 995F EC18 1FF5

Fenya Fischler

Membership and Community Officer

Fenya supports and coordinates EDRi members, builds capacity and knowledge-sharing programmes, contributes to events and builds connections with broader coalitions. She is a an experienced organiser and researcher who has worked within the fields of human rights, feminism, drug policy and migration for over a decade. Fenya holds an LLB in Law & Human Rights from the University of Essex and an LLM in Law & Gender from SOAS. Tweets as @FenyaFischler.
(Languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish)

E-Mail: fenya.fischler [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 8BC9 3E4B 020F 8C7B D292 33EB C393 7EE5 BF1D 39C1

Fundraising and Finance

Jean Duclos

Finance and Administration Officer

Jean is responsible for the day-to-day management in the EDRi office, including finances and HR. He has a Master degree in European affairs from the IEE-ULB.
(Languages: French, English)

E-Mail: jean.duclos [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: B8F4 7BD8 22FA 6D36 B802 F921 7453 8058 35DA 0BB4

Katarína Bartovičová

Senior Fundraising Manager

Katarina is responsible for developing relationships and raising funds from foundations, individuals, companies and other sources. Before joining EDRi, she had over a decade of fundraising experience, primarily at Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe, Amnesty International in Slovakia, Post Bellum SK and at the Slovak Fundraising Centre, which she co-established and has been its Deputy Chair since 2009. She holds a Master degree in Film and Television Production & Management from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia.
(Languages: Slovak, English)

E-mail: katarina.bartovicova [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 9B54 59CC BF19 B338 8150 8EC5 E812 51FA 72BF 02EE

Communications and Campaigns

Andreea Belu

Andreea Belu

Senior Campaigns and Communications Manager

Andreea’s life goal is to ensure EDRi’s work is chewable & digestible for the wide public. She is responsible for developing the network’s campaign infrastructure and often co-organises EDRi’s events. In the past, she was the Board Director of the Danish NGO Oi4P, interviewed for DataEthics.eu and worked in a PET Startup. She has a Master in Business and Philosophy from Copenhagen Business School. Tweets as @EveDaRib.
(Languages: Romanian, English, Spanish, Danish)

E-mail: andreea.belu [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 66B2 48F0 35D5 C203 6561 70EE 0297 F83C C819 D5BF

Gail Rego

Senior Communications and Media Manager

Gail is responsible for promoting the work of the EDRi network, improving the communication and brand of EDRi as well as developing stronger relationships with media and the press specifically. Previously, she worked as the Head of Communications at Missing Children Europe and Communications and Partnerships Manager at the European Venture Philanthropy Network. Gail is passionate about building bridges between the tech sector, digital rights spaces and social justice causes. She volunteers with People of Colour Brussels. She has a Communications degree in TV and Video production. Tweets as @Gail4impact.
(Languages: English, Hindi, Spanish, French)

E-Mail: gail.rego [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 6B9C 2B71 06B2 975F 7326 DDD7 9843 28F6 E110 3004

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María Belén Luna Sanz

Campaigns Officer

Belén is responsible for downloading the complexities around digital rights into accessible pieces of information. She contributes to the network’s campaign coalition - building and connects the larger public with EDRi’s mission. Prior to joining EDRi, she co-founded the Network of Feminist Professionals and developed the first policy for girls and digital technology in Bolivia. She holds a Master's Degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies. When she is not working, you can find her fearlessly tweeting, enjoying long hikes or reading thriller books. Tweets as @labluetuitea.
(Languages: English, Spanish, French)

E-Mail: belen.luna [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: BB4E 2D7A B449 EEE3 D30A 2570 BEDB FC00 7490 F9BF

Viktoria Tomova

Junior Communications Officer

Viktoria is responsible for EDRi's social media, website, newsletter, press and publications. She holds an interdisciplinary MSc in International Development Practice from the University of St Andrews, with a research focus on surveillance capitalism and the digitalisation of international development. Viktoria is passionate about human rights, cultural diversity, and gender equality. She is interested in the intersection between digital rights and humanitarianism. Tweets as @tomova_viktoria.

(Languages: English, Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian)

E-mail: viktoria.tomova [at] edri [dot] org
PGP: 8E53 9E94 B86A 26E1 6A0B DAEC 546F 1FFA 3D73 9038

Valentina Carrasco

Junior Campaigns Officer

Valentina is EDRI's Junior Campaigns Officer. She supports the coordination and evaluation of the biometrics campaign as well as creating visuals for online and offline campaigning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and one in Illustration and visual arts. She is a member of the intersectional and decolonial feminist collective Sororidad sin Fronteras and she is passionate about the interaction between arts, technology and social movements.

(Languages: Spanish, French, English)

E-mail: valentina.carrasco [at] edri [dot] org

Luisa Balaban

Communications Intern

Luisa supports the Communications team with preparing and publishing content to EDRi’s digital channels such as the EDRi website, social media channels, the EDRi-gram newsletter as well as press monitoring. She is also a freelance writer reporting on women and human rights, focused on displaying the layered reality of today’s tech-infused world. Luisa has a Bachelor degree in Economic Informatics and is passionate about taking part in building an inclusive, safe and reliable future of the tech industry.

(Languages: Romanian, English, French, Spanish)

E-mail: luisa.balaban [at] edri [dot] org

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