Our Team

The IFEX Secretariat, based in Toronto, Canada, runs the day-to-day operations of the network. The work of the Secretariat amplifies the reach and impact of IFEX member voices, develops strategies to build on the actions and campaigns of IFEX members and regional networks, and offers opportunities for members to build skills and knowledge through resources, networking and convenings such as the IFEX Strategy Conference.

Secretariat Staff

Annie Game
IFEX Executive Director

Rachael Kay
IFEX Deputy Executive Director

Funding and Strategy Development

Melissa Fuerth
Director of Funding and Strategy Development

Ghina Dajani
Strategy and Funding Systems Specialist

Management Systems and Operations

Pablo Escobar
Head of Management Systems and Operations

Ban Jirjis
Programme Support Administrator

Sandra Goncalves
Financial and Office Systems Administrator


Elizabeth Rivera Rivas
Communications Director

Leslie de Freitas
Head of Editorial

Erin Woycik
Communications Specialist

Rasha Touqan
Communications Coordinator

Reyhana Masters
Regional Editor – Africa

Laura Vidal
Regional Editor – Americas

Mong Palatino
Regional Editor – Asia & Pacific

Cathal Sheerin
Regional Editor – Europe & Central Asia, International

Naseem Tarawnah
Regional Editor – Middle East & North Africa

Network Engagement

Matt Redding
Global Campaigns Strategist

Farah Bogani
Campaigns Coordinator

Viviana Ordoñez
Network Engagement Specialist

Milad Monfared
Network Engagement Specialist

Nazarene Njeru 
Network Engagement Coordinator

Ryan Haughton 
Network Engagement Coordinator

Mohamed ElGohary
Network Engagement Specialist