Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specialising in the public’s right of access to information (freedom of information), media and internet freedom, and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. Helen is founder and Executive Director of the Madrid-based NGO Access Info Europe, established in 2006 to promote the right of access to information in Europe and globally.
Prior to founding Access Info, Helen worked for the Open Society Foundations (1999-2005) where she directed programmes on freedom of expression and information, based in Budapest and New York. Her start in human rights was working as a campaigner with Article 19 (1989-1998), developing its programmes in central and eastern Europe during the 1990s. She 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. Helen is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010).
Helen holds a degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Psychology from Durham University, UK. Resident in Madrid, she speaks English, French and Spanish.