THE TEAM

We are a multidisciplinary team of experts that share the same passion to advance the knowledge and skills of individuals and communities,  especially the most vulnerable, to affect the change they need to improve their lives and of those around them.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Christopher Hird
Christopher Hird

Christo is a graduate of Ofxord University where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He worked as an investment analyst in the City before becoming a journalist, working on the Economist, New Statesman and Sunday Times. He had a career in television as a reporter and producer before establishing Dartmouth Films, an independent documentary company.Christo is a A leading figure in the UK documentary community, Christo was Chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the

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Andrea Rose
Andrea Rose

Andrea Rose CMG, OBE, was Director of Visual Art at the British Council from 1994-2014. Responsible for the British Council Collection, she purchased key works by artists often at an early stage in their career, among them Damien Hirst, Peter Doig, Mona Hatoum, Jeremy Deller, John Akomfrah, Anya Gallaccio, Douglas Gordon and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. As British Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, she was involved in the selection of both artists and architects for the British Pavilion to represen

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Koen De Feyter
Koen De Feyter

Koen is Professor of International Law at the University of Antwerp and part-time Professor at PILC and the University of Maastricht. He was previously attached to the Human Rights Centre of the University of Maastricht, the Institute of Development Policy and Management of the University of Antwerp, and served as the Academic Coordinator of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice, Italy). Koen is a former Chair of Amnesty International Belgium (1998-1999) and an internat

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STAFF
Claudia Modonesi
Claudia Modonesi

Executive Director ​Claudia is a human rights expert and media trainer with a background in film studies and an MA in human rights studies. She has built her human rights expertise on the professional experiences gained at the UN, European Commission and OSCE. She has 15 + years experience in the design, management and implementation of capacity building projects related to digital media, advocacy and human rights in Europe, Asia and Africa. Since 2019 she co-directs Picture People.

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Nick Danziger
Nick Danziger

Co-Director Nick is an award winning photographer, filmmaker and author. The last 30 years he photographed the world most dispossessed and disadvantaged. He has won several prestigious awards for his photography including, in 2004, the World Press Photo 1st Prize in the Single Portrait Award for his ‘mirror’ image of Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush

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Mark Gudmastad
Mark Gudmastad

Director of Communications ​ Mark has ten years of experience creating and implementing communications strategies international development, global public health and human rights programs. He has a Master of Arts degree in International and Intercultural Communications and has worked in more than 20 countries.

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Alyssa Hurst
Alyssa Hurst

Communications Specialist Alyssa Hurst is a writer, podcast host and all-around communicator with a background in journalism. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international and intercultural communication with a concentration in gender and human rights.

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Eleonora Scala
Eleonora Scala

Project Coordinator Eleonora is a lawyer with a background in human rights and media law, currently pursuing an LLM in International Human Rights Law at Essex University. She developed her professional experience both in the private sector, working for an international law firm in Milan, and in the UN system in New York and Vienna.

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Lauren Wigmore
Lauren Wigmore

Digital Creator Originally from Zimbabwe, Lauren discovered a way to combine her love of storytelling and visual media in high school. She followed this passion to the UK where she received a Bachelor of Arts in documentary filmmaking. She's currently working as a free lance digital creator in Leeds, UK.

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WHO
ARE WE?

"The expertise Picture People has is unique and having such an experienced training team facilitate human rights education teaching trainings in a context that has been using rote learning for decades is crucially important.”
 

Louise Simonsen Aaen

Programme Manager

Danish Institute for Human Rights