OUR PEOPLE

PATRONS

BRIAN ENO

Brian Eno is a musician, producer and visual artist. He has released 25 solo albums, and has worked with artists such as Talking Heads, David Byrne, David Bowie, U2, Coldplay, Laurie Anderson, Paul Simon and many others. He has presented his visual art and installations in over 130 solo shows and several group shows.

BOARD MEMBERS

URI FRUCHTMANN

Uri has been working in the film industry since 1985. He Founded Fragile Films in 1989 and has produced and directed many documentaries in locations all over the world among which were the award-winning Atlantic Hip To The Tip, All In The Family, Dar O Dur and OBI. Since 1997, he has produced feature films including Ideal Husband, Spice World the Movie and The Importance of Being Ernest. In 2001, together with his partner, he bought Ealing Studios, where Fragile Films continues to successfully produce British feature films. Uri has originated several projects involving innovative use of video cameras, including the highly successful video project conducted by BVCF, the major Conservation Organization of Mallorca. He has served on the board of several charities and is the chair of Videre’s Board of Trustees.

FIONA NAPIER

Fiona Napier campaigns on human rights and environmental abuses, getting actors together to create long lasting change. She played a key role in starting the UK Ban Landmines campaign, the Ethical Trading Initiative, and the Publish What You Pay campaign. While she was International Advocacy Director with Open Society Foundations she helped launch the transparency and accountability initiative.

JOHN SAUVEN

John is a trained economist and environmentalist and Executive Director of Greenpeace UK. John has applied his expertise to projects in Indonesia, the Congo, central Africa and the Amazon and campaigned on everything from nuclear disarmament to protection of the North Pole. Described by the The Times as a ‘suave political insider,’ he has specialised in solutions, communications and evolving new, more sustainable business models.

DAVID GOLDSWORTHY

David Goldsworthy is the former head of the international relations and technical cooperation at the UK National Audit Office where he was responsible for managing capacity building projects with audit offices and public accounts committees across the world. He has a keen interest in anti-corruption work and has recently established Development Action an international consultancy specialising in governance and accountability. He has served on many different charity boards and is currently on the Governments Faculty Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

JONNY PERSEY

Jonny Persey is the Director of Met Film. He has over twenty years’ experience in producing films with credits including The Mercy, Swimming with Men, The Infidel, Little Ashes and Wondrous Oblivion. He and his team have also produced numerous documentaries, including Sundance prize-winning How to Change the World, Grierson winner Deep Water and BIFA nominated The Great Hip-Hop Hoax. Jonny studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and training and organisational development consultant.

STAFF

JACQUELINE GEIS

Jacqueline Geis is the Chief Executive Officer of Videre. Prior to assuming this role in 2019, she served as Videre’s Chief Operating Officer for four years. Jackie has over 20 years of external relations, coalition-building and operations experience in internationally-focused organisations. Before joining Videre, she worked at the world-renowned think tank, the Brookings Institution, where she developed a research thread on displacement and transitional justice while serving as the Foreign Policy program’s government and foundation relations director. Jackie has managed clean energy partnerships for the U.S. Department of State and coordinated the handover of war crimes cases from the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to national courts. A graduate of Georgetown University and Mount Holyoke College, she has also held positions at the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative and in the U.S. Senate. She serves on the International Criminal Court’s Technology Advisory Council.

OREN YAKOBOVICH

Oren co-founded Videre in 2008 and served as its Chief Executive Officer for more than 10 years. In his role as President, he provides strategic advice to the organisation based on 25 years of experience challenging and disrupting unjust systems. Prior to Videre, Oren led the video department at B’Tselem where he trained hundreds of citizens fighting for justice in the West Bank through the video project “Shooting Back.” The project won several awards, including the One World Media award and International Media Award’s Cutting Edge Prize. Working at the intersection of human rights and film, he has become a leading voice on the use of visual information to create sustainable change in areas of conflict. Oren is an Ashoka Fellow and a recipient of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

JESSE ROBERTS

Jesse is the Senior Director of Strategic Development at Videre. In this role, he leads the organisation’s relationships with a wide range of private grantmaking foundations and governmental partners. Prior to this he held positions in both London and Washington D.C. with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, focusing on promoting freedom of expression and access to information in conflict-affected and closed societies. He began his career in human rights with Global Witness, and worked in Sri Lanka for the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust during the final stages of the country’s civil war to protect local human rights defenders and support civil society development. Jesse holds a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

For security purposes, other Videre staff members cannot be named.

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