Dr Suelette Dreyfus is the Executive Director of Blueprint for Free Speech. Suelette’s career has spanned academia, journalism and advocacy. She is a specialist in cybersecurity technologies and in integrity systems that work as corrective mechanisms in society.
Before earning her PhD and writing a book which has been translated into 7 languages, she worked as a staff journalist at Australia’s largest selling newspaper. Her journalism work has since appeared in The Independent (London), The Guardian, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend Magazine and a number of technology publications. Her academic work, on whistleblowing, error-reporting in hospitals, and technology-related topics has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Suelette founded Blueprint in 2014 with a view to improving the standards of laws and practice around the globe that protect freedom of expression. Her specific work at Blueprint is to raise the standards of protection for whistleblowers. She also works on projects to protect the media’s ability to publish freely, particularly via the internet, and on the creation of new technology to achieve these goals.
Veronika Nad is the Head of the German Whistleblower Project at Blueprint. A trained Anthropologist, she has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy and Indology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. She has been working on anti-corruption measures and whistleblowing since 2013 and was previously employed at the GIZ Anti-Corruption and Integrity Program, as well as the NGO SOPPECOM in Pune/ India.
She has expertise in European countries’ whistleblower protection regimes both in law and in practice. She has worked closely researching specific high-profile European whistleblower cases, including interviewing European whistleblowers. Additional languages: German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Kiswahili.
Cannelle Lavite is a Legal Research Fellow (P/T). Cannelle holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Criminal Business Law (double diploma) from the University of Toulouse Capitole I (France) and the University of Montreal (Quebec), and a Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Services from University La Sorbonne. She is completing a PhD at Bremen University. Her PhD thesis work focuses on new forms of law production in the frame of whistleblowers’ protection.
She has previously worked at The European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (Berlin) and Human Rights Watch (Brussels). She has deep legal expertise in whistleblowing (particularly in Luxemburg, France and Belgium) as well as both criminal and corporate law. Languages: French, German, Portuguese, Spanish.
Carola Iglesias Ramirez
Carola Iglesias Ramirez is a Legal Research Fellow. She graduated with a double degree in Law and Political Sciences and Administration from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a LL.M. in European Law from Stockholm University.
She has broad experience working on multicultural projects such as working as an interpreter and translator at the UN. She also has experience with the commercial sector, working with multinational export credits under the OECD interest rate framework and at law firm in Stockholm in their EU & Competition Law group. She has been researching whistleblower protection legislation and cases for three years, and has authored many of the country report papers in the Blueprint library. Additional Languages: Spanish and Swedish.
Kate Mellor is a Research Fellow at Blueprint. She specialises in whistleblower protection regimes in Africa. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and a double undergraduate degree with First Class Honours in Economics, French & Political Science from the University of Melbourne.
She has work experience in health policy, having worked as a Public Health Consultant for the World Health Organisation. While a project officer for 5 years at the Australian Agency for International Development & Menzies School of Health Research, she led a team of public health experts in writing over 30 literature reviews on food security interventions. Additional Languages: French.
Lizzie O’Shea is a Legal Fellow at Blueprint.She is an Australian-Irish human rights lawyer, broadcaster and writer living in London. Lizzie has worked with indigent prisoners on death row in the Deep South of the US and at the United Nations in Geneva. She has also represented activists, whistleblowers and refugees in Australian courts. She was a fellow at Witness, an organisation that trains activists to use video for justice and advocacy. She has also run Copwatch workshops in Australia, working with Aboriginal communities to use mobile phones to film police interactions for accountability. Lizzie has an LLM from Columbia University Law School. She earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) and a B.A. from the University of Melbourne.
Simon Wolfe is Honorary Legal Research Fellow at Blueprint for Free Speech.
He graduated with an LL.B from the University of Melbourne and an LL.M from Stockholm University. He is a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School.
Simon has a background in both freedom of speech law and policy and commercial law. He has significant experience in whistleblower protection law, national security legislation and freedom of expression policy generally.
He has authored many reports and submissions on behalf of Blueprint for Free Speech and has appeared before parliaments or legislative committees of Australia, Iceland and Taiwan, and submitted to many others. Prior to joining Blueprint, Simon worked at a commercial law firm in Australia, and spent time working in France and Tanzania. Simon is an avid Arsenal F.C. fan and wants to one day have lunch with Larry David.