Our International Secretariat, based in central London, is staffed by a diverse and dedicated group that administer PEN International’s campaigns, programmes, events, communications and general affairs. The International Secretariat supports PEN Centres worldwide, helping them to be active and vibrant hubs for reading and writing in their countries, and helping them to connect to one another. We work closely with the Board and Centres.
Carles Torner is a Catalan writer. He has been active in PEN International’s work for over twenty years; in that time he has served as a member of the board, chair of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee. He has also participated in several missions for imprisoned writers. He has published essays and poems about PEN’s defense of freedom of expression across the world.
Before joining PEN as Executive Director, he was director of the Literature and Humanities Department at the Ramon Llull Institute, where he was in charge of the presence of Catalan literature as guest of honour at the Frankfurt book fair and the Guadalajara International book fair. He holds a PhD from the university of Paris VIII and is a lecturer in Communication and International Relations at Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull, in Barcelona.
Josie OReilly , Executive Assistant
josie.oreilly [at] pen-international.org
Anne Muthee, Finance and Administration Manager
Anne.muthee [at] pen-international.org
Claire Colcombe, Finance and Administration Officer
Claire.colcombe [at] pen-international.org
Romana Cacchioli, Director of International Programmes
Romana joined PEN International in March 2014 as Director of International Programmes. She manages the organisation’s work in delivering access to education, and human rights education, literary and civil society programmes across the world.
Romana has twenty years’ experience working in human rights, most recently with Anti-Slavery International where she led their Programmes and Advocacy team in advocating for reform in law and policy and seeking redress through national courts for those affected by slavery. She led the development of local and grass roots organisations and movements to understand and claim their rights, including on access to quality education, and income generation activities for communities affected by slavery.
romana.cacchioli [at] pen-international.org
Sarah Clarke, International Policy and Advocacy Officer
Sarah is responsible for managing international public policy and advocacy across PEN International’s areas of work. She highlights PEN’s work in freedom of expression, translation and linguistic rights and education to UN and regional forums. A graduate of Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin, Sarah has previously worked in human rights research, policy, and advocacy with a number of UN agencies, NGOs and academic centres.
sarah.clarke [at] pen-international.org
Paul Finegan, Centres & Committees Officer
Paul joined the PEN team in March 2011. He has worked as a researcher and campaigner for the Writers in Prison Committee and has also co-ordinated the literary work of PEN International. Currently his work focuses on providing support to PEN Centres and Committees around the world. He also works as an assistant to the Executive Director.
paul.finegan [at] pen-international.org
Sahar Halaimzai, Communications & Campaigns Manager
Sahar joined the team in July 2012, and is responsible for running Communications and Campaigns activity across PEN International’s work globally. She co-ordinates media engagement with PEN’s literary and programmes output and works closely with members of the Writers in prison Committee to ensure that its key campaigns are communicated to a broad international audience.
sahar.halaimzai [at] pen-international.org
Holly Strauss, Communications and Fundraising Officer
Holly joined the team in 2013 as Communications and Fundraising Officer, working with the Communications Manager to co-ordinate communications and campaigns activity across PEN International’s work globally, as well as providing fundraising support to the Secretariat.
holly.strauss [at] pen-international.org
Ariadna Martin Ribas, Communications Fellow
Ariadna joined the team in 2015 as an intern from Ramon Llull University based in Barcelona. She is in the last year of the International Relations degree and she is specialized on the International Communications and Social Media Track. Despite her interest with the Communications world she is also highly interested on Sustainable development and Environmental Governance Issues and enjoys learning languages.
ariadnamartin [at] pen-international.org
James Tennant, Literary Manager
James edits PEN International magazine and runs the Publishers Circle imprint. He co-ordinates all publications and literature events, including the international Free the Word! series. James also manages the New Voices Award, the Publishers Circle and the Writers Circle. Outside of PEN he is a commissioning editor for magazines Asymptote and The White Review. Previously he worked as a journalist and in publishing.
james.tennant [at] pen-international.org
Ann Harrison, Programme Director, Writers in Prison Committee
Ann Harrison joined PEN International in June 2013 as the Programme Director for the WiPC. She manages the organisation’s global research and campaigning against attacks on freedom of expression and on behalf of persecuted writers. She has over 16 years’ previous experience in human rights work, most recently having worked as Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
ann.harrison [at] pen-international.org
Cathy McCann, Researcher: Asia/Middle East
Cathy is responsible for PEN International’s research and campaigning on attacks against free expression in the regions of Asia/Pacific and Middle East/North Africa.
Cathy.McCann [at] pen-international.org
Tamsin Mitchell, Researcher: Africa & the Americas
Tamsin is responsible for PEN International’s research and campaigning on attacks against free expression in Africa and the Americas since 2007. A graduate of Glasgow University, Balliol College and the University of London, prior to joining PEN she worked for Y Care International, Peace Brigades International UK and Action Against Hunger UK
tamsin.mitchell [at] pen-international.org
Patricia Diaz, Research and Campaign Support
Patricia assists in monitoring developments regarding freedom of expression and related issues that affect writers and journalists in Asia/Pacific and Middle East, alongside the researcher of the region. She also supports the work of the WiPC Programme Director monitoring issues on Europe, and assisting her work regarding the United Nations, specifically the Universal Periodic Review.
patricia.diaz [at] pen-international.org
Emma Wadsworth Jones, WiPC Research/Campaigns Assistant
Emma joined the team in October 2012 after completing a Masters in Comparative Politics (Latin America) at the LSE. She currently divides her time equally between assisting the Africa/Americas Researcher and the Asia/MENA Researcher.
Emma.Wadsworth-Jones [at] pen-international.org
Pepe Mercadal Baquero, Case List Fellow
Pepe joined the PEN team in September 2015 with an internship program between PEN International and Blanquerna University, from Barcelona. He is developing the Case List, together with other interns. He has a special interest in East Asia and in political change. He is currently taking the last course of a BA in International Relations.
PepeMercadal [at] pen-international.org
Mariona Busquets Guàrdia, Case List Fellow
Mariona Busquets Guàrdia joined the team in September 2015 thanks to an internship program between Blanquerna University (Barcelona) and PEN International. She is a student of International Relations and she’s highly interested on human and cultural rights issues. Her major passion is literature.
MarionaBusquets [at] pen-international.org
Marc Aguilar, Case List Fellow
Marc joined the team in September 2015 with an internship partnered between PEN International and Blanquerna University of Barcelona, where he is finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. His responsibilities are assisting the Regional Programme Coordinators with the Latin American and Western Europe regions, and developing the January-June 2015 Case List.
MarcAguilar [at] pen-international.org
Jena Patel, Congress Officer
After working at PEN in 2011 on the 77th PEN Congress in Serbia, Jena re-joined the PEN team in May 2013. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of PEN’s annual Congress, working with each host Centre from planning to implementation. Jena has experience in working in the field of human rights within both an NGO and inter-governmental setting. She holds a postgraduate degree in human rights.
Jena.patel [at] pen-international.org