Board of Directors

 

IFRRO Board of Directors*

Rainer Just, President
VG Wort, Germany
biography

Yngve Slettholm, 1st Vice President
Kopinor, Norway
biography

Tracey Armstrong, 2nd Vice President
Copyright Clearance Center Inc, USA
biography

Directors 

Benoît Proot
Representing RRO Members
Reprobel, Belgium
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Sandra Chastanet
Representing RRO Members
Centre Français d'exploitation du droit de Copie, France
biography

Mat Pfleger
Representing RRO Members
Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd. United Kingdom
biography

Vincent van den Eijnde
Representing Creator and Publisher Association Members - creators
Stichting Pictoright, Netherlands
biography

Eefke Smit
Representing Creator and Publisher Association Members - publishers
IPRO, Netherlands
biography

Substitute Directors

Samantha Holman
Representing RRO Members
ICLA, Ireland
biography

Dora Makwinja
Representing RRO Members
Copyright Society of Malawi, Malawi
biography

Edward Hasbrouck
Representing Creator and Publisher Association Members – creators
National Writers Union & International Federation of Journalists
biography

Ana Maria Cabanellas
Representing Creator and Publisher Association Members - publishers
International Publishers’ Association, Switzerland
biography

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*The nominations are done under the suspensive condition of the approval of the modification by the Ministry of Justice and of the publication in the Belgian Official Gazette

IFRRO Directors' Resumes

In alphabetical order:

Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Copyright Clearance Center, bringing more than 20 years of experience in rights management with CCC to the industry. Leading the organization through a period of phenomenal change and challenge, Tracey has helped transform CCC’s licensing solutions to meet the needs of today’s digital publishing world.

Tracey works with publishers, authors, universities, businesses and industry associations around the world, addressing copyright concerns and establishing new alliances. In addition, she frequently speaks at industry conferences and events as a thought leader on digital copyright licensing issues.  

Tracey chairs the IFRRO Business Models Forum. 

Tracey holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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 Ana Maria Cabanellas

Ana Maria Cabanellas is a lawyer and publisher. She worked in a law firm for several years and in 1971 became a partner of Editorial Heliasta (Argentina). Today she is President of Grupo Claridad and publisher of several imprints. She has been a publisher for all her professional life and has been involved with publishing policy issues for more than 30 years.

Copyright piracy was the first issue which brought Ana Maria into contact with industry associations and has stayed with her as a key issue ever since. Ana Maria has been the president of the Argentinean national publishers' association (Cámara Argentina del Libro, CAL), of the Iberoamerican Group of Publishers (GIE), of the International Publishers Association (IPA), and founding member of CADRA. As Vice-President and President of CADRA she has attended all the IFRRO annual gatherings since 2004 and she is familiar with collecting society issues. As President of the Camara she hosted the Buenos Aires IPA Congress. Today she is a member of the board of all these institutions and of the Fundación EI Libro (which organises the Buenos Aires Book Fair) and President of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee of IFRRO.  Ana Maria has a deep understanding of publishing issues in Latin America and around the world, and an enduring belief in intellectual property and support for collecting societies. Her hobby is writing books on different issues.

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Sandra Chastanet

Sandra is the Rightsholders & International Director of the Centre Français d’exploitation du droit de Copies (CFC), the French RRO representing both authors and publishers in the book and press sector. Lawyer by training, Sandra holds a Master in EC law from Kingston University, UK, and a Master in Public Law from Aix-Marseille University, France. She started her career in the publishing industry, working with Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd and Plon, a French book publisher, holding positions in selling and purchasing rights. Joining CFC in 2003 to develop rightsholders’ digital rights management and international relations with sister organizations, she has been appointed Director by newly nominated CEO, Philippe MASSERON, in 2015. Working closely with rightsholders and their representatives’ organisations, she is committed to promote their interest and develop collective digital licensing strategies. Managing international affairs and international copyright related issues, Sandra has been actively involved in the IFRRO’s work since 2003, participating in number of projects and chairing the Newspapers & Periodicals working group since 2011. She is also a Board member of PDLN (the Press Database and Licensing Network), an international organization member of IFRRO, dedicated to help collective organizations licensing Newspapers and Periodicals as well as developing services and technical standards and tools such as platforms.

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Vincent van den Eijnde

Vincent is the managing director of Stichting Pictoright, the visual artists collecting society in the Netherlands. In this capacity he is dealing with various aspects of copyright, such as reprographic rights, reproduction rights, lending rights, cable rights and resale rights.
Before joining Pictoright, Vincent worked as a legal counsel for the association of illustrators and designers in the Netherlands. He has written several books and articles on copyright and related subjects.

Vincent is vice-president of Stichting Reprorecht, the Dutch reprographic rights organization, and member of the board of Stichting Leenrecht (PLR). He has been member of the board of European Visual Artists (EVA) since 2012, with a focus on digitization and mass digitizing projects. Within IFRRO Vincent has been a member of the visual working group since 2005.

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Edward Hasbrouck

Edward has been Co-Chair of the Book Division of the National Writers Union since 2009. Edward has helped lead the NWU's advocacy for writers in the US and abroad, representing the NWU to the US Congress, WIPO, IFRRO AGMs, and the International Authors Forum. Edward has testified for the NWU before the US Copyright Office about writers' rights and copyright reform, and has helped oversee the NWU’s role in litigation against Google and other copyright infringers. He has also served on the board of the (San Francisco) Bay Area Travel Writers. Edward is a successful freelance writer, author, and independent journalist. He has been publishing online and in print, through traditional publishers and as a self-publisher, for more than 20 years. He has had books published by a major traditional publisher. He also won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for Investigative Journalism from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundations for an article on his website – one of the first awards for work self-published online earned in competition with publishers and publications of all sizes and types in all media. As a writer and researcher for an NGO concerned with freedom of movement as a human right, Edward has testified before the European Parliament, the Canadian Parliament, and the UN Human Rights Committee.

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Samantha Holman

Samantha Holman has been the CEO of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency since 2001. Prior to that and having graduated with a degree in Applied Linguistics, she studied law and then moved into teacher training and academic management. Within IFRRO, she has been an active member of a number of groups and fora, including the European Group, Public Lending Right Forum, Legal Issues Forum. Samantha has been particularly interested in IFRRO’s work developing RROs across Europe and at the same time has an excellent understanding of all aspects of collective management. She has been chair of the European Development Committee for IFRRO since 2003 and has lectured in Eastern European and Transition countries on collective management solutions and the digital agenda. She also lectures regularly at home on copyright issues and on the Google Book Settlement and its impact on authors and publishers.

ICLA has also been working closely with IFRRO on the development of the IFRRO standard software, WISE. ICLA has also hosted both an IFRRO AGM in 2007 and, more recently, Spring Meetings in 2013.

Samantha is also on two national voluntary boards, the Copyright Association of Ireland and the Irish Visual Artists’ Rights Organisation, the CMO for visual artists, (of which she is a founder member). In addition, she has been the Irish national representative to the Executive Committee of ALAI (Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale) where the working language is French. She is currently a board member of the Arrow Association.

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Rainer Just

After leaving university with the degree of Diplomkaufmann (economics and business administration), Rainer Just joined the Ernst Klett group, one of the leading educational publishers in Germany. He initially worked within the Klett group for a small publishing house, and was then responsible for the development of a private broadcasting company. In 1990 he became managing-director of the well-known publishing house of Klett-Cotta, which has a broad repertoire ranging from fiction to scientific books and journals. His responsibilities covered all departments from accounts to delivery, and brought him into contact with numerous authors, translators, editors, literary agents and publishing houses world-wide, giving him a deep appreciation of the point of view of both authors and publishers.

Rainer has been a member of the VG WORT administrative council since 1993 and of the board since 2000. In October 2007 he was appointed joint managing director of VG WORT. After the retirement of Ferdinand Melichar at the end of 2008 he will continue to hold that office jointly with Robert Staats. Rainer was elected as IFRRO Substitute Director in 2008 and President in 2012. He was reelected as President in 2014 and 2016.

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Dora Makwinja

Dora is a holder of Master of Intellectual Property Law, Commerce and Technology from the Franklin Pierce Law Centre, United States of America. Before that, she graduated from the University of Malawi with Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree (Computer and Statistics). She has been working for the Copyright Society of Malawi since October 1997 to date. She is the Copyright Administrator and Executive Director for the institution. COSOMA is one of the institutions in the region that have been successful in collective management of musical rights as well as in reprography. To date COSOMA licenses public performance, broadcasting, mechanical rights in the area of music and reprographic rights. Under reprographic rights administration, COSOMA has been able to license 30 universities, colleges and technical schools and about 100 copy-shops. Based on its success story COSOMA has trained personnel from other collective management organizations from countries in the region as well as beyond. These include Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Namibia, The Gambia and Ethiopia.

Dora has attended a good number of courses in Intellectual Property organized by WIPO and other international organizations mainly in the field of Copyright and Related Rights. She has also been engaged as a WIPO expert on Copyright and Collective Management. Besides, she is also lecturer for the Advanced Course on Copyright and Related Rights and Master of Intellectual Property program at the Africa University in Zimbabwe.

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Mat Pfleger

Mat was appointed Chief Executive of CLA in June 2016, having previously held the position of Managing Director and Commercial Director. Since joining the organisation in 2008 as UK Sales and Marketing Director, UK revenues have grown by 45%. Mat has over 15 years experience in the intellectual property and content industries in leadership, commercial and product development roles. Mat was formerly Head of Sales and Marketing at the British Library and Head of Online Publishing and Scientific Information at Leatherhead Food Research.

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Benoît Proot

Benoît Proot studied law at the University of Brussels (VUB). In 1983, he specialised in international law at the University of Georgia (USA). Before joining Reprobel, the Belgian reprographic rights organization, in 2007 as Managing Director, he worked during 25 years mainly as a company lawyer in various multinational companies in Belgium and abroad. After a few years, his career also encompassed human resources and general management.

Benoît is particularly interested in the evolution of reprography in the digital area and is a regular member of official Belgian advisory organs related to reprography and private copying. He is very regularly involved in lobbying and campaigning in support of authors’ and publishers’ rights at Belgian and EU level, raising issues with civil servants as well as with political decision-makers. Within IFRRO, he has been the chairman of the Equipment Levy Forum and of the Public Lending Right Forum. Currently he is chairing the European Group meetings and is also active within the European Development Committee.

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Yngve Slettholm

Yngve Slettholm (b. 1955) joined Kopinor as Executive Director in 2006. He holds a PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo and is a well-known composer. Before joining Kopinor, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, and served 12 years as Board Director of TONO (the Norwegian music performing rights society). In 2001–05, Mr. Slettholm was Deputy Minister (State Secretary) in the Ministry of Culture, whose responsibilities include copyright matters. In 2011, the Government appointed him to chair the Arts Council of Norway, a position he held until 2015. He has additionally held several honorary posts in the field of culture. In IFRRO, Mr. Slettholm served as Vice Chair of the European Group 2007–12. He is also member of the Development Committee for Eastern Europe, and was elected as Director of the Board in 2012 and 1st Vice President in 2015.

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 Eekfe Smit

Eefke is Director for Standards and Technology of the International STM Association and Managing Director of IPRO with 30 years of publishing experience. In 1984 she started her working life as a journalist of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and after 5 years moved on to academic and professional publishing. Already in the early nineties, as a publisher in physics, mathematics and computer science, she was involved in the very first web-publishing experiments and started for Elsevier several succesful e-publishing services. From 2002 – 2006, after a short detour into trade publishing, Eefke was leading Elsevier’s international e-publishing division in Science and Technology, and her signature can be found on globally successful products such as Scopus, ScienceDirect and Scirus.

In 2007 Eefke was appointed Director for Standards and Technology at the International Association of STM Publishers, alongside her own consultancy business in e-publishing, working for Nature Publishing Group, Kluwer, SDU, Springer, the PRC and several web-startups. In 2011 she started doing projects for IPRO, the International Publishers Rights Organisation, and succeeded Lex Lefebvre as Managing Director in 2012.

Eefke serves on the Boards of a wide range of international organisations active in (digital) information services, such as currently the Alliance for Permanent Access, Dryad, and in The Netherlands PRO, Thim, and LOF. She is co-chair of the RDA Data Publishing group, and member of several advisory groups in the international publishing community (Codata, ICSTU, NISO, WDS, Force11, DataCite). Eefke is also past Board member of Crossref, EDItEUR and NAi Publishers.

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