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Mercedes de Freitas

Executive Director, Transparencia Venezuela

Mercedes de Freitas is the executive director of Transparencia Venezuela. De Freitas has worked with several Venezuelan NGOs and has been active on issues concerning access to information, budget transparency and legislative processes. She is a frequent speaker at the United Nations Security Council and the Organization of American States, where she has articulated the link between corruption and human rights abuses in Venezuela. An Ashoka Fellow since 2000, De Freitas also served on the board of Transparency International from 2015 to 2017. In her work with Transparencia Venezuela, she has promoted legislation on anti-corruption, transparency, access to information, and whistleblower protection and has spoken out about human rights abuses and electoral fraud. De Freitas studied history at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, participated in management programs at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), and took NGO management courses at Queensland University in Australia.