Founders & Directors


Danielle Turkov Wilson

Danielle’s creative passion and specialist experience in political engagement provide the binding thread so vital to TFIP’s vision and success. She most recently acted as a policy advisor for the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief, liaising with the European External Action Service, and has previously spearheaded many projects on radicalisation (most notably, AWARE and PRISM). This, combined with her involvement in providing a platform for women, youth, religious minorities and refugees sparked her vision to revitalise creative mediums to empower socio-political progress. Danielle's desire is to create visual policy briefs that propel emotional, lasting narratives.

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Dr Dwayne Menezes

Dwayne has been the driving force behind TFIPs excellent relations with policy makers in the UK and beyond. He is the Founder and Director of two London-based think-tanks, Human Security Centre (HSC) and Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI), that together manage vast international academic, policy, NGO and media networks, work regularly with the Commonwealth, UN, EU, OECD, Arctic Council, Nordic Council and other intergovernmental bodies as well as member governments, and have a combined social media outreach of over 10 million. Dwayne brings commitment and energy to every project, and is passionate about helping the creative industries reach people in positions to affect change.

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Film Experts


Sasha Achilli

Sasha is an Emmy and BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker specialising in international current affairs. She has spent her career getting at the heart of difficult stories in some of the most remote parts of Africa and the Middle East. During the last eight years she has investigated war crimes in Syria, the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the Kenyan Westgate Mall terrorist attack. She recently directed a BBC film about the honour killing of a British-Pakistani woman. Sasha aims to transcend cultural barriers and make documentaries that are accessible to an international audience.

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Melanie Horkan

Melanie co-wrote and co-produced the Oscar-shortlisted and Emmy-nominated My Enemy, My Brother (2015). She currently produces The FACTory Pitch Day at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne and was previously the TEDx Sydney Film Curator at the Sydney Opera House. She produced How to Fall in Love with a Stranger (2015), licensed by The Guardian, and Google and the World Brain (2013), which premiered at Sundance and screened at over 60 international festivals. Melanie has over 15 years experience in the interactive industry including at Spinifex Interactive, National Geographic and Leo Burnett.

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Ann Shin

Ann co-produced the Oscar-shortlisted and Emmy-nominated My Enemy, My Brother (2015). She is a multiple award-winning Producer, Director and New Media Creator. Her credits include The Terrorist Hunter (2018), Sugar Sisters (2016) and Turning Points of History: The Roswell Incident (2000). Her films and series have been broadcast in territories across the globe and won numerous awards. Her cross-platform project, The Defector: Escape from North Korea (2012), won 3 Canadian Screen Awards and was selected into 20 international film festivals.

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Heather White

Heather is the Co-Director/Producer of Complicit (2015), on which she began work whilst a network fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics. She is the founder of verite.org, a nonprofit organisation conducting groundbreaking research on global supply chain monitoring. Heather is an international expert on global corporate social responsibility (CSR) and her research reports and recommendations on ethical sourcing standards have been recognised by United Nations agencies, the EU parliament and national government ministries.

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Manon Ardisson

Manon is a BAFTA-nominated producer based in London. She produced the BFI-backed feature film God’s Own Country (2017), which premiered in Sundance, won a range of international awards and was nominated for Outstanding British Film of the Year at the 2018 BAFTAs. Manon also co-produced La Soledad (2016), the first feature documentary about the current Venezuelan crisis. Manon has been selected for a number of talent schemes including Berlinale Talent Campus, Creative England’s iFeatures, Film London’s Microwave, and Venice’s Biennale College Cinema. She previously worked as Creative Assistant at Paul Webster’s Shoebox Films and now co-owns the independent production company Cat&Bear Pictures.

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Stephanie von Stein

Stephanie was Director of Outreach/Assistant Producer for Complicit (2015). A seasoned
program director and Asia specialist, Stephanie builds strategic partnerships between funding institutions, businesses, and the non-profit sector for social good. She is a multi-year grantee of the National Endowment for Democracy for her work creating a network of environmental advocacy groups across China. She has collaborated with experts across the environmental policy sector and officials at the national, regional and local levels to bring innovative advocacy models to grassroots organisations across Asia. Her experience living with communities bearing the environmental and social consequences of global outsourcing in East and South Asia drives her passion to improve environmental and social justice in the region and the world.

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Marc Van de Walle

Marc is a Vision Mixer and Video Editor with expertise in academic research and coordination. He is a member of the LUCA School of Arts leadership team, responsible for developing and communicating the vision and policy of undergraduate programs in photography, film, interior, construction and graphic design. His research explores the narrative disadvantages that are inherent in immersive fiction film and is developing innovative technological approaches to enhance visual story experiences.

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Policy & Communications Experts


Djan Sauerborn

Djan holds a Masters in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He formerly worked as Senior Researcher for a think-tank in Brussels focused on democratisation, good governance and anti-extremism. He co-edits the International Security Observer and has written for The Diplomat, The Independent and Atlantic Voices.

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Maxime Seguin

Maxime holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Management from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is currently a Principal Agent at Interpol and is independently interested in conducting research around LGBTi+ issues and power dynamics exercised through official state discourse.

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Carlo Andrea Giorgi

Carlo holds a Masters degree in International Marketing and has significant experience working as a digital and product designer. He is passionate about driving digital concepts and designs forward and has previously undertaken projects for Templafy, Komfo and Ladbrokes.

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Amy Shepherd

Amy holds a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Public International Law and Human Rights from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. She has represented serving prisoners in the UK, worked to combat child sex trafficking in the Philippines and led on EU advocacy in Brussels for a civil society organisation specialised in the right to freedom of religion or belief.

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Clients & Partners