Executive Team


Alessia Sonaglioni

Executive Director


Alessia is a founding member of EWA Network. With a long standing experience as media lawyer and programme manager at the Council of Europe, she joined Eurimages in 2010 as project manager gaining experience in legal and financial issues linked to European film co-production. She is also a certified coach and a human rights expert. Her engagement for gender equality comes mainly from her human rights background. She strongly believes that women, half of the world population, should have the same opportunities to tell their stories, express themselves and their own talents, and have their stories heard. Alessia is EWA Network's Executive Director since February 2016.



Alexia Muiños Ruiz

Deputy Director


Born in La Coruña, Master Degree in Environmental Chemistry and studied at the Conservatory of Music before leaving for Barcelona where she extended her education by graduating in Film Studies. She completed her training in New York City. For the past years, she has been working in several facets of the Film / Advertising Industry as director/actor and founded her production company in 2015. Her debut feature film is Noche Transfigurada. Currently working on the film "Las Truchas cantan en verano" (Trout singing in the Summer). As deputy director, Alexia is in charge of the management of the EWA Network member community as well as EWA Networks social media.



Francine Raveney

Head of PR


Former Director of EWA Network (2013-2016), Francine is currently Head of Research and PR. She has been executive producer of a number of films, including « En la Ciudad sin brújula » by Antonio Savinelli and has been working on Isabel Coixet’s upcoming documentary on John Berger. An expert in European co-productions, Francine regularly teaches at film schools and training courses, and acts as a project consultant, especially on gender policy. She studied French and English at Oxford University, followed by Women’s studies, has worked in communication and is committed to good communication and equality in the audiovisual sector.


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Cecilia Johnson-Ferguson

Project Manager


With two Master Degrees in both International & European Governance (WWU Münster, Germany) and Management of Cultural Institutions (Sciences Po Lille, France), Cecilia graduated in 2015 with a dissertation on the inequalities in the French documentary sector for female directors. She joined EWA Network’s team in 2015 as a volunteer during her final year at University. Since 2016, Cecilia is in charge of the every day management of EWA Network, coordinating the EWA Network projects from the Strasbourg office.


Honorary President

Isabel Coixet

EWA network is proud to have as its President the highly successful, award-winning Spanish director Isabel Coixet. Her powerful filmography includes : "My life without me" (2003), "The secret life of words" (2005), "Elegy" (2008), "Map of the sounds of Tokyo" (2009) and "Yesterday never ends" (2012), which was screened in the Panorama Special section in Berlin 2013. Isabel Coixet was a member of the Camera d’Or jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and her latest film "Nobody wants the night" opened the Berlinale in 2015.

Board Members


Ada Solomon

(Hi Film Productions)



Zeynep Özbatur Atakan


Vice President


Isabel Castro



Nicholas David Mackenzie

General Secretary


Susan Newman




Juliane Schulze

(Peaceful Fish)

Board Member


Kristina Trapp


Board Member


Marie-Pierre Vallé

(Wild Bunch)

Board Member


Former President of the Board

and Founding member

Isabel de Ocampo