Sarah Jane Mellor
Consultant in Strategic Communications
– Status: Consultant in Strategic Communications
– Member since: November 2018
– Languages: English, French, Italian
– Geographic coverage: International. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
– What I do: strategic communications, awareness-raising campaigns, trend analysis, policy briefings, public-private partnerships (PPPs), external relations, multi-stakeholder dialogue, facilitation and negotiation, public speaking
– How it helps: Cyber resilience is a mindset. Greater awareness leads to better, informed decision-making and stronger, responsible and coordinated reporting. For instance, a trend analysis will typically help clients or stakeholders monitor and advance progress with measurable indicators. It might also pinpoint hotspots, highlight intersecting vulnerabilities and detect outstanding anomalies, showing exactly where further targeted action is required. Ultimately, this will enhance preparedness and improve ones security posture.
– My background:
French and British, I have supported and served throughout my career high-profile organisations, inclusive of the City Hall of Paris, the Beijing Olympics 2008 and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), a Brussels-based European Social Partner and most recently, running the Strategic Communications at INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines. In this role, I’ve developed a sound knowledge of the interrelated topics of cybercrime, Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) and Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE).
I helped translate and shed light on the distribution, scale and severity of CSAM at national, regional and international levels by formulating the INHOPE public/ restricted/ confidential set of statistics and infographics, with findings referenced in key reports, quoted in parliamentary debates or the plenary of the UN Human Rights Council session on the Rights of The Child.
I produced awareness-raising campaigns, e.g. the flagship awareness video “Report it, don’t ignore it” available in 15 + languages, shortlisted for the UN/World Summit on Information Society Prize (WSIS).
I was an active member of several EU and international initiatives and communications working groups, including Safer Internet Day, the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) and the European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Online (EFC). I also served as a spokesperson, regularly invited to present in English, French or Italian at high-level events, e.g. at the Conference on ‘The Global Fight against Child Sexual Abuse’ organised at the European Parliament, the Symposium ‘Pedopornografia e altri rischi connessi all’uso delle tecnologie da parte dei minori; la strategia del coordinamento come strumento di sicurezza’ organised by the Italian State Police at the Police Academy in Rome during the Italian Presidency of the European Council, as well as the European Law Enforcement Conference for Communicators (ELEC). I was a member of the working group delivering The Luxembourg Terminology Guidelines, an initiative by 18 international partners to harmonise terms and definitions for the protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
Having liaised with members across 42 countries worldwide and worked in close partnership with the European Commission under the Safer Internet Programme, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Strategy and the Connected Europe Facility (CEF), Europol (EC3) and INTERPOL (Crimes against Children Unit), I am familiar with the wider context of multi-jurisdictional, investigative, disruption and regulatory efforts in this area. And I know first-hand what public-private cooperation does and achieves in this space.