Assistant Deputy Minister,
Director, Innovation Labs
Sunil Abraham is the Executive Director of CIS. He is also a social entrepreneur and Free Software advocate. He founded Mahiti in 1998, which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology for the Voluntary Sector by using Free Software.
John Adams is the technical lead for DFID’s open data initiatives, including publishing data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard and promoting reuse of our data internally and externally. John also leads DFID’s IT strategy and innovation.
Anahi Ayala Iacucci
Anahi Ayala Iacucci is the Senior Innovation Advisor for the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning. Before covering this role, Anahi was for 3 years the Internews Media Innovation Advisor for the Africa Region, Health and Humanitarian Media, covering more than 10 countries in the continent. Anahi is currently also Expert Advisor on Mobile Technology for The Popular Engagement Policy Lab and sits on the Board of Directors of the NGO Freedom Connect and of the Standby Task Force.
Member of HOT since 2010, Pierre contributes to Crisis Mapping. He is now a Board director and participated in 2013 to training sessions in Haiti and Senegal. He also leads through internet Activations for Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the recent Typhoon in Philippines.
Aniket Bhushan is a senior researcher at the North-South Institute with the Governance for Equitable Growth program, and leads the Canadian International Development Platform, NSI’s interactive data and analytics hub. His research spans taxation and domestic resource mobilization in Africa; and the impact of open data and big data in the area of international development. @CIDPNSI
From running a water-focused social-enterprise in Pakistan to phone-based data collection for public health in Peru, Sarah’s passion is leveraging technology for international development. She is currently a software developer at Aptivate and holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University and Technology & Policy from MIT.
Bibhusan is the CEO of YoungInnovations, a company based in Nepal that works around open data, mobile technologies and custom application development. He is behind the tool called AidStream that allows NGOs anywhere in the world to publish data in IATI standard. He comes with more than 10 years of experience of working in international development and information technology sectors.
Ana Brandusescu has experience with research and development of geovisualization tools and Web 2.0 applications. She has applied her expertise to projects for community development (Vancouver and Montreal), trauma injuries in low-resource settings (Cape Town), and marginalized communities (Mumbai). Ana is currently finishing her MA in Geography at McGill University.
Mark Cardwell is the Chief of Online Communications and the transparency lead at UNDP. He leads the drive for openness at UNDP, including the implementation of the International Aid Transparency Initiative and the launch of the organization’s transparency portal. Cardwell also works with other UN organizations to build awareness and capacity around transparency issues.
On behalf of Global Integrity, Christina Crawley manages the OpenGov Hub – the world’s first open-government themed co-working space, in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Global Integrity, Christina lead European Schoolnet’s communications efforts, in the field of collaborative digital learning, in Brussels. Christina is originally from Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Anna is a Research Officer at Privacy International, where she focuses on the right to privacy in the context of development and humanitarian aid. Prior to joining Privacy International, Anna worked with the International Crisis Group in Colombia as a Henigson Human Rights Fellow. She is a New Zealand-qualified lawyer and holds an LLM from Harvard Law School.
Tim Davies coordinates the Web Foundation’s ‘Exploring Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries’ research programme. He is a fellow of Harvard’s Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, and a Web Science PhD student at the University of Southampton, with research interests in open data, data standards and democratic governance.
Daniel is the co-founder of Ajah, a company that provides online services to non-profit organizations based on open data. An engineer by trade, he has worked on application development and telecommunications systems in Canada and abroad. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in economics and another in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal.
Laurent Elder leads IDRC’s Information and Networks program, which aims to better understand how information networks can be used to promote open, inclusive and rights based information societies in the South. From 1999 to 2004, Elder worked in Senegal with the Acacia initiative, and before that at Canada’s Department of Finance. He holds an international master’s in business administration and a master’s in history, both from the University of Ottawa.
Heather Hanson is responsible for a coordinating MCC’s work on transparency and open government. Heather has over 20 years of policy and program experience in international development, including serving as Vice President for Policy at World Food Program USA, and as Director of Policy and Advocacy for Mercy Corps. Heather worked for five years on human rights issues in Colombia, and has also been a consultant to the World Bank and the Ford Foundation.
Joni Hillman manages Development Initiatives’ work on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), ensuring they support aid, development and humanitarian actors to publish good quality data on their activities and spending and that the IATI standard evolves to meet the needs of a growing number of publishers and data users.
Anne Jellema is CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation, a role she has held since 2012. She was previously International Director of Policy and Campaigns at Action Aid International. A life-long human rights activist, Anne is passionate about the Web’s potential to fight poverty and injustice. She was a Marshall Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and a Mellon Century Fellow at the University of Chicago.
Johannes is an Operations Officer at the World Bank Institute Innovation Labs. He is the team leader for the Open Aid Partnership and also leads the Open Geospatial Data program for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and has worked on the World Bank Mapping for Results Initiative.
Dr. Sam Lanfranco is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar (PhD Economics, University of California at Berkeley) at York University, Toronto. He is a development economist with three decades of experience working on ICT and development. He has worked for the UN System, aid agencies and NGOs, and has worked and lectured widely around the globe. His focus is the impact of ICT on organizational structures and social processes, and on knowledge networking in the pursuit of justice and equity.
Sam is an Open Data Specialist & Research Lead on the World Bank Group Open Finances team, a program that aims to make financial data about the World Bank’s activities readily available, re-useable, and useful to the public-at-large and various stakeholder groups. @OpenNotion
Michael Lenczner is the CEO of Ajah, a Montreal-based company that uses open data to help Canadian non-profits find funding opportunities. Michael’s focus is community technology projects. He has worked in open source since 2000, community wireless since 2003, and open data since 2005.
Jacques Mailloux was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Elections Canada in October 2013. From 2009 to 2013, he was CIO of the Canadian International Development Agency, where he had worked since 2006. Jacques has also worked at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada, JDS Uniphase and Computing Devices Canada (now General Dynamics Canada) in Ottawa.
Lindsey Marchessault is a Canadian lawyer and a consultant with the World Bank Institute Open Contracting team. She has experience working with clients in the extractive industries and worked for two years at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank in Washington, DC. For the past year, Lindsey has been heavily involved with the launch of the Open Contracting Partnership and the development of the Open Contracting Global Principles and Data Standard. She has also authored multiple publications aimed at introducing new audiences to Open Contracting, including the Public Contracting chapter of the Guide to Opening Government published by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative.
Farai Matsika is the Manager for Institutional Effectiveness at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance based in Brighton, United Kingdom. In this role, he is in charge of coordinating the global flow and analysis of strategic information from Alliance countries.
James McKinney is executive director of Open North, a Canadian nonprofit that provides digital tools for citizens and organizations to more easily access and understand government information and to influence and provide input to government decisions that affect them.
Yvon Mombong is the Coordinator of DRC’s aid and investments management platform. He is also the focal point for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and an active participant in its work including regional consultations with partner countries, the Technical Advisory Group and the Partner Country Caucus. He presented on RDC’s experience at the fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2001.
Patrick Montjourides is education programme specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. He is particularly interested in questions related to the measurement of education and in ways to better communicate these results to expert and non-expert audiences. He is also a laureate of the Apps for Development challenge, which took place in 2011.
Pernilla is a Development Data Specialist at the World Bank Institute Innovation Labs and leading the Open Aid Partnership engagements in Nepal. Pernilla was the Transparency and Social Media Manager at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and a product manager of Openaid.se.
As Head of Data Outreach, Advocacy and Publishing Unit, Amy oversees the production and promotion of statistical products of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, which is the primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication.
As Senior Project Manager, Cross Cutting Services, Dmitri Pasricha supports MEDA’s international programming with a focus on knowledge management and on monitoring and evaluation through the implementation, staff capacity building, and technical support for mobile distance reporting tools and cloud based technologies.
Linda Raftree is Plan International USA’s Senior Advisor for innovation, transparency and strategic change. She also serves as a special advisor on new ICTs in monitoring and evaluation for the Rockefeller Foundation and consults via Kurante. Linda has conducted research on adolescent girls and ICTs for UNICEF, the role of ICTs in child and youth migration for Plan, and mobile technologies in youth workforce development for the mEducation Alliance. She coordinates Technology Salons in New York City and writes ‘Wait… What?’ a blog about new technology and community development. Linda is a co-founder of the Regarding Humanity project. @meowtree.
David Rust-Smith is a software developer at Development Gateway, an AidData partner organization. He graduated from the University of Waterloo and has worked on several technology-based social enterprises. He was recently hired after participating in Ottawa’s 2013 international aid hackathon where he built a service for the automatic geocoding of international aid projects.
Owen Scott is a Project Manager with AidData and leads many of AidData’s contributions to the IATI community. Prior to joining the AidData team, Owen worked for three and a half years in the field with Engineers Without Borders Canada, where he helped build software for improving water infrastructure planning in low-connectivity environments.
Kady Seguin is a Programme Analyst at PWYP-Canada and leads their capacity building efforts for accessing information on extractive companies. She has facilitated training sessions around the world, and is the author of An Eye on Disclosure: The PWYP-Canada Guide to Finding Information on Public Mining Companies in Canada.
Theo van de Sande
Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Theo van de Sande is responsible for Open Data & Transparency on development cooperation within the IATI framework. In addition, he is also responsible for ODA-reporting to OECD/DAC.
Ted Strauss is the creator of Trudat, a tool that helps people understand data sets visually and collaboratively. Ted will demonstrate how this tool can help development projects solve problems, communicate better, and avoid costly mistakes. @trudatted
Qiyang Xu is Geospatial Specialist in the World Bank Institute’s Innovation Labs. She works in the areas of Open Data and Open Aid for Development, and innovative usage of geospatial technology and ICT in international development. Qiyang also worked for Sustainable Development Network Information Services at the World Bank focusing on Climate Change Knowledge Portal, and Foundation Center. @CIDPNSI