Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Gavin was Director of Campaigns and then Executive Director of Global Witness. He oversaw the organisation’s groundbreaking and award-winning investigative, campaigning and advocacy work uncovering secret deals, corruption and conflict around the world. He helped create the international Publish What You Pay campaign and helped negotiate the intergovernmental Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative that brings together oil and mining companies, home- and host-governments and civil society to improve disclosure and oversight of over $1 trillion dollars of oil and mining money.
He is an expert on illicit financial flows, and helped lead global efforts to end the abuse of anonymous shell companies for money laundering and financial crime, including working with the British government’s recent presidency of the G8 and the Open Government Partnership. He has a Doctorate from the University of Reading and has worked with Chatham House in London and the United National Environmental Programme in the past on analysing and investigating global environmental crime.
Kathrin joins the Open Contracting Partnership with a passion for supporting partners with expertise, tools, processes and connections to open up contracting in their countries and sectors. In her role as Program Director she is responsible for the program portfolio and implementing a strategy that delivers value for our clients and partners. Previously, Kathrin was a governance specialist at the World Bank Group where for the past decade she led open contracting and governance projects and programs in Africa and Asia. Together with the Open Contracting team at the World Bank, she incubated the Partnership and helped build its global brand and reach. Kathrin has a Masters in Advanced International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Economics from the University of Vienna.
Open contracting is collaborating, communicating and using technology for innovating development – all of which have been a focus of Georg’s professional career prior to joining the Open Contracting Partnership where he manages communication and advocacy. At the Inter-American Development Bank, Georg has led the Digital Strategy of the Multilateral Investment Fund focussed on supporting micro, small and medium businesses and entrepreneurs in Latin America. He also co-initiated the organisation’s portfolio of projects testing social innovations such as crowdfunding. The nexus to transparency and anticorruption originated at Transparency International where he managed online and internal communications of the global movement and led the discussion of solutions to use technology to fight corruption. He has worked in development projects in Mexico and Morocco and holds a Masters in Strategic Economic and Social Communications from the University of Fine Arts in Berlin.
Lindsey manages the Open Contracting Data Standard Help Desk and several of the Showcase and Learning projects. In her work, she engages with governments and other stakeholders in collaborative learning about open contracting and advises on policy & legal reform to implement open contracting. She also supports the co-creation of tools, methodologies, and feedback loops to ensure that open contracting is delivering impact.
Lindsey is a lawyer who previously worked with the World Bank where she played a significant role in the launch of the Open Contracting Partnership and the development of the Open Contracting Global Principles and Data Standard. Before that, Lindsey worked for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the World Bank legal department, and in private practice in Canada. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys yoga, learning languages, and travel.
Sierra Ramirez is a Program Analyst at the Open Contracting Partnership. She is an M&E and learning specialist with Latin America and Middle East field experience in organisational learning and development. In her work she emphasizes reflective and collaborative strategies to integrate meaningful Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) across all our program interventions, as well as providing general program support.
Sierra has a dual-degree Masters from American University’s School of International Service and the UN-Mandated University for Peace, in international affairs and natural resources & sustainable development.
Karolis joins us with an ambition to demonstrate the positive impact of opening up contracting data worldwide. He contributes to the creation of tools and methodologies for evaluating change propelled by open contracting. He is passionate about smart strategic planning, and helps to design and implement open contracting initiatives around the globe.
Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Karolis worked with Transparency International Lithuania, focusing on citizen engagement using ICT. He also contributed to global open data advocacy efforts, together with the Epsi platform, Open Knowledge International, Open Data Institute and others. From 2014 to 2016, he was a national researcher within the Open Government Partnership Independent Review Mechanism.
Karolis earned his bachelor’s degree in international law from the University of Westminster, UK and master’s degree in European Union law from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.