Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is a multi-stakeholder board made up of renowned individuals from across government, the private sector, civil society, the technology sector and development organisations. It meets twice a year and on a regular basis in its subcommittees.

Meet our Advisory Board members

Stephen Peel


Stephen Peel is a British businessman, private equity investor and philanthropist who was one of the senior partners at the global private equity firm TPG Capital. He worked at Goldman Sachs, founded TPG’s European operations, ran their Russian and Eastern European operations and co-headed the Asia operations.

He co-founded Impetus PEF, a philanthropic Private Equity Foundation. He is on the board of Global Witness, the Advisory board of the Institute for State Effectiveness, and the Partners Council for the economic think tank The Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Advisory Council at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University, on the Board of Right to Play Asia, and on the Tate International Council. He is also on the board of Lenta Limited. Stephen studied at Downing College, Cambridge University and has an MAS from the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University.

Maria Margarita Zuleta

Vice Chair

Governments materialize public policy through contracts this is why contract matters to all of us. Open Contracting is about promoting the disclosure of all contracts to spend public budget and deliver goods and services to the citizens and citizens’ engagement with the contracts disclosed.

María Margarita (Paca) Zuleta is a Colombian lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in project development, 19 years in the private sector and 4 years in the Colombian government. She acted as Deputy Minister of Justice and as Director of the Presidential Program against Corruption, where she wrote a complete action plan along with civil society organizations, government and private sector companies (edited in 2005). In 2012, Paca was appointed the first General Director of Colombia Compra Eficiente, the National Public Procurement Agency created by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Alan Detheridge

Opaque contracting leads to waste, inefficiency and corruption – none of which helps deliver goods, services and infrastructure to people in need. That’s why open contracting is so vital. Its focus on disclosure and participation helps ensure improved development outcomes for governments, citizens and companies.

Alan Detheridge retired from his position as Vice President for External Affairs at Royal Dutch Shell in April, 2007. Since then he has concentrated on assisting non-governmental organizations focused on good governance, health, development and cross-sector partnerships. He is a board member of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Natural Resource Charter and Management Sciences for Health. His previous board memberships include the Synergos Institute, Africare and the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help.

Maksym Nefyodov

Maksym Nefyodov is First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

He has an impressive track record in the field of investments and corporate finance. He started his career as an analyst at the Kyiv-based M&A firm Golden Gate Business, later moving to Ukraine’s largest investment bank, Dragon Capital, where he was a senior associate in the investment and banking department. In 2008, he became a director of the same unit, leading the financial institutions group and technology, media and telecom teams.

Before he was appointed deputy minister at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in February 2015, Maksym served as a managing partner at the private equity fund ICON Private Equity, managing approximately $1 billion of investments in Ukraine, Russia and Europe.

His present responsibilities include public procurement reform, privatization policy, reform of state sales, deregulation, support of small and medium enterprises, and donor coordination.

He holds a master’s degree with honours in economic theory from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. He is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Beth Simone Noveck

Open contracting is a means to shed light on how governments have spent taxpayer dollars in the past but also to create the new tools and processes to make contracting more agile and accountable going forward. Above all, my hope is that by modeling, studying, and disseminating open contracting innovations and spurring a global conversation about such innovations in governance, the Open Contracting Partnership can be a global force for the development of more effective solutions to social challenges.

Beth Simone Noveck directs The Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and, the GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately.

The Jerry Hultin Global Network Visiting Professor at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering, she was formerly the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. Beth is a professor of law at New York Law School. She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team. Among projects she’s designed or collaborated on are Unchat, The Do Tank, Peer To Patent,, and the Gov Lab’s Living Labs and training platform, The Academy.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she serves on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and chairs the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multi-Stakeholder Innovation. She was named one of the “Foreign Policy 100″ by Foreign Policy, one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute and Public Knowledge for her work in civic technology.

Beth is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful, which has also appeared in Arabic, Russian, Chinese and in an audio edition, and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. Her next book Smart Citizens: Smarter State will appear with Harvard University Press.

Claire Schouten

The Open Contracting Partnership strengthens the social contract and performance by advancing disclosure and participation in public contracting. It brings diverse reformers together to build norms, systems and standards and stimulate collective action to deliver the public goods and services people deserve. I’m proud to be part of this movement.

Claire Schouten is Senior Program Officer, International Advocacy at the International Budget Partnership. She previously facilitated a network of civil society organisations engaged in community-driven accountability and development in fragile and conflict-affected countries. Claire has served as an advisor to several transparency and accountability initiatives, including the Open Contracting Partnership, the Open Government Partnership and the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative. Claire specialises in integrity, transparency, and accountability in public resource management, from aid and extractives to infrastructure and service delivery. She works with civil society, governments, business and development partners on action learning and capacity development, monitoring and evaluation and policy guidance. She has more than ten years of field experience, including in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Claire has published on technology for open contracting in fragile and conflict-affected states; social accountability in situations of conflict and fragility; and drivers of change in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jeni Tennison

Publishing open contracting data does not just help increase transparency and accountability, but also provides a vital source of information that can be incorporated into decision making by governments and businesses. Its power will be unleashed through links to company details, to government budgets, and to performance data.

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the UK Open Data Institute. She worked as an independent consultant, specialising in open data publishing and consumption and including work on and linked data work for, before joining the ODI in 2012. She is a member of the UK Government’s Open Data User Group and Open Standards Board, as well as the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group and chairs the W3C CSV on the Web Working Group. Jeni was awarded an OBE for services to technology and open data in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Laura Bacon

As a principal of investments at Omidyar Network, Laura focuses on the policy and advocacy strategy for the global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative. Laura brings experience in international development as well as research on public sector leadership and government accountability and transparency. She is based in London.

Prior to working at Omidyar Network, Laura served as associate director of a Princeton University research program, Innovations for Successful Societies. There, she managed the team of researchers, editors, and administrative staff, oversaw the development of 80 case studies on government reform in challenging contexts, led outreach and external collaborations, and helped design and drive the program’s strategy and action plan. Laura served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger from 2002 to 2005 and was a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, where she managed research projects and co-authored several works, including the National Leadership Index: A National Study of Confidence in Leadership and a chapter in the book Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change.

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She also served as a technical adviser to the Liberian government’s Ministry of Gender and Development, performed as a cellist in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a White House Fellow from 2009 to 2010.

Mohammed Amin Adam

My appointment to the Advisory Board of the Open Contracting Initiative is a call to the global duty of helping to deepen open contracting standards in Africa where millions of citizens of resource-rich countries continue to struggle for survival whilst their resource wealth is being mismanaged by vampire leaders and their collaborating companies. It is quite deceptive that resource rich countries in Africa are increasingly adopting open contracting standards in resource laws, yet contracting processes remain largely abused. This appointment further legitimizes my role as an open contracting campaigner for the effective implementation of open contracting standards on our continent.

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam is the Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP). Before joining ACEP, Dr. Adam was the Africa Coordinator of the extractives industries programme in Ibis, a Danish International NGO. He has also worked as the Oil Coordinator of Publish What You Pay Ghana. His experience in the public sector covered his work as an Energy Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Commissioner of Ghana’s Public Utilities Regulatory Commission; and as a former Deputy Minister and Mayor of Ghana’s third city of Tamale.

He has consulted for national, African and international organizations and has spoken at some of the great universities as visiting speaker including – Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard and the Houston Law Centre. He has also presented papers at Chattam House, the World Bank Institute, the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson Centre. As Specialist on Africa’s energy policy, petroleum policy and governance, he is currently working in a number of countries including Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and Kenya; advising governments and supporting parliamentary committees and CSOs. Dr. Adam recently testified on how Africa can avoid the resource curse before the United States Congress House Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

Dr. Adam currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the Natural Resources and Community Review. In Ghana, he was recently a member of the Technical Committee set up by the Government of Ghana to review the Ghana Petroleum Revenue Management Act. He also offers advisory roles to a number of private sector operators in Ghana – as Founder and Chairman of Frontier Energy Africa Limited; Member of the Board of Ghana’s first private oil and gas mutual fund – the Weston Oil and Gas Fund; and Member of Zoil Oil Waste Services which is providing offshore sanitation services in Ghana oil industry.

Dr. Adam holds a PhD from CEPMLP of the University of Dundee in the UK specializing in petroleum fiscal systems, fiscal policy in resource-led economies; and institutional development. He also holds an MPhil (Economics) and B.A. (Hons) Economics from the University of Cape Coast.

Mukelani Dimba

Mukelani Dimba currently serves as the civil society co-chair of the global steering committee of the Open Government Partnership. He also serves as Head of Development of the International School for Transparency, a joint project of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the Södertörn University (Sweden). He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Open Democracy Advice Center (ODAC), a South African law center that specializes in freedom of information and whistleblower protection laws.

Mukelani has experience in accountability and transparency law and policy issues in South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His work includes advising civil society groups on campaigning for, and application of, right-to-information laws, advising legislators on drafting these laws, advising governments on implementation and monitoring strategies and conducting research on behalf of development agencies.

Mukelani is a co-founder of South Africa’s National Information Officers’ Forum. He is a member of the executive committee and advisory council of the Council for Advancement of the South African Constitution.