Governing Board

Our Governing Board oversees the Open Contracting Partnership since becoming an independent 501(c)(3) charity and replaces the Advisory Board in place between 2014 and 2021. The Governing Board is a multi-stakeholder board made up of renowned individuals from across government, the private sector, civil society, the technology sector and development organizations. It meets twice a year and on a regular basis in its subcommittees.

We are grateful to our Advisory Board that led us through the first years of Open Contracting Partnership, including our outgoing Advisory Board Maria Margarita “Paca” Zuleta, Claire Schouten, Jeni Tennison, Andrew Clarke, Rudi Borrmann, and Seember Nyager.

 

Sally Guyer

Chair

Sally Guyer is Chief Executive Officer for the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management, a global membership organization enabling global public and private sector organizations and professionals to achieve world-class standards in their contracting and relationship management process and skills.

Sally is an experienced and accomplished commercial and contracts management professional, holding senior commercial positions at a range of corporate and multinational organizations. After gaining an Honors degree in Law, Sally spent her time in the corporate sector, where she worked globally in the Telecomms and IT industries, before establishing her own legal and commercial consultancy in 2007.

Sally is passionate about enabling business efficiency and growth through contracting and commercial excellence. Whether in contract development, negotiation, training or general communications, Sally has built a reputation for service excellence and responsiveness. Her focus is on the creation of positive and successful business relationships, constantly striving to ensure that businesses realize their true potential and value.

Mukelani Dimba

Vice Chair

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.

Alan Detheridge

Treasurer

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.

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.

Jennifer Bradley

Governing Director

Jennifer Bradley is  currently a Senior Fellow at The Kresge Foundation. Previously, she founded and led the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute, created to identify, connect, and support urban innovators – especially those working in or coming from underserved neighborhoods. Jennifer spent seven years as a fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and has worked extensively on the challenges and opportunities of older industrial cities and has co-authored major economic turnaround strategies for Ohio and Michigan.

Jennifer has a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, an MPhil from Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.A. from the University of Texas. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.

Michael Owh

Director

Michael Owh is a General Manager, Purchasing & Contract Services at Los Angeles County based in Los Angeles, California. Previously, Michael was a Deputy General Counsel at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation and Chief Procurement Officer at the City of New York.

Maksym Nefyodov

Maksym 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.

At the Ministry of Economic Development, his responsibilities included public procurement reform, privatization policy, reform of state sales, deregulation, support of small and medium enterprises, and donor coordination. He is now leading the Ukrainian State Customs Service.

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.