Our Team

We are a small team distributed across the world that is excited about open contracting. Meet us here and get in touch.

Gavin Hayman

Executive Director

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 Frauscher

Deputy Executive Director

Kathrin is the Deputy Executive Director and Gavin’s co-pilot in leading the Open Contracting Partnership. Kathrin’s journey as a social entrepreneur started in an unlikely place – the World Bank Institute, the incubation lab of the World Bank. Kathrin worked in countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, and Mongolia on challenging but potentially transformative sectors including mining, construction, and service delivery. Once she realized the potentially massive impact that more accountable procurement processes could have, there was no turning back. While still at the World Bank, Kathrin and her team there began a user-centered iterative process to create a global organization that was better equipped than the World Bank to work across stakeholder groups in developed and developing countries to open up government contracting. Kathrin now co-manages the Partnership with Gavin where she is still thrilled by the daily opportunity to change how contracting can deliver value for everyone. Before working at the World Bank for ten years, she got 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.

Lindsey Marchessault

Director for Data and Engagement

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.

Bernadine Fernz

Head of Infrastructure

Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Bernadine was Associate Director and Regional Manager for Latin America and Southeast Asia at CoST International, the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative. She led on concept design as well as the practical implementation of complex multi-stakeholder programmes aimed at improving the business environment, fighting corruption, and delivering value for money from infrastructure investments.

Before CoST, Bernadine worked with the Overseas Development Institute, where she was responsible for the Climate Funds Update, a climate finance transparency initiative. She began her development career at Deloitte & Touché working on Iskandar Malaysia, a regional mega-infrastructure and economic development initiative. Since then, she has worked extensively in renewable and conventional energy technologies and infrastructure.

She is a barrister by trade, with 20 years of experience across the legal, consulting and international development sectors. She graduated with Distinction from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Environment and Development.

Carey Kluttz

Head of Country Programs

Carey Kluttz leads our country engagement and open contracting implementation. She previously served as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow with SODEMI, the national mining company of Côte d’Ivoire, where she also supported the development of Côte d’Ivoire’s first Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan.

Prior to her Fellowship, Carey was with the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice, where she focused on open contracting as well as governance of the extractive industries. Before joining the World Bank, Carey served as Executive Director of the Bridges of Understanding Foundation, dedicated to fostering understanding between the United States and the Arab world. Carey holds an MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies from the American University of Paris and a BA in French and Anthropology from the University of Virginia. She has studied Arabic and is fluent in French.

Coby Jones

Communications and Content Manager

Coby Jones uses her skills and experience in writing, editing, video production and social media management to promote justice and equality through her work and writing. Coby is passionate about global equality issues. She is a dedicated international development professional with a Master’s degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and has years of experience working in the gender and development space. Coby has traveled to the field in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Australia in her communications assignments.

In her free time, Coby enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.

David Selassie Opoku

Data and Partner Support Manager

David is a data plumber and trainer fascinated with working with individuals and teams to build appropriate technical understanding, skills and resources that will allow them to have more positive impact on society. David’s work experience spans across Africa, Europe, North and South America involving learning and training projects with local and international organisations.

Prior to joining the Open Contracting Partnership, he was the Curriculum and Training Lead at School of Data and the Africa Lead at Open Knowledge International. He was also a 2015 School of Data Fellow, and a Technology Teaching Fellow at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology(MEST) in Accra, Ghana, and a data analyst with the Health Division of UNICEF in New York City. He is a graduate of the United World College Costa Rica, Swarthmore College(PA, USA) with a B.A. in Biology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology(NJ, USA) with an M.S. in Computer Science. David is obsessed with the dynamics of food, education and technology particularly for low-income individuals and communities. When he’s not data plumbing for OCP, he volunteers on the United World College Council and running a family farm and restaurant business in Ghana.

Georg Neumann

Senior Communications Manager

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.

Hera Hussain

Senior Advocacy Manager

Hera catalyzes communities, journalists, and activists, helping them utilize open data and technological innovation to create positive social change around the globe. A young leader in the open data and open government community, she is currently the Senior Advocacy Manager at the Open Contracting Partnership. In her role, Hera works with a broad range of decision makers to influence policy based on robust evidence-based research. She collaborates with the helpdesk to help local partners overcome resistance and navigate political challenges. Also, she is assisting the communications team in building a portfolio of impact stories.

Previously, she leads OpenCorporates’ community and impact program, working with investigative journalists and NGOs using open company data. She is the co-Chair of UK Bond Anti-Corruption group. She is an active member of social innovation networks such as Wikipedia, MakeSense, Startingbloc, WEF’s Global Shapers, Yunus & Youth and runs the volunteer-led women’s rights group CHAYN. Hera is part of the OpenHeroines group which is a collective to highlight women’s role in the open data, open government, and civic tech movements.

Karolis Granickas

Senior Program Manager

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.

Katherine Wikrent

Manager of Learning, Data & Impact

They say that curiosity killed the cat, but this Kat’s insatiable appetite for learning keeps her sleuthing for answers. Katherine’s ardor for all things data and analytics is complemented by her interest in open data, open government, M&E, and aid transparency. As our data scientist, she develops frameworks to track progress and growth internally, as well as across the larger open contracting community. Working closely with stakeholders to identify key indicators of interest, she crafts plans to ask the right questions and collect the data that really matters.

In spite of swearing she would never again set foot in a classroom upon finishing her undergrad degree, she went on to receive her M.A. in public policy from George Washington University, specializing in data science and M&E.

James McKinney

Head of Data Products and Services

James guides the development and governance of the Open Contracting Data Standard, and supports and advocates for governments, businesses and civil society to publish, use and build tools with open contracting data.

James regularly contributes to civil society initiatives relating to government, legislative and corporate transparency and accountability. He has worked with governments in Canada and internationally to improve the data and information they publish, through mechanisms like the Open Government Partnership and the Open Data Charter. He has authored, edited and contributed to standards used by dozens of governments, from the local to national levels, in Canada and around the world. He previously founded Open North, a Canadian nonprofit that creates websites to promote government transparency and public participation. He also organized the Canadian Open Government Civil Society Network, which successfully convinced Canada to commit to establishing a multistakeholder forum on open government.

Marie Goumballa

Operations Associate

Marie is our behind-the-scenes wizard whose attention to detail and analytical skills help keep the wheels of our organization running smoothly. She is fluent in budget analysis and ensures each member of our globetrotting staff is well equipped for their missions through her provision of logistical and administrative support.

Prior to joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Marie worked for different non-profits and government entities that seek to make the world a better place. Marie has a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and is fluent in Wolof, French, and English. She is studying Arabic and hopes to have a good command of the language in the very near future (InshAllah).

Nicolas Penagos

Senior Program Manager for Latin America

Nicolás Penagos is our Senior Program Manager for Latin America. He has a passion for ideas that have impact and drive change. As a public procurement practitioner, he has experienced how disclosure and analysis of contract data can indeed change old habits and lead to tangible benefits for citizens.

Nicolás majored in Industrial Engineering and Mathematics, and has a Master in Economics – Applied Sustainable Development from the University of Paris. Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, he was involved in the set up and consolidation of Colombia Compra Eficiente, the National Public Procurement Agency of Colombia, where he was Deputy and Acting Director.

Nicolás is based in Bogotá. He enjoys travelling and getting to know new people and places. In addition to his native Spanish, he speaks English, French and German.