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 is OCP’s Director for Data and Engagement. She leads OCP’s engagement with country implementers, is responsible for the stewardship of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and manages the OCDS helpdesk. She also oversees our research portfolio. In her work, she advises on legal and policy reform to implement open contracting and supports the co-creation of tools, methodologies, and feedback loops to ensure that open contracting delivers impact.

Lindsey is a lawyer who previously worked with the World Bank, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and in private practice in Canada.

Andidiong Okon

Community and Capacity Building Manager

Andidiong was introduced into the world of data in 2017 when she volunteered for Code for Africa, a not-for-profit organized focused on using data to build digital democracies. As project manager for partnerships and communications she trained and managed a community of journalists and civic tech enthusiasts with the goal of using data and technology to improve storytelling and ultimately hold governments more accountable. She also managed the Nigeria team at Code for Africa. She is 2016 Fellow from the Mandela Washington Fellowship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative and has previously worked for Microsoft’s public sector team.

Andidiong is a graduate in Economics from Covenant University and holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of Bath. With years of professional experience in investment banking and public sector financial advisory at BGL Plc, she went on to establish Andies Candies in 2013 with the goal of becoming Nigeria’s foremost indigenous confectionery company.

In her leisure time, Andidiong is a candy connoisseur for Andies Candies, enjoys running, speaking up for the rights of women, traveling, singing and is a member of an Abuja-based book club, the Book Trybe.

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.

Camila Salazar

Lead Data Analyst

Camila is a social data scientist who is passionate about analyzing open data to generate social impact and drive change. 

She has experience as an analyst and data consultant in Latin America, where she worked on research to quantify the cost of late payments in public procurement. She also trained public servants, journalists, university students and civil society in open government, open data, data analysis and data journalism. She was a Fellow at the School of Data, where she developed learning materials and workshops for the local and international open data community. As a data and investigative reporter in Costa Rica, she used data-driven methods to report on politics and uncover corruption schemes. Her team was a three-time finalist in the Data Journalism Awards, an international award recognizing outstanding work in the field of data journalism. 

She holds a BA degree in Economics, a BA and a Licentiate degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Costa Rica, and is currently finishing an MSc in Applied Social Data Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science as a UK Foreign Office Chevening Scholar. She is a native Spanish speaker and she is also fluent in English and French.

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.

David Selassie Opoku

Community and Capacity Building 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 Manager, Communications and Engagement

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.

Kaye Sklar

Lift Program Manager

Kaye is the program manager of Lift, Open Contracting Partnership’s impact program that provides technical support to teams of procurement reformers and assists them in applying new approaches and skills to more effectively plan for, introduce, and sustain contracting reforms.

Before joining Open Contracting Partnership, Kaye conducted research on municipal innovation and provided programmatic support to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation Team. Kaye has also provided strategic planning, research and communications assistance on issues pertaining to the future of work and technology policy to nonprofits and foundations, including the Ford Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Philanthropy.

A Fulbright scholar, Kaye earned her (very useful) Bachelors degree in Philosophy with Honors, Cum Laude, from Scripps College, and her Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Ljubljana.

Marie Goumballa

Finance and Operations Officer

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.

Oscar Hernández

Program Manager Latin America

Oscar executes our strategy in Latin America and supports our city portfolio in the US. Through this work, he helps reformers achieve and measure the impact of open contracting, with the goal of improving service delivery.

Oscar is proficient in using evidence-based approaches to increase the effectiveness of public policies. Prior to joining the Open Contracting Partnership, he was an Innovation Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, where he led multiple projects with US and Latin America cities implementing outcomes-based procurement strategies and evidence-based policies for human services and core government operations (including corrections, children education services, sanitation services, and public works). He also worked with the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in India, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and served as team leader of Colombia’s Ministry of Defense Strategic Analysis Group. In these positions, he led efforts to design and implement monitoring and evaluation systems.

Oscar has an M.P.A. in International Development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and holds a B.Sc. in Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy from Universidad de los Andes. He is based in Bogotá.  

Viktor Nestulia

Senior Manager, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Before joining the Open Contracting Partnership, Viktor was acting CEO at SOE Medical Procurement of Ukraine – the central purchasing body set up by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine for medical public procurement. Between 2015-2018 he was a Program Director at Transparency International Ukraine. His portfolio included five significant initiatives – ProZorro, ProZorro.Sale systems development, DOZORRO community building, e-Health system development, and Construction Sector Transparency Initiative implementation.  He has experience in the private sector and in government. He headed the procurement risk assessment division in one of the biggest agro-holdings of Ukraine and worked in the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. 

Viktor has a Master’s degree in international economy from Kyiv National Economic University in Ukraine and studied organizational behavior and intercultural marketing at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Austria. Viktor’s ambition is to help Eastern Europe and Central Asia become a global open contracting leader.