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. All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.

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.

All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.

Michael Owh

Deputy Chair

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.

All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.

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.

All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.

Mukelani Dimba

Governing Board Member

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.

All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.

Jennifer Bradley

Governing Board Member

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.

All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.

Maksym Nefyodov

Governing Board Member

Maksym has an impressive track record in corporate finance and public administration. He started his career as an analyst and senior associate in several Ukrainian investment banks before becoming a director at Dragon Capital, where he led the financial institutions group and technology, media, and telecom teams. After that, Maksym served as a managing partner at the private equity fund ICON Private Equity for 4 years, managing approximately $1 billion of investments in Ukraine, Russia, and the EU.

In 2015, Maksym joined the Ukrainian government as the first Deputy Minister of Economy from 2015-2019 and Head of Customs from 2019-2020. He was in charge of creating the widely acclaimed ProZorro e-procurement system which saved $4.3bn+ of taxpayers’ funds and won World Procurement Awards 2016 and OGP Awards 2016, ProZorro.Sale for divesting state assets (over $1bn of sales, CitiT4IChallenge 2017 award), coordinated privatization policy and business-climate improvement agenda (+16 places in Doing business rankings in 3 years), and created State Customs Service as a new state entity.

In 2020 he was elected to be a Kyiv City Council member where he holds a position of the head of the Digital Transformation Committee.

Currently, Maksym is a private consultant for private and public sector clients, providing strategy development, GR-policy, and capital/debt attraction advisory. He is also a co-head of the damaged.in.ua project aimed at collecting information, verifying, and evaluating damages and needs caused by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.

Dr Joseph Asunka

Governing Board Member

Joseph Asunka is the CEO of Afrobarometer. He was previously Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where he managed a portfolio of grants that support efforts to increase transparency and accountability in fiscal governance and foster citizen participation to improve public services in developing countries.

Before joining Hewlett, Joseph was a lecturer in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught courses on African politics, political economy of development, research methods, and data analysis. Prior to that, he was a program officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, where his responsibilities included serving as a data manager for Afrobarometer Network. Joseph’s research interests include distributive politics, elections, electoral processes, and migration.

He has published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Modern African Studies, Research and Politics, Population Research and Policy Review, and Social Science and Medicine. Joseph holds first and second degrees in Statistics & Computer Science and Economics from the University of Ghana and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

All governing board members serve in a personal capacity and follow OCP’s robust Code of Ethics and conflict of interest policy.