Madina Aliberdieva, Former Deputy Country Director, OXFAM Tajikistan
ECA Regional Forum Facilitator 

Madina served as the Deputy Country Director, managing the Tajikistan Water Sector Improving Accountability project, which focuses on improving social accountability in the water supply and sanitation sector. She has over twelve years of experience in private sector, development and humanitarian assistance sectors, working in Canada, the US, Eastern Europe and Central and South Asia. Madina began her career in refugee crisis management, humanitarian assistance and disaster management, and has worked with the Focus Humanitarian Assistance North America. In 2009, she joined Oxfam GB, where she has held various senior management positions, ranging from managing the disaster response and climate change programmes, to rural livelihoods and drinking water and sanitation. She received her Master's of Science degree in International Development and Rural Extension Studies, from University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Jeff Thindwa, Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), World Bank
Opening Ceremony, Presenter 'Advancing social accountability through World Bank supported citizen engagement mechanisms'

Until June 2016 he was Practice Manager for Open and Collaborative Governance, where he led work programs on the governance of extractive industries, open government, parliamentary strengthening and citizen engagement. During his 17 years at the World Bank, he has held numerous positions in social development and governance. He joined the World Bank in 2000 as Senior Social Development Specialist, and later led the Participation and Civic Engagement Cluster, integrating social accountability mechanisms and stakeholder participation in the Bank’s operations, and undertaking analytical work on the enabling environment reforms for civil society organizations. In 2009 he joined the Bank’s South Asia Region where he worked with operations teams and managed the “Program on Accountability” in Nepal, a grant making and capacity building program. In 2010, Mr. Thindwa joined the World Bank Institute as Team Leader and subsequently Manager for the Social Accountability Practice until he joined the GGP in 2014. 

Maria Poli, Senior Advisor, Public Sector Governance and Social Accountability & Capacity and Implementation Support Coordinator, GPSA, World Bank 
Presenter 'Collaborative multi-stakeholder social accountability processes'
Facilitator 'Advancing social accountability through World Bank supported citizen engagement mechanisms'

Maria Poli currently serves as GPSA's Senior Advisor, Public Sector Governance and Social Accountability, and Capacity and Implementation Support Coordinator, from where she leads the delivery of implementation support to GPSA grantees and government counterparts. She has led the technical review and selection process for the GPSA's three Global Calls for Proposals, and helped to set up the Program's operations and social accountability approach. Prior to this, she supported the implementation of the World Bank's Governance and Anti-corruption (GAC) strategy in core public sector and sectorial reforms in the Latin America and Caribbean region, including in social protection, health, education, W&S, energy and transport. Before joining the WB, she worked for ten years with governments and CSOs in South America, the Caribbean and Central America. Maria is a Fulbright fellow, and holds a Master in Public Policy (Johns Hopkins University), a postgraduate degree in Civil Society Studies (San Andres and Di Tella Universities' joint degree, Argentina), and a B.A. in International Relations (Argentina). 

Ainura Dzhunushalieva, GPSA Project Manager, Development Policy Institute (DPI), Kyrgyzstan
Presenter 'Collaborative multi-stakeholder social accountability processes'

Ainura Dzhunushalieva is the project manager at Development Policy Institute (DPI), a local Kyrgyz non-governmental organization. Since 2012, she has coordinated several projects implemented by DPI and starting from 2014 she is managing the “Voice of Village Health Committees and Social Accountability of Local Self-Government on Health Determinants of Rural Communities of Kyrgyzstan” Project supported by the GPSA. The project is aimed at building capacity of rural community organizations to empower them to participate in decision-making at local level. Ainura graduated with honors from Kyrgyz National University with bachelor’s degree in Finance and later obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Academy of Management, Kyrgyzstan.

Ana Popa, Sustainable Development Program Director, Expert-Grup, Moldova
Presenter 'Collaborative multi-stakeholder social accountability processes'

Ana Popa is Sustainable Development Program Director at the independent think-tank Expert-Grup in Moldova. She joined the organization in 2007 after graduating MA in Economics at Central European University, Hungary. Ana has contributed with research and forecasts for various Expert-Grup publications in the fields of labor market, human capital, research, development and innovation, decentralization and poverty reduction. She has also research experience for other institutions including the International Labour Organization, London School of Economics and European Training Foundation. Since July 2016, Ana is coordinating the national project in education, “Empowered citizens enhancing accountability of the education reform and quality of education in Moldova” supported by GPSA which aims to build social accountability for the education reform.

Khaliun Tseveen-Ochir, Governance Program Manager, Globe International Center NGO (GIC), Mongolia
Presenter 'Collaborative multi-stakeholder social accountability processes'

Khaliun Tseveen-Ochir is Governance Program Manager at Globe International Center NGO in Mongolia. Previously, she worked at a publishing company managing changes and resources and contributing to build corporate relationships internationally and domestically. Since January 2016, she is managing the “Transparency and Accountability in Mongolian Education” project funded by GPSA which aims to strengthen civic engagement in the education sector. Khaliun holds an MSc in Finance and International Business from Aarhus University, Denmark, and a BBA from National University of Mongolia.

Stephanie de Chassy, Head of Gender, Governance and Social Development Team, Oxfam
Presenter 'Gender and social accountability'

Stephanie has a background in marketing, strategic planning and communication, in both the private and NGO sectors. Before joining Oxfam GB's Programme Policy team, she consulted on organisation development, strategic planning and governance with ActionAid International, World Bank Institute, and some grant-maker organisations.Stephanie has contributed to various transparency and accountability-related projects, working directly with Information Commissions and Civil Society groups in South Asia, as well as in the USA. In her current role, she is working with a group of advisers on essential services, gender and governance.

Dikshya Thapa, World Bank
Facilitator 'Gender and social accountability'

Dikshya Thapa is a sociologist currently with the World Bank. Her work focuses on governance and political economy diagnostics in water and sanitation delivery. Previously, she worked within the Social Development Unit in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank on social inclusion of the Roma population, and Poverty and Social Impact Analyses (PSIAs) in Central Asia. She has previously carried out research on gender and labor markets and the social impact of trade and economic liberalization policies. Her current research examines the relationship between community driven development, nongovernmental organizations, and state capacity in fragile states. Dikshya holds a PhD in sociology from Brown University, an MSc in gender and development from the London School of Economics, and a BA in economics from Lancaster University, U.K.

Florencia Guerzovich, Senior Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL), GPSA, World Bank
Presenter 'Learning for improved results in social accountability processes'

Florencia Guerzovich is an independent consultant and Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Advisor at the Global Partnership for Social Accountability. Florencia has worked for Global Integrity and Public Service Accountability Monitor, Open Society Foundations, among other organizations. She is also a collaborating researcher with Grupo de Pesquisa Politeia - Coprodução do Bem Público: Accountability e Gestão, ESAG – Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (Brasil). Florencia has been innovating, connecting, researching, and problem solving for big, complex governance problems since 2000, when she joined the Department of Transparency Policies of the Argentinean Anti-corruption Office. She also served as the Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s Program Officer, Impact and Learning. Florencia has published research, strategic, operational and dissemination documents. She is currently co-authoring a blog about how a group of organizations are going about learning for social accountability Florencia earned her PhD in political science from Northwestern University. She also holds a Master in International Relations from FLACSO/Argentina and a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina.

Kumar Bekbolotov, Partner, Promotank, Kyrgyzstan
Presenter 'SAMI advocacy communications workshop'

Kumar Bekbolotov is a SAMI Mentor/Advisor based in Bishkek. He is a Partner at Promotank, a Bishkek-based economic development consultancy, with over 12 years of experience in public and private sector development in Central Asia. Before joining Promotank, Kumar was a country executive for Kyrgyzstan at Open Society Foundations, a private philanthropic network. Earlier, he was the Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan director at IWPR, a British media development organization. Kumar’s expertise is in public sector reform, good governance and civil society development. Kumar earned an MBA degree from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and a graduate degree in political science from Central European University in Hungary.

Thomas R. Lansner, Project Director of the Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI)
Presenter 'SAMI advocacy communications workshop'

Thomas R. Lansner, Project Director of the Social Accountability Media Initiative [SAMI], leads seminars for media practitioners on human rights, conflict, and election coverage, and trains human rights and social justice advocates in advocacy communications skills. Lansner taught on international media and policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs from 1994-2012, and served as assistant dean there from 1999-2001. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, School of Journalism, and MPA Program [2007-2014], and the Estonian School of Diplomacy [2011-2013], as well as New York University. For a decade, Lansner was an international correspondent for the London Observer and other media outlets in Africa, Asia and Central America, covering conflicts and human rights issues extensively. He writes regularly on international affairs, and has served as a consultant on media, human rights and democratization issues to numerous non-governmental organizations, as well as political parties. 

Dr. Syed Hasnain Ali Abbas I Pakistan Urban-Programme Manager, Oxfam
Presenter 'Citizen-led monitoring frameworks: myths versus realities of how citizens can lead monitoring processes'

Dr. Hasnain is a passionate and professional medical doctor with specialization in Public Health and development from Australia. He has more than a decade of diverse experience at national and international levels. This includes both urban and rural context in Public Health and WASH. He is the pioneer in initiating urban programme in Pakistan with an instrumental participatory governance and social accountability approach to address the needs of urban communities in Pakistan.  He is currently working with Oxfam in Pakistan as Programme Manager- Urban Programme

Orkhan Ali, WASH Programme Manager, Oxfam
Presenter 'Social Accountability project in WASH sector in Tajikistan (TWISA project, Oxfam & partners)'

Orkhan Ali is WASH Programme Manager at Oxfam International in Tajikistan and EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellow on public policy development issues. Previously, he worked as Governance and Public Policy Programme Manager at Oxfam International in Azerbaijan and supervised the National Network for Municipality Development and National Budget Group, where he led a large group of governance and public policy professionals from government and civil society to advocate water governance and management, water policy and development. He has particular expertise in good governance, institutional development, public policy, public finance and management, civil society and conflict management. He has been a lecturer and professional trainer in public policy and project management at Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy and published more than 20 articles on conflict management, policy development, civil society engagement and good governance. Orkhan received his MA in War Studies and International Security from the Department of War Studies of King’s College London (KCL) and holds a Master Certificate in Project Management Professional (PMP) granted by George Washington School of Business.