Speakers

 

The list of Forum speakers will be updated as we get closer to the Forum and the agenda is being finalized. Stay tuned!

Plenaries

Breakouts

 

 


Plenaries

 

Simon Fowler

Master of Ceremonies, Independent Consultant

Simon is a British national and strategic leader with over 30 years of international experience in the development, investment and commercial banking arenas. Based in Washington D.C. and operating internationally, Simon now provides a unique brand of custom event design, facilitation, moderation and teambuilding services to corporate clients. He offers customized solutions in the following: Event design, planning, facilitation & Master of Ceremonies services for small to large groups (10-700+); Plenary and Panel Moderation; Team-building event design and implementation; Team and individual coaching; Knowledge Management & Learning strategy and program formulation and design. Simon can be reached at: www.linkedin.com/in/simonvfowler.

Jeff Thindwa

Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank

Jeff Thindwa is Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability at the World Bank, leading its strategies for collaborative social accountability that bridge civil society and governments to improve accountability and performance of public policies and key sectors such as health, education and water. Jeff joined the Bank in 2000 as a social development specialist and led work on participation in operations, social accountability and the Bank’s global engagement with civil society. He moved to South Asia Region where he supported operations and led the Program for Accountability in Nepal, a social accountability grant facility. From 2014 he was Practice Manager, Open and Collaborative Governance, leading work on open government, parliaments, governance of extractives and citizen engagement. Prior to the World Bank, Jeff was an attorney in the Malawi government and private sector, and worked in civil society for 17 years.

 

Listen to Jeff at the following sessions:

  • Welcome and Forum Overview, Tuesday, November 19, 9:00 – 9:30
  • GPSA Update and What’s Ahead, Thursday, November 21, 9:10 – 10:00
  • Evaluation and closing of Forum, Thursday, November 21, 1:00 – 1:30

 

Napoleão Bernardes 

Former twice mayor of Blumenau, Brazil; 

Napoleão Bernardes is former twice mayor of the city of Blumenau in the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil, the youngest and most-voted mayor of the city. Previously, he was a journalist and councilman. During his term, Mr. Bernardes implemented a number of innovations in transparency, accountability, and participation policies to open the city government. Designed in collaboration with local civil society groups and monitored by a multi-stakeholder group, the policies established important transparency criteria and improved access to public services. They changed the city’s public management practices and public-private contracting considerably, particularly in its public transportation, and made services better accessible for the most vulnerable. Napoleão’s government’s policies, including those linked to access to health, tax education, and participatory evaluations of schools won a state-wide prize for best public management practice in 2016 and 2018. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Law at Univali (University of the Itajaí Valley, Brazil). His research bridges his experience implementing policies to improve governance with academic debates.

 

Napoleão will deliver the Keynote Speech on Tuesday, November 19, 9:30 – 10:15

 

Nino Pruidze

Project Coordinator, Save the Children Georgia

Nino Pruidze is currently coordinating preschool education related activities in Save the Children International Georgia office. After graduating from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2009 she worked in several governmental as well as non-governmental organizations and academia. Nino was involved with Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia as a researcher on financing general education and Head of Strategic Planning unit at the Teacher Professional Development Center. She also has experience in working in the University where her responsibility was the development and improvement of undergraduate programs. Before joining Save the Children Nino was a member of UNICEF Georgia country office team. These experiences inspired her career in child development and education and since then she has been actively involved in the processes ensuring that children attain their basic rights.

Nino will be speaking at the following sessions: 

Foundations of Social Accountability for Inclusion, Tuesday, November 19, 10:45 – 12:00

Hon. MP Josephine Lemoyan 

Member of  the East African Legislative Assembly

Josephine Lemoyan is  a Member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), with experience in public service sectors particularly Water Sanitation and Hygiene; Health, and Education. She has worked with local and international development agencies including the Tanzanian  government, national Civil Society and Private Sector institutions;  and projects supported by the WB, DANIDA, DFID, EKN, SNV,  GIZ and UNICEF. Her focus continues to be in multi-and inter sector planning, capacity development, multi stakeholder dialogues and process facilitation.  She holds BA and MA (Sociology) from University of Dar-es-Salaam; and MSc (Applied Social Research in Sociology and Social Anthropology) from Hull University, UK.

Hon. MP Josephine Lemoyan developed PLANREP – an information system for local government participatory planning in Tanzania.

 

Josephine will be speaking at the following sessions: 

Foundations of Social Accountability for Inclusion, Tuesday, November 19, 10:45 – 12:00

 

Asmeen Khan

Practice Manager – Public Administration and Institutional Reforms, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

Asmeen Khan is currently Practice Manager in the Governance Global Practice. Asmeen has worked for over 25 years on topics related to local governance, decentralization, social accountability, community driven development in South and East Asia, based in Thailand, India and Indonesia Field Offices. Prior to joining the Bank, Asmeen worked for the Ford Foundation and Oxfam.

 

Listen to Asmeen at the following sessions:

  • Foundations of Social Accountability for Inclusion, Tuesday, November 19, 10:45 – 12:00
  • Breakout: Combining Human Rights-Based Approaches with Social Accountability for Better Service Delivery – the Case of Jordan, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Lourdes Morales

Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program for Social Accountability (Comunidad PIRC-RRC), CIDE/RRC Mexico

Lourdes Morales is the Director of Accountability Network,  a multi-stakeholder action network working to advance public policy proposals for accountability in Mexico. She is also an associate professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), a center of research and higher education, specialized in the fields of social sciences with an international-grade level of excellence. She is a member of CIDE's academic union. Her career combines academic research projects with social activism. Before she was director of Civic Alliance - a civil society organization specialized in transparency and election monitoring. She earned her PhD in Political Science from la Sorbonne in Paris. She can be reached at @louloumorales  

 

Lourdes will be speaking at the following sessions:

  • Foundations of Social Accountability for Inclusion, Tuesday, November 19, 11:00 – 12:00
  • Producing and Sharing Knowledge in an Inclusive Way: the Future of Practice and Research on Collaborative Social Accountability, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 – 12:30

 

Sanah Yassin

Project Manager, Partners Jordan

Sanah Yassin is a Project Manager at Partners-Jordan, a member of the Global Partners Network. Sanah works to achieve better civic collaborations and social accountability mechanisms in Jordan; she also works to support the development of innovative solutions to the closing of civic spaces in the MENA region. Sanah received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

 

Sanah will be speaking at the following sessions:

  • Social Accountability Practice: Navigating Normative and Instrumental Goals, Tuesday, November 19, 4:30 – 5:30
  • Breakout: Combining Human Rights-Based Approaches with Social Accountability for Better Service Delivery – the Case of Jordan, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

Brian Levy

Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and University of Cape Town

Brian Levy teaches at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, USA, and the University of Cape Town. He worked at the World Bank from 1989-2012, where he was part of a leadership team that worked to integrate governance into development strategies. He also has authored, co-authored and co-edited numerous books and articles on the interactions between public institutions, the private sector and development – including Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). He has a Ph.D in economics from Harvard University.

 

Brian will be speaking at the following session:

Opportunities for Social Accountability through Cross-Sector Reforms, Wednesday, November 20, 9:10 - 10:30

Dr. Craig Burgess

Development Cooperation Specialist, World Health Organization

Dr. Craig Burgess recently joined WHO HQ, Division of Data Analytics and Delivery for Impact as a Development Cooperation Specialist, focusing on Governance and Partnerships. He previously represented Civil Society Organizations on the Gavi Board and was an adviser to the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 and a member of WHO’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee.

He has worked on a broad range of public health and social equity issues related to integration, primary health care, infectious disease control, immunization and health sector coordination. He has worked in fragile states, chronic crises, emerging economies and high income countries at community, district, national, regional and global levels. This included National Health Services, Médecins sans Frontières, MERLIN, UNAIDS, WHO, UNICEF, JSI Research and Training Institute and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. He has lived and worked in India, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, South Sudan, UK, Australia, Switzerland and the USA.

He is a primary healthcare physician, has a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, an MBA, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and various post graduate qualifications in Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology and General Practice.

 

Craig will be speaking at the following session:

Opportunities for Social Accountability through Cross-Sector Reforms, Wednesday, November 20, 9:10 - 10:30

 

Florencia Guerzovich

Senior Advisor Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank

Florencia Guerzovich is an independent consultant and has worked for The World Bank, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, among other organizations. She currently works as Senior Advisor Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning at the Global Partnership for Social Accountability at the World Bank. She 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. Florencia also served the Transparency and Accountability Initiative's Program Officer, Impact and Learning. Florencia earned her PhD in political science from Northwestern University. Florencia also has a Master’s degree in International Relations from FLACSO/Argentina and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina. @guerzovich.

 

Florencia will be speaking at the following session:

Opportunities for Social Accountability through Cross-Sector Reforms, Wednesday, November 20, 9:10 - 10:30

Charity Komujjurizi 

Project Coordinator, Africa Freedom of Information Centre, Uganda

Ms Charity Komujjurizi assumed her functions as Program Officer at Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) in November 2016 to develop and implement Right to Information and social accountability programs and activities. She has been the coordinator implementing the GPSA funded project at AFIC in Uganda. The project’s main objective was to Enhance Performance and Accountability of social service contracts in Uganda. Furthermore, she has for 13 years worked on several Governance and Accountability projects in different portfolios. Charity has experience in performance management, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, engagement, documentation and policy analysis. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Makarere University, Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Development Studies and a training in Management of Development projects from Humboldt University in Berlin –Germany. Charity has previously worked with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Research Triangle Institute (RTI-GAPP) and the International Trade Centre.

 

Charity will be speaking at the following session:

Opportunities for Social Accountability through Cross-Sector Reforms, Wednesday, November 20, 9:10 - 10:30

 

Maurice Nyambe

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Zambian Governance Foundation 

Maurice is a social development practitioner with 15 years’ working experience in the civil society sector in Zambia. Holder of a Master of Science in Applied Development Studies from the University of Reading, UK and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Zambia, he has spent the last 15 years providing programmatic and capacity building support to civil society organisations in the areas of strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and policy engagement, social accountability, active citizenship, and community philanthropy, among others. Maurice, who also holds a Certificate in Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring from Rhodes University, South Africa is passionate about community-led development approaches that seek to empower rights holders to not only hold duty bearers accountable, but to also utilise the monetary and non-monetary assets they have to advance their own development prospects.

 

Listen to Maurice at the following session:

Addressing Constraints to Social Accountability for Inclusion, Wednesday, November 20, 3:20 - 4:30

 

Mariam Alimi Afrasiabi

Acting Division Chief, Civil Society and Media Division, DCHA/DRG, USAID

Mariam Afrasiabi is the Acting Division Chief for the Civil Society and Media Division at USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.  She previously served as a Democracy and Governance Advisor in USAID’s Bureau for the Middle East working on the Near East Regional Democracy Program.  She is an expert advisor and technical authority on complex and precedent-setting policy and program issues, develops policies, strategies, and plans for democracy and democratic development, as well as projects for agency-wide application, with a focus on civil society.  Mariam is one of the Agency's key points of contact on policy on and implementation of programming in politically restrictive spaces.  She oversees numerous initiatives promoting civil society support related to organizational sustainability and mobilizing resources and technical assistance to respond to legal and regulatory threats to civil society.  Prior to joining USAID, Mariam served as Chief of Party at the Academy for Educational Development (currently FHI 360) on multiple civil society strengthening programs working in restrictive environments. Mariam attained her Master of Arts degree in International Relations at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, with focuses of global security and the Middle East, and her Bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, with double majors in Biology and Spanish.

 

Listen to Mariam at the following session:

Addressing Constraints to Social Accountability for Inclusion, Wednesday, November 20, 3:20 - 4:30

 

Yasodara Cordova

Fellow for Citizen Engagement/AGILE, World Bank

Yasodara Cordova is a Public Interest Technologist who dedicates herself to the use of technology to improve society by exploring the intersection of Democracy, Platforms, and Software. She works with Citizen Engagement and Agile at the World Bank Group, after being a Senior Fellow at Belfer Center, at the Digital Kennedy School, at Harvard; and the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, where she was affiliated for almost 3 years. Before that, she has worked for the World Wide Web Consortium and the UN as Tech specialist and sits on the board of several civil society organizations, like the Ciudadania Inteligente.

 

Listen to Yasodara at the following session:

Addressing Constraints to Social Accountability for Inclusion, Wednesday, November 20, 3:20 - 4:30

 

Abdellahi Awah

Eco-Developpement Mauritania

Dr. Abdellahi Awah is Director of the Transparency of the Mauritanian Education Budget Project at NGO ‘L’Ecole du Developpement Local’ (Eco-Dev) since 2017. Prior to this role he was Technical Advisor to the Mauritanian Minister of Employment, Vocational Training and New Technologies since 2012. Previously, he has worked as Director of Employment at the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Technical Adviser for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Director of Orientation and Relations with Institutions and Director of Personnel at the Ministry of National Education. Dr. Awah has a PhD in Management Sciences with honors (Institute of Business Administration (I.A.E) of the University of Nice. He has been Professor in Management Sciences at the University of Nouakchott since the academic year 1997 – 1998, teaching "Labor Economics", "Theory of Organizations", "Human Resource Management", "Management Control", "Islamic Finance" and "Market Failures" at the Faculty of Legal Sciences and Economics.

 

Listen to Abdellahi at the following session:

Frontiers of Social Accountability for Inclusion, Thursday, November 21, 11:10 – 12:20

Lily Fati Soale

Social Accountability Advisor, Government of Ghana 

Lily Fati Soale is a specialist in Urban Governance with over 16 years’ experience in Local Governance and Public Administration. She is a director of administration and also coordinates Gender, Child Protection and HIV and AIDS Programs of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. In 2015, she was appointed the Head of the Social Accountability Unit, with the mandate to provide strategic direction for Social Accountability initiatives of the Ministry and local governments. In that role she has achieved an increase in the interest of citizens’ engagement with government and strengthened the collaboration between government, civil society and media.

 

Listen to Lily at the following session:

Frontiers of Social Accountability for Inclusion, Thursday, November 21, 11:10 – 12:20

 

 

Plenaries

Breakouts

 

 


Breakouts

 

Ma Onn Nath

National Committee for Subnational Democratic Development Secretariat, Cambodia

MA ONN Ma Onnath was born on November 18, 1974. He graduated with a Master Degree of Law and Political Science at Build Bright University in 2008. After working a few years with

private sectors, he worked as a government officer with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 1997, with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) in 2005, and with the National Committee for Sub National Democratic Development Secretariat (NCDDS) in 2012.

As the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Information Division of NCDDS, he is responsible for evaluating the implementation of the legal framework for sub-national democratic development, the national program on Decentralization and Deconcentration (D&D), and ISAF.
 

Onn Nath will be speaking at the following breakout session:

How social accountability drives inclusive government responsiveness to citizens: the case of decentralization reforms in Cambodia, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Mr. Kann Kall

Save the Children, Director of Program Operations, Cambodia

Mr. KALL-Kann currently holds the position of Director of Program Operation for Save the Children-International, Cambodia’s office from Oct-2018 to present. He was the Project Manager for Norwegian People Aid from June 2017- Oct 2018. From May-2009-June 2017 he serve as Country Director to a USA based NGO, “Room to Read-Cambodia Office”. Kall was the Program Director for Save the Children Norway-Cambodia Office, May 2004 – April 2009. Acted as UNDP Project Manager from Oct 2002- April 2004. Served for five years (1997-2002) as Managing Director for an International NGO, Trans-Cultural Psychosocial-TPO. KALL had engaged with the development sector in Cambodia since May 1995; and received his Master Degree of Business Administration in 2002.

 

Kann Kall will be speaking at the following breakout session:

How social accountability drives inclusive government responsiveness to citizens: the case of decentralization reforms in Cambodia, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Mr. Erik Johnson

Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank

Erik Caldwell Johnson is a Senior Social Development Specialist in the World Bank, based in Cambodia. He currently supports investment operations in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Solomon Islands. For the last four years he has been leading work on social accountability in Cambodia, supporting government to design and launch a second phase of activity, including mobilization of multi-donor financing. Mr. Johnson has also worked extensively on community-driven development focusing on strong participatory approaches and the combination of infrastructure, income generation, job skills and nutrition activities. He holds a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Erik will be speaking at the following breakout session:

How social accountability drives inclusive government responsiveness to citizens: the case of decentralization reforms in Cambodia, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Dr. Mehr Latif

Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Mehr Latif is a Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh where she researches violence, radicalization, and the far right within the United States. Her doctoral research focused on state formation, kinship, and the public sphere in Pakistan. Prior to the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Latif worked for over a decade with non-profit international development organizations, principally The Asia Foundation. She has focused on issues related to social accountability, civil society formation, civic engagement, and decentralization in countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Cambodia. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Mehr will be speaking at the following breakout session:

How social accountability drives inclusive government responsiveness to citizens: the case of decentralization reforms in Cambodia, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Amarildo Fecanji

Executive Co-Director,  Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey

Amarildo has been an LGBTI activist since 2011. He was engaged first as Director of Programs with PINK Embassy / LGBT Pro in Albania and for the last four years holds the position of Executive Co-Director at ERA - LGBTI Equal Rights Association a network association of 64 member organisations from the Western Balkans and Turkey. The association he works with focuses on capacity building, advocacy, research, public campaigning and economic empowerment of LGBTI communities. He holds a B.A on International Relations from Empire State College / SUNY and an LL.M on International Law from the University of Nottingham.

 

Amarildo will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Promoting LGBTI-Inclusive Policy Making in the Western Balkans through Social Accountability and Human Rights, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Eva Kloeve

Program Manager, Human Rights and Development Trust Fund, Governance Global Practice

Eva Kloeve is the Program Manager for the Human Rights and Development Trust Fund, a program that aims to increase and strengthen the understanding and application of human rights principles in the WBG’s work, housed in the Governance Global Practice. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2016, Eva worked as an evaluation specialist, as well as a specialist in social policy including education and social protection for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Throughout her career, she has worked on development through a human rights lens, in operations and analytical work. Thematically, much of her work focuses on interlinkages between social and economic policies, and human rights.  

She holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the Centre of the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (ESOP), a Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo, and a Diploma in African Studies from the University of Cape Town.  She has published several articles in development economics, including articles on topics such as social protection, low savings in developing countries, and organized crime. Eva has worked in a number of African countries including South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

Eva will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Promoting LGBTI-Inclusive Policy Making in the Western Balkans through Social Accountability and Human Rights, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Rikardus Wawo

Social Accountability Specialist, Wahana Visi Indonesia

Rikardus Wawo is a Social Accountability Specialist for Wahana Visi Indonesia, a trusted partner of World Vision. He provides technical support and strategic development for the organization on implementing social accountability, especially Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) approach through programs and projects in Indonesia. He acted as team leader for the final year of the Global Partnerships for Social Accountability (GPSA) project on CVA for Government Accountability and improved services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services in East Nusa Tenggara. He did some pervious advocacy jobs for various INGOs, CSOs, parliament and local government before joining Wahana Visi Indonesia.  Mr. Rikard holds an MA in Politics of Alternative Development from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, the Netherlands.

 

Rikardus will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Citizen Voice and Action for Improving Inclusion in Health and Education Services in Indonesia and the Dominican Republic, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Genedis Vicente

Social development specialist and GPSA project manager at Vision Mundial (World Vision) Dominican Republic

Genedis Vicente is a social development specialist with more than ten years of experience in managing donor-funded projects in the areas of human development, service delivery and knowledge management. She’s currently GPSA project manager at Vision Mundial (World Vision) Dominican Republic, where she’s leading the preparations for the launching of a new initiative, “How is my school doing?”, aimed at improving active participation for better learning outcomes in primary schools, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

 

Genedis will speak at the following breakout session:

Citizen Voice and Action for Improving Inclusion in Health and Education Services in Indonesia and the Dominican Republic, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Tom Aston

Independent Consultant

Thomas Aston has over a decade’s experience in the development sector. He has provided guidance and technical assistance to interventions across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He specialises in providing support on participatory analysis and planning approaches, social accountability, and theory-based methods for monitoring and evaluation.

 

Tom will speak at the following breakout session:

Citizen Voice and Action for Improving Inclusion in Health and Education Services in Indonesia and the Dominican Republic, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

John Coonrod 

Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project

John Coonrod is the Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project, where he is responsible for research, advocacy and advising the president on all aspects of strategic planning. He has worked in rural Africa, South Asia and Latin America for 30 years, and has founded and coordinates the Movement for Community-led Development.

John serves as co-chair of InterAction’s Food Security and Agriculture working group, as chair of Sarvodaya USA and is on the board of Water for People. He is an avid amateur photographer and figure skater.

John was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD), where he was active in the civil rights and antiwar movements. He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University. As a physicist, he was involved in the design and construction of the first whole-body CAT scanner and the first tokamak designed to achieve a break-even fusion reaction.

 

John will be speaking at the following breakout session:

The Art and Science of Inclusive Community Mobilization, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 – 12:30

 

Nelly Mecklenburg

Program Officer, Institute for State Effectiveness

Nelly Mecklenburg works across country programs at the Institute for State Effectiveness, managing the Community-Driven Development portfolio and pursuing initiatives on development policy reform. She has previously worked on women’s small business and education projects in Rwanda and on formulating development agendas with governments in West Africa, based out of New York. She holds an MA in Global Affairs from the Jackson Institute at Yale University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. Nelly is part of the core team undertaking a collaborative meta-synthesis for The Movement for Community Led Development.

 

Nelly will be speaking at the following breakout session:

The Art and Science of Inclusive Community Mobilization, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 – 12:30

 

Gunjan Veda

Senior Advisor and Research Lead, Movement for Community Led Development

Gunjan is Senior Advisor, Advocacy and Global Collaborative Research for The Movement for Community Led Development. She is leading a collaborative meta-synthesis on the effectiveness of community-led development across 50 countries.

Gunjan has worked extensively on a range of developmental issues with the government and non-profit sectors. She began her career as a journalist before joining the Indian Government’s Planning Commission, where her portfolio included Gender, Health, Nutrition, Marginalized Communities and Child Rights. She founded IndiaReads (an online library) and helped establish WISH, a non-profit that works to scale up high-impact healthcare innovations in India. 

Gunjan has authored many publications, including a HBS case study on Purpose Led Marketing. Her books include Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India (Harper Collins; 2012) and The Museum of Broken Tea Cups (Sage; forthcoming). She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a MA in International Relations from Warwick University, UK.

 

Gunjan will be speaking at the following breakout session:

The Art and Science of Inclusive Community Mobilization, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 – 12:30

 

Amr Lashin

Transformation and Innovation Director, CARE Egypt Foundation for Development

Amr Lashin has almost 20 years of experience with bilateral organizations and INGOs in Egypt to promote participation, governance and social accountability concept, tools and applications. He focuses on adapting Social Accountability concepts to fit the MENA region and Egyptian context and, together with his team, has adapted a set of innovative, context-driven tools. Amr has built strong partnerships with/between government, CSOs, youth and community members which provide the backbone for several SA applications in Egypt.

 

Amr will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Advocacy and Social Accountability in Restrictive Contexts: Experiences from Egypt and Vietnam, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 – 12:30

Andrew Wells-Dang

MEL Advocacy Manager, CARE USA

Andrew Wells-Dang is Advocacy Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager in CARE USA, promoting adaptive design, measurement and learning of CARE’s US and global advocacy efforts. Prior to joining CARE, he worked in Vietnam for 20 years including as lead of a DFID-Oxfam program to facilitate multi-stakeholder coalitions on environmental and social policy issues. Andrew holds a PhD in political science from the University of Birmingham, UK and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington.

 

Andrew will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Advocacy and Social Accountability in Restrictive Contexts: Experiences from Egypt and Vietnam, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 – 12:30

 

Rasha Natour

Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor, CARE USA.

Rasha Natour currently works as the Senior Knowledge Management and Global Advocacy Advisor for CARE USA’s Policy and Advocacy Department. As part of her role, Rasha supports CARE offices across the world to increase impact through strategic advocacy, develops capacity strengthening resources and tools, and facilitates learning and exchange to ensure CARE consistently learns from our advocacy successes and setbacks.  

 

Rasha will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Advocacy and Social Accountability in Restrictive Contexts: Experiences from Egypt and Vietnam, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 – 12:30

 

Prachi Srivastava

Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario

Prachi Srivastava is tenured Associate Professor specialising in education and international development at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. Previously, she served with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the International Rescue Committee. Dr. Srivastava is recognised for coining the term, ‘low-fee private schooling’, and was one of the first researchers of the field. Her research interests include: private sector engagement in education; global philanthropy and impact investment; private schooling and education privatisation; and global education policy and the right to education. She has provided research evidence to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, DFID, European Commission, Global Affairs Canada, JICA, UNESCO, and the World Bank, and has been commissioned by DFID, the European Commission, and UNESCO. She is a signatory of the Abidjan Principles on the human rights obligations of States to provide public education and to regulate private involvement in education. She recently directed a major collaborative research program on non-state private actors and the right to education funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Dr. Srivastava holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford. She can be reached at: prachi.srivastava@uwo.ca

Prachi will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Combining Human Rights-Based Approaches with Social Accountability for Better Service Delivery – the Case of Jordan, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Gillian Wilson

Chief Director of Public Finance, National Treasury of South Africa

Gillian Wilson was born on January 25, 1961, in Cape Town, South Africa, but she grew up in Kensington Cape Town. There weren’t many well-known South African female role models while Gillian was growing up, but she didn’t let that stop her from achieving her goals. She was especially interested in financial management, education and youth development. Luckily, her parents encouraged those interests. That encouragement drove her to excel. She graduated from high school at 16.

Then she earned degrees in Business Economics and Education studies at the University of the Western Cape and UNISA. Later, she graduated from Jackson State University, Jackson, USA with a masters degree in Public Policy and Administration. No challenge was too great for Gillian to take on. Gillian’s accomplishments did not end there. In 2009, she joined National Treasury, South Africa today, Gillian encourages young people—especially women and girls—to study and pursue their dreams. Her life example teaches us to follow our dreams, no matter how great.

 

Gillian will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Inclusive budgeting journeys; successes, challenges and innovation in South Africa and Mexico in achieving inclusive national budgeting, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Lorena Rivero del Paso

Manager of Technical Collaboration, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), Mexico

Lorena Rivero del Paso is an economist and holds an MSc-LLM in Law & Economics. As a Public Financial Management expert, she has worked from government positions and as an international consultant.

As General Director of Performance Monitoring in the Ministry of Finance of Mexico, she coordinated the establishment of non-financial indicators, subnational governments' expenditures monitoring and fiscal transparency policies.

Her experience also accounts for the design of the architecture for national planning of Mexico, including linking the budget with the Sustainable Development Goals.

As Manager for Technical Collaboration at the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, she leads the community of practitioners and open data works.

 

Lorena will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Inclusive budgeting journeys; successes, challenges and innovation in South Africa and Mexico in achieving inclusive national budgeting, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Thokozile Madonko

Programme Manager at the Heinrich Boell Foundation Southern Africa

Thoko Madonko is a programme manager at the Heinrich Boel Foundation in Cape Town. She has a rich history in the budget justice sector - having previously worked as the coordinator of the Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF). Making use of her MA in Political Theory, she has worked in the areas of social justice, national, subnational and parliamentary governance, transparency and accountability, corruption and public finance. Thoko served as organiser for the People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM-SA) and has been a PHM-SA steering committee member. Thoko spent four years at the International Budget Partnership (IBP) as a Programme officer for its Zambia partnership initiative and was a trainer/technical assistance provider in its training programme.

Thoko’s love for activism deepened during the four years she spent at the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) based at Rhodes University where she worked as a researcher monitoring the performance of the Eastern Cape Provincial Health Department. Her other full time job is raising her daughter and, when she has time, she writes poetry and book reviews and plots global domination!

 

Thokozile will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Inclusive budgeting journeys; successes, challenges and innovation in South Africa and Mexico in achieving inclusive national budgeting, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Russell Wildeman

Social Policy Specialist, United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF)

Russell Wildeman joined UNICEF South Africa as a Social Policy Specialist in April 2017. He brings over 18 years of experience in development policy in the social sector area and public finance.

He started his development career as an Education Specialist at one of South Africa’s leading development NGOs (Idasa) and later headed up the Economic Governance programme (EGP) where he led several continent-wide projects, including public finance, small-scale agriculture, social accountability and the right to education work. His main research interest is in advanced statistical modelling of education performance in schools.

Russell is from the Western Cape Province in South Africa and is a South African national. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Behaviour (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch with specialization in Research Methods and Quantitative Research.

 

Russell will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Inclusive budgeting journeys; successes, challenges and innovation in South Africa and Mexico in achieving inclusive national budgeting, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Zukiswa Kota

Head of Monitoring and Advocacy, Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM)

Zukiswa Kota is the Manager of the Monitoring and Advocacy Programme at the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) based at Rhodes University in South Africa. Zukiswa has contributed to the strengthening of social accountability practice for more than a decade within one of Africa’s leading civil society organisations in the sector. Having developed expertise in promoting social justice and advocating for the implementation of inclusive law and policy in education, her work includes supporting the monitoring of resource management for the effective delivery of public services.

Zukiswa is currently the Chairperson of the emerging Budget Justice Coalition and  Lead Coordinator of a civil society coalition - Imali Yethu. Imali Yethu works in partnership with the South African National Treasury to open up public budgets and promote public participation in the budget process via an online data portal; Vulekamali . An environmental science graduate, her interests include fitness instructing, ethnobotany and ecoliteracy.

 

Zukiswa will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Inclusive budgeting journeys; successes, challenges and innovation in South Africa and Mexico in achieving inclusive national budgeting, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Guilherme Checco

Project coordinator and researcher, Institute for Democracy and Sustainability , Brazil

Guilherme Checco has a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciency at Energy and Environment Institute of the University of São Paulo (Procam/IEE/USP), with researches in the field of climate policies, and Bachelor’s degree in International Relationships at the Pontíficia Universidade de São Paulo (PUC/SP). He is project coordinator and researcher at Democracy and Sustainability Institute (IDS), a Brazilian think tank, leading initiatives related to watershed protection, water and sewage tariffs, sustainable rural development and human rights related to water and sanitation access.

 

Guilherme will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Ensuring Water and Sanitation for All: How Social Accountability Can Help Overcome Water Inequality and Empower Communities, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Elisabeth Moses

Associate, Environmental Democracy Practice, World Resources Institute

Elizabeth Moses is an Associate with the Governance Center’s, Environmental Democracy Practice at the World Resource Institute, a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.

Elizabeth is an open government, social justice and environmental governance expert with more than a decade of international and US based experience leading technical research, policy-analysis and civil society capacity building training. She currently manages the Strengthening the Right to Information for People and the Environment (STRIPE) project. STRIPE is a social accountability project that specifically focuses on empowering communities to use their rights to information and participation to create opportunities to improve environmental health and mitigate pollution. Together, with civil society partners, we prioritize national policy reform to strengthen the release of environmental information, while building capacity at the local level to ensure civil society and communities can participate in environmental decision-making processes and improve community influence over compliance and enforcement of environmental laws. The STRIPE project specifically focuses on water governance and the environmental and socio-economic impacts of pollution from mining and solid waste in Tunisia, Morocco, and Mongolia.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and B.S. degrees in Psychology and Biology from Syracuse University.

 

Elizabeth will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Ensuring Water and Sanitation for All: How Social Accountability Can Help Overcome Water Inequality and Empower Communities, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Dr Nick Hepworth

Founder and Executive Director, Water Witness International

Nick has worked to advance water management, sustainable development and social justice around the world for 25 years as a government regulator, an academic, consultant, educator and activist.  In 2009 he founded the NGO Water Witness to lead action, research and advocacy for a fair water future so that all people can access the water they need to thrive and are protected against floods, drought, pollution, ecosystem degradation and water conflict.  Water Witness co-developed the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard which holds some of the world’s largest corporations to account for responsible performance on water, and has pioneered the systematic application of accountability and budget monitoring for water security with civil society partners across Africa.  Nick co-leads the Accountability for Water consortium, is an advisor to the UK’s Department for International Development, the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, and CDP Water, and is a Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia and the University of Glasgow.

 

Nick will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Ensuring Water and Sanitation for All: How Social Accountability Can Help Overcome Water Inequality and Empower Communities, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

SAM KAMAU

Faculty Member, Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications

Sam Kamau is a media and communications scholar, consultant and trainer based at the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications. Sam previously taught at the University of Nairobi, School of Journalism for 8 years. 

He has a specific interest in strategic communication with an emphasis on messaging, framing and narrative creation strategies. He leads a Strategic Communication Think Tank that specializes in designing communication campaigns and creating compelling narratives for different organizations.

Sam has trained communication professionals and organizations on developing communication strategies, digital advocacy strategy, political risk management, dealing with misinformation and disinformation, among others.

He is a member of the Kenya Media Stakeholders Working Group and has weekly TV shows providing commentary and analysis on contemporary topical issues in Easy Africa. He is also a regular speaker in many industry and academic conferences and roundtables.

He is the current Director of the Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI), a program that supports CSOs Advocacy and Media engagement strategies as well as working with the media to tell social accountability stories.

 

Sam will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Leveraging the Power of the Media for Greater Citizen Participation in Governance, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Gilbert Sendugwa

Executive Director, Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)

Gilbert Sendugwa is the Executive Director Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), the largest CSO network and resource centre promoting citizens’ right to information in Africa. He works on key topics such as open government, open contracting, social accountability and citizen access to information in Africa. His belief in the importance of social accountability were reinforced during the 2011 elections campaign at president Museveni would call public officials to the podium to explain billions received yet there wasn’t anything on the ground to show for the funds received.  Gilbert devotes his time generating ideas on how to turn data into compelling information for citizens to use in engaging governments across Africa. 

Gilbert is member of Africa-EU Civil Society Steering Committee on democratic governance and human rights, Steering Committee member, Freedom of Information Advocates’ Network (FOIAnet), Council Member International Freedom of Expression Exchange among other platforms. He has previously worked with International Labour Organisation, Transparency International and Save the Children among others. He holds a Master’s degree in Management Studies, Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and a BA in Social Work and Social Administration.

 

Gilbert will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Leveraging the Power of the Media for Greater Citizen Participation in Governance, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Sonia Whitehead

Head of Research at BBC Media Action

Sonia Whitehead is Head of Research at BBC Media Action. She has 20 years of national and international experience in research across the social, commercial and development sectors. After working in Market Research in the UK and India, Sonia joined BBC MA in 2006. She oversees research across Africa, Asia and the Middle East and works with her team to generate and communicate insights and evidence to inform the development of programmes and to illustrate the role of media to achieve developmental outcomes specifically related to accountability, social cohesion and resilience. This has included work bringing together data from across 10 countries to examine the relationship between BBC Media Action’s debate and discussion programmes and political participation. She has also managed the development of a data portal that holds BBC MA’s governance, media and resilience data and has overseen numerous publications on the role of media in supporting development.

Sonia will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Leveraging the Power of the Media for Greater Citizen Participation in Governance, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

Oumou Diallo

Vice Mayor of Tambacounda, Senegal

Ms. Oumou Diallo is the Vice Mayor of Tambacounda, Senegal, a commune where the USAID Governance for Local Development (GoLD) program has been working and implementing many of its activities.  She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Michel College.  Prior to serving as Vice Mayor, she was elected Deputy to the National Assembly until 2001 and served as the head of the Women’s Advisory Committee and the Regional Association of Local Elected Representatives.  Ms. Diallo has served as a mission leader in Europe targeting decentralized cooperation.  

 

Ms. Oumou Diallo will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Multi-stakeholder Action for Inclusive Impact: Learning from Senegal’s Governance in Local Development Program, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Jean-Michel Dufils

Chief of Party of GOLD program, RTI International

Jean-Michel Dufils is an accomplished international development professional with 35+ years of experience leading and managing complex governance and multi-sector programs. His field experience includes multiple countries in Africa, Asia and South America. His technical expertise spans governance, natural resource management, gender equality and vulnerable population inclusion, media, geographic information systems and evaluation tool design. Mr. Dufils holds an MS in Geographic Sciences from the French National Geographic Institute. He currently serves as Chief of Party for the USAID Governance for Local Development (GoLD) program in Senegal implemented by RTI International.

 

Jean-Michel will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Multi-stakeholder Action for Inclusive Impact: Learning from Senegal’s Governance in Local Development Program, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Mamadou Lamarana Barry

Manager of Local Capacity Building, Enda Tiers Monde (Enda ECOPOP)/GOLD project

Mr. Mamadou Lamarana Barry is the Capacity Building and Local Resource Management Results Coordinator of the Governance for Local Development (GoLD) program in Senegal, funded by USAID and implemented by RTI International, in partnership with Enda-Ecopop.  He has 10 years of experience in the development, governance and project management of communes and communities.  His expertise focuses on managing complex and multidisciplinary issues of local governance, social engineering, planning and training, territorial coaching, taxation and local finance, as well as research and development. Mr. Barry holds a degree in public law, political science, and territorial planning, decentralization and local development.

 

Mamadou will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Multi-stakeholder Action for Inclusive Impact: Learning from Senegal’s Governance in Local Development Program, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Balla Fall Niang

Community engagement Manager, World Vision Senegal/GOLD project

Mr. Balla Fall Niang is the Community Engagement Manager on the USAID-funded Governance for Local Development (GoLD) project implemented by RTI International.  He has been working with World Vision Senegal for 22 years and has managed several projects and programs in the arena of human rights and citizen voice and action (CVA) approach in Senegal, Ghana and Sierra Leone. As subject matter expert in CVA, Mr. Niang has participated in building capacities of several WV staff in countries such as DRC, Mali, Mauritania, and Chad.  Mr. Niang holds a master’s degree in Human Rights Humanitarian Action and Peace from UCAD.

 

Balla will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Multi-stakeholder Action for Inclusive Impact: Learning from Senegal’s Governance in Local Development Program, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Adriane Martin Hilber 

Senior Advisor and Health systems Department Member: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Dr. Adriane Martin Hilber is a Senior Specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She is currently dividing her time between the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel Switzerland and the City University of New York where she is a Senior Researcher and Evaluation Specialist for the Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development project (HEARD). She has worked for over 25 years in the field of sexual, reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health, health systems, social inclusion and equity, accountability and human rights as an advocate, program manager, and researcher. She has worked with a variety of international organizations including WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA and international NGOs such as IPPF.

 

Adriane will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Enhancing Inclusiveness: Reflections, Challenges, and Opportunities in Measuring and Evaluating Social Accountability Practice in Health, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Allison Annette Foster

Vice President, Wi-HER, LLC

Allison brings over 20 years of experience in international development with significant expertise in the education, health, and trade sectors.  Allison spent 10 years with the Pan-American Health Organization, where she was a Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, and eight years working in health human resources and health systems with IntraHealth International and University Research Corp, with a depth of experience at the community level.  Allison now serves as Vice President to WI-HER, Women Influencing Health, Education, and Rule of Law.  Allison is the co-lead of the Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group of the CORE Group and leads the Social Accountability workstream for CORE’s HS4C Working Group.

 

Allison will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Enhancing Inclusiveness: Reflections, Challenges, and Opportunities in Measuring and Evaluating Social Accountability Practice in Health, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Dr Meena Nair

Head of Research at the Public Affairs Centre;.

Dr Meena Nair- As the Head of Research at the Public Affairs Centre, Bengaluru, Meena has contributed towards enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of various social accountability tools (SAT) that have helped PAC to create a successful evidence-based Awareness-Advocacy-Action framework for sustainable inclusion of those left behind. Meena oversees action research on participatory governance and community led development in the areas of elementary education, primary healthcare, employment, skills and livelihoods and sustainable development.

 

Meena will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Understanding and Addressing Exclusion in the Context of Social Accountability, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander

Head Policy Engagement and Communication and Training & Capacity Building, Public Affairs Centre.

Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head Policy Engagement and Communication and Training & Capacity Building. As the Heads of these 2 verticals Dr. Annapoorna has established various protocols and standardised outputs, established media contacts and maintains the social media platforms and the website as part of the outreach and visibility programmes. As Head of Training & Capacity Building she has leveraged the ground level experiences of PACs research and included this action research in the training deliveries. The training is offered to a wide spectrum of Government officers, NGOs, corporate to name a few. She has also written several blog articles and edited books. 

 

Annapoorna will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Understanding and Addressing Exclusion in the Context of Social Accountability, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Tamara Billima-Mulenga

Research Fellow, Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research 

Ms. Tamara Billima-Mulenga is an Economist with a Master of Arts Degree in Economic Policy Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Development Studies from the University of Zambia.  She is currently a Research Fellow at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research under the Ministry of National Development Planning. Tamara’s research spans poverty analysis, labour economics, rural finance, extractive industries and the social sector. She has extensive experience working with rural communities, conducting outreach programmes, policy formulation for poverty alleviation and advocacy.

 

Tamara will be speaking at the following breakout session.

Making the invisible visible: strategies for addressing gender bias in public accountability, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Dr. Sohela Nazneen

Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK

Dr. Sohela Nazneen is a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. Sohela’s research largely focuses on gender and politics- particularly the politics of policy making, women’s empowerment, violence against women, and feminist movements in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa. Sohela has published widely on these issues including in World Development, Studies in Family Planning, Women’s Studies International Forum, Conflict Security and Development. Her recent publication is an edited book ‘Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South: Politics of Domestic Violence Policy’ (Routledge, 2019). Sohela has worked as a consultant for FAO, SDC, UNDP, CARE, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-- designing development interventions, conducting policy analysis and programme evaluations.

 

Sohela will be speaking at the following breakout session.

Making the invisible visible: strategies for addressing gender bias in public accountability, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Maria J. Ezpeleta

Senior Gender Advisor for the Extractive Industries Global Program, Oxfam America

Maria J. Ezpeleta is Senior Gender Advisor for the Extractive Industries Global Program of Oxfam. In her ten years with the organization she has advanced gender justice and women’s rights through research, advocacy and program design. Prior to joining Oxfam, Maria conducted community-based research focusing on extractive industries projects throughout the Philippines and Peru.  She holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

 

Maria will be speaking at the following breakout session.

Making the invisible visible: strategies for addressing gender bias in public accountability, Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Christian Arandel

Senior Technical Director of Governance, Counterpart International

Christian’s technical expertise includes Political Economy Analysis (PEA), local systems frameworks, government capacity assessment frameworks, social accountability tools, service improvement planning, public-private partnerships, and policy analysis. He has applied these skills and methodologies to develop and document strategies to use governance approaches to achieve social outcomes within cross-sectoral programs in Niger, Guinea, and Senegal.  His experience includes leadership positions at RTI International, Chief of Party for USAID’s Morocco Local Governance Program, and project manager for the Iraq Local Governance   Project and the Guinea Faisons Ensemble project.

 

Christian will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Ties That Bind: Social Inclusion in Mexico and the Northern Triangle, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Eva Rodríguez Bellegarrigue

Deputy Chief of Party for the Rights and Dignity Program in El Salvador, Counterpart International

Eva has over 20 years of development experience in the areas of human rights, democracy and governance. She served for seven years as a USAID Rule of law Specialist aiding development practitioners and policy makers. She is co-founder of Fundación Iris -Partners El Salvador, a NGO that works with vulnerable populations and government stakeholders in El Salvador. She is a CALI fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and has extensive experience as a trainer and facilitator in conflict resolution and consensus building dialogue.

 

Eva will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Ties That Bind: Social Inclusion in Mexico and the Northern Triangle, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Maria Ester Bucaro

Chief of Party for Food for Progress Program in Guatemala, Counterpart

Maria Ester Bucaro is currently serving as Counterpart International’s Legal Representative and Program Director in Guatemala for the Food for Progress Program, funded by US Department of Agriculture (USDA). She has over 15 years of experience in agricultural and food security programs. She is an impressive leader and was one of the first women to manage agricultural programs in Guatemala. She oversees work with high public officials and local and international universities to implement successful rural extension systems throughout the country. 

 

Maria will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Ties That Bind: Social Inclusion in Mexico and the Northern Triangle, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Josué Murillo

Country Director, Honduras, Pan American Development Foundation 

Josué Murillo is the Country Director in Honduras for the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). He is human rights and security expert specializing in topics such as human rights, violence prevention, alternative conflict resolution, integrated youth development, education for peace and, participatory democracy. He has extensive program and project management experience in the areas of human rights and peaceful coexistence, as well as teaching and coordinating research within the academic sector. As a lawyer, he supported litigation efforts to protect the region’s most vulnerable populations. 

 

Josué will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Ties That Bind: Social Inclusion in Mexico and the Northern Triangle, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Pascale Brennan

Advocacy officer for REDefine, Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir

Pascale has dedicated herself to feminism and activism, and particularly focused her work on legal abortion in Mexico and Latin America. Her commitment has varied from collaborating directly in accompaniment programs like the safe abortion Hotline in Ecuador, to participating in the creation of advocacy strategies for decriminalizing abortion in México. Recently, she has worked in REDefine, accompanying the efforts of young activist in different states of Mexico, and overseeing the advocacy strategies and investigation projects carried out to monitor the quality of sexual and reproductive rights health services and public policies for the prevention of adolescent pregnancies, as well as access to legal and safe abortion.

 

Pascale will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Lo Público Es Nuestro: the Unfinished Tale of How Young Activists Advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Services in the Mexican Health System, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Soledad Ureiro

Spokesperson of REDefine Guerrero

Originally from the State of Guerrero (south-west of Mexico), Soledad is an educational psychologist, activist, feminist and spokeswoman for REDefine Guerrero, a national network of young activists for sexual and reproductive rights. She has 2 years of experience in activism and 3 in counseling adolescent women, with knowledge achieved through trainings (in the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute), particularly in gender, human rights, interculturality and youth. She coordinates the Attention to Young Women Module of the City of Women Center, services of integral attention for indigenous and mestiza women. Recently she has focused her work on preventing unsafe practices in indigenous youth in the Mountain Region of her state.

 

Soledad will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Lo Público Es Nuestro: the Unfinished Tale of How Young Activists Advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Services in the Mexican Health System, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Paula Chies Schommer

Santa Catarina State University, Brazil; member of the WB's Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement

Paula Chies Schommer is professor of public administration at Santa Catarina State University (Udesc), in Brazil, leading the research group Politeia: Co-production of Public Good – Accountability and Governance.  She has served as board member and treasurer of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR); and as member of: the Brazilian Social Management Research Network, the advisory group of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Knowledge Platform, the World Bank Group’s Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement, the editorial board of several peer reviewed journals, civil society organizations and public commissions in Brazil.

 

Paula will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Producing and Sharing Knowledge in an Inclusive Way: the Future of Practice and Research on Collaborative Social Accountability, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

 

Soledad Gattoni

Centro de Estudios Sociopoliticos, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM)

María Soledad Gattoni is an independent consultant and researcher in the areas of governance and civic engagement. She is committed to developing evidence-based analysis and enabling learning and cooperation between governments and civil society organizations. Among other projects, she is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Sociopolitical Studies, Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM), and an IRM consultant for the Open Government Partnership. Currently, she also leads the SPEAK! Campaign for CIVICUS Global Alliance in Latin America. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from University of Buenos Aires. She is based in Paris and can be reached at msoledad.gattoni@gmail.com or @solgattoni.

 

Soledad will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Producing and Sharing Knowledge in an Inclusive Way: the Future of Practice and Research on Collaborative Social Accountability, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 – 3:00

Dr. Udy Okon

Executive Director of Youth Alive Foundation, Nigeria

Uduak Okon (PhD.) is a Development Practitioner with over 16 years’ experience in the sector. She has PhD in ICT for Development from the University of London and an M.Sc. in Management Information Systems from London School of Economics. She consulted with international development agencies such as the World Bank, AfDB and UNICEF on youth development, capacity building and impact evaluation projects. Her expertise is on fostering Citizen Participation, Accountability in Governance, Policy Advocacy and Youth Development in Africa.

 

Udy will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Accountability Tactics in Fragile Places, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Dr. Naomi Hossain

Research Professor, Accountability Research Center, American University Washington

 Naomi Hossain is a Research Professor at the Accountability Research Center at American University, and a political sociologist with an interest in the politics of pro-poor services, popular protest and civic space. Her recent books include The Aid Lab, Food riots, food rights and the politics of provisions, and The politics of education in developing countries.

 

Naomi will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Accountability Tactics in Fragile Places, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Dr. Euclides Goncalves

Director, Kaleidoscopio, Mozambique

Euclides Gonçalves is a researcher and Director of Kaleidoscopio – Research in Public Policy and Culture.  His research focuses on governance, bureaucratic processes and political rituals. His current research examines public encounters with bureaucratic power through the analysis of policy and identity documents. Recent publications include “A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa” “Orientações superiores: Time and Bureaucratic Authority in Mozambique” and “Expressões alternativas das vozes dos cidadãos: Música e comentário social em Moçambique”.

 

Euclides will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Accountability Tactics in Fragile Places, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Dr. Anuradha Joshi

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex.

Dr. Anuradha Joshi is a Senior Fellow and Governance Cluster Leader at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex.  A social scientist with a focus on policy processes and extensive experience in institutional analysis of development, she has worked on issues related to poverty, low-income housing, public services and environmental policy. Her current research interests focus on collective action, social accountability and service delivery - mobilising 'demand' in basic services and in the scaling-up of innovative service delivery approaches. She has experience of consulting for bilateral and multilateral agencies in development and managing large, multi-country research projects. She is a co-leads a 5 year research program on Action for Empowerment and Accountability which researches these processes in fragile, conflict and violence affected settings.

 

Anuradha will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Accountability Tactics in Fragile Places, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Shaazka Beyerle 

Senior Research Advisor, Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace

Shaazka Beyerle is a senior research advisor at the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace. She is a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, with a focus on anti-corruption and accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict) as well as gender and nonviolent action. A recent book is Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice.

 

Shaazka will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Accountability Tactics in Fragile Places, Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:30

 

Jean Manney

US Director of Restless Development

Jean Manney is the US Director of Restless Development, the global agency for youth-led development. She has led the growth of Restless Development USA as a catalyst hub for the global agency, sparking change and enabling growth through policy influence, strategic partnerships, thought leadership and technical assistance on youth engagement in development. Jean has been driving growth and innovation for youth development and civic engagement for over 15 years. Prior to launching Restless Development USA, Jean was the Director of Strategic Development at Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP).

 

Jean will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Scaling Plus Inclusion: How Do We Scale Social Accountability without Leaving People Behind? Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Derek Thorne

Head of Programme Development, Integrity Action

Derek has worked for Integrity Action since 2017. He leads on the development of new programmes and partnerships, as well as building evidence for Integrity Action’s approach. Derek began his career as a radio journalist and filmmaker, before moving into social change work – firstly as a freelance trainer and consultant, and later within the charitable sector. He has designed and worked on projects concerning issues like disability, youth, tax justice, governance and media. He has lived and worked in Bangladesh and Tanzania.

 

Derek will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Scaling Plus Inclusion: How Do We Scale Social Accountability without Leaving People Behind? Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

Ani Harutyunyan

Armavir Development Centre, Armenia

Ani Harutyunyan is a project development specialist at Armavir Development Center, an NGO in Armenia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English-German pedagogy and Master’s degree in pedagogical psychology at Yerevan State Linguistic University.

 Ani is a certified trainer of Human Right Education using the "Equitas" methodology and is a co-author of the scientific article "Linguistic and Extra-linguistic Factors in Teaching English Oral Communication".

Currently she is involved in supporting participation within, and co-creation of, National/Local Open Government Partnership Action Plans funded by OGP Trust Fund/World Bank.

 

Ani will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Scaling Plus Inclusion: How Do We Scale Social Accountability without Leaving People Behind? Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Soni Khanal

Programs and Learning Manager, Accountability Lab Nepal

Soni is a young development professional based in Nepal. Recognizing that many of the developing world’s most pressing issues stem from the lack of accountability, she joined Accountability Lab Nepal to make a difference. She works as a Programs and Learning Manager at the Lab, where she contributes to program design, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and overall organizational development. She holds a master's degree in Development Studies from the University of Sussex. Her interests include open governance, citizen engagement, gender, and social inclusion.

 

Soni will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Scaling Plus Inclusion: How Do We Scale Social Accountability without Leaving People Behind? Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:30

 

Shaheen Anam

Executive Director, Manusher Jonno foundation

Shaheen Anam is the Executive Director of  Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), a grant making organization supporting Human Rights and Governance work of 250 organizations in Bangladesh. She has  worked for CARE Bangladesh as the Coordinator for their largest program and for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs as Project Director for a Gender Equality Project. She has also worked in International Organizations such as UNDP and UNHCR both in Bangladesh and abroad.

Shaheen Anam is committed to upholding the rights of the most marginalized people. She is closely  linked to the women’s movement and is associated  with national, regional and international coalitions/networks promoting women’s rights. Shaheen Anam has a Masters in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work, New York and Masters in Psychology from Dhaka University.

 

Shaheen will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Social Accountability to Change the Balance of Power, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 - 12:30

 

Marinke van Riet

Director Voice

Marinke is a passionate activist who has over 20 years of experience in advocating for social justice in the areas of inclusive economic growth, natural resource governance and sexual health and rights mainly in Africa.  An  anthropologist by training she worked in microfinance for a New York-based organisation in amongst others Mali and Niger, in accessibility and mobility for a global transport network and as a Country Director for Marie Stopes in Madagascar and Ghana working on sexual and reproductive health rights and provision. Between 2011 and 2016 Marinke led Publish What You Pay (PWYP), then hosted by Open Society Foundation in London, a global civil society movement that campaigns for transparency and accountability in the gas, oil and mining industry. Marinke is a geek for creative strategies, inclusive governance and accountability as in her opinion the latter two are amongst the key root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice. She is now able to combine all in her leadership of Voice, a 50 million Euro grant facility for diversity and inclusion based on the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us.

 

Marinke will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Social Accountability to Change the Balance of Power, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 - 12:30

 

Murad Bin Aziz

Governance coordinator in CARE Bangladesh

Murad Bin Aziz is governance coordinator in CARE Bangladesh. He provides strategic and thematic guidance in pro poor and gender sensitive governance across projects of CARE mission.

He joined CARE Bangladesh in 1998. He has multi-dimensional experience in rural development, particularly in community mobilization and collective action, participatory rural development, social accountability approaches, political economy analysis, rural context analysis, inclusive governance, theory-based evaluation contribution tracing and agriculture program. He graduated in B.Sc. Engineer (Agriculture), Bangladesh Agriculture University, Bangladesh, 1987.

 

Murad will be speaking at the following breakout session:

Social Accountability to Change the Balance of Power, Wednesday, November 20, 11:00 - 12:30