NRGI Staff Bios

Daniel Kaufmann
President

Daniel Kaufmann is the president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), a policy institute and non-profit organization operating in more than a dozen countries. An economist, he is a pioneer in the field of governance and anti-corruption worldwide. He has held leadership positions in the field, and has, with his teams, devised innovative approaches to measure and analyze governance. He has deep practical experience in providing high-level policy advice and helping countries in all regions of the world to formulate and carry out governance reforms in areas such as anti-corruption, transparency and natural resources. He has also extensively researched other topics such as economic development, political economy, investment, privatization and urban and labor economics.

Dr. Kaufmann was previously a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he remains a non-resident fellow. Prior to that, he was a director at the World Bank Institute, leading work on governance and anti-corruption. He also held other World Bank senior management positions focused on anti-corruption, finance and regulatory reform, and was lead economist in the research department. He was the bank’s first chief of mission to Ukraine, and worked on capacity building in Latin America and on economic reforms in Africa.

He serves on various advisory boards and has also been a member of the Faculty and Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (Davos). He is currently a full member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative international board. In major policy circles and the international media, he is associated with such innovations as the Worldwide Governance Indicators, the Resource Governance Index, and the study and analysis of “legal corruption” and state capture.

Dr. Kaufmann, a Chilean, received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He enjoys Twitter, opera, soccer and scuba.

Suneeta KaimalSuneeta Kaimal
Deputy Director

Suneeta is responsible for overseeing strategic planning and institutional growth and development. She ensures regional and country level engagements in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa, as well as global work of the Capacity Development, Data and Analysis, Governance, and Legal and Economic Programs align with and further the organization’s mission. In addition, Suneeta oversees grant-making and communications. Suneeta is a civil society co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, working to advance transparency, accountability and citizen participation globally. She also is a member of the Global Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay, helping to bolster the civil society movement on natural resource governance.

Previously, Suneeta founded the New York office of the International Association for Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR), the NGO arm of a research program at Harvard University. She led the development of a project to support the UN Peacebuilding Commission, directed research on security management, and served as the New York representative. Suneeta also worked in the Legal and Policy Office of Human Rights Watch and has held various consultancies with the UN, international and local civil society organizations, working with populations of resettled refugees and survivors of human trafficking.

Suneeta holds a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where she was a Hart Leadership Fellow.

Though born in Louisiana, after more than a decade braving the city, she may soon be approaching New Yorker status.

Lucy Berkowitz Lucy Berkowitz
Chief Financial Officer

Lucy joined NRGI as CFO in November 2013. She previously held similar roles for E+Co/Persistent Energy Partners and the Near East Foundation. Before moving to the non-profit sector she spent many years with the Linde Group/BOC Group in a variety of financial and project roles across their gas, healthcare and electronics divisions.

Lucy is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. She holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Morgan MandevilleMorgan Mandeville
Director of Finance and Administration

Prior to joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute Morgan worked for the Open Society Institute, where she assisted with strategy and operations for Soros Foundations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Mongolia. Morgan has held internships with the Russian government’s Department for Foreign Economic and International Relations and with New York State’s Department for Economic Development.

She has been a member of the core NRGI Team since 2004, most recently as a Program Officer managing grant operations and legal compliance, supporting strategic planning and policy development, and assisting with budget planning and oversight. She has also served as Regional Advisor to NRGI on the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Morgan graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She occasionally attempts to speak Russian, but very few people reportedly understand what she is saying.

Nadine Aboukhaled
MENA Economic Analyst

Based in Beirut, Nadine is an economist with more than ten years of experience in government and international organizations. As a senior economic officer for the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, she advised a UNDP project on macroeconomic and fiscal policy and public debt management. She also contributed to the ministry’s publications and offered public financial management technical assistance. Prior to that, she served as an economist at the Central Administration of Statistics, where she dealt with complex national surveys and analyses of socio-economic statistics. More recently, she worked as a social policy specialist at UNICEF Lebanon and as a senior economic consultant to the Institute of Finance Basil Fuleihan, where she lead the capacity building project on municipal finance and contributed to research activities.

Nadine holds a D.E.S (Diplôme d’études supérieures) and a Maîtrise in Economics from Saint-Joseph University, in Beirut, where she also taught a public finance course.

Yusser Al-Gayed
Middle East North Africa Head of Country Programs

Yulie Ardiyanti
Asia-Pacific Finance Associate

Before joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute's IKAT Project, Yulie served as finance director at PT Explorer Indonesia. She was previously a research assistant for JICA’s Jakarta Credit Scale Project, Executive Secretary for the local NGO the Telapak Foundation and research assistant at the Asian Japan Development Fund. Yulie has a degree in Finance. Yulie's administrative oversight can be determined, almost terrifying. But just offer her a traditional Sudanese dish, and she shall be beaming instantly.

Roslita ArsyadRoslita Arsyad
Asia-Pacific Regional Associate

Roslita's involvement with extractive issues began when she joined the World Bank Group Extractive Industries Review project in 2002. Her prior work concentrated on urban open space, natural tourism and ecotourism planning. She has been involved in joint projects between Bogor Agricultural University's Research Institute and major cities in Indonesia.

Roslita joined NRGI in September 2007, supporting the Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator in establishing Publish What You Pay Indonesia. Since 2008, she has supported the Regional Coordinator in monitoring grants and project oversight, as well as managing and coordinating the regional office.

Roslita has Master's degrees in Landscape Architecture from Bogor Agricultural University-Indonesia and Leisure Tourism and Environment from Wageningen University-the Netherlands. She has recently become the mother of twin boys.

Fidan Bagirova Fidan Bagirova
Senior Regional Associate

Before joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute in 2013, Fidan held several positions at the Open Society Institute in Azerbaijan. Beginning in 2006, these included national budget group coordinator, program director for transparency of oil revenues, public finance program director, and finally deputy director. In those roles she interacted with NRGI on several projects involving revenue transparency. Prior to joining the civil society sector Fidan worked at a private bank as an internal auditor.

In her current position, Fidan is involved in strategy development, project management, advocacy, and day-to-day contact with grantees in Azerbaijan.

Fidan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and credit from State Economic University. She speaks English, Russian and Turkish.

Lee BaileyLee Bailey
Director of Communications

Lee Bailey has previously worked in communications for the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, and a public health technology company. Before working in international development, he was a business journalist with Condé Nast Publications in New York City and a management consultant with a Boston firm specializing in negotiation and alliance strategy.

A native of Texas, Lee holds a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Andrew BauerAndrew Bauer
Economic Analyst

Andrew is an economic analyst at the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Prior to joining, he served on Canada's G7/8 and G-20 teams as an international economist at the Department of Finance, where he provided economic policy advice and participated in the planning and execution of the G8 and G-20 Summits as well as preparatory finance ministerials during Canada's host year. He has held positions in government, nonprofits and the private sector, having worked for Debt Relief International, UNICEF-Canada, Transparency International-Kenya, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ-Ghana), among others.

At the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Andrew focuses on economic technical assistance and research to improve natural resource revenue management. His work includes advising governments and civil society on macroeconomic management, governance and accountability mechanisms, and local content in the extractives.

Andrew holds an M.Sc. in Economics for Development from Oxford University, where he won a thesis distinction for his work on the monetary transmission mechanism in Tanzania. He also received a B.A. in Economics and International Development Studies from McGill University. Never at rest, Andrew still likes to go home for a regular dose of Montreal bagels and to cheer on the Canadiens.

Abby Boxer
Legal Counsel and Compliance Coordinator

Prior to joining NRGI, Abby was an associate in the banking and leveraged finance practice of Bingham McCutchen LLP, where she represented financial institutions in a broad range of commercial finance and restructuring transactions. Her pro bono work included incorporating non-profit organizations and assisting them in obtaining tax-exempt status. Abby holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in American studies from Amherst College and a J.D. from Boston College. Originally from Arizona, Abby lived and worked in Tokyo, Shanghai, London and Boston before making her way to New York City.

Emanuel BriaEmanuel Bria
Asia-Pacific Senior Regional Associate

Before joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute Emanuel served as the Regional Program Manager on Governance for Southeast Asia with CAFOD, where he led the overall development and implementation of CAFOD’s regional governance program, ensuring that advocacy strategies fed into and were informed by global policy advancements, providing technical advice on regional and country strategies and identifying emerging policy issues and trends. His most recent former posts included a fellowship on global governance and climate policy at Freidrich Ebert Stiftung, Program Advisor and Coordinator for the European Commission Program of the Luta Hamutuk Institute in Timor Leste, where he provided technical advice, produced policy briefs and delivered trainings related to oil and gas revenues and budget transparency. His prior work experience with Habitat for Humanity in Indonesia and Timor Leste included specific work on planning, design, monitoring and evaluation. Before that he undertook socioeconomic impact assessments on communities affected by Asian Development Bank funded projects in Indonesia.

Emanuel joined NRGI in October 2013 to specifically oversee the development of our Asia pacific Regional Training Hub, our partnership with the Indonesia Parliamentary Center to support national advocacy and regional training to advance good governance in the extractives, and our partnership with the Institute for Essential Services Reform on our ASEAN regional advocacy.

Emanuel holds a bachelor’s degree from the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, Indonesia and has taken post graduate courses on leadership and strategic management at Cornell University. He is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and Tetun, and also speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Khmer.

Femke BrouwerFemke Brouwer
Parliamentary Capacity Development Program Officer

In her role as parliamentary program officer, Femke will support the establishment and management of existing and new parliamentary capacity development projects, including the design and delivery of courses and other knowledge services to parliaments. Additionally, she will help NRGI regional offices expand and systematize NRGI's approach to building the capacity of parliaments.

Previously, Femke worked as program manager at the Association for European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA). She was responsible for the overall management of a parliamentary capacity building programme aimed at strengthening African regional parliaments towards achieving the MDGs. She led capacity-building activities for MPs and parliamentary staff on issues such as poverty reduction, agriculture, natural resources and climate change. Prior to this, Femke was the reporting, monitoring and evaluation officer for American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), based in the Palestinian territories. She also worked as a policy officer at the European Parliament in Brussels, where she gained in-depth experience with legislative processes, budgetary oversight and political strategizing.

Femke holds a Master and Bachelor's degree in international and European law from the University of Groningen and a Postgraduate Diploma on Governance, Democratization and Public Policy from the International Institute for Social Studies in the Netherlands. She is a Dutch native speaker and also fluent in French. In her spare time, Femke enjoys yoga, sailing and tango dancing.

Julien Coursen
Middle East North Africa Capacity Building Officer

Jim Cust Jim Cust
Head of Data and Analysis

Jim served as Lead and founding staff member of the Natural Resource Charter, prior to its merger with the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Before joining NRGI he was based at the University of Oxford and continues to be a member of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre), where he is completing his doctorate. Jim’s research investigates the interactions between natural resource exploration, extraction, governance and economic performance in resource-rich developing countries. He has been published in various books and journals, including Energy Economics.

As Head of Data and Analysis, Jim oversees the Resource Governance Index and provides strategic leadership for the Natural Resource Charter and its associated activities. The data and analysis team is responsible for the development of various data tools and knowledge products to support the work of the organization.

Jim holds an MSc in economics for development from the University of Oxford, and an MA in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Helen Dempsey Helen Dempsey
Capacity Development Program Associate

Helen’s work involves assisting in the development and coordination of NRGI’s capacity development programs, in particular the executive course at the Blavatnik School of Government and the advanced course at the Central European University.

She holds an M.A. in international development from the University of Manchester, and an M.A. in social science from the University of Glasgow.

Galib EfendievGalib Efendiev
Eurasia Regional Coordinator

Before joining NRGI, Galib worked at the Open Society Institute - Assistance, as director of the Transparency of Oil Revenues and Public Finance (TORPF) program and as head of the grants department. He joined OSI in Azerbaijan at its founding in 1996, helping to manage OSI's first programs in Azerbaijan and serving as Deputy Director for several years. The TORPF program continues to collaborate with NRGI as a leader facilitating civil society involvement with the EITI implementation in Azerbaijan, NGO efforts for budget and expenditure transparency, and monitoring of oil industry and IFI activities, among other projects.

As NRGI's Central Asia/Caucasus Regional Coordinator, Galib provides guidance to consolidate local monitoring activities and helps to manage local research, monitoring, advocacy and technical assistance. Priority countries include Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, with smaller-scale activities in Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic and Ukraine.

He holds a BS from Rutgers University, with majors on Finance and Management and Eastern European Studies, and speaks Russian and Turkish. Galib is married and has three sons.

Hayat FalahHayat Falah
Middle East and North Africa Administrative/Finance Associate

Before moving to Beirut in 2012, Hayat worked at Qatar National Bank in Syria, where she reviewed the credit facility proposals of corporate clients and assessed their credit exposure and risk. Prior to that, she worked at Byblos Bank Syria as an assistant relationship manager. Her duties there included targeting prospect corporate clients, preparing credit files, analyzing their financial statements, evaluating their market positions, proposing banking facilities, and managing a portfolio of clients. She also previously worked at Deloitte and Touche as an assistant auditor.

In her current position with NRGI, Hayat handles operations and finances in Beirut, providing general administrative support as well.

She holds a master’s degree in finance and banking and a bachelor's degree in management science from the Higher Institute of Business Administration in Damascus. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Kofi FrempongKofi Frempong
Finance Associate

Prior to working for the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Kofi worked with the Bank of New York Mellon as an Accounting and Reporting Specialist and Senior Specialist for nearly three years, he also worked as a Junior Accountant for McGuires Service Corporation.

Kofi holds a BA in Management and Psychology from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from Suffolk University (Boston). Kofi likes travelling, playing and watching soccer and solving puzzles.

Adams FusheiniAdams Fusheini
African Parliamentary Program Officer

Based in Accra, Adams works to build capacity among Ghana’s parliamentarians and other oil, gas and mining stakeholders in Anglophone Africa. He specializes in project planning, design, implementation and reporting.

Before joining NRGI, Adams served for nearly a decade at the Parliamentary Centre, where he managed various projects. In the last four years he was the regional program manager for a CIDA-funded parliamentary budget oversight program in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Prior to that he was the information resource coordinator and later the in-country project coordinator for the Ghana Parliamentary Committees Support Project, where he engaged and supported civil society and parliamentarians.

Adams earned a master’s degree in development studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he was a Nuffic Fellow at the school’s International Institute of Social Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and resource development from the University of Ghana.

Dauda GarubaDauda Garuba
Nigeria Program Coordinator

Dauda has extensive experience working on the question of oil and the Niger Delta and is currently completing a doctoral thesis on the subject. Prior to joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute, he served as Senior Programme Officer in Governance, Security and Development at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD). He represented CDD on the Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay Nigeria and was also National Civil Society representative on the Monitoring and Evaluation Team focusing on Millennium Development Goals' project in Nigeria.

At the Natural Resource Governance Institute, he has spearheaded the implementation of the Bayelsa Expenditure and Income Transparency Initiative (BEITI), a state-led effort developed with NRGI to open up the books of oil-rich Bayelsa State to the highest levels of scrutiny and help establish the state as Nigeria’s most transparent sub-national government. He also works to ensure regular outreach to civil society on the evolution of BEITI and broader NRGI efforts in Niger Delta.

Dauda is co-author of two books: Democracy, Oil and Politics in the Niger Delta: Linking Citizens' Perception with Policy Reform (2007) and Governance and Institution Building in Nigeria: A Case of the Independent National Electoral Commission - INEC (2008 & 2010). He is a Harry Frank Guggenheim/African Association of Political Science Young Scholar and Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva) Young Scholar.

Max-George Wagner Max George-Wagner
Governance Program Associate

Max George-Wagner is Governance Program Associate at the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Since joining NRGI Max has worked on the development of the Country Prioritization Framework, an indicator based tool to inform the selection of countries where NRGI focuses its efforts. Max also provides support to the Natural Resource Charter benchmarking exercises and coordinating the Natural Resource Governance Institute's technical assistance and outreach activities promoting the uptake of the new EITI standard.

Prior to joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute Max worked at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and at the GIZ natural resource governance program in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Max holds a BSc in International Relations from Southampton University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He speaks English, German and Greek.

Fedia Gesmi
Tunisia Country Manager

Fedia brings with her 11 years of experience working with international and national civil society organizations in Tunisia, specifically the Anna Lindh Foundation, Freedom House, the Network of Democrats in the Arab World, the International Youth Foundation and the US-based German Marshall Fund. She has extensive experience in managing and monitoring medium-scale grant-supported projects, financial and programmatic reporting, fundraising, and contracts. Beyond Tunisia, she has supported projects in Libya, Iraq, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan.

Alex GilliesAlexandra Gillies
Head of Governance

Alexandra Gillies is a specialist on natural resource governance and transparency. Her recent work has focused on the political economy of oil, extractive sector transparency standards including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the governance challenges associated with national oil companies and commodity trading, and the Nigerian oil sector. She has authored academic articles on these topics, and co-edited the volume Smart Aid for African Development (2009: Lynne Reiner).

Alexandra holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where her research addressed the political economy of oil sector policymaking in Nigeria. She spent 2008 in Nigeria as a Fulbright Fellow. Prior to joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute, she consulted for organizations including World Bank, DFID, USAID and several political risk firms, and served as Assistant Director for the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. Alexandra also holds degrees from the University of Ghana and Emory University.

At the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Alexandra directs programs that promote the uptake of good governance and transparency standards in resource rich countries worldwide.

Anna HasemannAnna Hasemann
Resource Governance Index Program Associate

Anna works on data collection, coordination of local experts and consultants, and quality control for NRGI’s Resource Governance Index program.

Originally from Germany, Anna started her career as a sustainable development project assistant with the German Development Bank (KfW) in Ethiopia. She has also worked on the natural resource governance team for LSE’s Justice and Security Research Programme, as a visiting researcher at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh, and most recently as a consultant for the International Council on Mining and Metals.

Anna holds a BA in social anthropology and development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MSc in environment and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In addition to her fluency in English and German, Anna also has a working knowledge of Spanish and French.

Laury Haytayan
Middle East North Africa Senior Regional Associate

For the past two years, Laury had been executive director of the Beirut-based Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption (ARPAC), where she worked with parliamentarians and civil society groups to strengthen legislators' oversight and legislative capacities. Recently, Laury was invited by the Carter Center to help monitor the first Tunisian elections after the fall of Ben Ali. Prior to working with ARPAC, she was in charge of regional grass root projects in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia focused on promoting the role of women in development and policy making. She also worked as grant manager, advocacy specialist and trainer for several international NGOs, including International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), ACDI/VOCA and Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), focusing mainly on civil society democracy campaigns in Lebanon and Iraq.

As NRGI's MENA Senior Regional Associate based in Beirut, Lebanon, Laury will assist with strategic planning, project management and capacity building and lead both regional parliamentary projects and the development of a MENA extractive industries knowledge hub.

Laury holds a Masters in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter in the UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the Lebanese American University. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Armenian.

Patrick HellerPatrick Heller
Head of Legal and Economic

Patrick has worked on governance and anti-corruption initiatives in the developing world for more than ten years, for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He is a Research Affiliate with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, where he focuses on the political economy of National Oil Companies, with special attention to Angola and Nigeria.

At the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Patrick focuses on governance and oversight of oil sectors, legislative and contract reform, transparency, and the promotion of government-citizen dialogue. He is working closely with partners from the African Center for Economic Transformation and the Norwegian government’s Oil for Development program to develop a technical assistance program based in Accra that will help African governments manage their extractive resources more effectively.

He holds a law degree from Stanford University and a master’s in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Alonso HidalgoAlonso Hidalgo
Information and Communications Assistant

Before the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Alonso was involved in diverse research projects with institutions such as the Spanish cooperation for Development Agency, Peruvian NGO Desco and Canadian Cooperation Agency IDRC. In these work experience he has been in close contact with government officials, municipal workers and grassroot organizations dealing with issues such as reconstruction of historic neighborhoods, solid waste management and participatory budgeting. Since 2012, Alonso has been working in a joint project between Desco and the US Department of Labor on the eradication of child labor and has been in charge of mapping relevant actors in the four regions of intervention.

One of his personal areas of interest is the issue of freedom of information and the internet. He has published a series of three articles on the SOPA bill, social networks, politics and activism.

Now he’s in charge of NRGI’s Latin America Regional office communications, publishing the daily information reports and monthly analysis. He also is continuously working on increasing NRGI’s visibility in Latin America and contributing with information and analysis to regional and global research projects.

Alonso holds a degree in Anthropology from San Marcos University in Lima where he courrently is assistant professor in Anthropology of Development. He's also fluent in French, English and Spanish and has an identical twin brother which has led him to many funny but confusing situations.

Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko
Ghana Office Manager

Before becoming office manager of the Natural Resource Governance Institute’s Ghana office, Rushaiya worked as the research and administrative intern. She now oversees administration and human resources in the office and liaises with accounting on financial management.

Rushaiya earned a bachelor’s degree in French and political science from the University of Ghana. She speaks English and French and loves reading, traveling and learning new languages.

John Illankovan John Illankovan
Finance Administrator - United Kingdom

John joins NRGI-NRC with extensive financial management experience spanning over 20 years in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute, John worked for Saferworld, an international development organisation where he managed the finance department. He also holds another part-time post as Head of Finance at the Spinal Injuries Association which is a UK national charitable organisation. John holds UK accountancy qualification MAAT.

John was born and grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He moved to the UK when the late Lady Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister. He is married and has two boys.

Patricia KaramPatricia Karam
Middle East and North Africa Regional Coordinator

Patricia Karam was most recently Deputy Director of the Policymakers and Civil Society Unit at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), where she designed, implemented and managed capacity building initiatives, including ICTJ's flagship fellowship program. Prior to joining ICTJ, she served as Senior Grants Officer at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), managing a portfolio of projects to promote conflict prevention and peace-building in Iraq and Colombia. Previously, she was Programs and Development Officer at the Iraq Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a consultant on social justice activism for the Environmental Background Information Center in New York City.

As Middle East and North Africa Coordinator at NRGI, Patricia leads on local research, advocacy and capacity-building. She conducts and facilitates technical assistance, training and networking for civil society members, media and parliamentarians in the MENA region.

Patricia holds an MSFS degree and a certificate in Arab studies from Georgetown University. Her PhD research at New York University has revolved around identity politics and indigenous people’s rights in the Western Sahara.

Mayeul Kauffmann Mayeul Kauffmann
Senior Researcher

Mayeul coordinates the Resource Governance Index. He joined NRGI from the European Commission, where he was working as a coordinator of research projects at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. His focus with the EC was multi-stakeholder research projects concerning the governance of natural resources, including work on conflict minerals and the Kimberley Process. Before joining the European Commission, Mayeul was research director at the Ecole de la Paix (Peace School) in Grenoble, France. There he oversaw various projects including mapping of international peace statistics across the world.

Mayeul holds a PhD in international economics from the University of Grenoble and a masters in international relations. He has authored numerous reports, research papers and user guides to various governance datasets, and has also taught courses in project management, quantitative methods and international relations. In addition to Mayeul’s extensive teaching and research experience he is also a polyglot, speaking English, Italian, Spanish, German, and even Esperanto, while struggling not to forget his mother tongue, French. He is also proficient in a number of information technology areas, including data analysis and visualization, statistical packages, GIS, web development and database management.

Mayeul enjoys playing the ukulele on mountain tops when not working in London.

Hanen Keskes Hanen Keskes
Tunisia Associate

Based in Tunisia, Hanen joined NRGI in 2014 after interning with the regional office in Beirut. She is a recipient of the U.S. Department of State MEPI scholarship and a 2013 graduate with honors from the American University of Beirut, where she majored in political studies and minored in translation.

While studying in Lebanon, Hanen was active in a number of charity clubs and NGOs. She organized fundraising and awareness concerts for the Migrant Workers Task Force, which seeks to improve the social, economic, and legal status of migrant workers in Lebanon. She also volunteered as a teacher at the Sudanese Cultural Center and helped with a program led by the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections to train observers for Tunisia's October 2011 elections.

Hanen worked previously for Tunisia’s first English newspaper, TunisiaLive, where she was a reporter for the website and a fixer for international media. She also wrote about human and women's rights in Tunisia for international media outlets such as al-Jazeera English and Vice.

Ruya KomanRuya Koman
Grants Coordinator

From 2006 to 2009, Ruya served as Program Associate for the Baltic-American Partnership Fund, established by the Open Society Institute and USAID to ensure the continued development of democratic institutions and market economies in the Baltic States. Working with the executive director, Ruya oversaw all grants contracts and payments, evaluated grantee reports and created the annual report and ongoing communications until the closing of the program in 2009. Ruya previously served as project assistant to two winning projects of the European Commission in Ankara, and held internships with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, the Deutsche Welle Radio and TV Network in Cologne, Germany, UNHCR in Turkey and the Turkish Ministry of Finance. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from Ankara University. Ruya speaks German and Turkish, as well as some beginner Farsi, and enjoys yoga, singing and dancing.

Katarina KuaiKatarina Kuai
Capacity Building Program Officer

Before the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Katarina worked at the United Nations in New York as well as on field missions in Afghanistan and Indonesia. While at the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights she worked on an inter-agency initiative to promote rights-based approaches in the U.N.'s approach to development, peace and security. She has also worked for UNDP, conducting policy research and managing projects in various areas including South-South cooperation, civil society partnerships and indigenous peoples' issues.

As program officer, Katarina's focus is on training and capacity development in downstream phases of the extractive sector value chain including revenue management and economic diversification. She is leading NRGI's work in Afghanistan and has a special interest in conflict-resource linkages, China-Africa relations and Chinese NOC engagement in extractive sector governance. In addition, Katarina oversees the development of NRGI training modules and the management of fellowships.

She holds a Masters in International Relations with a certificate in International Security Studies from Yale University and a BA from New School University in political philosophy. A native of Beijing and New York City, she currently resides in Brooklyn with an octogenarian Jack Russell Terrier.

Emmanuel KuyoleEmmanuel Kuyole
Africa Regional Coordinator

Emmanuel previously worked as Programme Officer with Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI), a global tripartite initiative launched in 1997 involving the World Bank, selected governments and civil society to review the impact of structural adjustment lending and policy advice in selected countries. The exercise was also aimed at ascertaining how the participation of local, broad-based civil society can improve economic policy-making.

He was also head of programmes (2005-2008) for the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), a regional research and advocacy organization based in Ghana. Emmanuel is an active member of several campaigns including Ghana Publish What You Pay (PWYP) and he served on the Ghana EITI Multi-Stakeholder Committee from 2004-2008. His major advocacy interest and focus is in promoting accountability and equity in the use of public resources, including those of extractive sector. Emmanuel holds a Masters Degree in governance and leadership and has over 10 years' experience working with civil society as a passionate advocate for equality and social justice.

Emmanuel joined NRGI in February 2008 and is currently responsible for strategic leadership, management and coordination with respect to the Africa portfolio and the Ghana regional office. NRGI is currently supporting projects in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Liberia, Mozambique, Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire, with several others under consideration.

Thomas LassourdThomas Lassourd
Economic Analyst

Thomas Lassourd is an economic analyst at the Natural Resource Governance Institute. He led NRGI’s technical assistance project in Conakry, Guinea between 2011 and 2013, advising the government on mining sector fiscal regimes, legislative reforms and a transparent process to review contracts signed under previous regimes. He also developed financial modeling tools, including integrated mines-transport infrastructure, for iron ore and bauxite mines. At NRGI, Thomas now focuses on economic technical assistance and research, including advising governments and civil society on assessing fiscal and revenue management policies for oil, gas and mineral resources.

Prior to joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Thomas took part in the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme as a government economist in the poverty reduction strategy unit of the Republic of Burundi, where he developed analyses on macroeconomic and public financial management issues. He also worked for the Belgian Technical Cooperation on tax administration reforms in Mozambique.

Thomas holds a masters of science in management from HEC Paris, and a masters in economics with a major in public and development economics from the Paris School of Economics. He speaks French, English and Portuguese.

Bremen Leak Bremen Leak
Communications Officer

Bremen joined NRGI-NRC with many years of strategic communications experience. He previously worked for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs on a Gates-funded public health campaign, for which he traveled extensively in Africa. Prior to that, he wrote for BusinessWeek, covering economics and corporate social responsibility from New York. Born in Missouri, Bremen has also lived in West Africa and Russia. He earned his BA in journalism from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Marie LintzerMarie Lintzer
Governance Policy Analyst

Marie Lintzer is a Governance Policy Analyst at the Natural Resource Governance Institute. She led the research process, coordinated the data analysis and steered the production of the 2013 Resource Governance Index (RGI), a measure of transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sector of 58 countries. Marie leads on the dissemination and advocacy of the RGI. She also contributes to the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) standard in Francophone Africa.

Prior to joining NRGI-NRC she worked for two years as a consultant in London, focusing on the natural resources sector, advising donors and mining companies on issues related to conflict minerals, artisanal mining and compliance with mining regulations, among other subjects. She published articles related to these topics and traveled extensively in Central Africa, especially in the DRC.

Marie holds a law degree from the University of Paris II and Oxford as well as an MSc. in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics.

George W. LugalambiGeorge W. Lugalambi
Media Capacity Development Program Officer

George W. Lugalambi is NRGI's Media Capacity Development Program Officer, based in Kampala, Uganda. Before joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute in June 2011, George was chair of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University in Uganda, where he spent his academic career.

In addition to his academic and research interests, George worked as a newspaper journalist, editor and columnist and as a consultant on media and communication. His research and published work has focused on Africa with attention to democratization and public deliberation, media systems, press freedom, media literacy, peace building and conflict resolution, formative and ongoing professional journalism training and the social dimension of Information and Communication Technologies. He is engaged with the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change in Austria and has been on its faculty. He has completed various media and communication projects for the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO, DANIDA, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, USAID, SIDA and the government of Uganda.

George holds a PhD in mass communications from Pennsylvania State University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. He previously graduated from the University of Leicester in England under the UK Commonwealth Scholarship program and from Makerere University in Uganda. George is a regular commentator in the media on public affairs. He is also active in networks advocating for media development, journalism training and freedom of expression.

Ko Ko LwinKo Ko Lwin
Myanmar Associate

Before joining the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Ko Ko Lwin served as a program officer for the Myanmar-based Sustainable Development Knowledge Network, or Spectrum, working broadly on transparency and accountability matters at the national and regional level. Since 2012, he has supported civil society preparations around EITI, and he served as a member of the country’s first EITI multi-stakeholder group in early 2014.

Based in Yangon, Ko Ko supports the NRGI-NRC program manager in Myanmar, monitoring developments in extractive industry governance in the region. He is also responsible for coordinating activities that build capacity and partnerships among civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

Ko Ko graduated from the Magway University of Technology in Myanmar with a degree in civil engineering. He also studied environmental sustainability and geographic information systems as a visiting scholar at Hosei University in Japan and PAFID in the Philippines.

David Manley David Manley
Economic Analyst

David works on strategy, data analysis and research across the decision chain of extractive industry management. He produced the second edition of the Natural Resource Charter (NRC) and the NRC Framework, a strategy analysis tool to enable government to make and implement better policy decisions. David teaches on extractive resource issues to government executives, civil society and other international development professionals. In addition, he works on issues of information management and data analytics.

Prior to joining NRGI-NRC, David was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and Senior Economist in the Zambia Revenue Authority, focused on mining tax policy and administration. He led the Authority’s work on the tax modelling of mining companies, established a management information system used by the Authority and produced research and policy guidance on mineral tax policy. David previously worked for Oxford Economic Research Associates specialising in financial regulation and utility finance.

He holds a M.Sc. Economics from the London School and Economics, and a first class B.A. Economics and Economic History.

David Mihalyi David Mihalyi
Research Analyst

David has been working as an economist for four years in the Hungarian, British and Sierra Leonean Governments. His main areas of work have been fiscal policy, public financial management, macroeconomics and taxation.

Prior to joining the Data and Analysis Team at NRGI, David completed the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme as an Economist in the Budget Bureau of the Ministry of Finance - Sierra Leone. His two years in Freetown coincided with a mining boom in the country, hence his work focused on the impact of the extractive sector on the economy and public finances. Previously David was based at the Hungarian Central Bank and the Office of the Fiscal Council in Hungary. In both roles he focused on fiscal forecasting and evaluating budget sustainability.

He holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham and from the Corvinus University of Budapest. David speaks fluent French, English and Hungarian.

Carlos MongeCarlos Monge
Latin America Regional Coordinator

From 2002 to 2005, Carlos was Head of Citizen Monitoring and Promotion of Participation and then Head of Communications for Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana (GPC), an institution dedicated to promoting decentralization as a participative process. He is the author of several publications on issues related to rural development, social movements, decentralization, citizen participation and conflicts generated by extractive industries.

In addition to serving as NRGI Regional Coordinator for Latin America, he is also a Senior Researcher for the Peru's Center for the Study and Promotion of Development, DESCO. He works on extractive sector transparency issues with numerous civil society organizations and has been a member of the international board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Carlos holds a degree in Anthropology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Ph.D. in History from the University of Miami.

Wafa MurjanWafa Murjan
Libya Country Program Manager

Based in Libya, Wafa’s professional resume includes programmatic work in government and the private sector. Before joining NRGI in 2014, she was a conflict pool project officer for the British Embassy in Tripoli. Prior to that, she was a consultant with Ernst & Young, helping clients manage risk in major projects and programs, such as the Public Projects Authority of Libya on the Libyan National Development Program. For more than two years, she was also a contracts engineer for the Arabian Consulting Engineering and Services Company, advising the General Electricity Company of Libya in its pre-award negotiation, commercial evaluation and contract administration activities for several power plants, desalination plants and cogeneration plants.

Wafa is an active member of Libyan civil society. In August 2011, she began volunteering in a number of charity groups, including the Missing Statistic Unit, which tallies the number of people missing because of Libyan fighting and establishes a clear mechanism for dealing with those cases.

She holds an MSc (merit) in program and project management from the University of Chester in the United Kingdom. She is also a PRINCE2 practitioner and M_o_R practitioner, certified in project management and risk management.

Dorjdari Namkhaijantsan Dorjdari Namkhaijantsan
Mongolia Country Coordinator

Prior to joining NRGI, Dorjdari worked for 11 years at Open Society Forum Mongolia, where he led campaigns for improved extractives governance including EITI, transparency of government budgets, and accountability of the government. He has been a member of the EITI Board and the EITI Multi-stakeholder National Council. Dorjdari advised the Government of Mongolia on mining contracts transparency, analysis, and negotiation. Prior to working at Open Society Forum, he worked for rural development initiative in the Gobi region of Mongolia.

At NRGI his focus is on building capacity of parliamentarians, government institutions and civil society in Mongolia with regard to the more effective management of the extractives.

He holds a master’s degree in economics from Central European University and an undergraduate degree in financial management from Mongolian Science and Technology University.

Melissa Nibungco
Development Officer

Melissa Nibungco was most recently Senior Manager, Grants Program, at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), a not-for-profit community hospital. Under her leadership, NYHQ’s Grants Program secured external funding for a wide range of innovative health programs and services. Prior to NYHQ, Melissa spent over three years at the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Inc. (APICHA) as the organization’s principal writer and was responsible for all grant applications, reports, presentations and health care policy position papers.

At the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Melissa works closely with other NRGI colleagues to coordinate and oversee grant proposal development and reporting.

Melissa holds an M.A. in Medical Anthropology with distinction from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Anthropology and Biology from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. Her PhD research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of International Education - Fulbright Program, focused on how gender intersects with the lived experience of disease (tuberculosis) in the Philippines. Melissa devotes most of her free time thinking about food and baking bread, pastries and cakes.

Sandra Nichols
Project Coordinator – Guinea Mining Sector Technical Assistance

Sandra coordinates mining sector technical assistance in Guinea for the Natural Resource Governance Institute. She is an attorney with over ten years’ experience in natural resource governance, institutional and individual capacity building, and community resource rights.

Sandra came to the Natural Resource Governance Institute from the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) where she worked on participatory management, accountability, and enforcement in a number of sectors including forest and marine management, protected areas, land rights, pollution control, and climate adaptation in the U.S., Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She co-directed ELI’s Africa program and was deputy director of its pioneering judicial training program. Previously, Sandra represented citizens’ groups on environmental issues with WildLaw in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2012 she served as an advisor to the Liberian minister of justice.

Sandra’s recent research has focused on the role of natural resources in post-conflict peacebuilding. Sandra has been an adjunct professor at American University and Troy University, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Côte d’Ivoire from 1998 to 2000.

Emmanuel NiinaEmmanuel Niina
Ghana Office Accountant

Niina joined NRGI in October 2010 as accountant for the Africa regional office in Accra, Ghana. Niina previously worked for the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) as a national service person; as the finance and administrative officer for Northern Sector Action on Awareness Sector (NORSAAC); then as the regional accountant for the Carter Center in Ghana. As accountant, Niina is in charge all financial issues of the Accra office.

Niina holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in accounting from Tamale Polytechnic, and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Coast-Ghana. Niina is easy-going with an interest in doing many calculations of figures and in seeing new environments.

Lazar NikolovskiLazar Nikolovski
Executive Assistant

Lazar joined the Natural Resource Governance Institute from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations, where he provided executive-level assistance to the ambassador and diplomatic personnel. He brings several years of administrative support experience in the non-profit and government sectors.

At NRGI Lazar supports communication channels between the executive office and internal and external associates and ensures that daily operations flow smoothly, occasionally utilizing his knowledge of and curiosity in up-to-date technology systems and software.

A native of Macedonia, he holds a bachelor’s degree in South Slavic languages.

Silas Olan'gSilas Olan'g
Africa Senior Regional Associate

Prior to joining NRGI in 2009, Silas spent three years leading Oxfam International's advocacy and knowledge sharing initiative in Tanzania. He has also served as capacity building advisor with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), head of the planning department for the Ngara District Council in northwest Tanzania, and manager of the European Development Fund-Micro Project Program in the Lake Victoria region.

Silas holds an Advanced Diploma in Economic Planning from Institute of Development Management Mzumbe in Tanzania, where he has lectured on economic planning, and an MSc. in Agricultural Development and Rural Finance from the Development and Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford (UK).

"I am married to sweet Marty and father to four teenagers. Being the last born of a former gold mine worker, working for NRGI takes me back home, not only to my birth place, but to the chance to promote mining for national development, prosperity and global economic justice!"

Fernando PatzyFernando Patzy
Latin America Senior Regional Associate

As Senior Regional Associate, Fernando supports the regional coordinator of Latin America in managing regional projects, assisting with the development of regional priorities and strategies, supporting the design and implementation of grants and program monitoring and evaluation.

Fernando joins NRGI from the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Bolivia, where he was the Project Coordinator for Energy Resources, Democracy and Development, coordinating trainings and roundtables and providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Autonomy and to subnational governments. In prior roles, he managed the Securities Department at the Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales in Bolivia, and was a financial analyst for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaría BBVA, in Spain, among other positions.

Fernando holds an MBA from INCAE in Costa Rica, with a concentration in Natural Resources Administration, a Masters in Economic Development in Latin America from Universidad Internacional de Andalucía in Spain and Bachelors of Science in Economics from the Universidad San Francisco Xavier in Bolivia. He enjoy sports such as mountain biking, trekking and swimming.

Matteo PellegriniMatteo Pellegrini
Head of Capacity Development

Matteo leads our work to develop capacity to manage and oversee the best use of resources. He manages the team responsible for key development programs in producing countries—those focused on the needs of the media and parliaments, the development of a network of regional training hubs, our fellowships program and our work on governance at the sub-national level. He is based at the NRGI London office.

Prior to joining NRGI, Matteo was the Regional Africa Coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition, based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Previously he worked in Washington D.C. as a consultant for the World Bank in the field of corporate governance.

He holds Master's Degree from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree in European Studies from the Royal Holloway University.

Matteo grew up near Rome, Italy, and lived in several countries thereafter, including the U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, the U.S., Tanzania and Cameroon. He is fluent in French and Italian and conversant in German and Spanish.

Munyaradzi Josephine PendekeMunyaradzi Josephine Pendeke
Program Administrative Assistant

Munya joins NRGI with extensive administrative experience spanning fifteen years with international organizations such as Alcatel Italia and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO). At WHO, she served in various capacities, including human resource management and administrative assistant for health technical programs. Most recently she worked as the administrative assistant in the office of the coordinator for WHO Inter-country Support Team for East and Southern Africa, where she provided support in covering teams of international and local staff in 19 countries.

At NRGI, Munya assists in running the London office, providing administrative support to staff based there.

Munya holds Administrative qualifications from Pitman, Institute of Administration and Commerce of South Africa and is currently pursuing a BA in Business Administration from the University of South Africa. She speaks and writes basic French and was recognized an Administrative Assistant of the Year 2010 in WHO/ESA. Always smiling, Munya fits in well with different cultures and backgrounds.

Rob Pitman Rob Pitman
Governance Program Officer

Rob leads Natural Resource Charter country implementation work in NRGI target countries. In this role, he carries out outreach on and manages the use of the Charter as a self-assessment tool for governments and other stakeholder groups.

Prior to joining NRGI, Rob worked as a lead member of the Carter Center Access to Justice and Governance Programme in Liberia, and as member of the Carter Center Conflict Resolution Programme in Atlanta. He has also worked on Access to Justice projects in Namibia and on Farm Forestry projects in India. Rob holds an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol.

Lee Robinson Lee Robinson
Tanzania Program Manager

Lee Robinson leads NRGI’s diagnostic, analytical and technical support to the government of Tanzania. This includes the coordination of NRGI support to an ongoing policy review process that the government of Tanzania will be conducting using the Natural Resource Charter framework.

Before joining the Natural Resources Governance Institute, Lee worked as an ODI fellow in the President’s Office Planning Commission in Tanzania, where he assisted with policy planning and review. He also led a private sector development research project. Prior to his ODI fellowship Lee worked for the Common Fund for Commodities in the Netherlands and Morgan Stanley in London.

Lee holds a business degree from Manchester University and a masters in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. His North West England origins were good preparation for the meteorological capriciousness of Dar Es Salaam. He enjoys cycling, reading and traveling.

Matthieu SalomonMatthieu Salomon
Asia Pacific Program Manager

Matthieu has worked on governance and anti-corruption issues for about 10 years. He was previously the International Senior Advisor for Towards Transparency in Vietnam (Transparency International’s official national contact). Prior to that, he served as the Anti-Corruption Advisor for the Embassy of Sweden/SIDA in Hanoi. He also worked as a program officer for Transparency International France in Paris and for the National Democratic Institute in Algeria.

At NRGI, based in the Jakarta office, Matthieu is in charge of supervising a three-year USAID-funded IKAT partnership project on extractive industry governance in Asia-Pacific. He leads on project administration, coordination and strategy; providing technical assistance to Indonesian co-implementing partners and regional partners from Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

Matthieu graduated from Sciences-Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and from the Sorbonne (University Paris I) in History and Political Science. He published on contemporary Vietnamese politics and society. He likes to ride a Vespa in the streets of Hanoi and Jakarta, but is still surprised when people in Jakarta don’t understand when he speaks to them in Vietnamese.

Amir Shafaie
Legal Analyst

Prior to joining NRGI, Amir was a Managing Associate in the Energy & Infrastructure team at Linklaters LLP. He worked in Linklaters' offices in London, New York and Dubai and represented clients on energy and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Amir's pro bono experience includes assisting the International Senior Lawyers Project in advising the Liberian government on a port concession.

At NRGI, Amir focuses on technical assistance programs to help governments improve legal regimes and contracts. He also works to strengthen capacity for natural resource sector oversight, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Amir has a J.D. and a B.A. (History), both from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied international relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Amir is fluent in English, French and Farsi and has aspirations of speaking Arabic.

Dhanny Tantri
Asia Pacific Project Assistant

As project assistant for the IKAT-US Project, Dhanny works closely with the Asia-Pacific team, supporting day-to-day administration. She was previously the assistant program manager for PATTIRO, focusing on a USAID-funded project to develop a communication system that uses mobile phones to map data to improve water services for the poor. She has also worked as a communications and liaison officer for PATIRO, the knowledge-sharing officer for the HIVOS Regional Office in Southeast Asia, and as a training assistant for the broadcast center of the Political and Social Science Faculty at the University of Indonesia, working on digital videos.

Dhanny was also a freelance writer and part-time reporter and holds a bachelor degree from the Communication Department of the University of Indonesia, majoring in media studies. Dhanny is a food-lover at heart, who claims a passion for culinary arts but rarely does the cooking herself.

Alex Tilley Alex Tilley
Operations Coordinator

Alex manages operations for the London Office and works as coordinator of the Natural Resource Charter project.

Prior to joining NRGI, Alex spent seven years working on development and human rights projects in Latin America, with a focus on Bolivia and Peru. This included placements at the Peruvian office of Amnesty International and CENCA Urban Development Institute in Lima. Most recently, he was coordinator of the Bolivia Information Forum in London, where he worked closely with UK aid agencies (Bond, Oxfam, Cafod, Christian Aid) and academic institutions (University of London Institute of Latin American Studies), as well as supporting UK parliamentary and trade union delegations to Bolivia and delegations to the UK by Bolivian MPs and government ministers.

Alex holds a Masters in Humanitarian and Development Practice from the Centre for Emergency and Development Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Evelyne TsagueEvelyne Tsague
Francophone Africa Regional Coordinator

Prior to coming to the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Evelyne worked at Catholic Relief Services – Cameroon Program as Human Rights/Extractives Industries Projects Manager, with a focus on EI transparency, anti- trafficking and legal assistance in Cameroonian prisons. She also oversaw the implementation of grants and financial management for CRS/Chad. Previously, Evelyne worked as human rights Legal Advisor and Trainer at Justice and Peace Commission of Yaoundé. She has also worked with IPIS, a research unit of the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, as Research Assistant.

As Deputy Regional Coordinator for Africa, Evelyne is responsible for the development and support of NRGI regional activities, with an emphasis on Francophone countries. Her work includes strengthening monitoring activities and initiating new research, grant-making, advocacy and technical assistance projects. She is also responsible for identifying research, capacity-building and technical assistance needs at the local, national and regional levels, and collaborating with NRGI staff and outside experts to address these issues.

Evelyne holds a High Diploma in human rights and humanitarian action from the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and a Diplome inter universitaire de 3e cycle en Droits fondamentaux from Nantes University, France.

Varsha VenugopalVarsha Venugopal
Subnational Capacity Development Program Officer

For the last eight years, Varsha has focused on strengthening accountability, especially by developing the capacity of local governments and civil society. Most recently, she worked with the World Bank for four years on governance projects in Africa and Asia. In her last project she worked with national and local governments in Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya to build local government capacity in public financial management systems.

Before the World Bank, Varsha was an Associate for ASDC, a consulting firm specializing in evaluation and capacity building in the United States. She has also worked for the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, the UN World Food Programme in Rome, Zambia and Madagascar, and an Indian NGO on disaster management projects.

Varsha leads NRGI's subnational capacity development portfolio. In this role she supports development of policy and practice tools and documentation of NRGI's subnational projects. She is based in NRGI's London office.

Varsha holds a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Gender Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India.

Erica Westenberg
EITI Policy Officer

Prior to joining NRGI, Erica practiced as an attorney for over five years in the Energy and Infrastructure Projects group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, where she managed numerous complex transactions in the areas of energy and natural resources, infrastructure and public-private partnerships. Her pro bono projects included work on parliamentary oversight of extractive industry contracts, as well as engagement through the International Senior Lawyers Project on governance reforms in Africa.

As EITI Policy Officer, Erica leads NRGI's multifaceted engagement with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which includes supporting the NRGI representative to the EITI International Board, providing technical assistance to EITI processes globally and conducting research on EITI-related issues.

Erica received a B.A. in government and a certificate in African studies from Harvard College and a M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she received a Chayes International Public Service Fellowship to work on legal and judicial reform in Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank.

Joseph Williams Joseph Williams
Senior Advocacy Officer

Prior to joining NRGI, Joseph coordinated Publish What You Pay’s (PWYP) international advocacy agenda and campaigns to increase transparency in the extractive sector. This work on voluntary and mandatory measures spanned the extractive industry value chain. From 2010 to 2013 Joseph managed the European campaign for mandatory financial disclosure by oil, gas and mining companies through the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives, which were agreed in 2013. He was also responsible for communications and information resources for the international PWYP coalition of 700 members across 40 countries.

Before becoming involved in natural resource governance, Joseph worked at the International Crisis Group on its Central Africa Project and then moved to China where he wrote for London-based newspaper Africa-Asia Confidential on relations between China and Africa. Joseph’s previous experience included research, project management and advocacy work in Brussels, where he worked for various EU institutions including the European Parliament.

Joseph holds a M.A. in European Studies from the University of Exeter and a M.Sc. in Development Management from the Open University. Born in Australia, he grew up in India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He speaks English and French.

Joseph leads on NRGI’s campaigns for more effective and widespread global transparency and governance standards in the oil, gas and mining industries. He tweets at @JosephWilliams.

Nicola Woodroffe Nicola Woodroffe
Legal Analyst

Based in New York, Nicola focuses on technical assistance, capacity development and analysis on issues related to legislative and policy reform, contract negotiation and monitoring, and the institutions governing the extractive sector.

Prior to joining NRGI, Nicola worked as a consultant at the World Bank, where she contributed papers, presentations and legal analysis to advise countries in central and southeast Africa on governance and management of extractive industries. She also worked as an associate at the international law firm Hogan Lovells, where she advised clients on corporate and securities law. In her pro bono work there, she supported the International Senior Lawyers Project in advising African governments on mining and agricultural concession agreements.

Nicola has a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. At Harvard she received a Chayes International Public Service Fellowship to work in the trial chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She also served as a legal intern for the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda.

Ravina Zinaty Ravina Zinaty
Middle East North Africa Operations and Development Associate

Born and raised in Beirut, Ravina Zinaty has been devoted to working with civil society organizations since 2005, holding a variety of positions including project coordinator, fundraising coordinator, advocacy development specialist, and program manager. In 2006, she co-founded the League of Independent Activists (IndyACT), a global league of independent environmental, social and cultural activists who lead local, regional and international campaigns.

Ravina has experience coordinating and managing projects in human rights, the environment and education. She also has extensive fundraising experience beginning at Greenpeace where she managed on-the-street and door-to-door fundraising teams. Ravina successfully fundraised as Program Manager at the Lebanese Center for Civic Education (LCCE) and Executive Coordinator for Funding at the Lebanese Association for Civil Rights (LACR); she received and reviewed proposals and provided technical advocacy assistance to local NGOs at OTI-USAID in Beirut. Ravina also led a program "One World in Schools" at LCCE that involved teaching human rights issues to school teachers and students through documentary films and interactive class activities.

Ravina graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BS in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Public Health. She enjoys designing lights for theater and concerts, as well as playing drums and guitar, and has a white Persian-Angora as an animal companion. Ravina is fluent in Arabic and English.