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Meet the Team

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The team behind the programme are spread across the world, from the US to Europe, from South America to Africa and Southeast Asia. Read more about us below!

Europe

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Daniel Dietrich - Senior Programme Manager, Hivos

Daniel Dietrich is the Senior Programme Manager for the Open Contracting programme at Hivos. He is driven to empower people through open knowledge and the use of technology and data for social change. In recent years Daniel worked as a researcher, consultant and policy advisor with governments and leading organisations including with Open Knowledge, the World Bank, UNDP, and most recently with UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) on their Open Government Data for Civic Engagement programme. Daniel has worked with governments in Germany and internationally to improve the data and information they publish, through mechanisms like the Open Government Partnership and the Open Data Charter. In 2011 he co-founded the nonprofit Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and remains a Member of the Board. Prior to this, Daniel worked as a research associate at the Technical University Berlin and as a project manager in the IT industry.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ddie

Email: ddietrich@hivos.org

Julia Hoffmann- Programme Development Manager, Hivos

Currently, Julia leads Hivos’ global Transparency & Accountability work as Programme Development Manager, with special interest in human rights, developments in technology, (open) data and the role of infomediaries. She led the development and design of the Civic Engagement for Open Contracting Programme. She continues to support the programme by coordinating its research agenda.

She holds Master degrees in International Communication (M.Sc.) and International Public Law (LL.M.). Her PhD research focused on the impact of EU integration on citizen’s communication rights, including the access to information and freedom of expression.

She previously held teaching and research positions at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and the UN University for Peace (Costa Rica). As a consultant she has worked with NGOs and IOs at the intersections of human rights, media and conflict in Central America and Central Africa.

Email: jhoffmann@hivos.org

 

Jonathan Huseman - Advocacy Officer, Hivos

 

With a passion for writing and editing, Jonathan Huseman studied journalism and history at Groningen university. Starting in 2001 he worked as a journalist for Dutch daily newspapers. In 2005, he made a jump to international affairs at the Dutch NGO, ICCO, where he worked as a Lobby & Advocacy officer, Press Officer and Editor. Jonathan joined Hivos in 2015 as an advocacy officer for the open society programme, with a focus on sexual rights, diversity and open contracting. He coordinates the international advocacy between the different Hivos country offices for different international fora.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonhuus

Email: jhuseman@hivos.org

Jorrit Visser - Communications Officer, Hivos

Jorrit Visser has been working in communications since 2006. He started as a communications officer for the municipality of Amsterdam, the city he was born and raised in. In 2010 he moved to the sector of international cooperation. Until 2012 he worked for Simavi, a small Dutch CSO specialised in water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, and in projects focusing on sexual health and rights. For the past four years, Jorrit has been working for Hivos in communications and campaigning, specifically on the topics of open contracting and the economic empowerment of women.   

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jorviste

Email: jvisser@hivos.org

Karel Chambille - DMEL Officer, Hivos

Since 2005, Karel has been working on issues of Monitoring and Evaluation in Hivos. Since 2015, he is doing so in the Open Society Programme as DMEL, which stands for the aspects of Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, which together contribute to Programme Quality, i.e. the likelihood that a programme can be successful in achieving its desired results. Karel works one day per week for the Open Contracting programme. Before 2005 Karel was head of Hivos Africa desk in The Hague  (1993-2005) and Project Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (1987-1993). He graduated from Wageningen University in Development Sociology (1983).

Email: kchambille@hivos.org

Anna Kiebert - Project Officer, Hivos

Anna Kiebert started working at the Hivos Open Society Programme Hivos in 2015 and has been working as a Project Officer for the Open Contracting Programme since 2016. With a great interest in writing & a passion for human rights, Anna worked as a grant writing consultant, editor and at an NGO specialised in transitional justice, prior to joining Hivos. Anna holds Masters degrees in the History of International Relations (MA and M.Sc.) from the University of Utrecht and the London School of Economics.

Email: akiebert@hivos.org

David Banisar - Senior Legal Counsel, ARTICLE 19

David Banisar leads the organisation’s work on transparency and information rights, including the right to information, environmental protection and sustainable development. He has worked in the field of information policy for over 20 years and has authored numerous books, studies and articles on freedom of information, freedom of expression, media policy, whistleblowing, communications security, and privacy and data protection.  He is vice chair of the UNCAC Civil Society Coalition and co-chair of the UK BOND Transparency group.

David was previously Deputy Director of Privacy International and has also been a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society and the University of Leeds, and Policy Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous organisations, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the UN Development Programme, and the Open Society Institute. He has a Juris Doctor in law and public policy from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Twitter: @a19right2info

Email: Banisar@article19.org

Writings: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1573110

Christopher Wilson -  Research Advisor to Hivos

Christopher is a research fellow at the Institute for Media and Communication, University of Oslo, and Visiting Fellow at Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Policy Innovation and Social Impact. His research focuses on the institutional conditions that facilitate open government and digital civic interaction between institutions and publics. He previously co-founded The Engine Room (https://theengineroom.org), and provided support to civil society organisations in the UNDP and through the International Freedom of Expression network, IFEX.

Christopher provides methodological and project design support to Hivos’s transparency and accountability programme.

Twitter: @cosgrovedent

Email: christbw@media.uio.no

Blog on civic tech research: https://methodicalsnark.org.

Southeast Asia

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Muhammad Ilham Saenong - Programme Manager, Hivos in Indonesia

Ilham Saenong has been working with networks of anti-corruption for more than 10 years. He was the civil society representative of the Open Government Indonesia (OGI) Core Team in 2012-2016 where he became the CSO group coordinator in 2013-2014. In 2015 he was the coordinator for civil society anti-corruption coalition that ran campaign and monitoring of the KPK commissioners’ selection. His previous work involved collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK), National Planning Bureau, UKP4 and the now President Office in promoting integrity and anti-corruption through campaign and citizen engagement, particularly using ICT, movies and social accountability mechanisms. He led several award winning projects: Sebelum Pagi Terulang Kembali (Before Morning Returns) dubbed as best Long Feature Movie from Apresiasi Film Indonesia (AFI) 2014 and was nominated for Best Picture from Festival Film Indonesia (FFI) 2014; while the Omnibus Kita versus Korupsi (Us against Corruption) scored the Best Omnibus from Festival Film Maya (2012) at the Golden Globes of Indonesia.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilhamsaenong 

Email: milham@hivos.org

Vivien Suerte-Cortez - Programme Manager, Hivos in the Philippines

Vivien has worked with local and international NGOs, government, and international development organisations for 12+ years. Her areas of interest and experience include stakeholder engagement, public finance management (participatory planning, budgeting, procurement, and audit), social accountability, anti-corruption, and policy reform. In 2013, the Open Government Partnership gave her the Bright Spot Award during the London Summit for her role in the Citizen Participatory Audit project implemented by ANSA-EAP with the Commission on Audit. The award recognised the efforts of the project to increase citizen participation in the public audit process. She was also recognised by Devex as one of the 40 under 40 International Development Leaders in 2013.

Email: vsuerte@hivos.org

Latin America

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Ana Sofia Ruiz - Regional Programme Manager, Hivos in Costa Rica

Ana Sofía is based in Costa Rica. She has been working for Hivos for the past 7 years in projects related to the use of technology for social change, activism, open data and journalism in Central and Latin America. In 2013, she managed a program called Civic Experiments that wanted to test new ideas before they became fully operated projects, to learn about the intersection of online and offline strategies to engage audiences in transparency and accountability issues.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/anasofiaruiz 

Email: aruiz@hivos.org

Paula Martins - Director of ARTICLE 19 in Brazil

For the past 10 years Paula has worked on freedom of expression in Brazil and neighboring countries as regional director for ARTICLE 19. She is also a member of the Council of IFEX – Freedom of Expression Exchange.

Paula participated actively in the debates surrounding the approval of important legislation in Brazil, such as the Brazilian RtI Law and the Marco Civil da Internet. She has also engaged in litigation in key cases concerning censorship, the right to protest and government transparency, among others.  

Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and a Master’s degree in Public Interest Law from the New York University (NYU). For eighteen years she has worked on a variety of human rights issues and have held professional posts in different types of organizations.

Previous work experience includes posts at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Conectas Human Rights, Pro Bono Instituto, European Roma Rights Centre, Federacion Internacionale de Droit de l'Homme and the OAS Human Rights Commission.

Paula has also worked as a consultant for UNESCO, UNDP and the UN OHCHR.

Email: paula@article19.org

Julio Herrera - Open Contracting Country Engagement Developer, Hivos in Guatemala

Julio Herrera is a Member of the Open Government civil society group, co-founder of the Open Parliament initiative in Guatemala, and co-founder of Red Ciudadana Guatemala (http://redciudadana.org), a civil society organisation aiming to increase citizen participation, government transparency and accountability. Julio has a passion for supporting activists who strive for Open Government and Open Data in Guatemala and internationally.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jherreratoledo

Email: jherrera@hivos.org

Javier Badani - Country Engagement Developer, Hivos in Bolivia

Javier Badani is a digital journalist and communicator, and founder of La Pública (www.lapublica.org.bo), a digital journalist platform dedicated to work human rights issues. Javier enjoys initiating projects related to transparency, like #DataBO, the first accelerator of data journalism in Bolivia, and #HackPublico, the first hackathon in Bolivia held at a public office. Prior to this role, he worked as a Programme Officer at Hivos South America.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbadani

Email: jbadani@hivos.org

Africa

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Baldwin Chiyamwaka - Project Manager Open Society and Country Engagement Developer Malawi

Baldwin has substantive experience in designing, developing and delivering regional and national – social accountability programmes. He is currently, Hivos Project Manager for Open Society (Transparency & Accountability and Freedom of Expression) and Country Engagement Developer for Open Contracting in Malawi. Prior to joining Hivos, he worked for UNICEF and the USAID funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) as Technical Advisor for Civil Society Engagement and Social Accountability in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH).

He worked as Deputy Country Director for VSO International Malawi Country Office; Executive Director for Media Council of Malawi; and as Executive Director for Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC).

Baldwin also worked as Senior Researcher at the prestigious South African based think tank, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Headquartered in Pretoria.

For close to a decade, Baldwin worked for World Vision Malawi as Communications Officer. Prior to joining World Vision International, Baldwin worked for the Malawi Government Ministry of Information and Communication Technology as Information Officer and later Principal Information Officer heading Publications Section.

He is a PhD Candidate at Chancellor College, University of Malawi and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), from the Cyprus Institute of Marketing, Nicosia, Cyprus; a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Communication Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom; a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Development Administration and Communication Studies from the University of South Africa and a Diploma in Education majoring in English and Linguistics.

Twitter: @chiyamwaka

Email: bchiyamwaka@hivos.org

Hope Muli - Africa Regional Project Manager, Hivos

 

Hope is currently the Africa Project Manager for the Civic Engagement for Open Contracting programme in Hivos.  She has over 15 years of technical experience in the governance and development sector. She has an additional 8 years of experience working in the international finance (banking) sector.  She has been a member of diverse international delegations. She has moderated and facilitated various international, continental, sub- regional and national conferences and workshops.

She was elected and served for two terms as the Human Rights Representative for Kenyan CSOs in the Stakeholders Reference Group managed by the Amkeni Wa Kenya programme of the UNDP.  

She has provided technical assistance and delivered programmes on Devolution, Inter –Governmental Relations, Donor Relations, Public finance (i.e participatory budgeting and social accountability), parliamentary strengthening for effective oversight, human-rights based approaches to development, gender mainstreaming, youth inclusion and civic society strengthening, opening up public contracting.

As a result of her diverse skills and vast expertise, she has managed and delivered projects that influenced evidence based enactment of laws, resource allocation, policies,  procedure and shifted practice to entrench inclusivity of the disadvantaged especially youth and women in decision making. These projects have transformed relations between the citizens and targeted governance institutions.

Hope has undertaken high- level policy engagements in Kenya, Chad, Libya, Mali, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, 3rd East Africa Legislative Assembly, African Union, European Union, World Bank and the United Nations amongst others.

Hope Muli has a Master's degree in International Relations.

Twitter: @hopegmuli

Email: hmuli@hivos.org

Stephanie Muchai - Country Engagement Developer Kenya and Tanzania

Email: smuchai@hivos.org

Sandra M. Waswa - Senior Programme Officer, Transparency, Article 19

Sandra M Waswa is a human rights lawyer and holds an LLB in Law from the University of Nairobi. She has worked variously in the human rights field and has previously worked on women and children’s rights issues in Kenya. She has extensive experience in coordinating, planning and implementing projects within human rights and development contexts. At ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa she heads transparency initiatives and has implemented projects with regard to transparency in relation to internal displacement, health, water and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Email: sandra@article19.org 

Twitter: @article19eafric