Meet the Team
The team behind the programme are spread across the world, from the US to the Netherlands, from South America to Africa and Southeast Asia. Read more about us below!
Daniel Dietrich - Senior Programme Manager
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.
Jonathan Huseman - Advocacy Officer
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.
Jorrit Visser - Communications Officer
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.
Karel Chambille - DMEL Officer
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).
Muhammad Ilham Saenong - Programme Manager, 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.
Vivien Suerte-Cortez - Programme Manager, 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.
Ana Sofia Ruiz - Regional Programme Manager
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.
Julio Herrera - Open Contracting Country Engagement Developer, 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.
Javier Badani - Country Engagement Developer, 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.