Andrew is co-founder and CEO of Nuams, an “open civic platforms” company working to improve the efficacy of the world’s public sector institutions, by helping governments and civic NGOs to open up, innovate and collaborate affordably, using open-source software. In particular, Nuams has led development of the “OpenCivic” app catalog/hackathon platform, and the “DKAN” open data publishing platform, both based on the open-source Drupal content management framework, and serving clients ranging from the World Bank to New York State to the Open Government Partnership.
Prior to founding Nuams, Andrew served as the first ever Chief Information Officer for the New York State Senate, executing a mission to improve government transparency, citizen participation, and operational efficiency for the Senate, through technology. For this work he was selected by GovTech as the 2010 New York State Public Sector CIO of the Year, and named to the “Government CIO 50″ by Information Week.
A serial civic entrepreneur, Andrew previously co-founded the CoLab collaboration program at NASA, Goodstorm.com (sold to Zazzle), and led business strategy for CivicSpace Labs. He has served as an advisor or Director of myriad civic technology organizations including OpenPlans, Civic Commons, the New Organizing Institute, OpenCongress, the Space Generation Foundation, and Netroots Nation.
Andrew is a graduate of the NASA Academy, the International Space University, Brown University (Sc.B Planetary Sciences) and Berkeley (M.S Environmental Science, Policy, and Management). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Yenza and Open Plans.
Raina Kumra is the CEO of Juggernaut, an agency focused on digital, design and disruption through behavioral & brand strategy. It’s mission is to create work that improves people’s lives by creating cross-cultural impact in both public and private sectors. She also identifies & evaluates early stage investments. Current clients include: The Knight Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, and the Federal Government.
Raina was recently featured on the cover of Fast Company as a leader of Generation Flux, representing the future of an adaptable career in business.
Raina Kumra previously served with Robert Bole as Co-Directors of Innovation at the BBG, the world’s largest international media organization. The new leadership team advanced the BBG’s mission to reach global audiences and brought in agile development, public-private partnerships and innovation under the Obama Administration.
Prior to that she was the Senior New Media Advisor in the State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy, Diplomatic Innovation Division. She also founded and advised several non-proftis focused on international development. Previously, Raina led the conversion of Wieden+Kennedy New York to a full-service digital agency in her role as Director of Digital Strategies and spent a decade in digital advertising.
Raina has worked with The Knight Foundation, ONE.org Microsoft, Burberry, Nike, Nokia, Levi’s, Unilever, Nestle, Avaya, IBM, Intel, Cantor Fitzgerald, Johnnie Walker, Match.com, ING Direct, ONE.org, Mentos, JWT, ABC Family, EA, ESPN, Brand Jordan, and several of the world’s best brands.
Raina holds a B.S. in Film and Television from Boston University, an M.A. in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s ITP program and an M.Des.S. in Design Studies for Digital Applications in Urban Planning and Architecture from Harvard University. Her work has been published in several journals and is part of the MoMA permanent collection.
She is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.
Abdoulie leads the work of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation—our partner for our Africa Integrity Indicators project—on government engagement, and is a member of the Foundation’s Board. Currently based in Dakar, Senegal, Abdoulie has huge experience as regards governance, poverty eradication and crisis prevention in Africa. Abdoulie previously served as Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and as Regional Director for Africa with the United Nations Development Programme.
Maria has a Master’s degree in Law from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She has produced a wide range of highly regarded publications such as “Operationalizing the Science of Delivery Agenda to Enhance Development Results” and “Coalition-Building to Fight Corruption”. In addition, she has received several recognitions for her work in different sectors including water, education and transport, and is a frequent speaker on governance issues in different fora, providing lectures at Stanford University, Kennedy School at Harvard, Georgetown University.
Ania has recently taken on the role of Executive Director at the Open Data Charter. For the past 3 years, Ania led the National Open Data Policy in Mexico, delivering a key presidential mandate. She established capacity building programs across more than 200 public institutions, developed tools and platforms to enable the release of standardized data, built channels to increase the ability of citizens to inform data release and started a national open data network of over 40 cities working to improve service delivery. Ania created programs with multiple sectors to increase the use of data to reduce maternal mortality and increase financial inclusion in Mexico’s largest social development program, enhance resilience against natural disasters and launched a Datalab fellowship program to improve evidence based policymaking. She worked to strengthen open data commitments globally, such as with the G20, Anti-corruption Summit and multiple regional and bilateral declarations. This work helped position Mexico as an open data leader in Latin America and New Challenger, according to the Open Data Barometer. Ania holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and has prior experience as founder and director of a non-profit organization that focused on promoting citizen engagement in shaping Mexico City’s public agenda.