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.
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.
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.
Based in South Africa, Gertrude has a wealth of experience in supporting progress towards more accountable governance, by supporting champions of governance reform as they try, learn and adapt towards solutions that work in their particular contexts. Gertrude currently works with Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM). There, she runs PSAM’s Regional Learning Programme, an initiative to put learning – including cross-country peer learning – at the center of governance reforms that meet citizens’ needs.
Prior to working with PSAM, Gertrude worked with the Policy Forum in her home country of Tanzania, and also with the UK’s development agency, the Department for International Development. Gertrude has a joint BA in Political Science and Language Translation (French – English) from Concordia University and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from SOAS, University of London.
Sarah Rose is a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her work, as part of the Center’s US Development Policy Initiative, focuses on US government aid effectiveness. Areas of research and analysis include the policies and operation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the use of evaluation and evidence to inform programming and policy, the implementation of country ownership principles, and the process of transitioning middle income countries from grant assistance to other development instruments.
Previously, Rose worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Mozambique as a specialist in strategic information and monitoring and evaluation. She also worked at MCC, focusing on the agency’s evidence-based country selection process. She holds a Masters degree in public policy and a BS in foreign service, both from Georgetown University.
Erin has been with MacArthur since 2009. She is the co-director of the Foundation’s On Nigeria program and director of the Population & Reproductive Health program. Prior to her current position, she was a program officer for Population and Reproductive Health and Girls’ Secondary Education grantmaking.
Before joining MacArthur, Erin worked at the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization, where she provided strategic guidance and technical assistance to help policymakers in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Mongolia use data to make policy and program decisions. Earlier in her career, she worked on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and conducted research on maternal and child health in the US.
Erin has an M.P.H. from Columbia University and received her B.A. in Spanish and International Politics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.