Country Manager for Ghana
Prior to joining the International Budget Partnership in 2018 as Country Manager for Ghana, Karim was the Program Manager for Active Citizenship & Accountable Governance with Oxfam in Ghana where he led Oxfam’s efforts to increase revenue transparency and state accountability through citizen’s influence over public finances, particularly those derived from extractive industries and foreign assistance. Karim also led advocacy initiatives for political reforms and citizen-driven social accountability aimed at consolidating Ghana’s democratic experiment. His experience includes capacity building of local partners in setting advocacy agendas, policy targets, and budget tracking, as well as advocacy on global platforms for implementation of global norms in countries and across regions.
Karim recently supported the formation of a civil society platform to engage the International Monetary Fund on a bailout program for the government of Ghana that secured unusually significant social safety nets, leading to the passage of a longtime pending petroleum exploration and production bill, a new public finance management law, and other important fiscal regulations. Prior to that, Karim worked with the Canada-based Parliamentary Centre as a Governance Advisor on Extractives and Environment and as a Program Officer. In these roles, he supported parliamentary review and the passage of Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act – widely touted as model policy in the region. He also supported the rejection of a flawed Exploration and Production Bill, and the establishment of an independent regulatory body, the Petroleum Commission of Ghana. Karim also worked with the Danish International Development Agency, where he supported Ghana’s Judicial Service, the public service institution responsible for the administration of the courts and tribunals.
Karim holds a Master of Science degree in Development Policy and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and a Certificate in Petroleum Policy and Resource Management from PETRAD in Norway.
Abraham Ochieng joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in June 2020 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Abraham leads the engagement with duty bearers at the national and sub-national levels. He supports IBP Kenya’s partners to engage duty bearers at both levels of government while also working closely with other civil society organization partners to engage with the duty bearers.
Prior to joining IBP Kenya, Abraham was the Emergency Advocacy Coordinator at Save the Children, Kenya Country Office. He managed engagement with duty bearers in the Northern Kenya Counties to advocate for better disaster preparedness by increasing budgetary allocations towards Disaster Risk Management and the establishment of Emergency Funds.
Abraham holds a B.A. from Kenyatta University with a Major in Economics and a Minor in Sociology.
Abraham Rugo Muriu
Country Manager for Kenya
Abraham Rugo, Ph.D., is the International Budget Partnership’s Country Manager for Kenya and is based in Nairobi. Prior to joining IBP in July 2017 he worked at Institute of Economic Affairs (2007-2013) and as a public sector consultant (2014-2016). He has a wealth of experience working in decentralization, participatory governance, and public finance management in Kenya.
He holds Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Public Management from the University of Potsdam, Germany. He has a passion for home grown solutions to society problems and works to localize and personalize policy matters that are otherwise complicated.
Head of Training, Technical Assistance & Networking
Aideen Gilmore joined IBP in February 2016 and is based in Washington, D.C. As Head of Training, Technical Assistance & Networking, Aideen leads IBP’s work to build the field of civil society budget work through an extensive program of capacity development in multiple countries across the world, as well as facilitating horizontal and peer learning in global, regional and thematic learning networks. Prior to joining IBP, Aideen was an independent consultant conducting research, policy analysis, evaluation and strategic support on issues of human rights, equality and justice for a range of international and national civil society organizations. Aideen was previously Deputy Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) – a leading human rights nongovernmental organization in Northern Ireland – where she was responsible for leading and developing the organization’s policy and advocacy strategy. Aideen also previously worked in the Human Rights Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Government and Law in 1996 and an MA in Administrative and Legal Studies in 1997, both from the University of Ulster. Aideen is a Certified Dialogue Education Teacher with Global Learning Partners.
Albert van Zyl
South Africa Country Manager
Albert van Zyl is the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) South Africa Country Manager. van Zyl joined IBP in 2005 from South Africa where he established and managed the macroeconomic analysis and budget offices in the Western Cape Treasury. Before that he worked at the Budget Information Service (BIS) at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) and directed it from 2000-2002. Most recently he worked as IBP’s Director of Strategy and Learning. Van Zyl holds MA degrees in Politics, Philosophy, and Economy from the Universities of Stellenbosch and Bordeaux, France. He has been published on a range of public finance issues including CSO oversight of budgets, fiscal policy, social service finance, budget transparency, and subnational finance.
Program Officer, Open Budget Initiative
Alex Kreko joined the International Budget Partnership in January 2019, and is based in Washington, D.C. As a Program Officer with the Open Budget Initiative, he works on the coordination and implementation of the Open Budget Survey and related initiatives. Before joining IBP, he worked at the Department of Justice and an immigrant aid nonprofit in Washington, as well as an international research firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. He holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Senior Program Officer, Training, Technical Assistance & Networking
Alexandre Ciconello joined IBP in February 2016 and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Senior Program Officer, Alexandre contributes to the Training, Technical Assistance & Networking team’s efforts to strengthen civil society organizations’ (CSOs) capacities to perform analysis of and advocacy on public budgets so they can hold governments accountable and to advance social justice. Prior to joining IBP, Alexandre was a researcher at Amnesty International and Instituto de Estudos Socioeconomicos (Institute for Social and Economic Studies, or INESC) in Brazil. In these roles, he worked closely with CSOs to implement national and international projects related to fiscal justice, public participation, and human rights in Brazil, Central America, the Netherlands, Angola, and Mozambique. From 2003-2006 he coordinated the Brasilia office of the Brazilian Association of NGOs. Since 2001, he has also served as a consultant on public policy issues to federal ministers, sub-national governments in Brazil, CSOs, and international organization such as Oxfam. He was part of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Washington College of Law with a focus in human rights and holds a graduate degree in law from the University of Sao Paulo and a master’s degree in political science from University of Brasilia.
Andrés Ponce Morales
Program Officer, Training, Technical Assistance & Networking (TTAN)
Andrés joined the International Budget Partnership as a Program Officer in 2020. He contributes to the Training, Technical Assistance & Networking (TTAN) team’s efforts for strengthening civil society capacities to perform analysis and advocacy on public finance and fiscal justice issues in order to hold governments accountable and advance social justice.
Prior to IBP, Andrés gained experience in the private sector, and researched the fiscal regulation of the local level in Europe for a joint project between the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Hertie School. Before that, he served for several years in the prosecution division of the Supreme Audit Institution in Chile, where he investigated the administrative responsibility of public servants and the mismanagement of public funds. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy from the Hertie School in Berlin, a B.A. in Public Administration from Universidad de Valparaíso de Chile and a Diploma in Administrative Law from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
Head of the Open Budget Survey
Anjali Garg joined the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Initiative in November 2013 and is based in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for conducting qualitative and quantitative social science research, providing technical assistance to partners and in-country peer reviewers, as well as conducting country assessments and working with IBP partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies to promote budget transparency reforms. Prior to joining IBP, Anjali was an Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of International Affairs, where her work focused on Israel, Libya, Tunisia, and Palestine. Anjali also previously worked at the International Monetary Fund in the Middle East and Central Asia Department, and before graduate school, worked in the area of corporate finance with a focus on restructurings. Anjali holds a Masters from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Program Officer, SPARK
Ariel joined IBP in 2018 as the Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK) Program Officer. She helps manage the SPARK grants program and supports the program’s activities on the ground in multiple countries. She is based in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining IBP, Ariel was the Program and Operations Officer at the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) where she managed joint proposal development with civil society to apply to international funding institutions. These partnerships facilitated anti-corruption and good governance work in local communities in Central and South Asia, East Africa, and Eastern Europe. Before PTF, Ariel was the Program Coordinator for the German Marshall Fund’s MENA Partnership for Democracy & Development in Tunis, Tunisia. Throughout her time at the German Marshall Fund, Ariel opened the Tunis regional office and provided on-the-ground support for all Middle East and North Africa program activities.
Ariel holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary with a major in Government and a minor in Arabic and is pursuing a Geographic Information Systems certificate from George Washington University.
Country Manager for Nigeria
Austin joined the International Budget Partnership in June 2018 as the Country Manager for Nigeria. Prior to joining IBP, Austin worked with DFID’s flagship governance reform and public sector accountability program in Nigeria (Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn, or PERL), where he served as Federal Reform Manager. Austin managed the team that facilitated improvements in the linkages between policy-making, strategic planning, budgeting, and service delivery, and contributed to strengthening inter-governmental coordination between the federal and state governments. Previously, he was the Component Manager for Public Finance Management in DFID’s Federal Public Administration Reform Program (FEPAR), where he supported reforms initiated by Office of the Vice President. Austin was involved in the successful transition from the predecessor SPARC/SAVI/FEPAR suite of DFID programs to the PERL suite.
Austin’s roots are in civil society, working with the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Lagos state, where he managed a small core team and over 3,000 volunteers. He was instrumental to the emergence of civil society networks and coalitions on accountable governance at the state and local government levels. He founded and edited the Budget-Track Newsletter between 2006 and 2008.
Austin is finalizing an MA in Public Policy and Management at the University of York, United Kingdom, having already obtained a Postgraduate Diploma from the same institution. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, as well as a B.Sc. from University of Jos – all in Nigeria. He is also a certified Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessor.
Head of Strategy and Learning
Brendan Halloran is International Budget Partnership’s Head of Strategy and Learning. In this role, Brendan facilitates strategy and learning processes at IBP – both the internal production of learning insights and drawing on evidence and ideas from broader research and practice in the governance space. He’s particularly interested in complex change dynamics, and how to support organizations to both navigate and strengthen their accountability ecosystems.
Prior to joining IBP in 2016, Brendan lead the learning work of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, where he played a role in shaping and interpreting evidence about what works, as well as supporting collective learning spaces, such as the TALEARN network. Before that, Brendan spent five years living, researching and working in Guatemala, most recently as a Governance Advisor for USAID. Brendan has a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, and has published work in a variety of journals, think pieces, and blogs, including his own — Politics, Governance, and Development.
Caitlyn Stone joined the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP’s) development team in 2018. Previously, she spent three years fundraising with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Caitlyn received her B.A. in political science and international relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a Master’s degree in East Asian area studies from the University of Southern California.
Carlene van der Westhuizen
Carlene van der Westhuizen joined the International Budget Partnership in May 2016 after working as a consultant for IBP since October 2014. Based in the Cape Town office, she works as a Research Analyst for IBP’s Catalyst Program in South Africa. From 2005 to 2013 she worked as a Senior Researcher at the Development Policy Research Unit, based at the University of Cape Town. She also previously worked as a Researcher at IDASA’s Budget Information Service and the Western Cape Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Wesgro). She holds an MA in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch.
Senior Program Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa, Training, Technical Assistance & Networking
Carol Kiangura joined the International Budget Partnership in August 2018 and is based in Washington, D.C. As Senior Program Officer, Carol contributes to the Training, Technical Assistance & Networking (TTAN) team’s efforts to strengthen civil society capacities to perform analysis of and advocacy on public financial and fiscal justice issues, so they can hold governments accountable and advance social justice.
Prior to joining IBP, Carol worked with Oxfam International as its Confederation Development Adviser for Africa. Before that, Carol was a fiscal governance crusader, working with Publish What You Pay’s International Secretariat and supporting coalitions in the East and Southern Africa regions, to call for an open and accountable extractives sector, so that oil, gas, and mining revenues improve the lives of women, men, and youth in resource rich countries.
Carol holds an MSc in Organisational Development from the United States International University – Africa.
Director of Development
Catherine Casey joined the International Budget Partnership in November, 2017. She is based in New York City. Catherine has over 25 years of fundraising experience in the not for profit sector in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining IBP, Catherine was the Chief Development Officer at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Prior to that, she was the Head of Global Major Donor Fundraising at Amnesty International, and Director of Major Gifts at Planned Parenthood.
Senior Program Officer, International Advocacy
Claire joined the International Budget Partnership in 2014 and specializes in integrity, transparency, accountability, and participation in public resource management. She has worked with civil society, governments, business, and donors on organizational development, action learning, monitoring and evaluation, and policy guidance. Claire has more than 12 years of experience in governance and development in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
Prior to joining non-governmental organizations, Claire worked with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations Volunteers External Relations Group in Bonn and Representation Office in New York, and the Ministry of National Defence in Canada. She has a Masters degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Claire has published research on social accountability in situations of conflict and fragility, drivers of change, and budget accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and ICT for Open Contracting. Claire is fluent in English and French.
Cosette joined the International Budget Partnership as a Research Assistant for the Open Budget Initiative in 2019. Previously, she worked in the training department at the International Monetary Fund and as an editor for a Middle Eastern news website. She holds a bachelor’s in mathematics and Arabic from Duke University.
Director of Communications
Cynthia Romero joined the International Budget Partnership as Director of Communications in 2020. Previously, she led communications for various reproductive rights nonprofits working domestically and abroad.
During the Obama administration, she served as a presidential appointee at USAID. As strategic communications advisor to the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, she spearheaded messaging for a bureau spanning nine offices with over 800 staff overseeing more than $4 billion dollars in annual assistance. She was the speechwriter on a dozen Congressional testimonies on major flashpoints—from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to the crises in Syria and South Sudan.
Previously at Freedom House, Cynthia managed programs to support free expression and civic participation in some the world’s most repressive countries— Cuba, Venezuela and Iran. She also held positions at the Atlantic Council, where she authored a provocative report calling for reforms in Georgia in advance of the country’s first democratic transfer of power; at the National Democratic Institute, where she coordinated advocacy for one of the largest civic movements inside Cuba; and in the office of the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
Cynthia has been a frequent contributor on CNN en Español, Fox News, The Washington Post and other Spanish and English-language outlets. She received her MA from Queens University Belfast, where she was a George J. Mitchell Scholar and a BA magna cum laude from Princeton University
Manager, Human Resources
David joined IBP in December of 2017 as the Human Resources Generalist. He has over 20 years of Human Resources experience in HR process and policy development, compliance, compensation, employee relations, performance management and benefits. At IBP he is responsible for providing high touch, day-to-day HR support to the employees of IBP, with the goal of creating a supportive environment for all. This includes responsibility for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the HR function.
David’s experience has included generalist and specialist positions, working for both profit and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining IBP David held positions at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the American Red Cross, the BlueCross BlueShield Association, and Arthur Andersen.
David has a BA in Classical Studies with a minor in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Program Officer, Open Budget Initiative
David Robins joined the International Budget Partnership in August 2013, and is based in Washington, D.C. As a Program Officer for the Open Budget Initiative, he is responsible for data collection and analysis for the Open Budget Survey, as well as providing technical assistance and support to IBP partners, in-country peer reviewers, and government officials throughout the Survey process. Prior to joining IBP, he worked for community organizations in New Orleans, and held internships in the US and UK governments. David holds an MSc in International Politics from SOAS, University of London, where his studies focused on the role of non-state actors in governance and democratization.
Senior Communications Officer
Debby joined the International Budget Partnership in November 2018 as Senior Communications Officer to lead on writing/editing and on a range of program communications and outreach. She has worked as a consultant for the Open Government Partnership and the Financial Transparency Coalition and for years as a technical editor, policy analyst, economist, regional planner, teacher, and in administration and finance roles with a wide-ranging group of organizations including the Delta Cost Project, the World Bank, IFPRI, the Smithsonian, UNDP and others. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and a master’s in public policy and development economics from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.
Head of Climate Finance Accountability
Delaine McCullough became Head of Climate Finance Accountability at the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in May 2018, leading a new area of work that aims to help strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations and other accountability actors in countries around the world to ensure their governments manage public funds intended to address the causes and impacts of global climate change with full transparency and accountability in order to create equitable, sustainable, and resilient societies. Delaine first joined IBP in June 2008 as communications manager, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s communications. Her previous experience includes analyzing public finance issues as a senior policy analyst at the California Budget Project, directing marketing and communications for various international and domestic U.S. organizations, and managing programs for several environmental and economic justice organizations. She holds a MA of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Djibril Badiane joined IBP as a Program Officer in 2020 and brings many years’ experience as a communication, engagement and mobilization specialist. Djibril has worked on several projects sponsored by the USAID, UNDC, Hewlett Foundation, Development Gateway, OSIWA and Oxfam. His work has focused in the fields of good governance and transparency, child protection, gender, public financial management, education, health and sanitation. Before joining IBP as a Program Officer, he worked as a consultant in Organizational and Technical Support for IBP Senegal in the SPARK project.
Most recently, Djibril was the Head of Communications and Advocacy at the Senegalese NGO ONG 3D, which focused on democracy, human rights and sustainable development. After three years operating in a local NGO, he decided to join an international organization.
Djibril was a military officer in the Senegalese’s National Gendarmerie also launched his own clothing brand, DSTB Design in 2014. Djibril holds a Master’s degree in Communications from Supdeco Dakar Business School and is a Mandela Washington Fellow (2017 cohort in Public Management Track) at Arizona State University. He is motivated by public policies, advocacy and technology.
Senior Program Officer, Indonesia
Donny Setiawan, is the IBP’s Senior Program Officer for Indonesia. Prior to joining IBP in September 2019, he was the Executive Director/Secretary General of INISIATIF in 2009-2019. Under his leadership, INISIATIF grew up as one of the prestigious NGO who work on budget in Indonesia. He was actively engaged in many campaign activities on the issues of better public services, participatory planning and budgeting, budget transparency and accountability, freedom of information, and civic right. He also has many experiences in conducting research and advocacy on public policy and budget issues for various sectors (e.g., health, education, water and sanitation, natural resources, poverty, etc). He also has strong experiences working with local CSOs, national NGOs/CBOs, international NGOs, and government institutions.
His interest on social works began when he was a student at the Department of Architecture, Bandung Institute of Technology. At that time, he was co-founder of a student group that focus on participatory planning and urban poor issues. His journey in social works continued when he was joined the Indonesian Partnership on Local Governance Initiatives (a program funded by the Ford Foundation) in 1999 and joined INISIATIF in 2002.
Donny holds Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with thesis ‘The Influence of Land Access to the Welfare of Poor Farmers” at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Policy Development, Bandung Institute of Technology.
Senior Technical Advisor, Open Budget Initiative
Elena Mondo joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in August 2007 as Project Coordinator for the Open Budget Initiative, a research and advocacy project to promote public access to budget information and accountable budget-making processes and institutions. Prior to joining IBP, she worked as a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), coordinating research on budget practices and procedures in the OECD and Latin American countries. This work led to the creation of a comprehensive database for best practices in financial management. Mondo holds a BA in international economics and management from Bocconi University, and an MPA in public and economic policy from the London School of Economics.
Senior Operations and Finance Manager
Emmanuel is a Senior Operations and Finance Manager at International Budget Partnership South Africa. He joined the team in May 2019. He has experience of more than 15 years in the field of accounting and auditing. He worked in the non-profit sector for more than 13 years in South Africa and in Zimbabwe. He also worked for Auditor General’s Office in Harare (Zimbabwe). Prior to this post he has worked as Finance Manager for a reputable non profit organization in Cape Town. Emmanuel holds a professional diploma with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Bachelor of Accounting Science with University of South Africa.
Senior Program Officer, Tax Equity
Fariya joined the International Budget Partnership as a Senior Program Officer in 2019. Prior to joining IBP, Fariya was the Strategic Programs Researcher at the Tax Justice Network where she provided research and network building support to Tax Justice Network’s programs. Her specific focus has been on developing a human rights, feminist, and gender equality focused network of tax activists and researchers, and she was the lead organiser for all of Tax Justice Network’s major convenings from 2017 to 2019. Fariya has also worked with the International Centre for Tax and Development, the World Bank Group, the Ford Foundation, and Open Society Foundation on research projects on political accountability, citizen engagement and transparency in West Africa. She holds both a Bachelor’s of Arts (Economic and International Relations) and a Master’s of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto.
Senior Research Fellow
Jason Lakin first joined IBP in May 2009 as a program officer covering Ghana and East Africa, and then worked as IBP’s Kenya country coordinator through 2013, where he set up IBP Kenya (based in Nairobi) as a locally registered entity. Jason served as country manager for IBP Kenya from 2014-2017, then assumed responsibilities as head of research at our global headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2020, he stepped down to senior research fellow to allow him to pursue other activities as well as his work for IBP.
Prior to joining IBP, Jason completed his Ph.D. in government and social policy, as well as post-doctoral research in global health, at Harvard University. The focus of Lakin’s research was on the political economy of social policy reform in Mexico (particularly health financing and implementation). Before graduate school, Lakin worked briefly as a researcher on tax and housing issues for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. He is the co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of “The Democratic Century” (2004).
Director of Partnership Development
Jennifer Grant is the International Budget Partnership’s Director of Partnerships Development. Jennifer has more than 15 years’ experience leading large-scale multi-year international programs and advocacy on Governance and Human Rights.
Previously she was a Deputy Director at Save the Children International where she led the strategic development of programs and policy in Child Rights Governance for Save the Children across 60 countries worldwide. She authored the first programming guidance, analysis tool, and program strategy tool for child rights governance as well as spearheading thinking on public investment in children, adaptive programming, civic space, and children’s civil and political rights.
Ms. Grant was a Senior Human Rights Adviser for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Aceh Indonesia, Human Rights Adviser to NGOs in Guatemala, senior adviser to Save the Children UK, and Lecturer in International Law at Sussex University. Jennifer holds two undergraduate degrees in Social Anthropology with International Development (MA) and Law (LLB) and postgraduate masters in International Law (LLM). She was recipient of the Sasakawa fellowship, for future leaders in international affairs, at Sussex University in 2001.
Joan Vivian Koomson
Program Officer, SPARK
Joan has worked in the development sector for almost 25 years working mostly with non-governmental organizations in different roles. She has experience developing projects from conceptualization through implementation to project closure. Her particular strengths lie in multi-sectoral advocacy, having led advocacy projects at national, regional and international levels.
Her particular passion is facilitating economic empowerment and leadership opportunities for women and girls, sustainable corporate governance for CSO’s/NGOs and capacity building for local non-governmental organisations.
Prior to joining IBP in May 2020, she worked as a Consultant Grants Manager for the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund, co-funded by the MacArthur Foundation and another anonymous donor. She also worked for 9 years with the African Women’s Development Fund as Donor Liaison Specialist, where she successfully led a USD $1.6 million Gates Foundation-funded regional advocacy initiative for the prioritization of family planning as a means of ensuring women’s health and economic development in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and also as Resource Mobilisation Manager in Plan Ghana between 2004 and 2008.
Joan holds a First Degree Sociology with Spanish and an MBA in Human Resource Management both from the University of Ghana, Legon and certificates in Advertising, PR and Marketing. She is a Certified Trainer in the AFP Smart Advocacy Tool.
Institutional Giving Manager
Jodi joined the International Budget Partnership in March 2019. Previously, she was the Senior Manager of Foundation Relations at the Center for American Progress, and prior to that was the Foundation Relations Manager at Plan International USA. Jodi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, with a double major in International Development Studies and Spanish, and holds a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from The George Washington University.
Senior Program Officer, IBP Kenya
John is a Senior Program Officer at the International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK). He joined IBP in October 2012 just as Kenya’s ambitious devolution program was taking off. John leads IBPK’s research and analytical work in Kenya, and he is part of the team that works to promote budget transparency and to improve public engagement on how the government raises and spends public resources.
He has done extensive research on Kenya’s public finance system for evidence generation that IBP uses to provide technical support to civil society organizations and, in some cases, government agencies. John’s research focuses on equitable revenue sharing mechanisms, equity in government expenditure, social protection, budget credibility, public participation in budgets, sub-national budget transparency, among other areas. His role also includes supporting capacity building and the publication of guides and tools that IBPK uses to improve community engagement with national and sub-national government budgets. John also plays a role in coordinating IBP’s programmatic work in Kenya, including supporting fundraising and administrative tasks.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), an MBA in Strategic Management from the Kenya Methodist University, and a professional award on Decentralization and Local Governance from SOAS University of London.
Before joining IBP, John worked with Twaweza East Africa as an Associate Analyst, where he helped to build the Kenya Budget Explorer, a centralized budget portal, to improve citizens’ access to budget information. He is a big data enthusiast, a happy bee farmer, and a part-time historian.
Administrative Assistant, IBP Kenya
John joined the International Budget Partnership in 2016 as an Office Assistant in the Kenya office and, in 2020, transitioned to Administrative Assistant. He manages the office facilities and electronic documentation of the paperwork in Operations. John’s role also includes supporting the programs team in data collection and entry for IBPK’s research work.
John studied Information technology (IT) In the Institute of Advanced Technology Campus (IAT). He is pursuing a certificate for an online course on The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking.
John is passionate about learning for growth in his personal life and writes articles to improve his writing skills. He is also articulate in the Swahili language.
Jostine Wambui Gikonyo
Operations Officer, IBP Kenya
Jostine joined the International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBPK) as an Operations Intern in 2018. With a unique combination of abilities, she accomplished a great deal in seven months, and in 2019 she transitioned into the Assistant Operations Officer. In 2020 her role progressed to Operations Officer.
Jostine leads the operations team through innovative approaches and systems to effectively integrate all the components of administration, human resource, procurement, logistics, events management, finance and accounts. She is a co-researcher in matters of Kenya public finance management in support of the IBPK research work.
Jostine has a “get it done” personality and is passionate about supporting initiatives that transform the lives of the underprivileged. Jostine holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration (IBA).
Program Officer, SPARK, Nigeria
Kenny Oleru joined the International Budget Partnership as a SPARK Program Officer in March 2019. He is based in Nigeria. Prior to joining IBP, Kenny worked for Christian Aid Nigeria and ActionAid Nigeria as a Governance Program Officer and Campaigns Coordinator. Kenny also has experience of working with civil society groups and mobilizing grassroots communities to influence change processes and vast knowledge of partnership management, social accountability, campaigns, and advocacy planning.
Kenny has a keen interest in humanitarian, health, gender, governance, and social change communication and advocacy. He is passionate about rural development and using a rights-based approach to facilitate increased citizen voices in decision-making. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Federal University Dutse, Nigeria and a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology from Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is constantly looking for new and improved ways to influence service delivery for the benefit of majority poor masses and to drive sustainable development through progressive social change.
Country Manager for Senegal
Maleine joined IBP in February 2019 to become the first Country Manager for Senegal. He has a broad background in public policy, with experience ranging from political affairs to economic development to academia where he has contributed to several research projects linked to democratic governance, public financial management and fiscal policy. Maleine has worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist on a USAID program but also in projects targeting legislative assistance, reform processes (freedom of information act), transparency and accountability (budgets and extractive industries) at the national (Senegal) and regional levels (West Africa). He has engaged with Senegal’s Ministry of Finance on improving the country’s performance relative to the Open Budget Index. Immediately prior to joining IBP, Maleine managed the public finance program of the Senegalese NGO known as ONG-3D. He is also a PHD candidate working on tax expenditures.
Operations and Office Administrator
Marilyn Butler joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in January 2009 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the IBP, Butler was Sustainable Development Coordinator at the United Nations Foundation for eight years where she was responsible for grant and data management for contracts and grants, and donor stewardship.
Director of Finance
Marion joined the International Budget Partnership as its Director of Finance in 2019.
Capacity Building and Learning Officer
As the Capacity Building and Learning Officer at IBP Kenya (IBPK), Mokeira leads the team in developing, updating and facilitating training materials on the budget processes, budget analysis and participation in budgeting at the national and sub-national levels. Mokeira coordinates the monitoring and evaluation, learning and reporting of IBP Kenya’s work. She works closely with IBPK’s partners to develop their tools related to the work done in partnership with IBPK.
Prior to employment as full-time staff at IBPK, Mokeira worked as a consultant researching the adequacy of public justifications in budget documents in Kenya county governments. Mokeira transitioned to Research Analyst and Trainer at IBPK, a full-time staff position she held from 2016- 2019. In 2020, her role expanded to Capacity Building and Learning Officer.
Mokeira is passionate about developing content for CSOs, community budget champions, and the communities they support to improve their engagement with budgets. She is keen on content development that can be utilized by various audiences.
Mokeira is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She graduated with an LL. B and LL.M (public finance) from the University of Nairobi.
Senior Field Operations Officer, SPARK
Nantika Ghafur joined IBP in April 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. In her current role as Field Operations Officer for the Strengthening Public Accountability for Results and Knowledge (SPARK) program, she undertakes documentation and dissemination of the IBP policies and procedures for the field office finance, human resources, and other administration. Also, she works closely with the field offices to improve and streamline operational systems, processes, and policies. She is an expert in driving efficiency and effectiveness for a wide variety of complex tasks and projects with individuals from diverse professional backgrounds. Prior to joining IBP, she worked at the Association of International Agricultural Research Centers (AIARC) for three years as Payroll and Benefits Coordinator.
I like solving problems. Throughout my career, I’ve been driven by my intellectual curiosity to find answers to the most pressing questions. Whether it’s finding the perfect song for a party, or finding something that sates multiple personalities, I’ve been able to quickly uncover a pain point and identify a strategic solution.
Constantly stirring the IBP soup pot, I excel at using proven methods to successfully streamline operations (human resources, finance, information technology, administration, facilities, agreements, and sometimes programs – when they let me), increase productivity, and deliver the organization’s mission. I might be a bit assertive and enthusiastic, but with extensive knowledge of process optimization and a strong worth ethic, I bring mindfulness and trust at IBP.
My curiosity also drives me to be a lifelong learner, an invaluable trait in this ever-changing field.
Paolo de Renzio
Senior Research Fellow, Open Budget Initiative
Paolo de Renzio joined the International Budget Partnership in October 2010 as Senior Research Fellow and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research agenda covers a broad range of topics, including budget transparency and accountability, equity and justice in budgeting, taxation and tax expenditures, among others. He also supports the team producing the Open Budget Survey. Prior to joining the IBP, Paolo worked as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute; as an economist and policy advisor in Papua New Guinea’s Ministry of Finance; and as a UNDP public sector specialist, lecturer, and independent consultant in Mozambique. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission, and for a number of bilateral donor agencies and international NGOs. Paolo holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on the impact of donor policies on budget reforms in developing countries. He also holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from ‘Bocconi’ in Milan, Italy.
Patrick Kwabena Stephenson
Senior Program Officer, IBP Ghana
Patrick Stephenson joined IBP in October 2020, as a Senior Program Officer for the IBP Ghana office where he’ll be working closely with agency groups and budget advocacy organizations to build partnerships for making budgets effective for service delivery, while strengthening public financial management systems in Ghana.
Most recently, Patrick was the head of policy research for an Accra based policy think tank, where he worked to hold governments accountable for the design and implementation of credible policies. Prior to that, he was the economic research analyst for First Atlantic Bank, providing market insights to guide the strategic positioning of the Bank in Ghana. Patrick has private consulting experience ranging across 14 African markets on financial and regulatory compliance, market entry strategies, deal structuring and business value propositioning.
Patrick is a Mandela Washington Fellow in Leadership and Civic Engagement, a Bloomberg Media Initiative for Africa fellow for practicing journalists, a DANIDA Fellow on Aid Effectiveness in Africa, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper (Accra Hub), and holds a Master’s Degree in Development Finance and Economics from the University of Ghana.
Phumeza Mlungwana is a Senior Program Officer with International Budget Partnership South Africa. She is the former General Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition and is currently completing an Mphil in Criminology, Law and Society at the University of Cape Town. Phumeza is one of 25 recipients of the OSFSA Commemorative Scholarships and in 2019, completed a writing fellowship with the Social Change Initiative where she co-authored a book called Fragments of Activism. She is most passionate and committed to the advancement of social justice.
Country Manager for India
Pooja joined the International Budget Partnership in 2020 and is based in New Delhi, India. With 18 years of progressive work experience, Pooja has managed initiatives to support policy and advocacy, including Strategic Planning at Tata Trusts. She has worked with Oxfam India where she managed Research and a niche portfolio known as “India and the World” with an aim to influence policy. Pooja led a campaign to influence the Post-2015 Development Agenda (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals) with a national civil society network Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA) from a Southern, rights-based perspective. Formerly, she was associated with Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) where, among other responsibilities, her focus was on budgeting for education and understanding implementation bottlenecks in social sector programs.
Pooja studied at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Delhi School of Economics and has authored publications on financing for education, education policy, and Sustainable Development Goals.
Program Officer, SPARK, India
Priyanka joined the International Budget Partnership in March 2019 as the SPARK Program Officer for India.
Priyanka’s work experience has focused on strengthening governance ecosystems at various levels, and includes working with communities, particularly marginalized women, building local capacities, carrying out policy research, and forging strategic partnerships with key stakeholders across the spectrum.
Prior to joining IBP, Priyanka worked with the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) in New Delhi. Her experience at CBGA includes working as the Coordinator of the People’s Budget Initiative (PBI), a coalition of over 300 civil society organizations engaged in governance and budget related work in India; CBGA serves as its Secretariat. Through PBI, Priyanka worked closely with rights-based campaigns/grassroots movements as well as technical groups. She was also part of the advocacy and communications team at CBGA. Priyanka was also with the National Alliance of Women (NAWO) and worked with several grassroots level women’s rights organizations with a focus on marginalized women’s groups and networks.
Priyanka holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Madras University, India. She is deeply passionate about social justice and human rights with a strong focus on gender.
Director of Country Strategies
Rose Nierras joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in May 2010 as its Director of Operations. In this capacity, she was responsible for strengthening organizational support systems, including the monitoring and evaluation of its work with partners all over the world. In early 2015, Nierras became IBP’s Director of Country Strategies and manages the organization’s country-level engagements with civil society partners and its efforts to strengthen the budget accountability ecosystems in those countries. Nierras brings to IBP extensive experience in developing and strengthening organizational systems and supporting and building civil society organizations after managing different multiyear, multicountry programs on participatory governance. Nierras led Plan International’s youth and governance program out of Plan U.K. and coordinated LogoLink, a global learning network of civil society organizations (CSOs) for participatory local governance. LogoLink originated at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and later moved to the Instituto POLIS in Brazil. Nierras has extensive experience working with both civil society and local governments in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. She holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the U.K. and has extensive experience facilitating organizational development processes for CSOs, international organizations, and donors.
Program Officer, SPARK
Joined the International Budget Partnership as Program Officer of SPARK Project in January 2020, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. But before, I was a researcher for OBS 2017 when I was working in Seknas FITRA. Prior to joining IBP, I worked for CRS (Catholic Relief Service) for three years as senior program officer. My role including manage program activities and budget, ensuring gender and safeguarding are maintreamed and applied in CRS-Indonesia Country Program’s programming and policies, facilitators for CRS’s capacity building program toward its implementing partners. I hold master degree (International Development) from Flinders University, South Australia, and graduated in Dec 2015. My master thesis is about gender responsive budgeting policy in Indonesia
Senior Program Officer
Sally Torbert joined the International Budget Partnership in August 2017 and is based in Washington, D.C. As the Open Budget Initiative Program Officer for Asia, she coordinates and monitors the implementation of the Open Budget Survey, provides technical assistance to civil society partners and governments to promote transparency reforms, and conducts research on budget transparency.
Prior to joining IBP, Sally worked as a public sector and governance specialist with expertise in public financial management, service delivery, social accountability, and capacity building. She has previously held positions with the World Bank, DAI, UNCDF, and UNDP, supporting public finance and governance reforms in Afghanistan, Lao PDR, Nepal, Mozambique, and Timor-Leste. She holds a BA from Princeton University and a Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Program Officer, Strategy and Learning Team
Samir joined the International Budget Partnership in May 2019, having spent almost two decades working in program management, research, policy, and evaluation.
Prior to joining IBP, he spent almost a decade at Mastercard Foundation, where he collaborated with researchers and specialist audiences in a variety of practice areas, including financial inclusion, rural and agricultural development, digital finance, and MSME development. Previously, he worked as a public opinion research consultant for a variety of clients in Canadian federal and provincial government. He spent some time as a touring musician in the early 2000s.
Samir has a Masters of Public Administration from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada’s Carleton Univeristy.
Senior Project Officer, SPARK, Nigeria
Atiku joined the International Budget Partnership as the Senior Project Officer for SPARK in Nigeria. Prior to joining IBP, Atiku was with BudgIT Foundation where he was Head of Research and Lead Policy Analyst. In this role, he coordinated and directed policy work on cost of governance, poverty, housing deficit, budget credibility, inequality, fiscal and monetary policy interaction, and public finance management reforms.
Atiku is the author of numerous publications and technical memos on budgeting in Nigeria. His work cuts across different sub-sectors of the Nigerian economy including health, housing, nutrition, family planning, education, and agriculture. Atiku has also led advocacy initiatives aimed at driving legislative transparency, sub-national transparency, citizen-led social accountability, and fiscal policy reforms. He is part of civil society forums leading discussions and engagement sessions with governments on a series of reform initiatives. His experience includes capacity building of local civil society, journalists, media professionals, and community-based organizations with the overall aim of setting advocacy agendas, driving policy changes, and calling attention to issues of transparency, accountability, and participation in governance. Atiku holds an MRes in Public Administration from the University of Portsmouth, where his studies focused on budgetary changes in developing economies. He is an Alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School and also holds a B.Sc in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Suad joined the International Budget Partnership in May of 2016 and is based in Washington D.C. As a Program Associate with the Open Budget Initiative, Suad is responsible for data collection and review of the Open Budget Survey, and coordinating and providing technical assistance to civil society partners and government through out the survey process. She also assists with other research projects related to budgets and budget transparency.
Prior to joining IBP, Suad worked as a journalist with a news organization in New Delhi assisting with the coverage of political stories. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service.
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Suvarna Hulawale has more than ten years of experience in international development, ranging from grassroots to policy level, focusing on both need-based and human-rights-based approaches in a variety of sectors including health, education, governance, women’s rights, land rights, livelihood, and gender-based violence.
Suvarna’s areas of expertise include monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, program development, and capacity building. She has a post-graduate degree in social work and has previously worked as mentor with Action Aid International in Zamibia and Sierra Leone, VSO in Ethiopia, and as a consultant with The World Bank and UNICEF. Suvarna joined IBP in November 2015 as a consultant and became a full staff member in July 2015. She is currently based in Washington, DC.
Sylvester V. McIntosh, II
Senior Finance and Accounting Officer
Sylvester V. McIntosh, II joined the International Budget Partnership’s finance team in August 2014. In his position he is responsible for regularly reporting on accounting processes, including all types of reconciliations, financial statements, funder reports, as well as reviewing and verifying all financial transactions for final approval. Prior to joining IBP, Sylvester was a senior auditor at a CPA firm in Washington, D.C. and a CPA firm in Boston, MA. Sylvester also comes from an athletic background, having played professional basketball in Europe for several years. He is currently preparing to pass the CPA exam and plans to pursue an MBA with a focus in finance.
Partnership Development Coordinator
Thando Mhlanga joined the International Budget Partnership South Africa in 2019 as the Coordinator of the Social Audit Network (SAN). The SAN, hosted by IBPSA, is a network of civil society organisations and communities that conduct social audits across South Africa. Thando has been involved in several social audits and have trained close to 200 community members, paralegals, and organisations conducting social audits and has contributed to the strategic growth of the SAN.
Thando spent 2015 and early 2016 interning at the Republic of South Africa Presidency in the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluations in the Evaluations and Research Unit. While interning she was involved in the first stages of the Human Settlements Evidence Map and the first stages of the Impact Evaluation of the Land Restitution Programme for the Department of Human Settlements. She has a degree in Development Studies and a degree in Audiovisual Communications from the University of Johannesburg.
Senior Administrator for Grants and Contracts Management
Tom Zanol has primary responsibility for coordinating IBP’s compliance with the contractual terms of donor grants received, and for managing the administrative processes for IBP’s grant-making to international partners, as well as for IBP’s contracting with external consultants and researchers. He joined IBP in 2004, first as Program Coordinator for the Civil Society Budget Initiative (CSBI), and subsequently for the Partnership Initiative (PI); two successive IBP initiatives that provided financial and technical assistance to build the capacity of civil society organizations to engage in applied budget work in low-income countries around the world. Previously, he spent several years in the Legislative Affairs Department of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), supporting policy and advocacy initiatives to benefit low-income populations in the United States.
Tonika R. Jackson
Finance & Payroll Officer
Tonika R. Jackson joined the International Budget Partnership in January 2018. She has been a Payroll/Accounts Payable accountant for over 17 years and is passionate about her work. Tonika is happily married with two children and loves traveling with her family.
Senior Advocacy Officer
Tracy is a Senior Advocacy Officer at International Budget Partnership South Africa. She joined the team in May 2019. Her previous experience includes managing research and policy in human settlements at the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. Prior to that she worked at PDG, a firm consulting on development and public management in South Africa, where she served as a director. Tracy has a Masters in Public Policy and an undergrad in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, both from the University of Cape Town.
Trisha Viecco Carrillo joined IBP in August 2011. As Events Coordinator for IBP she plans and executes local and international events ranging in size from small round-table discussions to large-scale, multi-day conferences. Trisha has worked in the events field since starting her career in 2004. Before joining IBP she held positions at the Institute of International Finance, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the IMF. Trisha holds an BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and an MTA in Event Management from George Washington University.
Virginia Stettinius McMullan
Director of Operations
Virginia Stettinius McMullan joined IBP as its Director of Operations in September 2015. Based in the Washington, DC office, Virginia is responsible for the wide array of functions related to the organization’s infrastructure and operations as well as ensuring effective management and operations throughout the organization. Functions include human resources, finance, information technology, administration, facilities, grants and contracts, and institutional compliance. Key responsibilities include organizational planning and management, internal communications, and efficient operational delivery for the organization’s mission. Virginia has worked with a passion for operations in the international development NGO sector her entire career. Prior to joining IBP, she held positions at Rainforest Alliance, PACT, World Wildlife Fund, Operations Crossroads Africa, and Search for Common Ground. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Colby College and an Executive MBA from Georgetown University.
Senior Director of Policy
Vivek Ramkumar joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in 2005 and currently is Senior Director of Policy. In this capacity, he oversees IBP’s research and advocacy efforts to expand the adoption of transparent and accountable budget systems around the world. As Senior Director, Vivek stands-in for the Executive Director, as requested. Vivek previously worked with the MKSS – an organization that pioneered the Right to Information movement in India. He also worked with a Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization called SPARC, which is part of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International. Vivek is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an MA from the London School of Economics.
Warren Krafchik is the Executive Director of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), where for 20 years he has led IBP’s work to support and collaborate with civil society organizations in Africa, Latin America and Asia to ensure governments are held accountable as stewards of public resources. IBP works with independent organizations in over 120 countries by providing financial assistance, training and technical support and designing collaborative research and networking programs.
In addition to directing IBP, Krafchik is a co-founder and steering committee member of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, and he was a founding co-chair of the Open Government Partnership.
Krafchik joined the IBP in 2001 after nine years at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), where he founded the Budget Information Service (BIS). Idasa’s BIS was one of the first organizations in developing countries to pioneer a role for civil society organizations in budget processes, and its work and methods have been adapted by civil society and governments around the world. Krafchik serves on the board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and was a founding board member of the Impumelelo Innovations Program and Topsy AIDS Foundation.
Krafchik is the author of numerous publications and a frequent speaker on fiscal processes, equity and accountability. He received a Masters in Economics from the University of Cape Town.
Country Manager for Indonesia
Yuna joined IBP as Country Manager for Indonesia in February 2019, coming from the Office of the President of Indonesia where he served under the Special Presidential Staff as Budget Specialist. Between 2008 and 2013, Yuna was the Secretary General of the Indonesia Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA), where he provided strategic leadership and direction to the consortium of civil society organizations’ engagements in budget processes. Under his leadership, FITRA started making budget analysis an integral part of more sector specific advocacy work (e.g., HIV-AIDS, MDGs, health, poverty, education, and the like), and established a budget resource center to support civil society and other community groups undertake stronger budget analysis for advocacy. After his stint at FITRA, Yuna started his PhD at the University of Sydney, which he successfully completed in 2018.