RWI Staff Bios

Daniel KaufmannDaniel Kaufmann
President

Daniel Kaufmann is President of the Revenue Watch Institute. An economist, he has pioneered innovative approaches to measure and analyze governance and corruption, and has deep practical experience in helping countries formulate and carry out governance reforms. His research has extended to economic development, investment, privatization and urban and labor economics.

Kaufmann served as a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He previously served as a director of the World Bank Institute. He held senior management positions focused on governance, finance and anti-corruption, and was lead economist is the World Bank’s research department. He was first Chief of Mission of the World Bank to Ukraine, worked on capacity building in Latin America and on economic reforms in Africa.

Kaufmann, a Chilean, received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has authored hundreds of scholarly articles, presentations and policy briefs on governance, corruption, trade, labor and economic reform.

His blog on governance is at www.thekaufmannpost.net and he tweets @kaufpost.

Suneeta KaimalSuneeta Kaimal
Deputy Director

Suneeta is responsible for overseeing strategic planning and institutional growth and development. She ensures regional and country level engagements in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa, as well as global work of the Capacity Development, Data and Analysis, Governance, and Legal and Economic Programs align with and further the organization’s mission. In addition, Suneeta oversees grant-making and communications. Suneeta is a civil society co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, working to advance transparency, accountability and citizen participation globally. She also is a member of the Global Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay, helping to bolster the civil society movement on natural resource governance.

Previously, Suneeta founded the New York office of the International Association for Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR), the NGO arm of a research program at Harvard University. She led the development of a project to support the UN Peacebuilding Commission, directed research on security management, and served as the New York representative. Suneeta also worked in the Legal and Policy Office of Human Rights Watch and has held various consultancies with the UN, international and local civil society organizations, working with populations of resettled refugees and survivors of human trafficking.

Suneeta holds a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where she was a Hart Leadership Fellow.

Though born in Louisiana, after more than a decade braving the city, she may soon be approaching New Yorker status.

Lucy Berkowitz
Chief Financial Officer

Morgan MandevilleMorgan Mandeville
Director of Finance and Administration

Prior to joining Revenue Watch Morgan worked for the Open Society Institute, where she assisted with strategy and operations for Soros Foundations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Mongolia. Morgan has held internships with the Russian government’s Department for Foreign Economic and International Relations and with New York State’s Department for Economic Development.

She has been a member of the core Revenue Watch Team since 2004, most recently as a Program Officer managing grant operations and legal compliance, supporting strategic planning and policy development, and assisting with budget planning and oversight. She has also served as Regional Advisor to RWI on the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Morgan graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She occasionally attempts to speak Russian, but very few people reportedly understand what she is saying.

Yusser Al-Gayed
Middle East North Africa Head of Country Programs

Yulie Ardiyanti
Asia-Pacific Finance Associate

Before joining Revenue Watch Institute's IKAT Project, Yulie served as finance director at PT Explorer Indonesia. She was previously a research assistant for JICA’s Jakarta Credit Scale Project, Executive Secretary for the local NGO the Telapak Foundation and research assistant at the Asian Japan Development Fund. Yulie has a degree in Finance. Yulie's administrative oversight can be determined, almost terrifying. But just offer her a traditional Sudanese dish, and she shall be beaming instantly.

Roslita ArsyadRoslita Arsyad
Asia-Pacific Regional Associate

Roslita's involvement with extractive issues began when she joined the World Bank Group Extractive Industries Review project in 2002. Her prior work concentrated on urban open space, natural tourism and ecotourism planning. She has been involved in joint projects between Bogor Agricultural University's Research Institute and major cities in Indonesia.

Roslita joined RWI in September 2007, supporting the Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator in establishing Publish What You Pay Indonesia. Since 2008, she has supported the Regional Coordinator in monitoring grants and project oversight, as well as managing and coordinating the regional office.

Roslita has Master's degrees in Landscape Architecture from Bogor Agricultural University-Indonesia and Leisure Tourism and Environment from Wageningen University-the Netherlands. She has recently become the mother of twin boys.

Fidan Bagirova Fidan Bagirova
Azerbaijan Country Coordinator

Before joining the Revenue Watch Institute in 2013, Fidan held several positions at the Open Society Institute in Azerbaijan. Beginning in 2006, these included national budget group coordinator, program director for transparency of oil revenues, public finance program director, and finally deputy director. In those roles she interacted with RWI on several projects involving revenue transparency. Prior to joining the civil society sector Fidan worked at a private bank as an internal auditor.

In her current position, Fidan is involved in strategy development, project management, advocacy, and day-to-day contact with grantees in Azerbaijan.

Fidan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and credit from State Economic University. She speaks English, Russian and Turkish.

Lee BaileyLee Bailey
Director of Communications

Lee Bailey has previously worked in communications for the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, and a public health technology company. Before working in international development, he was a business journalist with Condé Nast Publications in New York City and a management consultant with a Boston firm specializing in negotiation and alliance strategy.

A native of Texas, Lee holds a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Andrew BauerAndrew Bauer
Economic Analyst

Andrew is an economic analyst at the Revenue Watch Institute. Prior to joining, he served on Canada's G7/8 and G-20 teams as an international economist at the Department of Finance, where he provided economic policy advice and participated in the planning and execution of the G8 and G-20 Summits as well as preparatory finance ministerials during Canada's host year. He has held positions in government, nonprofits and the private sector, having worked for Debt Relief International, UNICEF-Canada, Transparency International-Kenya, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ-Ghana), among others.

At Revenue Watch, Andrew focuses on economic technical assistance and research to improve natural resource revenue management. His work includes advising governments and civil society on macroeconomic management, governance and accountability mechanisms, and local content in the extractives.

Andrew holds an M.Sc. in Economics for Development from Oxford University, where he won a thesis distinction for his work on the monetary transmission mechanism in Tanzania. He also received a B.A. in Economics and International Development Studies from McGill University. Never at rest, Andrew still likes to go home for a regular dose of Montreal bagels and to cheer on the Canadiens.

Emanuel BriaEmanuel Bria
Asia-Pacific Senior Regional Associate

Before joining Revenue Watch Institute Emanuel served as the Regional Program Manager on Governance for Southeast Asia with CAFOD, where he led the overall development and implementation of CAFOD’s regional governance program, ensuring that advocacy strategies fed into and were informed by global policy advancements, providing technical advice on regional and country strategies and identifying emerging policy issues and trends. His most recent former posts included a fellowship on global governance and climate policy at Freidrich Ebert Stiftung, Program Advisor and Coordinator for the European Commission Program of the Luta Hamutuk Institute in Timor Leste, where he provided technical advice, produced policy briefs and delivered trainings related to oil and gas revenues and budget transparency. His prior work experience with Habitat for Humanity in Indonesia and Timor Leste included specific work on planning, design, monitoring and evaluation. Before that he undertook socioeconomic impact assessments on communities affected by Asian Development Bank funded projects in Indonesia.

Emanuel joined RWI in October 2013 to specifically oversee the development of our Asia pacific Regional Training Hub, our partnership with the Indonesia Parliamentary Center to support national advocacy and regional training to advance good governance in the extractives, and our partnership with the Institute for Essential Services Reform on our ASEAN regional advocacy.

Emanuel holds a bachelor’s degree from the Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, Indonesia and has taken post graduate courses on leadership and strategic management at Cornell University. He is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and Tetun, and also speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Khmer.

Femke BrouwerFemke Brouwer
Parliamentary Capacity Development Program Officer

In her role as parliamentary program officer, Femke will support the establishment and management of existing and new parliamentary capacity development projects, including the design and delivery of courses and other knowledge services to parliaments. Additionally, she will help RWI regional offices expand and systematize RWI's approach to building the capacity of parliaments.

Previously, Femke worked as program manager at the Association for European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA). She was responsible for the overall management of a parliamentary capacity building programme aimed at strengthening African regional parliaments towards achieving the MDGs. She led capacity-building activities for MPs and parliamentary staff on issues such as poverty reduction, agriculture, natural resources and climate change. Prior to this, Femke was the reporting, monitoring and evaluation officer for American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), based in the Palestinian territories. She also worked as a policy officer at the European Parliament in Brussels, where she gained in-depth experience with legislative processes, budgetary oversight and political strategizing.

Femke holds a Master and Bachelor's degree in international and European law from the University of Groningen and a Postgraduate Diploma on Governance, Democratization and Public Policy from the International Institute for Social Studies in the Netherlands. She is a Dutch native speaker and also fluent in French. In her spare time, Femke enjoys yoga, sailing and tango dancing.

Julien Coursen
Middle East North Africa Capacity Building Officer

Jim Cust
Head of Data and Analysis

Jim served as Lead and founding staff member of the Natural Resource Charter, prior to its merger with the Revenue Watch Institute. Before joining RWI he was based at the University of Oxford and continues to be a member of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre), where he is completing his doctorate. Jim’s research investigates the interactions between natural resource exploration, extraction, governance and economic performance in resource-rich developing countries. He has been published in various books and journals, including Energy Economics.

As Head of Data and Analysis, Jim oversees the Resource Governance Index and provides strategic leadership for the Natural Resource Charter and its associated activities. The data and analysis team is responsible for the development of various data tools and knowledge products to support the work of the organization.

Jim holds an MSc in economics for development from the University of Oxford, and an MA in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Helen Dempsey
Capacity Development Program Associate

Galib EfendievGalib Efendiev
Eurasia Regional Coordinator

Before joining RWI, Galib worked at the Open Society Institute - Assistance, as director of the Transparency of Oil Revenues and Public Finance (TORPF) program and as head of the grants department. He joined OSI in Azerbaijan at its founding in 1996, helping to manage OSI's first programs in Azerbaijan and serving as Deputy Director for several years. The TORPF program continues to collaborate with RWI as a leader facilitating civil society involvement with the EITI implementation in Azerbaijan, NGO efforts for budget and expenditure transparency, and monitoring of oil industry and IFI activities, among other projects.

As RWI's Central Asia/Caucasus Regional Coordinator, Galib provides guidance to consolidate local monitoring activities and helps to manage local research, monitoring, advocacy and technical assistance. Priority countries include Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, with smaller-scale activities in Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic and Ukraine.

He holds a BS from Rutgers University, with majors on Finance and Management and Eastern European Studies, and speaks Russian and Turkish. Galib is married and has three sons.

Kofi FrempongKofi Frempong
Finance Associate

Prior to working for Revenue Watch Institute, Kofi worked with the Bank of New York Mellon as an Accounting and Reporting Specialist and Senior Specialist for nearly three years, he also worked as a Junior Accountant for McGuires Service Corporation.

Kofi holds a BA in Management and Psychology from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from Suffolk University (Boston). Kofi likes travelling, playing and watching soccer and solving puzzles.

Dauda GarubaDauda Garuba
Nigeria Program Coordinator

Dauda has extensive experience working on the question of oil and the Niger Delta and is currently completing a doctoral thesis on the subject. Prior to joining Revenue Watch, he served as Senior Programme Officer in Governance, Security and Development at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD). He represented CDD on the Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay Nigeria and was also National Civil Society representative on the Monitoring and Evaluation Team focusing on Millennium Development Goals' project in Nigeria.

At Revenue Watch, he has spearheaded the implementation of the Bayelsa Expenditure and Income Transparency Initiative (BEITI), a state-led effort developed with RWI to open up the books of oil-rich Bayelsa State to the highest levels of scrutiny and help establish the state as Nigeria’s most transparent sub-national government. He also works to ensure regular outreach to civil society on the evolution of BEITI and broader RWI efforts in Niger Delta.

Dauda is co-author of two books: Democracy, Oil and Politics in the Niger Delta: Linking Citizens' Perception with Policy Reform (2007) and Governance and Institution Building in Nigeria: A Case of the Independent National Electoral Commission - INEC (2008 & 2010). He is a Harry Frank Guggenheim/African Association of Political Science Young Scholar and Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva) Young Scholar.

Max-George Wagner Max George-Wagner
Governance Program Associate

Max George-Wagner is Governance Program Associate at Revenue Watch. Since joining Revenue Watch Institute Max has worked on the development of the Country Prioritization Framework, an indicator based tool to inform the selection of countries where RWI focuses its efforts. Max also provides support to the Natural Resource Charter benchmarking exercises and coordinating Revenue Watch's technical assistance and outreach activities promoting the uptake of the new EITI standard.

Prior to joining the Revenue Watch Institute Max worked at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and at the GIZ natural resource governance program in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Max holds a BSc in International Relations from Southampton University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He speaks English, German and Greek.

Alex GilliesAlexandra Gillies
Head of Governance

Alexandra Gillies is a specialist on natural resource governance and transparency. Her recent work has focused on the political economy of oil, extractive sector transparency standards including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the governance challenges associated with national oil companies and commodity trading, and the Nigerian oil sector. She has authored academic articles on these topics, and co-edited the volume Smart Aid for African Development (2009: Lynne Reiner).

Alexandra holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where her research addressed the political economy of oil sector policymaking in Nigeria. She spent 2008 in Nigeria as a Fulbright Fellow. Prior to joining Revenue Watch, she consulted for organizations including World Bank, DFID, USAID and several political risk firms, and served as Assistant Director for the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. Alexandra also holds degrees from the University of Ghana and Emory University.

At Revenue Watch, Alexandra directs programs that promote the uptake of good governance and transparency standards in resource rich countries worldwide.

Laury Haytayan
Middle East North Africa Senior Regional Associate

For the past two years, Laury had been executive director of the Beirut-based Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption (ARPAC), where she worked with parliamentarians and civil society groups to strengthen legislators' oversight and legislative capacities. Recently, Laury was invited by the Carter Center to help monitor the first Tunisian elections after the fall of Ben Ali. Prior to working with ARPAC, she was in charge of regional grass root projects in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia focused on promoting the role of women in development and policy making. She also worked as grant manager, advocacy specialist and trainer for several international NGOs, including International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), ACDI/VOCA and Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA), focusing mainly on civil society democracy campaigns in Lebanon and Iraq.

As RWI's MENA Senior Regional Associate based in Beirut, Lebanon, Laury will assist with strategic planning, project management and capacity building and lead both regional parliamentary projects and the development of a MENA extractive industries knowledge hub.

Laury holds a Masters in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter in the UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the Lebanese American University. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Armenian.

Patrick HellerPatrick Heller
Head of Legal and Economic

Patrick has worked on governance and anti-corruption initiatives in the developing world for more than ten years, for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He is a Research Affiliate with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, where he focuses on the political economy of National Oil Companies, with special attention to Angola and Nigeria.

At Revenue Watch, Patrick focuses on governance and oversight of oil sectors, legislative and contract reform, transparency, and the promotion of government-citizen dialogue. He is working closely with partners from the African Center for Economic Transformation and the Norwegian government’s Oil for Development program to develop a technical assistance program based in Accra that will help African governments manage their extractive resources more effectively.

He holds a law degree from Stanford University and a master’s in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Alonso HidalgoAlonso Hidalgo
Information and Communications Assistant

Before Revenue Watch, Alonso has been involved in diverse research projects with institutions such as the Spanish cooperation for Development Agency, Peruvian NGO Desco and Canadian Cooperation Agency IDRC. In these work experience he has been in close contact with government officials, municipal workers and grassroot organizations dealing with issues such as reconstruction of historic neighborhoods, solid waste management and participatory budgeting. Since 2012, Alonso has been working in a joint project between Desco and the US Department of Labor on the eradication of child labor and has been in charge of mapping relevant actors in the four regions of intervention.

One of his personal areas of interest is the issue of freedom of information and the internet. He has published a series of three articles on the SOPA bill, social networks, politics and activism.

Now he’s in charge of RWI’s Latin America Regional office communications, publishing the daily information reports and monthly analysis. He also is continuously working on increasing RWI’s visibility in Latin America and contributing with information and analysis to regional and global research projects.

Alonso holds a degree in Anthropology from San Marcos University in Lima where he courrently is assistant professor in Anthropology of Development. He's also fluent in French, English and Spanish and has an identical twin brother which has led him to many funny but confusing situations.

Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko
Ghana Office Manager

Before becoming office manager of the Revenue Watch Institute’s Ghana office, Rushaiya worked as the research and administrative intern. She now oversees administration and human resources in the office and liaises with accounting on financial management.

Rushaiya earned a bachelor’s degree in French and political science from the University of Ghana. She speaks English and French and loves reading, traveling and learning new languages.

John Illankovan John Illankovan
Finance Administrator - United Kingdom

John joins RWI-NRC with extensive financial management experience spanning over 20 years in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining Revenue Watch, John worked for Saferworld, an international development organisation where he managed the finance department. He also holds another part-time post as Head of Finance at the Spinal Injuries Association which is a UK national charitable organisation. John holds UK accountancy qualification MAAT.

John was born and grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He moved to the UK when the late Lady Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister. He is married and has two boys.

Patricia KaramPatricia Karam
Middle East and North Africa Regional Coordinator

Patricia Karam was most recently Deputy Director of the Policymakers and Civil Society Unit at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), where she designed, implemented and managed capacity building initiatives, including ICTJ's flagship fellowship program. Prior to joining ICTJ, she served as Senior Grants Officer at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), managing a portfolio of projects to promote conflict prevention and peace-building in Iraq and Colombia. Previously, she was Programs and Development Officer at the Iraq Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a consultant on social justice activism for the Environmental Background Information Center in New York City.

As Middle East and North Africa Coordinator at RWI, Patricia leads on local research, advocacy and capacity-building. She conducts and facilitates technical assistance, training and networking for civil society members, media and parliamentarians in the MENA region.

Patricia holds an MSFS degree and a certificate in Arab studies from Georgetown University. Her PhD research at New York University has revolved around identity politics and indigenous people’s rights in the Western Sahara.

Ruya KomanRuya Koman
Grants Coordinator

From 2006 to 2009, Ruya served as Program Associate for the Baltic-American Partnership Fund, established by the Open Society Institute and USAID to ensure the continued development of democratic institutions and market economies in the Baltic States. Working with the executive director, Ruya oversaw all grants contracts and payments, evaluated grantee reports and created the annual report and ongoing communications until the closing of the program in 2009. Ruya previously served as project assistant to two winning projects of the European Commission in Ankara, and held internships with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, the Deutsche Welle Radio and TV Network in Cologne, Germany, UNHCR in Turkey and the Turkish Ministry of Finance. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from Ankara University. Ruya speaks German and Turkish, as well as some beginner Farsi, and enjoys yoga, singing and dancing.

Katarina KuaiKatarina Kuai
Capacity Building Program Officer

Before Revenue Watch, Katarina worked at the United Nations in New York as well as on field missions in Afghanistan and Indonesia. While at the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights she worked on an inter-agency initiative to promote rights-based approaches in the U.N.'s approach to development, peace and security. She has also worked for UNDP, conducting policy research and managing projects in various areas including South-South cooperation, civil society partnerships and indigenous peoples' issues.

As program officer, Katarina's focus is on training and capacity development in downstream phases of the extractive sector value chain including revenue management and economic diversification. She is leading RWI's work in Afghanistan and has a special interest in conflict-resource linkages, China-Africa relations and Chinese NOC engagement in extractive sector governance. In addition, Katarina oversees the development of RWI training modules and the management of fellowships.

She holds a Masters in International Relations with a certificate in International Security Studies from Yale University and a BA from New School University in political philosophy. A native of Beijing and New York City, she currently resides in Brooklyn with an octogenarian Jack Russell Terrier.

Emmanuel KuyoleEmmanuel Kuyole
Africa Regional Coordinator

Emmanuel previously worked as Programme Officer with Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI), a global tripartite initiative launched in 1997 involving the World Bank, selected governments and civil society to review the impact of structural adjustment lending and policy advice in selected countries. The exercise was also aimed at ascertaining how the participation of local, broad-based civil society can improve economic policy-making.

He was also head of programmes (2005-2008) for the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), a regional research and advocacy organization based in Ghana. Emmanuel is an active member of several campaigns including Ghana Publish What You Pay (PWYP) and he served on the Ghana EITI Multi-Stakeholder Committee from 2004-2008. His major advocacy interest and focus is in promoting accountability and equity in the use of public resources, including those of extractive sector. Emmanuel holds a Masters Degree in governance and leadership and has over 10 years' experience working with civil society as a passionate advocate for equality and social justice.

Emmanuel joined RWI in February 2008 and is currently responsible for strategic leadership, management and coordination with respect to the Africa portfolio and the Ghana regional office. RWI is currently supporting projects in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Liberia, Mozambique, Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire, with several others under consideration.

Thomas LassourdThomas Lassourd
Economic Analyst

Thomas Lassourd is an economic analyst at the Revenue Watch Institute. He led RWI’s technical assistance project in Conakry, Guinea between 2011 and 2013, advising the government on mining sector fiscal regimes, legislative reforms and a transparent process to review contracts signed under previous regimes. He also developed financial modeling tools, including integrated mines-transport infrastructure, for iron ore and bauxite mines. At RWI, Thomas now focuses on economic technical assistance and research, including advising governments and civil society on assessing fiscal and revenue management policies for oil, gas and mineral resources.

Prior to joining Revenue Watch, Thomas took part in the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme as a government economist in the poverty reduction strategy unit of the Republic of Burundi, where he developed analyses on macroeconomic and public financial management issues. He also worked for the Belgian Technical Cooperation on tax administration reforms in Mozambique.

Thomas holds a masters of science in management from HEC Paris, and a masters in economics with a major in public and development economics from the Paris School of Economics. He speaks French, English and Portuguese.

Bremen Leak Bremen Leak
Communications Officer

Bremen joined RWI-NRC with many years of strategic communications experience. He previously worked for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs on a Gates-funded public health campaign, for which he traveled extensively in Africa. Prior to that, he wrote for BusinessWeek, covering economics and corporate social responsibility from New York. Born in Missouri, Bremen has also lived in West Africa and Russia. He earned his BA in journalism from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Marie LintzerMarie Lintzer
Governance Policy Analyst

Marie is a Governance Policy Analyst at Revenue Watch. She co-authored the 2013 Resource Governance Index (http://www.revenuewatch.org/rgi), a measure of transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining sector of 58 countries. She also leads the dissemination and advocacy of the Index. Prior to joining RWI she worked for two years as a consultant in London, focusing on the natural resources sector, advising donors and mining companies on issues related to conflict minerals, artisanal mining and compliance with mining regulations, among other subjects. She has published articles related to these topics and has traveled extensively in Central Africa. Marie holds a law degree from the University of Paris II and Oxford as well as an MSc. in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics.

George W. LugalambiGeorge W. Lugalambi
Media Capacity Development Program Officer

George W. Lugalambi is RWI's Media Capacity Development Program Officer, based in Kampala, Uganda. Before joining Revenue Watch in June 2011, George was chair of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University in Uganda, where he spent his academic career.

In addition to his academic and research interests, George worked as a newspaper journalist, editor and columnist and as a consultant on media and communication. His research and published work has focused on Africa with attention to democratization and public deliberation, media systems, press freedom, media literacy, peace building and conflict resolution, formative and ongoing professional journalism training and the social dimension of Information and Communication Technologies. He is engaged with the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change in Austria and has been on its faculty. He has completed various media and communication projects for the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO, DANIDA, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, USAID, SIDA and the government of Uganda.

George holds a PhD in mass communications from Pennsylvania State University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. He previously graduated from the University of Leicester in England under the UK Commonwealth Scholarship program and from Makerere University in Uganda. George is a regular commentator in the media on public affairs. He is also active in networks advocating for media development, journalism training and freedom of expression.

Ko Ko LwinKo Ko Lwin
Myanmar Associate

Before joining the Revenue Watch Institute, Ko Ko Lwin served as a program officer for the Myanmar-based Sustainable Development Knowledge Network, or Spectrum, working broadly on transparency and accountability matters at the national and regional level. Since 2012, he has supported civil society preparations around EITI, and he served as a member of the country’s first EITI multi-stakeholder group in early 2014.

Based in Yangon, Ko Ko supports the RWI-NRC program manager in Myanmar, monitoring developments in extractive industry governance in the region. He is also responsible for coordinating activities that build capacity and partnerships among civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

Ko Ko graduated from the Magway University of Technology in Myanmar with a degree in civil engineering. He also studied environmental sustainability and geographic information systems as a visiting scholar at Hosei University in Japan and PAFID in the Philippines.

David Manley David Manley
Economic Analyst

David works on strategy, data analysis and research across the decision chain of extractive industry management. He produced the second edition of the Natural Resource Charter (NRC) and the NRC Framework, a strategy analysis tool to enable government to make and implement better policy decisions. David teaches on extractive resource issues to government executives, civil society and other international development professionals. In addition, he works on issues of information management and data analytics.

Prior to joining RWI-NRC, David was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and Senior Economist in the Zambia Revenue Authority, focused on mining tax policy and administration. He led the Authority’s work on the tax modelling of mining companies, established a management information system used by the Authority and produced research and policy guidance on mineral tax policy. David previously worked for Oxford Economic Research Associates specialising in financial regulation and utility finance.

He holds a M.Sc. Economics from the London School and Economics, and a first class B.A. Economics and Economic History.

Mervat Mhani
Libya Program Officer

David Mihalyi David Mihalyi
Research Analyst

David has been working as an economist for four years in the Hungarian, British and Sierra Leonean Governments. His main areas of work have been fiscal policy, public financial management, macroeconomics and taxation.

Prior to joining the Data and Analysis Team at RWI, David completed the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme as an Economist in the Budget Bureau of the Ministry of Finance - Sierra Leone. His two years in Freetown coincided with a mining boom in the country, hence his work focused on the impact of the extractive sector on the economy and public finances. Previously David was based at the Hungarian Central Bank and the Office of the Fiscal Council in Hungary. In both roles he focused on fiscal forecasting and evaluating budget sustainability.

He holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham and from the Corvinus University of Budapest. David speaks fluent French, English and Hungarian.

Carlos MongeCarlos Monge
Latin America Regional Coordinator

From 2002 to 2005, Carlos was Head of Citizen Monitoring and Promotion of Participation and then Head of Communications for Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana (GPC), an institution dedicated to promoting decentralization as a participative process. He is the author of several publications on issues related to rural development, social movements, decentralization, citizen participation and conflicts generated by extractive industries.

In addition to serving as RWI Regional Coordinator for Latin America, he is also a Senior Researcher for the Peru's Center for the Study and Promotion of Development, DESCO. He works on extractive sector transparency issues with numerous civil society organizations and has been a member of the international board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Carlos holds a degree in Anthropology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Ph.D. in History from the University of Miami.

Angela MugoreAngela Mugore
Senior Capacity Development Program Officer

Angela has worked in NGO Training, Capacity Development and Organisation Development Practice for 13 years, starting her career as regional projects coordinator with Evard with sector responsibilities in disaster management, policy analysis and advocacy. From there, Angela worked as an Organization Development (OD) Practitioner with Concern Universal, executing OD and change management interventions for NGOs in the region with funding from DfID and technical support from INTRAC.

Angela moved to the United Kingdom in 2001, to work with Freedom Centre International as project manager/process consultant to help establish their educational arm. In 2006, she became a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Capacity Building/Technical Advisor with Tearfund, with responsibility for building the capacity of NGO partners in India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Malawi.

Angela joined RWI in 2008. She leads the strategy and implementation of the Regional Hub mechanism, and also maintains a focus on global capacity development.

Angela holds a Bsc in Industrial Psychology and Organization Development from the University of Malawi, and an MBA from the University of Leicester with Finance and Management majors. She has 2 children who keep her on toes. She loves to socialize and entertain friends whenever she has the chance.

Dorjdari Namkhaijantsan Dorjdari Namkhaijantsan
Mongolia Country Coordinator

Prior to joining RWI, Dorjdari worked for 11 years at Open Society Forum Mongolia, where he led campaigns for improved extractives governance including EITI, transparency of government budgets, and accountability of the government. He has been a member of the EITI Board and the EITI Multi-stakeholder National Council. Dorjdari advised the Government of Mongolia on mining contracts transparency, analysis, and negotiation. Prior to working at Open Society Forum, he worked for rural development initiative in the Gobi region of Mongolia.

At RWI his focus is on building capacity of parliamentarians, government institutions and civil society in Mongolia with regard to the more effective management of the extractives.

He holds a master’s degree in economics from Central European University and an undergraduate degree in financial management from Mongolian Science and Technology University.

Melissa Nibungco
Development Officer

Melissa Nibungco was most recently Senior Manager, Grants Program, at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ), a not-for-profit community hospital. Under her leadership, NYHQ’s Grants Program secured external funding for a wide range of innovative health programs and services. Prior to NYHQ, Melissa spent over three years at the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Inc. (APICHA) as the organization’s principal writer and was responsible for all grant applications, reports, presentations and health care policy position papers.

At Revenue Watch, Melissa works closely with other RWI colleagues to coordinate and oversee grant proposal development and reporting.

Melissa holds an M.A. in Medical Anthropology with distinction from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Anthropology and Biology from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. Her PhD research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of International Education - Fulbright Program, focused on how gender intersects with the lived experience of disease (tuberculosis) in the Philippines. Melissa devotes most of her free time thinking about food and baking bread, pastries and cakes.

Sandra Nichols
Project Coordinator – Guinea Mining Sector Technical Assistance

Sandra coordinates mining sector technical assistance in Guinea for the Revenue Watch Institute. She is an attorney with over ten years’ experience in natural resource governance, institutional and individual capacity building, and community resource rights.

Sandra came to Revenue Watch from the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) where she worked on participatory management, accountability, and enforcement in a number of sectors including forest and marine management, protected areas, land rights, pollution control, and climate adaptation in the U.S., Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She co-directed ELI’s Africa program and was deputy director of its pioneering judicial training program. Previously, Sandra represented citizens’ groups on environmental issues with WildLaw in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2012 she served as an advisor to the Liberian minister of justice.

Sandra’s recent research has focused on the role of natural resources in post-conflict peacebuilding. Sandra has been an adjunct professor at American University and Troy University, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Côte d’Ivoire from 1998 to 2000.

Emmanuel NiinaEmmanuel Niina
Ghana Office Accountant

Niina joined RWI in October 2010 as accountant for the Africa regional office in Accra, Ghana. Niina previously worked for the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) as a national service person; as the finance and administrative officer for Northern Sector Action on Awareness Sector (NORSAAC); then as the regional accountant for the Carter Center in Ghana. As accountant, Niina is in charge all financial issues of the Accra office.

Niina holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in accounting from Tamale Polytechnic, and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Coast-Ghana. Niina is easy-going with an interest in doing many calculations of figures and in seeing new environments.


Silas Olan'gSilas Olan'g
Africa Senior Regional Associate

Prior to joining RWI in 2009, Silas spent three years leading Oxfam International's advocacy and knowledge sharing initiative in Tanzania. He has also served as capacity building advisor with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), head of the planning department for the Ngara District Council in northwest Tanzania, and manager of the European Development Fund-Micro Project Program in the Lake Victoria region.

Silas holds an Advanced Diploma in Economic Planning from Institute of Development Management Mzumbe in Tanzania, where he has lectured on economic planning, and an MSc. in Agricultural Development and Rural Finance from the Development and Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford (UK).

"I am married to sweet Marty and father to four teenagers. Being the last born of a former gold mine worker, working for RWI takes me back home, not only to my birth place, but to the chance to promote mining for national development, prosperity and global economic justice!"

Emil OmarovEmil Omarov
Eurasia Regional Associate

Prior to joining RWI, Emil was coordinator of the National Budget Group Coalition (NBG) and head of the "Access to Public Information" project at the Open Society Institute in Azerbaijan. As coordinator of NBG from 2008-2010, Emil's main responsibilities included advocacy, public relations and fundraising. He also prepared several reports on information accessibility in Azerbaijan and other countries in the region working on the "Access to Public Information" project during the same time.

As Regional Associate at RWI, Emil supports the regional coordinator of Central Asia and the Caucasus in managing regional projects, assisting with the development of regional priorities and strategies, supportting the design and implementation of grant and program monitoring and evaluation, and compiling and synthesizing news and information on extractive activities in the region.

Emil holds a BA from Azerbaijan University in International Relations. Emil speaks Russian, German and Turkish, as well as some Arabic.

Fernando PatzyFernando Patzy
Latin America Senior Regional Associate

As Senior Regional Associate, Fernando supports the regional coordinator of Latin America in managing regional projects, assisting with the development of regional priorities and strategies, supporting the design and implementation of grants and program monitoring and evaluation.

Fernando joins RWI from the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Bolivia, where he was the Project Coordinator for Energy Resources, Democracy and Development, coordinating trainings and roundtables and providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Autonomy and to subnational governments. In prior roles, he managed the Securities Department at the Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales in Bolivia, and was a financial analyst for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaría BBVA, in Spain, among other positions.

Fernando holds an MBA from INCAE in Costa Rica, with a concentration in Natural Resources Administration, a Masters in Economic Development in Latin America from Universidad Internacional de Andalucía in Spain and Bachelors of Science in Economics from the Universidad San Francisco Xavier in Bolivia. He enjoy sports such as mountain biking, trekking and swimming.

Matteo PellegriniMatteo Pellegrini
Head of Capacity Development

Matteo leads our work to develop capacity to manage and oversee the best use of resources. He manages the team responsible for key development programs in producing countries—those focused on the needs of the media and parliaments, the development of a network of regional training hubs, our fellowships program and our work on governance at the sub-national level. He is based at the RWI London office.

Prior to joining RWI, Matteo was the Regional Africa Coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition, based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Previously he worked in Washington D.C. as a consultant for the World Bank in the field of corporate governance.

He holds Master's Degree from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree in European Studies from the Royal Holloway University.

Matteo grew up near Rome, Italy, and lived in several countries thereafter, including the U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, the U.S., Tanzania and Cameroon. He is fluent in French and Italian and conversant in German and Spanish.

Munyaradzi Josephine PendekeMunyaradzi Josephine Pendeke
Program Administrative Assistant

Munya joins RWI with extensive administrative experience spanning fifteen years with international organizations such as Alcatel Italia and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO). At WHO, she served in various capacities, including human resource management and administrative assistant for health technical programs. Most recently she worked as the administrative assistant in the office of the coordinator for WHO Inter-country Support Team for East and Southern Africa, where she provided support in covering teams of international and local staff in 19 countries.

At RWI, Munya will assist in setting up and eventually running the new London office, providing administrative support to the capacity development and advocacy teams based in Londons.

Munya holds Administrative qualifications from Pitman, Institute of Administration and Commerce of South Africa and is currently pursuing a BA in Business Administration from the University of South Africa. She speaks and writes basic French and was recognized an Administrative Assistant of the Year 2010 in WHO/ESA. Always smiling, Munya fits in well with different cultures and backgrounds.

Rob Pitman Rob Pitman
Governance Program Officer

Rob leads Natural Resource Charter country implementation work in RWI target countries. In this role, he carries out outreach on and manages the use of the Charter as a self-assessment tool for governments and other stakeholder groups.

Prior to joining RWI, Rob worked as a lead member of the Carter Center Access to Justice and Governance Programme in Liberia, and as member of the Carter Center Conflict Resolution Programme in Atlanta. He has also worked on Access to Justice projects in Namibia and on Farm Forestry projects in India. Rob holds an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol.

Sofiane Reguigui Sofiane Reguigui
Tunisia Program Manager

Sofiane Reguigui has been responsible for human resource management with the Tunisian Oil Company (ETAP) for the past 20 years. During his rich and versatile career with both the public and the private sectors, he held numerous positions with entities such as the Ministry of Energy and Mines between 1994 and 2002, and with the Tunisian-Austrian company SEREPT between 2007 and 2008. Later on, he held a position with the British company PETROFAC.

Reguigui also has associative experience with cultural and professional associations. In 2008, Reguigui took the initiative to reach out to EITI and in 2011, he joined forces with a number of Tunisian colleagues to form the Tunisian Association for Transparency in Energy and Mines (ATTEM), which has been highly active in lobbying and has reaped positive results through a meeting with EITI Chair Mrs Clare Shorte, which resulted in the official declaration of Tunisia’s intention to join the EITI.

Holder of a Masters Degree in International Management of Energy Sector from HEC Montreal and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Tunis, Reguigui has published numerous articles and has given many interviews about transparency in the Extractive Industries sector in Tunisia.

Matthieu SalomonMatthieu Salomon
Asia Pacific Program Manager

Matthieu has worked on governance and anti-corruption issues for about 10 years. He was previously the International Senior Advisor for Towards Transparency in Vietnam (Transparency International’s official national contact). Prior to that, he served as the Anti-Corruption Advisor for the Embassy of Sweden/SIDA in Hanoi. He also worked as a program officer for Transparency International France in Paris and for the National Democratic Institute in Algeria.

At RWI, based in the Jakarta office, Matthieu is in charge of supervising a three-year USAID-funded IKAT partnership project on extractive industry governance in Asia-Pacific. He leads on project administration, coordination and strategy; providing technical assistance to Indonesian co-implementing partners and regional partners from Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

Matthieu graduated from Sciences-Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and from the Sorbonne (University Paris I) in History and Political Science. He published on contemporary Vietnamese politics and society. He likes to ride a Vespa in the streets of Hanoi and Jakarta, but is still surprised when people in Jakarta don’t understand when he speaks to them in Vietnamese.

Amir Shafaie
Legal Analyst

Prior to joining RWI, Amir was a Managing Associate in the Energy & Infrastructure team at Linklaters LLP. He worked in Linklaters' offices in London, New York and Dubai and represented clients on energy and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Amir's pro bono experience includes assisting the International Senior Lawyers Project in advising the Liberian government on a port concession.

At RWI, Amir focuses on technical assistance programs to help governments improve legal regimes and contracts. He also works to strengthen capacity for natural resource sector oversight, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Amir has a J.D. and a B.A. (History), both from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied international relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Amir is fluent in English, French and Farsi and has aspirations of speaking Arabic.

Dhanny Tantri
Asia Pacific Project Assistant

As project assistant for the IKAT-US Project, Dhanny works closely with the Asia-Pacific team, supporting day-to-day administration. She was previously the assistant program manager for PATTIRO, focusing on a USAID-funded project to develop a communication system that uses mobile phones to map data to improve water services for the poor. She has also worked as a communications and liaison officer for PATIRO, the knowledge-sharing officer for the HIVOS Regional Office in Southeast Asia, and as a training assistant for the broadcast center of the Political and Social Science Faculty at the University of Indonesia, working on digital videos.

Dhanny was also a freelance writer and part-time reporter and holds a bachelor degree from the Communication Department of the University of Indonesia, majoring in media studies. Dhanny is a food-lover at heart, who claims a passion for culinary arts but rarely does the cooking herself.

Emma Tarrant TayouEmma Tarrant Tayou
Africa Regional Associate

As the Africa Regional Associate, Emma is based in the Ghana office. Fluent in English and French, she covers both Anglophone and Francophone African countries, supporting the regional and deputy regional coordinators with communication, research, project and grant management.

Prior to joining Revenue Watch, Emma worked in Senegal for four years, with three years spent in the Oxfam GB West Africa Regional Office, where she coordinated the women's economic empowerment and market access projects. Most recently she worked on economic justice issues as part of the regional campaigns team in Dakar.

Emma graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Honours) degree in History. As a result of a childhood spent in Africa and a love for languages, she learns new words wherever she goes and can say hello in over 10 languages.

Alex Tilley Alex Tilley
Operations Coordinator

Alex manages operations for the London Office and works as coordinator of the Natural Resource Charter project.

Prior to joining RWI, Alex spent seven years working on development and human rights projects in Latin America, with a focus on Bolivia and Peru. This included placements at the Peruvian office of Amnesty International and CENCA Urban Development Institute in Lima. Most recently, he was coordinator of the Bolivia Information Forum in London, where he worked closely with UK aid agencies (Bond, Oxfam, Cafod, Christian Aid) and academic institutions (University of London Institute of Latin American Studies), as well as supporting UK parliamentary and trade union delegations to Bolivia and delegations to the UK by Bolivian MPs and government ministers.

Alex holds a Masters in Humanitarian and Development Practice from the Centre for Emergency and Development Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Evelyne TsagueEvelyne Tsague
Francophone Africa Regional Coordinator

Prior to coming to Revenue Watch Institute, Evelyne worked at Catholic Relief Services – Cameroon Program as Human Rights/Extractives Industries Projects Manager, with a focus on EI transparency, anti- trafficking and legal assistance in Cameroonian prisons. She also oversaw the implementation of grants and financial management for CRS/Chad. Previously, Evelyne worked as human rights Legal Advisor and Trainer at Justice and Peace Commission of Yaoundé. She has also worked with IPIS, a research unit of the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, as Research Assistant.

As Deputy Regional Coordinator for Africa, Evelyne is responsible for the development and support of Revenue Watch regional activities, with an emphasis on Francophone countries. Her work includes strengthening monitoring activities and initiating new research, grant-making, advocacy and technical assistance projects. She is also responsible for identifying research, capacity-building and technical assistance needs at the local, national and regional levels, and collaborating with RWI staff and outside experts to address these issues.

Evelyne holds a High Diploma in human rights and humanitarian action from the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and a Diplome inter universitaire de 3e cycle en Droits fondamentaux from Nantes University, France.

Varsha VenugopalVarsha Venugopal
Subnational Capacity Development Program Officer

For the last eight years, Varsha has focused on strengthening accountability, especially by developing the capacity of local governments and civil society. Most recently, she worked with the World Bank for four years on governance projects in Africa and Asia. In her last project she worked with national and local governments in Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya to build local government capacity in public financial management systems.

Before the World Bank, Varsha was an Associate for ASDC, a consulting firm specializing in evaluation and capacity building in the United States. She has also worked for the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, the UN World Food Programme in Rome, Zambia and Madagascar, and an Indian NGO on disaster management projects.

Varsha leads RWI's subnational capacity development portfolio. In this role she supports development of policy and practice tools and documentation of RWI's subnational projects. She is based in RWI's London office.

Varsha holds a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Gender Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India.

Claudia Viale Claudia Viale
Latin America Research Assistant

Claudia holds a BA in Economics from the Peruvian Catholic University (PUCP). Her work for RWI has included research on the impact of mineral and oil price volatility on revenues for subnational governments in Peru and the relationship between energy demand and hydrocarbon extraction from the Peruvian Amazon. Prior to joining RWI she worked in the PUCP Business Center carrying out research related to International Economics and as a teaching assistant in Public Economics.

Erica Westenberg
EITI Policy Officer

Prior to joining RWI, Erica practiced as an attorney for over five years in the Energy and Infrastructure Projects group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, where she managed numerous complex transactions in the areas of energy and natural resources, infrastructure and public-private partnerships. Her pro bono projects included work on parliamentary oversight of extractive industry contracts, as well as engagement through the International Senior Lawyers Project on governance reforms in Africa.

As EITI Policy Officer, Erica leads RWI's multifaceted engagement with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which includes supporting the RWI representative to the EITI International Board, providing technical assistance to EITI processes globally and conducting research on EITI-related issues.

Erica received a B.A. in government and a certificate in African studies from Harvard College and a M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she received a Chayes International Public Service Fellowship to work on legal and judicial reform in Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank.

Joseph Williams Joseph Williams
Senior Advocacy Officer

Prior to joining RWI, Joseph coordinated Publish What You Pay’s (PWYP) international advocacy agenda and campaigns to increase transparency in the extractive sector. This work on voluntary and mandatory measures spanned the extractive industry value chain. From 2010 to 2013 Joseph managed the European campaign for mandatory financial disclosure by oil, gas and mining companies through the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives, which were agreed in 2013. He was also responsible for communications and information resources for the international PWYP coalition of 700 members across 40 countries.

Before becoming involved in natural resource governance, Joseph worked at the International Crisis Group on its Central Africa Project and then moved to China where he wrote for London-based newspaper Africa-Asia Confidential on relations between China and Africa. Joseph’s previous experience included research, project management and advocacy work in Brussels, where he worked for various EU institutions including the European Parliament.

Joseph holds a M.A. in European Studies from the University of Exeter and a M.Sc. in Development Management from the Open University. Born in Australia, he grew up in India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He speaks English and French.

Joseph leads on RWI’s campaigns for more effective and widespread global transparency and governance standards in the oil, gas and mining industries. He tweets at @JosephWilliams.

Manal Zeglam Manal Zeglam
Libya Program Officer

Manal Zeglam has worked for the past seven years as the Geological Data Administrator at TOTAL E&P LIBYE. She is also an active member of Libya’s burgeoning civil society and has participated in numerous capacity-building workshops on strategic communication and women’s empowerment. She was a board member of the Libyan International Women’s Organization.

Manal joins RWI as Libya Program Officer to support the execution of capacity-building programs seeking to improve government’s technical know-how and engagement in resource governance. She will also work on improving coordination between RWI and other international actors working on related issues.

Manal holds a Bachelor of Geological Engineering from Al Fatah University. She speaks Arabic, English, and Italian. She is based in Tripoli, Libya.

Ravina Zinaty Ravina Zinaty
Middle East North Africa Operations and Development Associate

Born and raised in Beirut, Ravina Zinaty has been devoted to working with civil society organizations since 2005, holding a variety of positions including project coordinator, fundraising coordinator, advocacy development specialist, and program manager. In 2006, she co-founded the League of Independent Activists (IndyACT), a global league of independent environmental, social and cultural activists who lead local, regional and international campaigns.

Ravina has experience coordinating and managing projects in human rights, the environment and education. She also has extensive fundraising experience beginning at Greenpeace where she managed on-the-street and door-to-door fundraising teams. Ravina successfully fundraised as Program Manager at the Lebanese Center for Civic Education (LCCE) and Executive Coordinator for Funding at the Lebanese Association for Civil Rights (LACR); she received and reviewed proposals and provided technical advocacy assistance to local NGOs at OTI-USAID in Beirut. Ravina also led a program "One World in Schools" at LCCE that involved teaching human rights issues to school teachers and students through documentary films and interactive class activities.

Ravina graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BS in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Public Health. She enjoys designing lights for theater and concerts, as well as playing drums and guitar, and has a white Persian-Angora as an animal companion. Ravina is fluent in Arabic and English.