Thank you for your interest in, and engagement with the OGP Steering Committee selection process. We're delighted to share the list of shortlisted candidates, along with the feedback and endorsements we have received (prior to February 25, 2016) for each of them.  

We received a highly competitive and accomplished list of 47 nominations. The selection committee had a challenging task to arrive at a shortlist of 16 candidates, striking a balance between individual experience and expertise, and diversity, needs, and composition of the Steering Committee as a whole. At the end of the process, we will select 6 people to join the OGP Steering Committee this year.

In order to meet the candidates, and promote a participatory and transparent debate about their vision for OGP, our partners at Alianza Regional por la Libre Expresión e Información have coordinated a series of interactive webinars to be held over 29 March and 1 April 2016. Information is available here in English and here in Spanish


The members of the selection committee - Anne Jellema (Webfoundation), Juan Casanueva (SocialTIC), Mark Robinson (WRI), Mukelani Dimba (ODAC) and myself - started the process by using the submitted paperwork to individually rank each of the candidates using three criteria (details below). This exercise gave an initial insight into the candidate's' ability to engage strategically at the highest political level - the level the OGP Steering Committee works at - and to represent the interests of a civil society community across national, regional, and global levels. In addition, we assessed the candidate's track record of working on open government and related cross-cutting themes, as well as engagement with open government networks.

The details on the criteria used and scoring are given at the bottom of this page. 

For more information on the rotation process and the role of the Steering Committee, please refer to the Steering Committee Selection tab






Directorio Legislativo

Argentina Argentina CV and Nomination Letter

Nominated by Torcuato Socio (Executive Director of ADC), and
Renzo Lavin (Executive Director, ACIJ)

Endorsed by:

Scott Hubli,
Director of Governance Programs, National Democratic Institute

Gerardo Tavara Castillo
Secretary General, Asociación Civil Transparencia

Pablo Collada

Haydeé Pérez
Executive Director, Fundar


CV and Nomination Letter

"Access to justice for all?
Now that would be a measurably good thing"

Nominated by Namati

HELEN DARBISHIRE Access Info Europe Spain Europe

CV and Expression of Interest

"Broadening Civil Society Engagement in OGP" (video)


Center for the Implementation of Public Policy for Growth and Equity | 
Ministry of Justice, Argentina 

Argentina Argentina CV, Nomination Letter, and
"Formulas for the establishment of open government 
based on evaluation of performance and quality of results"

Nominated by Alan Martin Nessi, 
President, Unidos por la Justicia

Endorsed by Julia Pomares (Executive Director, CIPPEC)

AIDAN EYAKUZE Twaweza Tanzania Tanzania/ Africa

CV, Expression of Interest,
and "Principled Pragmatism" article

BLAIR GLENCOURSE The Accountability Lab USA/Liberia/Nepal Global

CV and Expression of Interest

"Opening Government through Business in Pakistan" (blog)

ROBIN HODESS Transparency International Germany Global

CV, Expression of Interest, and "Open Budgets" (book review)

"Shelving the Shells" (blog)

Endorsed by Cobus de Swardt,
Managing Director, TI

Giorgi Oniani, 
Deputy Executive Director
Transparency International Georgia



InciteGov Philippines Philippines CV, Expression of Interest, and 
"A CSO-Led National Action Plan" (presentation
SUNEETA KAIMAL NRGI USA Global CV, Expression of Interest, and Supporting Materials

Endorsed by:

Carlo Merla,
Board Chair, Publish What You Pay

Gubad Ibadoghlu
EITI International CSOs Board member from Eurasian region​

Douglas Rutzen
President and CEO
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Aroa de la Fuente López
Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación
Coordinadora de la Red Latinoamericana sobre Industrias Extractivas (RLIE) 


 Laura Neuman, Director
Global Access to Information Program
The Carter Center

GIORGI KLDIASHVILI Institute for Development of Freedom of Information Georgia Georgia

CV and Expression of Interest

"Faces of Open Government: Kldiashvili"

The OGP Process in Georgia (blog)

REBECCA MACKINNON New America Foundation USA Global CV, with publication examples, and statement of interest

Endorsed by: 

Monika Shepard



Oxfam International India Global

CV and Expression of Interest

"Five trends on why civil society space is under assault" (blog)

Endorsed by Celine Charveriat,
Director of Campaigns and Advocacy for Oxfam International



Macedonia Macedonia

CV and Expression of Interest

Public Finance Transparency in Macedonia and Open Government Mapping Report

"Government is held accountable when everyone is holding Government accountable" and 
"Open Government Partnership Calls for Participation" (policy briefs)


Endorsed by: 

Maja Lazarova-Krstevska,
National Programme Officer
OSCE – Mission to Skopje

Nenad Koprivica, Executive Director, 
CEDEM - Centre for Democracy and Human Rights,

Blagica Petreski, Chief Economist (CEO) 
"Finance Think"

Fatma Bajram Azemovska, 
Executive Director, Sumnal

Vita Terauda, Executive Director.
Policy Association for an Open Society

Borislav Mavrov
Programme Director, European Institute

Gjergji Vurmo, Program Director



GOPA THAMPI The Asia Foundation India Sri Lanka/ South Asia CV, Expression of Interest, and Sample Speech   43



Burkina Faso Senegal

CV and Expression of Interest

Interview published by the Center for Study of Science,
Technology and Policy (CSTEP)

Booklet to support Civil Society organizations
in Africa advocating for the Right to Education. 


ZUZANA WIENK Fair-Play Alliance Slovakia Slovakia

CV and Expression of Interest

Wienk Showcase Video


This initial assessment resulted in individual candidate’ scores of up to 75 points (3 criteria, 5 points max per criterion, 5 members of the selection committee). All successful candidates scored between 36 and 73 points on the three criteria combined (and non selected candidate scores ranged from 3 to 48). 

The criteria broken down ​for initial shortlisting:​


  • 1 point if leadership is mostly limited to leading an organization and/or leadership experience is roughly 3 years.
  • 3 points if candidate has been able to represent his issue beyond his/her organization, played a leadership role nationally (for example on boards) and/or leadership experience is roughly 5 years.
  • 5 points if candidate has experience in leading across issues/organisations, played a leadership role internationally (for example in coalitions or boards) and/or leadership experience is roughly 7 years. Candidate has a diversity of leadership experiences (different issues, different settings).

Working across stakeholders

  • 1 point if candidate has experience in playing different roles in his/her career but mostly within civil society in his/her country.
  • 3 points if candidate has experience in playing different roles in his/her career in different sectors (e.g. government, private sector) or cultures.
  • 5 points if candidate is widely experienced in multi-stakeholder initiatives or negotiating across stakeholders.

Ability to read and represent the interests of civil society

  • 1 point if candidate is hardly rooted in and connected with civil society in his own country, and/or has experience in only one sector, and/or is not involved in the OGP process nationally
  • 3 points if the candidate has broader, more in-depth experience across civil society (e.g. knowledge and networks on more issues), and/or has been actively involved in OGP.
  • 5 points if the candidate is very well connected across civil society and issues, also outside his/her country, has the ability to look beyond his/her own issue, country or region, can serve as a listening post and/or has been a leader in the OGP community.

The resulting list was used as a basis for a more in depth discussion on all candidates individually as the scores are only part of the equation. In that discussion we also looked at other crucial factors including diversity across open government issues, regions, and gender. Lastly, we brought into the conversation the endorsements and other intelligence received on the candidates.


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