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International Experts Panel

As an independent body, the IRM is guided by, but not directly accountable to, the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership. An International Experts Panel (IEP) directly oversees the IRM. This panel is made up of five members. The IEP plays an important role in setting the vision for the IRM and promoting its findings. The IEP members are renowned experts in transparency, participation, and accountability, that play the principal role of guiding development and implementation of the IRM research method and ensuring the highest quality of reports.

Membership of the IEP

Brendan Halloran, International Budget Partnership, USA
Brendan Halloran is the Senior Fellow in the International Budget Partnership’s Strategy and Learning team. In this role, Brendan supports 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 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 working on and researching governance issues in Guatemala, including 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.  He is also on the board of Rhize, an NGO that supports and accompanies non-violent social movements around the world.

César Nicandro Cruz-Rubio, CEO and Senior Researcher, GIGAPP
Ph.D.  Political Science and Public Administration from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM  2015). B.A. Political Science and Public Administration from National University of Mexico (UNAM 1992. Honors).

Political Scientist. Research areas: Policy designs, policy legitimacy. Open Government, governance, transparency. Cesar works as a professor and teaching-content developer for several international and Spanish entities, like OAS, Granada University, National Institute of Public Administration-Spain. Speaker and trainer in policy analysis and open government topics. Since 2012 to date, he is the IRM-OGP researcher for Spain. Since 2010 to date, he is Senior researcher and President of GIGAPP, an Iberoamerican Research Group on Government Administration and Public Policy, and organization who coordinates research projects into a network of nearly 900 researchers in Latin America and Spain ( Since 2015, he is also researcher at the Integrity Project, a project held by Transparency International Spain and funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

He is author of several papers and articles published in specialized journals in the field of public policy, as well as author of several contributions with teaching materials who currently are used for open government teaching programs.

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Jeff Lovitt, New Diplomacy, Czech Republic
Jeff Lovitt is the Chair of New Diplomacy, an association established in Prague in 2015 to address the challenges facing global and regional policymakers in the eastern and southern neighborhoods of the European Union. New Diplomacy focuses on security policy, diplomacy, and media standards, including raising the quality and accuracy of factual information available to policymakers and the wider public. He has provided policy expertise and risk consultancy services to clients such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

From 2005-2015, Jeff was Executive Director of PASOS, a network of independent think-tanks in Europe and Central Asia. He developed PASOS as a leading regional civil society network (in 2012, and again in 2014, he served as co-Chair of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum), and he put the Open Government Partnership on the agenda in the Western Balkans, resulting in the first annual OGP Balkans Dialogue conference in Tirana in 2015. From 2000-2005, he was Director of Communications at the international secretariat of Transparency International (TI). From 1995-1998, he was Central Europe correspondent for The European newspaper, and from 1987-1995 he was an editor and journalist in London for The European, the Sunday Times, New Statesman, Tribune, and other titles. He was an op-ed contributor for the International Herald Tribune.

Jeff has conceived and managed projects linking up civil society actors in the Middle East, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia with independent think-tanks in Central Europe. He has delivered training courses for journalists on reporting on corruption, and for think-tank leaders on strategic communications. In 2015, he was a member of the Advisory Group on Media Freedom in the Eastern Partnership countries, chaired by the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council.

He is the author and editor of a range of publications on inclusive policy-making, including Democracy’s New Champions. European Democracy Assistance after EU Enlargement (2008), How to Win Respect and Influence Policymakers. Principles for Effective Quality Controls in the Work of Independent Think-tanks (2011), The Right Approach to Europe. An Advocacy Handbook for Civil Society: Understanding and Influencing EU Policymaking (2012), the European Integration Index 2014 for Eastern Partnership Countries, and Civil Participation in Political Decision-Making in the Six Eastern Partnership Countries – Part One. Laws and Policies (2016).

Juanita Olaya
Dr. Juanita Olaya Garcia has over 25 years of experience and a proven track record in the areas of good governance, sustainability, human rights and anti-corruption across the world, which have made her a renowned expert in the field.  Her specialty lies at the intersection between law and society. Having worked with different national and international institutions, with the public sector, academia and civil society, among them Transparency International, Juanita launched her independent private practice in 2008, based in Berlin, Germany.  In her practice, Juanita focuses on empirical research and expert advice in the areas of governance, sustainability and integrity. This includes working hands-on helping partners with the implementation of anti-corruption and human rights standards, supporting organisational development efforts, undertaking stakeholder engagement and pursuing both field and policy development work.  Among others, Juanita has worked together with international partners like the OSCE, UNDP, GIZ, the OECD, the Water Integrity Network, the Inter American Development Bank and numerous national partners across the globe.  Juanita has been a council member at the World Economic Forum of the “Benchmarking Progress in Society’s Global Council and has participated in Boards of diverse national organisations. She is currently a member and since July 2017 Chair of the UNCAC Coalition. In addition to her engagements as public speaker, her publications on topics of good governance are widely used and referenced. Juanita is a Colombian/German lawyer (Andes, 1991) with master degrees in Economics (Andes 1994) and Public Administration (Harvard, KSG 1998) and a Doctorate (Dr. iur) in International Public Economic Law (Bonn, 2010).

Mary Francoli, Associate Professor, Carleton University, Canada
Mary Francoli is an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, Canada. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from Western University. Prior to joining the School of Journalism and Communication, she was the Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in New Media and Internet Politics at Royal Holloway, The University of London.

Dr. Francoli’s research looks at the relationship between digital media and issues related to politics and governance. While this is a large and diverse field, most of her research has focused on the way that digital media has impacted three broad areas: citizen engagement and mobilization, governance, access to information and data.

Dr. Francoli is a leading researcher in the field of open government and open data. She has authored two major reports for the Open Government Partnership assessing the Government of Canada’s progress in the area of open government. She has provided expert testimony to the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Government Operations on the issue of open data and has been invited to speak about open government and open data at a number of conferences and venues, including the annual meeting of the federal and provincial Information Commissioners in 2014.


To see a list of previous members who have served on the International Experts Panel, please visit this page.

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