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Nathaniel Heller

Executive Vice President, Integrated Strategies, Results for Development


Nathaniel Heller is the lead civil society co-chair of OGP and the executive vice president of integrated strategies at Results for Development (R4D), where he oversees the organization’s cross-cutting practice areas, including R4D’s work in governance and social accountability, adaptive and collaborative learning, adapting and scaling up innovation, and initiatives aimed at increasing access to vital products and services.

Prior to joining R4D in 2015, Nathaniel co-founded and led Global Integrity, a non-profit organization that promotes government transparency and accountability worldwide. In addition to the development of best-of-breed methodologies for measuring public sector integrity systems and thought leadership in the nascent open government space, Nathaniel conceptualized and established the OpenGov Hub, the world’s first open government-themed co-working community with locations in Washington, DC and Kathmandu, Nepal. He also created an emerging markets research company servicing consulting firms and hedge funds (now Foglamp Research) that was successfully spun off from Global Integrity in 2013, and a software-as-a-service (the Indaba research platform) that was sold in 2015. Prior to co-founding Global Integrity, Nathaniel served at the US Department of State focusing on European political-military affairs; as a fellow at the Center for Public Integrity reporting on public sector accountability and ethics issues; and as a foreign policy fellow to the late-Senator Edward Kennedy. Nathaniel holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish Literature from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He currently serves as a civil society steering committee member of the Open Government Partnership and on the boards of Development Gateway and The Engine Room.

You can follow him on Twitter @Integrilicious.

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Seeking Civil Society Perspectives on Multi-Stakeholder Forums

A key focus of the Government of Canada’s and Nathaniel Hellers 2018-2019 Co-Chair Vision for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is participation and improving co-creation between government and civil society. The importance of co-creation was highlighted during the 2019 OGP…

Public Call for Ideas to Strengthen OGP’s Eligibility Criteria

As you may have seen in the recently published minutes from the June working-level Steering Committee meeting, the Steering Committee has endorsed adding a small number of additional eligibility criteria (to be possibly framed as an “OGP core values” check)…

Open Government in 2020

As we look ahead to the upcoming steering committee meetings in Mexico City the week of April 20th, we'll be discussing a number of long-term strategic challenges and opportunities facing OGP. Among them: can we continue to diversify the open…

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