Sanjay Pradhan Tapped to Lead the Open Government Partnership
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is pleased to announce that Sanjay Pradhan has been selected to lead the organization starting mid 2016. The Open Government Partnership was launched by eight Heads of State at the UN General Assembly in 2011, and in just four years, 69 countries have joined the partnership, along with hundreds of civil society groups and several multilateral organizations. Sanjay will help ensure that OGP continues to succeed in its mission to promote government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens.
Sanjay will lead the OGP Support Unit, and will report to an international Steering Committee of 11 governments and 11 civil society leaders.
“My long-standing passion for how open government can transform the lives of millions around the globe has led me directly to OGP,” said Sanjay. “OGP represents a historic opportunity to advance the open government agenda through a unique platform built on peer learning and the collaboration between government and civil society around the world.”
A widely respected figure in the development community, Sanjay brings a wealth of open government experience to the role. Since 1986, he has held three Vice President positions at the World Bank Group (WBG) where he led the development of WBG’s Governance and Anticorruption Strategy; helped launch Global Partnership for Social Accountability; incubated ICT-mediated citizen feedback; launched Open Contracting with Partners; and rolled out a flagship Collaborative Leadership for Development program to help leaders in government and civil society undertake collaborative actions.
Alejandro Gonzalez, OGP Steering Committee Civil Society co-chair and Executive Director of Gestión Social y Cooperación, said, “In his former senior position at the World Bank, Sanjay has proven to be a thought leader and practitioner in open government since before the phrase was even coined. He is a trusted and experienced interlocutor with both governments and civil society around the world”.
Ayanda Dlodlo, Steering Committee Government co-chair and Deputy Minister for Public Service Administration in South Africa added, “I am confident that through Sanjay’s leadership, the OGP will advance its role as a vehicle for transforming the lives of millions around the world through open, parliamentary governance. Sanjay has an ideal mix of vision, leadership, and management skills to lead OGP to fully realize its tremendous potential.”
Sanjay will leave the World Bank Group in mid-March and join the OGP soon thereafter. Joe Powell will continue in his role as Acting Executive Director in the interim.
- Sanjay’s 2012 TED Talk on Open Development: http://bit.ly/1Q1cC6e
- Sanjay’s World Bank cv: http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/people/Sanjay-Pradhan