The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is made up of a Secretariat, governed by a Board of Directors, both of which receive guidance from a Technical Advisory Group.

Our Secretariat is a global team spread across Bogotá, Conakry, Lagos, Nairobi, Brussels, London, Austin, New York, and Washington D.C.

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Claire Melamed

Chief Executive Officer

Claire (pronunciation) leads the Global Partnership's Secretariat. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, “A World That Counts.” She is an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and serves on a number of Boards and advisory groups for institutions including the UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Campus, Full Fact, and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Index. She is based in London.

Jenna (pronunciation) previously was Director of Sustainable Development Policy at the United Nations Foundation. She has over 12 years of experience at the UN and working on UN policy issues related to sustainable development and peacebuilding, with a focus on analyzing the political dynamics around the 2030 Agenda, development data, and the UN’s peacebuilding architecture. Jenna worked for the UN Development Programme and for Building Markets in Kosovo. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is based in New York City.

Davis (pronunciation) works across sectors through national data roadmap processes to define strategies that support their priorities for investments and innovations in data. Davis previously worked as the Global Partnership's Regional Director for Africa. Prior to this, Davis worked for CIVICUS World Alliance as Senior Advisor of Data, Accountability, and Sustainable Development, and for Development Initiatives as Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, and Data Use. He is based in Nairobi.

Jennifer (pronunciation) previously worked for the UN, in UNDP’s Human Development Report Office and for the United Nations Global Pulse initiative. In 2014, she helped the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development deliver A World That Counts. Jennifer spent 10 years working for the UK Government as a speechwriter, digital engagement specialist, and in the UK Prime Minister’s Office as Prime Minister Cameron’s website editorial and social media lead. She is based in New York City.

Colleen Wile

Associate Director of Operations

Colleen (pronunciation) manages the Global Partnership’s budgeting, compliance, and procurement processes. She has previously worked at the Institute of International Education and American Councils for International Education. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MA from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She is based in Washington, D.C.

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Charu Vijayakumar

Associate Director of Impact and Learning

Charu (pronunciation) leads on driving a learning culture internally through systems and processes that use evidence to improve impact and externally by contributing to the growing body of knowledge on the value of data for sustainable development. She has previously worked in consulting, civil society, and research contexts and holds a MPA from the London School of Economics. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Martina (pronunciation) works on advancing our policy work concerning public use of privately held data, data sharing platforms and data governance. She focuses in particular on supporting more effective data sharing between public and private sector and within multi stakeholders initiatives. Prior to this, Martina worked as senior consultant within Deloitte public sector strategy team, assisting the European Commission in the adoption and implementation of data strategies and policies, and as Operations Manager for the Big Data Value Association and the Big Data Value Public Private Partnership. She holds two masters in European Studies, from the College of Europe and the Free University of Brussels. She is based in Brussels.

Karen (pronunciation) works on advancing the Global Partnership's policy work on data equity and inclusion and supports the strengthening of foundational data systems. Karen leads the organization’s work in the administrative data collaborative and our work on citizen-generated data. Karen has spent over 10 years working in international development, and before joining the Global Partnership, led technical analysis at Development Initiatives, Africa office. She completed her MA in Economics, specializing in health economics and public finance, at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. When not working, Karen enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with family. She is based in Nairobi.

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Mike Bolton

Technical Advisor – Inclusive Data Charter

Mike (pronunciation) leads on supporting Inclusive Data Charter Champions to develop and implement their commitments to improving inclusive data within their organizations. Mike is seconded from the UK Office for National Statistics and has previously worked on sourcing data for the UK to report against its SDG commitments. He holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia. He is based in Cardiff.

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Tichafara Chisaka

Program Manager – Inclusive Data Charter

Ticha (pronunciation) leads on engaging current Inclusive Data Charter champions, as well as strengthening monitoring, knowledge sharing, and learning from the initiative. Tichafara has worked for Plan International, the Overseas Development Institute, and BBC Media Action, amongst others. She has over 14 years of experience designing, planning, managing, and implementing complex global projects and programs in various sectors. Tichafara holds a Masters in International Relations with International Law from the University of Kent and a post-graduate certificate in Social Research from Birkbeck, University of London. She is based in London.

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James Henderson

Consultant

James is a consultant at the Global Partnership. He works on increasing political support for agriculture data with the Rome-based UN Agencies and diplomatic community by fostering collaboration among like-minded countries and partners to push for changes that will enable them to strengthen their data and statistics efforts. James has over ten years of experience in international agricultural policy research, engagement, and advocacy. He holds a BSc. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, an MSc. in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and is completing a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn (Germany). He is based in Bonn.

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Alan Hollis

Operations Officer

Alan (pronunciation) focuses on supporting the CEO, Board, and Technical Advisory Group, as well as working on event logistics. As part of the administrative support team, he also works on internal business processes. His background is in nonprofit administration and he has an undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s from the University of Akron. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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Aurelie Kiamana

Operations Associate

Aurelie (pronunciation) aids with grants, contract processes and providing logistical support to the Secretariat. Aurelie is currently an M.A. candidate in International Development Studies at the George Washington University. She holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is based in Washington, D.C.

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Linet Kwamboka

Africa Program Manager

Linet (pronunciation) is responsible for supporting countries to access and use the data they need to tackle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-COVID response. Prior to this, she was the CEO at DataScience, Mozilla Foundation Fellow, consultant, and served as the Project Manager for the Kenya Open Data Initiative and the Open Government Partnership. She has been recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government and a top three finalist in the Bloomberg Award of Global Open Data Champions.

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Amy Leach

Communications Manager

Amy (pronunciation) has built and grown communications functions and teams in a range of settings, most recently leading communications for the Overseas Development Institute's Human Mobility Initiative. Previously, she has worked at Crown Agents and the World Health Organization. She holds a degree in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She is based in London. 

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Janet McLaren

Communications and Policy Officer

Janet (pronunciation) supports ongoing work including the Data Values and Agriculture Data to Tackle Food Insecurity projects. Janet has worked as a journalist, editor and program manager in a range of contexts and is co-author of the forthcoming book, Global Development: Poverty, Inequality and the Politics of Data, along with Drs. Catherine Weaver and Ji Ma at the University of Texas. Janet recently graduated with a Master in Global Policy Studies. She is currently based in Austin, Texas.

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Fabrizio Moscatelli

Consultant

Fabrizio is a consultant at the Global Partnership. He works on building relationships and assessing interests with UN Agencies and diplomatic community counterparts; increasing support from member states and agriculture sector stakeholders on the urgent need for investment in agricultural statistics; and empowering change makers within UN Agencies to advance changes that will strengthen data and statistics within the organizations. Previously, he worked as a political and development advisor for USAID at the U.S. Mission to UN Agencies in Rome, and as an economist for FAO and IFAD. He holds a Master in Economics and International Policies. He is based in Rome.

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Muthoni Mugo

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Program Officer

Muthoni (pronunciation) is responsible for monitoring progress, showcasing impact, and documenting and sharing learnings from the Global Partnership's activities and programs. Muthoni has more than 10 years of experience across Eastern and the Horn of Africa, where she has conducted research, results-based monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communications. She holds a BSc in Human Biology and an MA in Development Communication. She is based in Nairobi.

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Annita Mwagiru

Project Management Officer

Annita (pronunciation) works on the Capacity Development Program on increasing data skills and data demand for data among public and social impact sectors, building a community of data professionals. Prior to this, Annita worked for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth Initiative and for local CSOs in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Master of Science in Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development from the University of Bath. She is based on Nairobi.

Victor (pronunciation) leads on country-level political and technical engagements that aim to catalyze progress and strengthen data ecosystems towards addressing key data issues for sustainable development at both the national and subnational level. He also provides expertise and support on other technical aspects of the Global Partnership’s strategy and work plan. Victor was formerly a Markets Engagement Manager for West Africa at GSMA. He is based in Lagos.

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Alonso Ortiz Galán

Senior Engagement Manager

Alonso (pronunciation) develops and implements strategies to improve communications, engagement, and connections between the hundreds of organizations in the Global Partnership’s network and, ultimately, help them achieve shared objectives. He completed an MPA focused on International Policy and Management at NYU Wagner. He has worked for Mexico’s Ministry of Culture and New Ventures Mexico, as well as for international organizations, including the OECD and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is based in New York City.

Julia (pronunciation) works on partner network and engagement across over 700 member organizations. She maintains all up to date information on the Global Partnership’s network and helps with engagement. She recently graduated from Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy & International Relations with a BS in Diplomacy and Economics. She is based in New York City.

 

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Lucy Pearson

Senior Strategy and Development Manager

Lucy (pronunciation) has over 10 years of experience working in the international development sector. Previously she was Head of Strategy and Development at the Global Network for Disaster Reduction, worked in think tanks researching the future of humanitarian action, and intergovernmental agencies mainstreaming resilience into development policies and plans. She has a Masters in Disasters, Adaptation and Development. She is based in London. 

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Claire Pei

Communications Associate

Claire (pronunciation) is a communications generalist and supports the Global Partnership's website and social media management. She is the in-house lead on production of multimedia and interactive data stories and visualizations. Claire graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA in International Relations and Arabic. She was also one of three 2021 US delegates to the G20 Youth (Y20) Summit, with a focus on sustainability, climate, and energy. She is based in New York.

Michaela (pronunciation) helps support the communications team through the editing and production of various communications materials. She has a background in visual arts, graphic design, and digital marketing, and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of St Andrews pursuing a Joint Honors degree in International Relations and Philosophy. Michaela is based in Scotland and Washington, DC.

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Francois Phopho Kamano

Francophone Program Manager

Francois (pronunciation) develops and leads the overall strategy and workplan for country-level engagement and partnership brokering in Francophone West Africa. Before joining the Global Partnership, Francois was the Sub Regional Project Officer for BirdLife International in West Africa. He is currently based in Conakry.

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Fredy Rodriguez

Senior Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Manager

Fredy (pronunciation) leads technical and political engagements in the region to close SDGs data gaps for evidence-based decision-making. Before joining the Global Partnership, Fredy was a Program Officer on Data for Sustainable Development at Cepei, a consultant on open data for the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, and a Coordinator of Statistical Regulation at the Colombian Statistics Office (DANE). He holds a MBA from the University Externado de Colombia and a BA in Business from Cardiff Met. University. He is based in Bogota.

Kate (pronunciation) works across the Global Partnership’s policy agenda and leads advocacy and outreach for the Inclusive Data Charter, an initiative that catalyzes action and collaboration around disaggregated and inclusive data. Kate previously worked at Dalberg, advising leading foundations, multilaterals, and CSOs on strategic communications and advocacy, and at Oxford University. Kate has an MPA from the London School of Economics. She is based in London.