Today the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (the Global Partnership) announces the appointment of three new board members bringing extensive experience from across the private sector, civil society and government: Amer Baig, sustainable impact investor, Lysa John, Secretary General of CIVICUS, and Ola Awad, President of the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics.

The new appointments bring the Global Partnership’s Board to 16, with the Board of Directors listed in full below. 

“The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data plays an essential, trusted role around the major challenge of data and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The importance of harnessing the power of data and having such an organization help facilitate that is needed now more than ever. I am excited to join the Global Partnership Board at an important moment in the organization’s development, and at a time when the need for high quality data is critical for decision-making and monitoring as part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Amer Baig, sustainable development impact investor. 

"I’m excited about the Global Partnership's important role in ensuring meaningful citizen and civil society engagement is integral to decision making at all levels. In addition to promoting open data practices and policies, the Global Partnership community is well placed to champion civic freedoms by challenging restrictions on access to information and infringements on personal privacy,” said Lysa John, Secretary General of CIVICUS. 

"In our demanding and rapidly changing data ecosystem, global partners of the data community including NSOs as custodians of data principles will need a stronger engagement with all stakeholders to keep up with modernizing and data stewardship requirements for better data, better decisions and better lives," said Ola Awad, President of the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics 

“The Global Partnership’s Board, all senior leaders from across the data community, are one of our greatest strengths. Our whole network is grateful for their leadership, and the expertise and commitment they bring to guiding and advising our work. I am so delighted to welcome Amer, Lysa, and Ola to the Global Partnership community, and am excited to work with them and the rest of the Board to ensure that we bring the world’s best data to bear on the world’s worst problems”, said Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. 

Global Partnership for Development Data Board of Directors

  • Amina J. Mohammed (Co-Convener), Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Mari Pangestu (Co-Convener), Managing Director of Development Policy & Partnerships, The World Bank
  • Ola Awad, President of the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics 
  • Amer Baig, sustainable development impact investor
  • H.E. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, Republic of Ghana
  • Elizabeth Cousens, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
  • Aidan Eyakuze, Executive Director, Twaweza
  • Mike Flannagan, Vice President, Microsoft
  • Helani Galpaya, Chief Executive Officer, LIRNEasia
  • Yana Gevorgyan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
  • Lysa John, Secretary General of CIVICUS
  • Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
  • H.E. Ambassador Raychelle Omamo SC, EGH, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya
  • Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • John Pullinger, Former UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS), and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, United Kingdom
  • Jeni Tennison, Founder and Executive Director, Connected by Data

About the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data 

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is a dynamic international network bringing together hundreds of governments, UN agencies, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. The Global Partnership convenes, connects and catalyzes action to address the problems of poor data use, access, quality and production, and to work with stakeholders to fully harness the new opportunities of the data revolution in the service of sustainable development.  

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