Meet the Team
The team behind the programme are spread across the world, from the US to Europe, from South America to Africa and Southeast Asia. Read more about us below!
Daniel Dietrich - Senior Programme Manager, Hivos
Daniel Dietrich is the Senior Programme Manager for the Open Contracting programme at Hivos. He is driven to empower people through open knowledge and the use of technology and data for social change. In recent years Daniel worked as a researcher, consultant and policy advisor with governments and leading organisations including with Open Knowledge, the World Bank, UNDP, and most recently with UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) on their Open Government Data for Civic Engagement programme. Daniel has worked with governments in Germany and internationally to improve the data and information they publish, through mechanisms like the Open Government Partnership and the Open Data Charter. In 2011 he co-founded the nonprofit Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and remains a Member of the Board. Prior to this, Daniel worked as a research associate at the Technical University Berlin and as a project manager in the IT industry.
Jonathan Huseman - Advocacy Officer, Hivos
Loving writing and editing, Jonathan Huseman studied journalism and history at Groningen university. Since 2001 he worked as a journalist for Dutch newspapers. In 2005 he jumped to international affairs at the Dutch NGO, ICCO, where he worked as editor, press officer and advocacy officer. Jonathan joined Hivos in 2015 as an advocacy officer for the open society programme, where he works on open contracting and freedom of expression.
Jolien van der Vaart - Communications Officer, Hivos
Jolien van der Vaart is the communications officer of the Open Up Contracting team at Hivos Global Office (The Hague), where she sees to it that communication is used strategically and contributes to better program results. She previously held different positions with international human rights NGOs. She has a bachelor’s degree in History from Utrecht University and a master’s degree in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin.
Katria Tomko - Project Officer, Hivos
Katria Tomko is a Project Officer for the Open Contracting program at Hivos. She is passionate about empowering vulnerable populations and has a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing individuals in societies with restricted freedoms.
Katria holds a Master of Science in International Relations (University of Amsterdam – NL), a Bachelor of Arts in Government & Law and Russian & East European Studies (Lafayette College – USA), and a certificate in International Project Management (University of Toronto – CA).
She has spent the better part of the past decade volunteering with civil society organizations to advocate for and support local and national humanitarian initiatives in Ukraine. Most recently, she has worked as a trainee at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE HCNM) and the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Karel Chambille - DMEL Officer, Hivos
Since 2005, Karel has been working on issues of Monitoring and Evaluation in Hivos. Since 2015, he is doing so in the Open Society Programme as DMEL, which stands for the aspects of Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, which together contribute to Programme Quality, i.e. the likelihood that a programme can be successful in achieving its desired results. Karel works one day per week for the Open Contracting programme. Before 2005 Karel was head of Hivos Africa desk in The Hague (1993-2005) and Project Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (1987-1993). He graduated from Wageningen University in Development Sociology (1983).
David Banisar - Senior Legal Counsel, ARTICLE 19
David Banisar leads the organisation’s work on transparency and information rights, including the right to information, environmental protection and sustainable development. He has worked in the field of information policy for over 20 years and has authored numerous books, studies and articles on freedom of information, freedom of expression, media policy, whistleblowing, communications security, and privacy and data protection. He is vice chair of the UNCAC Civil Society Coalition and co-chair of the UK BOND Transparency group.
David was previously Deputy Director of Privacy International and has also been a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society and the University of Leeds, and Policy Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous organisations, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the UN Development Programme, and the Open Society Institute. He has a Juris Doctor in law and public policy from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Ilaria joined ARTICLE 19 in 2019 as legal officer focusing on transparency, the right to information, anti-corruption, sustainable development and gender. She has been a legal researcher for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression covering the case-law of the European regional courts (European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union). Prior to joining Article 19, she gained experience in the field of freedom of expression. At UNESCO, Ilaria worked at the Headquarters in Paris in the Communication and Information sector, division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development on the implementation the UN Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. She later joined the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) where she supported the London-based organisation in providing legal defence to journalists and bloggers before international and regional courts. At the the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), she researched on the balance between freedom of expression and privacy, the right to be forgotten and press freedom-related issues. She also consulted for the Rome-based NGO "Ossigeno per l'Informazione", an observatory that monitors attacks to journalists and news overshadowed by violence in Italy. Ilaria holds a master’s degree in International and European Law from the University of Torino (Italy). She is currently pursuing an LL.M in Human Rights Law at the University of London.
Vivien Suerte-Cortez - Programme Manager, Hivos in the Philippines
Vivien has worked with local and international NGOs, government, and international development organisations for 15+ years. Her areas of interest and experience include stakeholder engagement, public finance management (participatory planning, budgeting, procurement, and audit), social accountability, anti-corruption, and policy reform. In 2013, the Open Government Partnership gave her the Bright Spot Award during the London Summit for her role in the Citizen Participatory Audit project implemented by ANSA-EAP with the Commission on Audit. The award recognised the efforts of the project to increase citizen participation in the public audit process. She was also recognised by Devex as one of the 40 under 40 International Development Leaders in 2013.
Julio Herrera - Open Contracting Country Engagement Developer, Hivos in Guatemala
Julio Herrera is a Member of the Open Government civil society group, co-founder of the Open Parliament initiative in Guatemala, and co-founder of Red Ciudadana Guatemala (http://redciudadana.org), a civil society organisation aiming to increase citizen participation, government transparency and accountability. Julio has a passion for supporting activists who strive for Open Government and Open Data in Guatemala and internationally.
June Kambalametore - Project Manager and Country Engagement Developer Malawi
June Kambalametore is a skilled and experienced Programme Management and Development professional with more than 8 years’ experience in development and governance work. She is interested in opportunities that utilise her skills best to achieve maximum impact on people and communities. She previously worked as the acting Executive Director for Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN).
Prior to MEJN she worked for UNDP as a Programme Analyst under the Young professional Programme. She holds a Master of Commerce in Economics; Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Economics; and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Marketing from the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Hope Muli - Africa Regional Project Manager, Hivos
Hope is currently the Africa Project Manager for the Civic Engagement for Open Contracting programme in Hivos. She has over 15 years of technical experience in the governance and development sector. She has an additional 8 years of experience working in the international finance (banking) sector. She has been a member of diverse international delegations. She has moderated and facilitated various international, continental, sub- regional and national conferences and workshops.
She was elected and served for two terms as the Human Rights Representative for Kenyan CSOs in the Stakeholders Reference Group managed by the Amkeni Wa Kenya programme of the UNDP.
She has provided technical assistance and delivered programmes on Devolution, Inter –Governmental Relations, Donor Relations, Public finance (i.e participatory budgeting and social accountability), parliamentary strengthening for effective oversight, human-rights based approaches to development, gender mainstreaming, youth inclusion and civic society strengthening, opening up public contracting.
As a result of her diverse skills and vast expertise, she has managed and delivered projects that influenced evidence based enactment of laws, resource allocation, policies, procedure and shifted practice to entrench inclusivity of the disadvantaged especially youth and women in decision making. These projects have transformed relations between the citizens and targeted governance institutions.
Hope has undertaken high- level policy engagements in Kenya, Chad, Libya, Mali, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, 3rd East Africa Legislative Assembly, African Union, European Union, World Bank and the United Nations amongst others.
Hope Muli has a Master's degree in International Relations.
Stephanie Muchai - Program Manager and Country Engagement Developer Kenya and Tanzania
Steph is the lead for open contracting programming and partnerships for Kenya and Tanzania. She manages the government, civil society and private sector strategic and funded partner portfolios for the programme. Steph has extensively worked in various capacities towards good governance, public accountability, human rights, responsible businesses and active citizenship. Her work includes law and policy reform, domestication of various countries’ international and regional commitments, safeguarding constitutionalism, capacity building, brokering reformer partnerships and; regional programming portfolios. She has strong working experience in drafting regional standards, providing technical expertise to policy makers, supporting rights and civic education of affected communities and marginalised persons, as well as supporting narrative building for change. Steph’s background is in international relations, law and communications.