President and Chief Executive Officer
An economist, Daniel is a pioneer in the field of governance and anticorruption worldwide. He has held leadership positions in the field, and has, with his teams, devised innovative approaches to measure and analyze governance. He has deep practical experience in providing high-level policy advice and helping countries in all regions of the world to formulate and carry out governance reforms in areas such as anticorruption, transparency and natural resources. He has also extensively researched other topics such as economic development, political economy, investment, privatization and urban and labor economics.
He is currently a member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative international board and serves in various international advisory boards, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Anticorruption and Integrity and the Inter-American Development Bank’s President High-Level Advisory Group on Transparency. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he remains a nonresident senior fellow. Prior to that, he was a director at the World Bank Institute, leading the work on governance and anticorruption. He has advised leaders in government, international organizations and civil society on governance matters and has been widely published in academic and policy journals and in the media on various areas of economics and governance.
In major policy circles and the international media, he is associated with such innovations as the Worldwide Governance Indicators, the Resource Governance Index, released in June 2017, and the study and analysis of “legal corruption” and state capture.
He is often featured as a guest expert in major media outlets, and has authored articles in the Financial Times, Finance & Development and other leading publications.
Most recently, he has written about how East Asia and Latin America's economic prospects hinge crucially on good governance and corruption control; another piece focused on the U.S. withdrawal from EITI and what it means for global governance. He has also written about the global fight against corruption in the wake of the repeal in the U.S. of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act; subnational governance in extractives; state capture and legal and illegal corruption; and corruption trends in Latin America, among other topics. His work is extensively cited, as in last year's World Bank Development Report: Governance and the Law.
Daniel, a Chilean, received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Follow him on Twitter.
Chief Operating Officer
Suneeta is responsible for overseeing strategic planning and implementation, and institutional growth and development at NRGI. She ensures regional and country level engagements in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa, as well as global work of the capacity development, research and data, governance, and legal and economic programs, align with and further the organization’s mission.
Suneeta is a Steering Committee member and former civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative of nearly 70 countries in which governments and civil society work together to advance transparency, accountability and citizen participation. She is currently chair of the Global Council of Publish What You Pay, a civil society movement of more than 800 organizations working to improve natural resource governance. She serves on the international Board of Directors of The International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, which seeks a legal environment that strengthens civil society, advances the freedoms of association and assembly, fosters philanthropy and enables public participation around the world. Suneeta is also a founding board member of Roots of Health, a local NGO focused on improving the health of women and girls, and their communities, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, in the Philippines.
Suneeta holds a master’s in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a bachelor of arts from Duke University, where she was a Hart Leadership Fellow.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Senior Director for Regional Programs
Learning and Program Design Senior Director
Matteo provides management and strategic oversight of NRGI’s capacity development team as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning, based on assessments of effectiveness of their work, shifting organizational priorities, and the evolving context.
Matteo ensures coordination within the learning and program design program pillar and across programs and regions to maximize opportunities for cross-fertilization of ideas and more effective project development and implementation in service of the organization’s goals.
Prior to joining NRGI, Matteo was the regional Africa coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition, based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Before that, he worked in Washington, D.C., as a consultant for the World Bank in the field of corporate governance.
He holds a master’s from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in European studies from the Royal Holloway University.
Matteo grew up near Rome and lived in several countries thereafter, including the U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Tanzania and Cameroon. He is fluent in French and Italian and conversant in German and Spanish.
Based in London, Lee has previously worked in communications for the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti and a public health technology company. Before working in international development, he was a New York-based business journalist and a Boston-based management consultant.
Lee holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Sc. in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Galib provides guidance to consolidate local monitoring activities and helps to manage local research, monitoring, advocacy and technical assistance in Eurasia. Priority countries for NRGI in the region include Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, with smaller-scale activities in Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic and Ukraine.
Before joining NRGI, Galib worked at the Open Society Institute as director of the transparency of oil revenues and public finance program and as head of the grants department. He joined OSI in Azerbaijan at its founding in 1996, helping to manage OSI's first programs in Azerbaijan and serving as deputy director for several years. The TORPF program continues to collaborate with NRGI as a leader in facilitating civil society involvement with EITI implementation in Azerbaijan; NGO efforts for budget and expenditure transparency; and oil industry and IFI activity monitoring, among other projects.
He holds a B.S. from Rutgers University, with majors in Eastern European studies and finance and management. He speaks Russian and Turkish.
Jelson is NRGI’s senior-most representative in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. He is responsible for potential engagement in additional countries such as China and India.
Before joining NRGI, Jelson served as Asia program director for the Bank Information Center, where he was responsible for strategic programming and staff operations in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Mongolia, and program representation in Washington, D.C. He aligned BIC’s country and regional strategies with global and cross cutting-programs such as collective movements for robust environmental and social safeguards, accountability mechanisms, transparency policies, energy strategies and private sector lending standards of the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank and other IFIs. He also worked with communities and civil society organizations to bolster their campaigns for human rights protection, accountability and reconsideration of coal, mining, land reform, water, airport and high-risk energy infrastructure projects, as well as stronger safeguard requirements in financial intermediary lending and new forms of financing from IFIs.
Jelson has 18 years of on-the-ground, regional and international experience managing research, policy advocacy, problem project campaigns, training and community development in the fields of natural resource governance, development and climate finance, peacebuilding, agrarian reform and rural development. Jelson holds a B.A. in anthropology and comparative sociology from Macquarie University and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of the Philippines. He serves on the board of directors of EarthRights International and advises several advocacy groups in Asia.
Alexandra Gillies is a specialist on natural resource governance and transparency. Her recent work has focused on the political economy of oil; extractive sector transparency standards including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI); the governance challenges associated with national oil companies and commodity trading; and the Nigerian oil sector. She has authored academic articles on these topics, and co-edited the volume “Smart Aid for African Development.”
Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where her research addressed the political economy of oil sector policymaking in Nigeria. She spent 2008 in Nigeria as a Fulbright Fellow. Prior to joining NRGI, she consulted for organizations including the World Bank, DFID, USAID and several political risk firms. She served as assistant director for the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. Alexandra also holds degrees from the University of Ghana and Emory University.
At NRGI, Alexandra has a key role in supporting various strategic planning efforts. She supports the design, development and implementation of NRGI country programs, serving as a resource for regional directors and country managers.
Acting MENA Regional Program Manager/Senior Officer
Laury assists with strategic planning, project management and capacity building at NRGI. She leads regional parliamentary projects and the development of a MENA extractive industries knowledge hub.
Previously, Laury was executive director of Beirut-based Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption (ARPAC), where she worked with parliamentarians and civil society groups to strengthen legislators' oversight and legislative capacities. Laury was invited by the Carter Center to help monitor the first Tunisian elections after the fall of Ben Ali. Prior to working with ARPAC, she was in charge of regional grassroots projects in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia focused on promoting the role of women in development and policymaking. She also worked as grant manager, advocacy specialist and trainer for several international NGOs, including IREX, ACDI/VOCA and the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. There, she mainly focused on civil society democracy campaigns in Lebanon and Iraq.
Laury holds a master’s in Middle East politics from the University of Exeter and a B.A. in communication arts from the Lebanese American University. She speaks Arabic, French, English and Armenian.
Patrick has worked on legal reform and governance initiatives in the developing world for more than 15 years for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International and The International Center for Transitional Justice. He is a research affiliate with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University.
Patrick manages NRGI’s legal and economic program team, which leads the organization’s work on legislative and regulatory reform, natural resource contracts, tax policy and macroeconomic management of extractive industries. He contributes extensively to NRGI’s programs of technical assistance to governments and civil society organizations throughout the world, and to NRGI’s capacity development efforts. He has facilitated courses on oil, gas and mining legal frameworks with partner institutions including the University of Oxford, Columbia University, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), the Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon) and Externado University (Colombia). Patrick’s research work focuses heavily on the governance and management of state-owned oil and mining companies, oil sector institutional structure and the analysis of extractive industry contracts.
He holds a law degree from Stanford University and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Capacity Development Director
As a lawyer based in New York, Rebecca coordinates and draws lessons from NRGI's work with civil society and subnational actors. Passionate about utilizing best practices for teaching and learning, she supports the capacity building team in developing curriculum for NRGI to most effectively help other actors translate our research into effective policy change.
She comes with over 10 years of experience promoting human rights and good governance, ranging from directly representing victims of trafficking in New York to conducting fact-finding missions documenting access to water in Israel and Palestine. Her deep commitment to the value of not-state actors in effective governance can be seen through her years supporting the development of organizations and coalitions in Southeast Asia as part of the Revenue Watch Institute and Open Society Foundations. She holds a degree in law from Fordham University, where she was a Stein Scholar, and a bachelor's in political science and astronomy from the University of Massachusetts.
Human Resources Director
Emma’s team is charged with ensuring that the organization continues to attract and retain top tier talent, as well as the care, nurturing and development of NRGI’s cadre of highly skilled staff, which includes lawyers, economists, and governance and data specialists in over 10 countries.
Prior to joining NRGI, Emma served as an human resources officer with both the United Nations Secretariat and UNICEF. Emma focused on organizational transformation initiatives, such as improving gender balance in civilian peacekeeping and restructuring U.N. and UNICEF information communications and technology.
Emma earned B.A. in government from Franklin and Marshall College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership. She speaks English, French and Swahili.
Research and Data Director
Based in London, Liz oversaw NRGI’s Resource Governance Index (RGI). Liz oversees major organizational research, data and analysis, provide oversight on our data strategy and projects.
She previously worked for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and most recently served for five years as the director of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), an annually produced statistical assessment of the quality of governance in all 54 African countries.
Prior to joining the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Liz worked for Amnesty International UK and the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as well as with national human rights organizations in Lagos, Nigeria, and Bogotá, Colombia.
Liz grew up in Ghana and holds B.Sc. and M.A. degrees in economics and international development from the University of Bath and SOAS University of London.
Latin America Director
From 2002 to 2005, Carlos was head of citizen monitoring and promotion of participation and then head of communications for Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana (GPC), an institution dedicated to promoting decentralization as a participative process. He is the author of several publications on issues related to rural development, social movements, decentralization, citizen participation and conflicts generated by extractive industries.
In addition to his position with NRGI, he is also a senior researcher for Peru's Center for the Study and Promotion of Development, desco. He works on extractive sector transparency issues with numerous civil society organizations and has been a member of the international board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
Carlos holds a degree in anthropology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Ph.D. in history from the University of Miami.
Prior to joining NRGI in 2009, Silas spent three years leading Oxfam International's advocacy and knowledge sharing initiative in Tanzania. He has also served as capacity building advisor with the Netherlands Development Organization, head of the planning department for the Ngara District Council in northwest Tanzania and manager of the European Development Fund-Micro Project Program in the Lake Victoria region.
Silas holds an advanced diploma in economic planning from the Institute of Development Management Mzumbe in Tanzania, where he has lectured on economic planning, and a M.S. in agricultural development and rural finance from the Development and Project Planning Center at the University of Bradford.
Legal and Economic Programs Director
Prior to joining NRGI, Amir was a managing associate in the energy & infrastructure team at Linklaters. He worked in Linklaters' offices in London, New York and Dubai and represented clients on energy and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Amir's pro bono experience includes assisting the International Senior Lawyers Project in advising the Liberian government on a port concession.
Amir leads NRGI’s portfolio of research and policy analysis, technical assistance, capacity development and advocacy related to legal and economic issues. Amir works closely with his team to continue to support the work of NRGI regional and country teams, and to promote new innovations in the team’s programmatic offer and areas of expertise, while contributing to the strategic direction of NRGI more broadly.
Amir has a J.D. and a B.A. in history, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied international relations at Sciences Po. Amir is fluent in English, French and Farsi and has aspirations of speaking Arabic.
Prior to joining NRGI, Evelyne worked at Catholic Relief Services in Cameroon program as human rights/extractives industries projects manager, with a focus on extractive industries transparency, anti-trafficking and legal assistance in Cameroonian prisons. She also oversaw the implementation of grants and financial management for CRS in Chad. Previously, Evelyne worked as human rights legal advisor and trainer at Justice and Peace Commission of Yaoundé. She has also worked as a research assistant with IPIS, a research unit of the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé.
At NRGI, Evelyne is responsible for the development and support of NRGI regional activities, with an emphasis on Francophone countries. Her work includes strengthening monitoring activities and initiating new research, grant-making, advocacy and technical assistance projects. She is also responsible for identifying research, capacity building and technical assistance needs at the local, national and regional levels. She collaborates with NRGI staff and outside experts to address these issues.
Evelyne holds a high diploma in human rights and humanitarian action from the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and an inter-university diploma from Nantes University.
Governance Programs Director
Erica leads NRGI’s portfolio of research, technical assistance, capacity development and advocacy on government and private sector policies and public oversight mechanisms that shape extractive sector governance. She is a lawyer and provides policy advice in resource-rich countries worldwide, as well as in international multi-stakeholder initiatives. Erica oversees a team of experts based in NRGI’s global and regional offices and contributes to the strategic direction of the organization.
Prior to joining NRGI, Erica was in the energy and infrastructure group at Skadden, where she advised clients on energy, natural resource and infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S. Her pro bono projects included work on parliamentary oversight of extractive industry contracts, as well as engagement through the International Senior Lawyers Project advising the government of Liberia on the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
Erica holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.Sc. in development management from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in government from Harvard College. At Harvard, she received a Chayes International Public Service Fellowship to work on legal and judicial reform in Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank.