NRGI is led by president and chief executive officer Daniel Kaufmann and chief operating officer Suneeta Kaimal.
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 the global fight against corruption in the wake of the repeal 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 this 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.