NRGI is led by president and chief executive officer Daniel Kaufmann, chief operating officer Suneeta Kaimal and chief financial officer Craig Love.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Kaufmann is the president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), a policy institute and non-profit organization operating in more than a dozen countries. An economist, he is a pioneer in the field of governance and anti-corruption 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 anti-corruption, transparency and natural resources. He has also extensively researched other topics such as economic development, political economy, investment, privatization and urban and labor economics.
Dr. Kaufmann was previously a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he remains a non-resident fellow. Prior to that, he was a director at the World Bank Institute, leading work on governance and anti-corruption. He also held other World Bank senior management positions focused on anti-corruption, finance and regulatory reform, and was lead economist in the research department. He was the bank’s first chief of mission to Ukraine, and worked on capacity building in Latin America and on economic reforms in Africa.
He serves on various advisory boards and has also been a member of the Faculty and Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (Davos). He is currently a full member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative international board. In major policy circles and the international media, he is associated with such innovations as the Worldwide Governance Indicators, the Resource Governance Index, and the study and analysis of “legal corruption” and state capture.
Dr. Kaufmann, 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. He enjoys Twitter, opera, soccer and scuba.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Craig Love joined NRGI in April 2017. He is well known in the not-for-profit sector for his proven ability, knowledge and skill implementing best practices in order to bring about much-needed reforms; designing efficient and effective systems and processes; and improving service delivery and programmatic outcomes.
Craig is a certified public accountant with nearly 30 years of experience in the finance field, having benefited nearly 100 non-profit organizations during that time. Formerly, he held top finance and/or corporate governance roles for numerous prestigious organizations, including the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ); the International Center for Aids Care & Treatment Programs at Columbia University (ICAP); American Standard (Fortune 500); and Teach for America.
He has hands-on experience working in over 30 countries within sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and has directly administered grant programs funded by nearly all major U.S. government agencies; over 20 foreign governments (including Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., the European Union, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, and Canada); and many of the top-100 largest charitable foundations (including Ford, Gates, Clinton, Walton, Pfizer, Rockefeller, Hewlett, OSF/OSI, Doris Duke, MacArthur, and Robert Wood Johnson).
Craig holds technical expertise in the areas of internal auditing, forensic accounting, budgeting, grants administration, corporate governance/compliance, and strategic planning, among others. He has actively participated in multiple investigations and/or audits involving grant fraud led by the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, or New York state attorney general, resulting in both successful conviction and restitution to funders. He served as Nassau County, New York's first commissioner of investigations, while also sitting on its Board of Ethics, leading all efforts to root out waste, fraud, abuse and related inefficiencies within the USD 2.5 billion government.