I work in open data and development, applying data and technology to help address pressing policy questions. I’m interested in how information can help make broken systems work better and make individuals and institutions more accountable.
My past approaches have included advocacy, policy development, data wrangling and programming. My professional experience has focused on aid, budgets, and the links between the two. I’m an economist by training and based in Berlin.
May 2015 – present
Supporting development of a new program on using data analytics to improve outcomes, beginning with public procurement. Helped develop a dashboard to provide analytics of Mexican public procurement data in order to improve the performance of procurement. During mission to Georgia, provided support with data analysis and meetings with government officials, translating between technical and policy levels.
April 2016 – present
Supporting the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Liberia in providing methodologies and tools for integrating aid projects held in the Project Financial Management Unit (PFMU) with the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).
September 2015 – June 2016
Piloting using IATI data to improve quality of data in Bangladesh’s Aid Information Management System (AIMS) and reduce burden on government and donors from data collection. Conducted interviews with government officials and donors in Dhaka to understand context in depth. Developing methodologies and technical approaches for data exchange. Wrote tender and managed software supplier to implement technical recommendations and build software providing a sustainable process for using IATI data to supplement locally-collected data.
June 2015 – October 2015
Short-term contract to design and build a dashboard to show data on the extractives industries in Ghana. The dashboard should in the future become a template for rolling out to other country platforms.
September 2010 – November 2015
Led technical, policy and advocacy work on the IATI budget identifier as a mechanism for enabling the integration of aid with partner country budgets, including development of visualisations, coordinating and building consensus among a large group of donors, technical experts and partner countries and coordinating country pilots. Led a methodological review of the Aid Transparency Index to more accurately measure aid transparency and ensure incentives in the Index were well aligned with our broader advocacy goals (this change had a big impact, with 10 new publishers and 10 big improvers). Developed open-source software to automatically assess quality of data published to IATI and to provide a user-friendly survey tool for the Index process, working with/managing consultants. Visualised aid to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Conducted advocacy with donors, particularly in the US and France and at IATI Steering Committee, and held meetings in French and German. Engaged with open data community. Led technical work on IATI Standard, including upgrades, organisation identifiers.