IATI Governing Board

IATI’s Governing Board was formed in March 2016 as part of new governance arrangements agreed at the Steering Committee meeting in December following recommendations in an evaluation of IATI in 2015. The new Board aims to shape the initiative’s new vision, brand, strategy and future hosting arrangements.

The Governing Board’s full Terms of Reference is incorporated into IATI’s Standard Operating Procedures; members commit to abiding by the Code of Conduct.

IATI Chair and Vice-Chair
The Board representatives elect IATI’s Chair and Vice-chair, who chair both the Governing Board and the Members’ Assembly. Both the Chair and Vice-chair were elected by consensus at the first meeting of the Governing Board on 29th March 2016.

  • Chair: Canada Global Affairs Canada / Affaires mondiales Canada, represented by Stephen Potter, Director, Development Policy Planning, with Yohanna Loucheur, Senior Policy Analyst, as alternate.
  • Vice-chair: Bangladesh, represented by Kazi Shofiqul Azam, Secretary, Economic Relations Division in the Ministry of Finance, with Monowar Ahmed, Chief of Development Effectiveness Wing, as alternate.

Governing Board representatives
IATI’s Governing Board was established following a month long process of consultation and nomination from February to March 2016. Six organisations joined the new Board as representatives after consensus was reached on the nominations put forward in all three IATI constituencies. IATI’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chair also sits on the Board, representing the TAG community:

IATI constituency OrganisationGoverning Board member 
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/OtherBondSJ passport photoSarah Johns, Transparency Adviser (Michael O’Donnell, Head of Effectiveness and Learning, as alternate)

At Bond, Sarah works on transparency and the IATI Standard, working with INGOs, NGOs, humanitarian NGOs, foundations, think tanks and DFID fund managers. Sarah previously co-chaired the IATI CSO working group and was involved in the IATI evaluation group and the Members Advisory Group (MAG) in 2015. Her professional background is in communications and in 2012 Sarah co-organised the first open development stream at the Open Knowledge Festival.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/OtherPublish What You FundRupert SimonsRupert Simons, CEO (Liz Steele, EU Representative, and Elise Dufief, Research and Monitoring Manager, as alternates)

Rupert is CEO of Publish What You Fund (PWYF), an early champion of IATI. Since 2011 PWYF has produced the Aid Transparency Index, an internationally recognised measure of the state of aid transparency in the world’s leading aid organisations. Rupert has previously worked with Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to improve the management of infrastructure projects, helped set up the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency and worked with Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Centre on information management.
Partner Countries
Vice-chair: Bangladesh Vice-chair Kazi Shofiqul Azam, Secretary, Economic Relations Division in the Ministry of Finance (Monowar Ahmed, Chief of Development Effectiveness Wing, as alternate)

As Secretary of the Economic Relations Division, Mr. Azam represents the government in different local, regional and global platforms to steer the development effectiveness agenda. He is an Alternate Governor of World Bank Group and Asian Development Bank. Mr. Azam also acts as the National Designated Authority (NDA) to the Green Climate Fund.
Partner Countries
Madagascarsaora Zefania ROMALAHYIsaora Zefania Romalahy, Statistician-Economist and Head of the Aid Coordination Permanent Secretariat within the Office of the Prime Minister (Arison Andriatsitoaina, Statistician-Economist and head of the Analysis and Research (M&E) Unit within the same office, as alternate)

Zefania joined the Office of the Prime Minister of Madagascar in 2008 as Technical Adviser responsible for aid coordination, and was responsible for setting up a national aid database. He now leads the Aid Coordination Permanent Secretariat, acting as an interface between donors and the government on ODA information management and the implementation of Paris and Busan agendas for development cooperation effectiveness.
Providers of Development Cooperation

Chair: Global Affairs Canada / Affaires mondiales CanadaStephen Potter picStephen Potter, Director, Development Policy Planning (Yohanna Loucheur, Senior Policy Analyst, as alternate)

Since August 2015, Stephen Potter has been responsible for aid transparency, Agenda 2030, and the creation of a new policy framework for Canadian international assistance. He has worked for over 20 years with Canada's development assistance programme, serving in a variety of positions, including overseas postings in Ukraine (2012-2015), Tanzania (2005-2008), Honduras (2002-2004), and Peru (1999-2002). He began his development career working in the International Development Research Centre's evaluation unit.
Providers of Development CooperationUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)IMG_6407Timothy Takona, Senior Adviser, Field Results Group (Sanjana Gaddam, Programme Specialist, as alternate)

Timothy Takona oversees the corporate performance monitoring and accountability portfolio, which facilitates the development and use of standards, tools and systems for internal strategic management, and the use of information on results to strengthen organizational performance. Timothy also leads UNICEF’s initiative to increase public transparency and accountability. Prior to this appointment he was involved in the organization’s change management efforts and also worked in both the UNICEF Kenya and Tanzania Country Offices coordinating programme planning and M&E processes.
TAG Community TAG ChairJohn AdamsJohn Adams, Head of Business Innovation at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)

John Adams is the Head of the Business Innovation Team in DFID, responsible for IT systems that support aid programme management, management information and open data. He is currently the chair of the IATI Technical Advisory Group.

The TAG is a multi-stakeholder community of publishers and data users who meet in person once a year.

Governing Board meetings (virtual)
Board meeting minutes are published below:

Board Minutes 19 September 2017

Board Minutes 12th September 2017

Board Minutes 23 August 2017

Board Update on IATI activities June 2017

Board Minutes 4 April 2017
Board Update on IATI activities April 2017

Board Minutes 25 January 2017
Board Update on IATI activities January 2017

Board Minutes 16 November 2016
Board Update on IATI activities November 2016

Board Minutes 12 October 2016

Board Minutes 21 September 2016

Board Minutes 19 July 2016

Board Minutes 8 June 2016

Board Minutes 18 May 2016

Board Minutes 3 May 2016

Board Minutes 29 March 2016

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