IATI Governing Board
The role of the Governing Board is to oversee the institutional performance of the initiative, present options and make recommendations on IATI’s overall strategic direction to IATI’s Members’ Assembly, and ensure that the initiative operates effectively according to its mission, vision, and values.
IATI Chair and Vice-chairs
The Board representatives elect IATI’s Chair and Vice-chairs, who chair both the Governing Board and the Members’ Assembly.
- Chair: Theo van de Sande, Open Data and Transparency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
- Vice-chairs: Kazi Shofiqul Azam, Permanent Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Government of Bangladesh and Sarah Johns, Transparency Adviser, Bond
Governing Board representatives
IATI’s Governing Board has six representatives for the initiative’s three constituencies. IATI’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chair also sits on the Board, representing the TAG community:
|IATI constituency||Organisation||Governing Board member|
|Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/Other||Vice-chair|
|Sarah 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)/Other||Oxfam Novib||Leo Stolk, Project Manager Open Data, Transparency and ATLAS, Team Information Management (Patricia Dekker, Online Technical Advisor, as alternate)
Leo leads Oxfam Novib’s work on IATI and open data, and actively engages other NGOs. He leads development of Oxfam’s project browser ATLAS, stimulates the use of open data and associated resources inside and outside the organisation.
Leo collaborates on Oxfam management information and their Grand Bargain and Charter for Change commitments. He promotes and assists other Oxfam organisations in joining IATI, publishing, using data and improving data sets.
Leo started working on data use whilst he worked as an engineer in Mozambican government coordination units of rural water supply programme at district, province and national level.
| 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||Madagascar||Isaora 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|
Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
|Theo van de Sande, Open Data and Transparency (Herman van Loon as alternate)
Theo has been working on the open data and aid transparency agenda of the Ministry since 2013. Before that, he was responsible for the implementation of the research programme, especially on agricultural research and the Policy Coherence for Development agenda. Prior to joining the ministry Theo worked for several Dutch universities as researcher on innovation for development.
Herman is the technical lead on IATI for the Ministry and has been active in the IATI community since 2010.
|Providers of Development Cooperation||United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)||Timothy 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 Chair||John 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
Board meeting minutes are published below: