- Leadership Team
- Network Unit
- Naomi Lillie — Head of Network Unit
- Neal Bastek — Digital Engagement Director
- Adam Green — Editor, The Public Domain Review
- Heather Leson — Community Engagement Director
- Beatrice Martini — Events Coordinator
- Theodora Middleton — Press Officer
- Zara Rahman — International Community Manager
- Katelyn Rogers — Community Manager, Working Groups
- Elaine Shaughnessy — Marketing & Events Manager
- Christian Villum — Community Manager, Local Groups & Open Government Data
- Knowledge Unit
- Lucy Chambers — Head of Knowledge Unit
- Neil Ashton — Tech Writer, Labs & School of Data
- Michael Bauer — Data Wrangler, School of Data
- Tryggvi Björgvinsson — Tech Lead, OpenSpending
- Tony Hirst — Data Storyteller, School of Data
- Milena Marin — Project Coordinator, School of Data
- Anders Pedersen — Community Coordinator, OpenSpending
- Long Term Projects Unit
- Services Unit
- Gavin Chait — Head of Services Unit
- Nigel Babu — Data Wrangler and Developer
- Vitor Baptista — Developer
- Irina Bolychevsky — Project Manager and Product Owner, CKAN
- Dr Marcus Dapp — Principal Consultant
- John Glover — Developer, CKAN
- Sean Hammond — Developer, CKAN
- John Martin — Front End Developer, CKAN
- Adrià Mercader — Developer, CKAN
- David Raznick — Technical Lead, CKAN
- Sam Smith — Designer
- Joe Tsoi — Developer
- Mark Wainwright — Community Coordinator, CKAN
- Operations Unit
Rufus Pollock — CEO
Rufus is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge and CEO of the Open Knowledge Foundation which he co-founded in 2004. He has worked extensively as a scholar and developer on the social, legal and technological issues related to the creation and sharing of knowledge. More information can be found on his home page.
CEO [at] okfn.org
Laura James — CEO
Laura is a dynamic and adaptable leader who makes things happen, builds things and solves problems. She has worked extensively in technology, innovation and leadership roles in R&D, startups and other organisations, and enjoys making a positive impact on the world through her work. She has worked at AT&T Labs, was VP Engineering and the first employee at AlertMe.com, a connected home startup, and was Head of Knowledge at True Knowledge, a startup creating an artificial intelligence search platform. Laura holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, received the Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Award and a NESTA Crucible Fellowship, and is a Chartered Engineer. Laura is also Co-founder and Director of Makespace. More information can be found on her home page.
CEO [at] okfn.org
Jonathan Gray — Director of Policy and Ideas
Jonathan coordinates the Foundation’s policy and advocacy activities to expand the open knowledge commons and helps to catalyse new projects and collaborations that use this commons to improve the world. He has helped to start numerous initiatives at the Foundation, including the Data Journalism Handbook, Europe’s Energy, the Open Data Challenge, OpenGLAM, OpenSpending, the Panton Fellowships and The Public Domain Review. He studied Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and is currently doing research in philosophy and the history of ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London. You can follow him on Twitter at @jwyg or visit his website at jonathangray.org.
jonathan.gray [at] okfn.org
Naomi Lillie — Head of Network Unit
Naomi joined in 2011 as Community Coordinator and Foundation Administrator, and has been supporting Network since 2012.
Naomi lives in Edinburgh and still considers herself an English Literature graduate, although these days she reads for fun. She has a professional background in project management and coordination, and has worked in academia where the closed nature of information was a source of much frustration – she is very pleased to be contributing to the cause for open knowledge.
naomi.lillie [at] okfn.org
Neal Bastek — Digital Engagement Director
Neal supports network unit activities including liaising with Local Groups, Working Groups, and other organizations working in the open knowledge space. He’s currently based in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, but has roots that stretch coast to coast in the U.S..
Neal’s a seasoned open Internet advocate who helped launch the SavetheInternet.com campaign that brought the issue of Network Neutrality into mainstream U.S. politics back in 2006. He served as the web director at Free Press for several years and landed at the Open Knowledge Foundation after a brief detour into the world of money in politics and institutional corruption at Rootstrikers.
Neal holds a Master’s degree in English and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon’s Applied Information Management graduate program where he teaches courses on information architecture, digital engagement, and digital content policy. He advocates for open space close to home with the Mill River Greenway Initiative. You can follow him on twitter @nbastek
neal.bastek [at] okfn.org
Adam Green — Editor, The Public Domain Review
Adam currently lives in Berlin and studied Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Religion/Philosophy at SOAS. In January 2011, he and Jonathan Gray co-founded The Public Domain Review, on online journal dedicated to highlighting interesting and curious public domain works. When not working on the Review he spends his time dabbling in various literary projects and failing to learn German.
adam.green [at] okfn.org
Heather Leson — Community Engagement Director
Heather Leson is a community builder, idea hacker who works all aspects of community at the Open Knowledge Foundation, specifically on strategy and support. As well, she is leading the Open Data Partnership for Development. This project aims to help foster Open Data community in the developing world.
Previously, Heather created and managed programs for Ushahidi’s diverse community, and mentored members of its open-source developer ecosystem. Her earlier leadership in open source communities such as Random Hacks of Kindness and CrisisCommons saw her successfully organize numerous participant-driven “unconferences”, workshops and hackathons. She is a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap board member and a Crisismapper.
Heather has 15 years of experience in technical incident management, software life-cycle development, customer care, and Internet communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Combined Political Science and History from Carleton University in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, and a Library and Information Technician diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto.
Beatrice Martini — Events Coordinator
Beatrice is the Foundation’s Events Coordinator, curating the global events strategy and currently organizing OKCon 2013.
She has a Master degree in Music Studies, sharpened her team leadership skills at digital media academy Hyper Island, Stockholm and has years of experience as project manager in the Internet startup sector. Currently based in Berlin, she’s also a core member of OpenTechSchool, a community initiative offering free programming workshops and meetups. You can follow her on Twitter at @beatricemartini.
beatrice.martini [at] okfn.org
Theodora Middleton — Press Officer
Theodora joined the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2010, and has helped out with a range of stuff including managing the blog, compiling annual reports and organising the first Open Government Data Camp. She currently lives in London and works two days a week as the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Press Officer. Offline, her background is in grassroots campaigning for social and environmental justice, and she has a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Legal and Political Theory from UCL. She’s currently studying more law, and sometimes works in adventure playgrounds.
theodora.middleton [at] okfn.org
Zara Rahman — International Community Manager
Zara is currently based in Berlin, but grew up in the UK and is of Bangladeshi descent. She previously worked for OpenOil, where she worked on opening up data in the extractive industries, focusing especially on contract transparency and improving accessibility of public domain information around the oil industry.
She holds a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures (French, Spanish and Arabic), and enjoys working with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds as part of her position at the Open Knowledge Foundation. She enjoys writing, and has contributed to openDemocracy, and Think Africa Press among other outlets.
zara.rahman [at] okfn.org
Katelyn Rogers — Community Manager, Working Groups
Prior to joining the Open Knowledge Foundation she worked at Wateraid on WASHwatch, an online platform for monitoring governments on their delivery of water and sanitation commitments. She holds a BA in Philosophy and French from UCLA and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from KCL where she wrote her dissertation on open government data policies in the Global South.
katelyn.rogers [at] okfn.org
Elaine Shaughnessy — Marketing & Events Manager
Elaine is the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Marketing and Events Manager. She was part of the team at the Linnaean Society of London to make the Society’s scientific and library collections freely available online and led development of the digitisation of publications for IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature, enabling free global access.
elaine.shaughnessy [at] okfn.org
Christian Villum — Community Manager, Local Groups & Open Government Data
Christian divides his time between community management for Local Groups and for Open Government Data. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has a background in media and culture entrepreneurship, co-working facilitation, community creation, hacktivism – and is a dedicated open-everything advocate. He holds an MA in Culture, Communication & Globalization from Aalborg University and has previously lived, worked and studied in Berlin, New York and Chicago. On the side he runs a few smaller projects including Uhrlaut Records, a small boutique record label for challenging electronic music from Scandinavia.
christian.villum [at] okfn.org
Lucy Chambers — Head of Knowledge Unit
Lucy is the head of the Knowledge Unit, which focusses on supporting data users (particularly journalists and NGOS) by organising training via School of Data and building software tools to fix data problems.
She has been at the foundation since 2011 and has worked on the OpenSpending project as a researcher and community coordinator. She co-authored the report for the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency on how technology can be used to promote transparency and accountability around government finance. She was also one of the editors of the the Data Journalism Handbook.
lucy.chambers [at] okfn.org
Neil Ashton — Tech Writer, Labs & School of Data
Neil Ashton contributes documentation, blog posts, and other web content to Open Knowledge Foundation projects including School of Data, OpenSpending, and Labs. He also collaborates with the Open Knowledge Foundation members on research projects as a data wrangler and scientific writer.
Neil is a writer and computational linguist. His interests resist categorization, ranging from ancient languages to functional programming and combining the abstract and the socially engaged. He has done graduate research at Cornell University and the University of Alberta.
neil.ashton [at] okfn.org
Michael Bauer — Data Wrangler, School of Data
Michael lives in Vienna and works as a Data Wrangler with the Open Knowledge Foundation mostly around the School of Data. After a detour in biomedical research, where he learned to love datawrangling, he spent some time doing advocacy for his passion: freedom in the digital age. He joined the Open Knowledge Foundation to satisfy his curiosity. He will gladly jump on any topic that you point him to.
michael.bauer [at] okfn.org
Tryggvi Björgvinsson — Tech Lead, OpenSpending
Tryggvi is a software engineer and a digital freedoms activist/promoter based in Iceland. He holds a Civilingenjörsexamen (M.Sc. equivalent) in computer engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and a Ph.D. in software engineering from the University of Iceland. Tryggvi has a passion for digital freedoms in all of its forms and his expertise lies in free and open source software. He co-founded the Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society (FSFÍ) and has worked for and consulted the Icelandic government on various things related to our freedom in cyberspace.
tryggvi.bjorgvinsson [at] okfn.org
Tony Hirst — Data Storyteller, School of Data
Tony Hirst works part time for the School of Data in shaping the materials, masterminding the blog and running workshops. He’ll also be out and about on site visits to learn more about how organisations use data “in the wild” to help build on and shape the courses.
When he’s not with us, he’s a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Systems at The Open University, Visiting Senior Fellow in Networked Teaching and Learning at the University of Lincoln, and regular blogger at OUseful.info.
With a background in electronics and artificial intelligence, he has authored on OU courses ranging from robotics to information skills, and most recently a course on computer game design and appreciation. He is passionate about open and lifelong education, and is actively involved in developing course models to support informal as well as formal education.
tony.hirst [at] okfn.org
Milena Marin — Project Coordinator, School of Data
Milena is based in London and joined Open Knowledge Foundation as Project and Workshop Coordinator for School of Data. Among others, she will be working with and supporting local partners, building the School of Data network around the world, and organising events, workshops and trainings. Before joining us, she worked for over 4 years with Transparency International (TI) as Data and Technology Coordinator.
You can contact Milena at milena.marin [at] okfn.org or and follow her on Twitter.
Anders Pedersen — Community Coordinator, OpenSpending
Anders Pedersen is Community coordinator at OpenSpending and currently based in The Hague. He holds an MA in Political Science from University of Copenhagen (2010). As an independent journalist he has crunched numbers on issues like health care, lobbying, taxation and the financial crisis in EU. He has worked as analyst and media professional with both the International Criminal Court and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. As a civil servant he worked on community outreach among Somalis in Copenhagen. Through volunteer roles he has conducted trainings across East Africa and since 2010 assisted an initiative to establish a community FM radio station in Puntland, Somalia. You can follow him on Twitter at @anpe.
anders.pedersen [at] okfn.org
Long Term Projects Unit
Sander van der Waal — Head of Long Term Projects Unit
Sander van der Waal is Head of Long Term Projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation. Overseeing many of the grant funded projects the Open Knowledge Foundation is involved with, Sander ensures any funded project will benefit maximally from cross-fertilization with other related initiatives across the wider Open Knowledge Foundation community, both nationally and internationally. Sander has a strong background in the open source world, having advised academic projects on open source software development at OSS Watch, based at the University of Oxford. He is a committer and contributor to the Apache Software Foundation and co-organised several big and smaller open source events.
sander.vanderwaal [at] okfn.org
Sam Leon — Project Manager, DM2E
Sam Leon is the Project Manager of the DM2E project and Community Coordinator of the OpenGLAM initiative.
Sam lives in London and has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in the History of Ideas. He is interested in debates around open culture and the emerging discipline of the Digital Humanities. He works specifically with the Open Humanities and Open GLAM working groups. He is co-editor of the Open Knowledge Foundation blog and coordinates a project called TEXTUS, an open source platform for working with collections of texts and associated metadata.
sam.leon [at] okfn.org
Lieke Ploeger — OpenGLAM Community Manager
Lieke is the Community Manager for the OpenGLAM initiative, promoting free and open access to digital cultural heritage data. She is based in Berlin.
lieke.ploeger [at] okfn.org
Marieke lives in Cirencester and is the Project Community Coordinator for the LinkedUp project, supporting the adoption of open data by educational organisations and institutions. She previously worked as an Institutional Support Officer for the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) helping raise awareness and building capacity for research data management at UK Higher Education Institutions. Her love for all things open began during her 13 years at UKOLN, a centre of expertise in digital infrastructure and information policy based at the University of Bath. She is a big fan of remote working and writes a blog on related technologies, cultural issues and organisational attitudes.
marieke.guy [at] okfn.org
Michelle is community coordinator for the LinkedUp project. She is an idealist who wants to make the world a better and more fair place. With a background in policy, she is passionate about diversity, civil liberties, democracy, and equality. She has strong interests in in open access and open research data.
When she’s not asking questions or reading, she can be found on twitter as @MLBrook or lurking in coffee shops in London.
michelle.brook [at] okfn.org
Gavin Chait — Head of Services Unit
Gavin lives in Oxford and leads the development and implementation of commercial operations for the Open Knowledge Foundation. While a student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, he started a non-profit organisation supporting small business development and entrepreneurs which he led for 10 years. He then spent four years in corporate consulting before managing business analytics and knowledge management at GE Healthcare. In his spare time he writes for a number of business newspapers and technical journals.
gavin.chait [at] okfn.org
Nigel Babu — Data Wrangler and Developer
Nigel is a web developer working out of Bangalore, India.
He loves open source as it enables him to contribute to an ever-growing intellectual pool of knowledge. When he isn’t writing code for the Open Knowledge Foundation, he likes to cook, play with his Raspberry Pi, or contribute to Mozilla. In the past, he’s worn various hats, including a sysadmin one. Nobody is sure if he actually ever sleeps.
nigel.babu [at] okfn.org
Vitor Baptista — Developer
Vitor is a developer at the Open Knowledge Foundation. You can find out more about him at vitorbaptista.com
vitor.baptista [at] okfn.org
Irina Bolychevsky — Project Manager and Product Owner, CKAN
Ira is based in London, and is the CKAN project manager and product owner. Ira oversees most things CKAN-related – evangelism, strategy, road map, design, clients, communications – and is always happy to point people in the right direction. Irina is a web-tech geek who enjoys finding better solutions to problems. In the rare moments when she isn’t busy with CKAN, Irina likes tea and dancing.
irina.bolychevsky [at] okfn.org
Dr Marcus Dapp — Principal Consultant
Marcus lives in Munich and has spent most of his professional life working on “digital openness” topics. For nearly three years he was an IT strategist for the City of Munich where he designed and led Germany’s first Open Government/Open Data project called MOGDy (EPSA). As a researcher, he worked intensively on software patents and open source software (PhD). Since then, he has been running his own lecture on “digital sustainability” at ETH Zurich (and, starting in 2012, at TUM Munich!). Find more on his slightly neglected blog at.
marcus.dapp [at] okfn.org
John Glover — Developer, CKAN
John Glover lives in Dublin and is a CKAN core developer working 3-4 days per week. He is also in the process of completing the latter stages of his doctoral research in the area of audio signal processing, working with Dr. Victor Lazzarini at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He previously studied Computer Science at University College Cork and Music & Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. He believes strongly in the sharing of knowledge and is a keen advocate for open source software, open data and open government.
john.glover [at] okfn.org
Sean Hammond — Developer, CKAN
Sean lives in Berlin and focuses on Python web development at CKAN. He has previously worked as the lead developer for CLICK-EAST, a research study that is developing an iPad game to help children with autism learn social and communication skills, and as a Java programming lecture at The University of Edinburgh. For his PhD, Sean developed a story authoring app for children. He enjoys crafting good code and working with open technologies. More info can be found on http://seanh.sdfeu.org/“>Sean’s website.
sean.hammond [at] okfn.org
John Martin — Front End Developer, CKAN
John is based in London and is a Front End Developer working on CKAN. He’s previously worked as a designer at a web startup, a developer for a radio station and has worked on a few pet projects as well. He is passionate about making web and mobile apps that are simple, elegant and playful. In his spare time he likes to ride his bike up and down hills.
john.martin [at] okfn.org
Adrià Mercader — Developer, CKAN
Adrià lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and is a software developer focused on the Web and Open technologies in general, and the geospatial field in particular. Before joining the CKAN team he built and managed several geo-related projects for different organizations, ranging from online map viewers to spatially enabled services and APIs.
adria.mercader [at] okfn.org
David Raznick — Technical Lead, CKAN
David lives in London and is a data analyst turned web developer with a mathsy background. His main interests are in databases and the general organization of information/data, with the thinking that if everything could be organized better and people made more accountable, the world would be a better place. He formally used to work for a human rights charity in this role and wants a future sorting out more data.
david.raznick [at] okfn.org
Sam Smith — Designer
With a background in design agencies, where he spent the first seven years of his career, Sam is a graphic designer experienced in design for both on and offline media. Sam has good all round design knowledge but specialises in digital design, with a hands on approach to HTML and CSS.
You can see what Sam has been working on recently on his website.
sam.smith [at] okfn.org
Joe Tsoi — Developer
joe.tsoi [at] okfn.org
Mark Wainwright — Community Coordinator, CKAN
Mark is a gay generation-X Cambridge graduate, who has worked in ESL, housing and stonecutting, inter alia. He has spent a year living and working in Maldives, is addicted to crosswords, and occasionally plays poker or bridge or go. He lives in Cambridge and will turn his hand to pretty much anything.
mark.wainwright [at] okfn.org
Michelle Heydon — Head of Operations Unit
Michelle is an administrative operations all rounder. Having spent the first part of her career as a Systems Administrator, she was part of a small group from the Xerox Reseach Centre Europe who spun out a new software start-up. Although that one didn’t take off, she went on to be at the birth of a further 3 IT start-ups, where she did “everything but the software” during the first few years of rapid growth. As well as being Head of Operations at the Open Knowledge Foundation, she is also a director of Digital Economy Consultants and administers the Press Fellowship Programme at Wolfson College, Cambridge.
michelle.heydon [at] okfn.org
Bobby Donovan — WordPress Specialist
Bobby is the Open Knowledge Foundation’s WordPress Specialist, helping to look after the fleet of blogs and other websites that it runs.
bobby.donovan [at] okfn.org
Meg Foulkes — Foundation Administrator
Meg studied English at Cambridge. Since then, she has worked as a librarian, private tutor and lawyer in Asylum and Immigration. She also works for the Freedom Movement for Syria and is a published poet. Meg is very happy to now be working for the Open Knowledge Foundation.
meg.foulkes [at] okfn.org
James Hamilton — Development Director
James handles grant fund-raising and reporting, and assists with financial reporting and forecasting.
james.hamilton [at] okfn.org
Joel Rebello — Systems Administrator
Joel is the Open Knowledge Foundation’s main system administrator.
joel.rebello [at] okfn.org
Cassandra Woolford — Accounts Administrator
Cassandra is the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Accounts administrator and book-keeper.
cassandra.woolford [at] okfn.org