Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides the formal governance of Open Knowledge as a whole.

Karin Christiansen Board Chair

Karin Christiansen

Karin Christiansen is General Secretary of the Co-operative Party. She is one of the founders and former Managing Director of Publish What You Fund. Before setting up Publish What You Fund, Karin worked as a Policy Manager at ONE and for many years as Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure. She joined ODI having worked as an Economist at the Rwandan Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture. Prior to that, Karin worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2011 Karin was named as one of the Devex London 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders.

James Casbon Board Member

James Casbon has been working with open knowledge throughout his professional career. He has been responsible for analysing and managing large scale data sets in genomics, aerospace and finance. After working at Population Genetics Technologies on a project to enable parallel resequencing of the human genome he is now working developing financial solutions at Getco (now KCG). He contributes to the Open Knowledge work on open data in science and helps to oversee operations.

Tom Cobbold Board Member

Tom Cobbold

Tom has contributed financial leadership to the growth success of many SMEs in his 15 years as a commercial accountant hitherto, at organisations including Tadpole Technology, Multimap, Oilspace, Displaylink, Managed Networks and most recently Cambridge successes Transversal and MagicSolver. Along the way he has enjoyed delivering a broad assortment of useful accounting projects in and around boardrooms, undertaking fundraising, M&A appraisal and acquisition integration, turnaround, restructuring, growth and exit planning, always retaining a firm grip on business as usual management reporting, controls and regulatory requirements. Educated in Norwich and at Nottingham Trent University Humanities department before embarking on his accountancy career, Tom now lives in Essex with his young family and divides time between start-up/growth/change challenges in the capital, in Cambridge and beyond. Tom is an FCCA.

Paula Le Dieu Board Member

Paula Le Dieu

Paula Le Dieu is a new media executive and advisor. Paula has worked with the BBC, Guardian, Fairfax, Ofcom and Creative Commons as well as online content and activism communities such as iCommons and the international documentary community. Her experience spans advising on the future of public service media, open culture theory and practice, the role of archives in the digital age, leading international communities of volunteers, building e-commerce solutions and sitting on the executive board of the leading European Documentary Festival - Sheffield Doc/Fest...amongst other things..

Jane Silber Board Member

Jane Silber

Jane Silber is CEO of Canonical. Canonical produces Ubuntu, the leading open source platform for client, server and cloud computing. Canonical also provides services to the IT industry to bring Ubuntu-based products to market, and to enterprise and consumer users to maximise their Ubuntu experience. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2010, she served as Canonical's COO and has helped lead the company through periods of dramatic growth. Jane has over 20 years of business development, strategic leadership, operations and software management experience. She holds an MBA degree from Oxford University, an MSc degree in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University, and a BSc degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Haverford College.

Helen Turvey Board Member

Helen Turvey

Helen Turvey (King) is CEO of the Shuttleworth Foundation. She originally joined the Shuttleworth Foundation to define international relations for the organisation, before moving into her present role where she is responsible for all of the Foundations strategic and operational elements. Helen was educated in Europe, South America and the Middle East. With 15 years worth of experience working with international NGOs and agencies, she is driven by the belief that open technologies, content and processes have vast benefits and value to offer education, economies and communities in both the developed and developing worlds.