Leadership

Pavel Richter

CEO

Pavel Richter is Chief Executive Officer. He was Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland, and pioneered the internationally acclaimed Wikidata project which is now the fastest growing project for open structured data; Wikimedia Deutschland today supports thousands of volunteers in Germany, advocates nationally and internationally for access to knowledge, and partners with universities and cultural institutions. Pavel is in on the Advisory Board of Transparency International Germany and Code for Germany. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science, History and Constitutional Law. He worked for 12 years as a management consultant in the IT and banking industry, before he started to focus on managing non-profit organisations. Pavel is married, has one child, and likes to cook, sometimes in public (see #whatpavelcooks on Twitter).

Location:

berlin

Eating:

Couscous

Watching:

Game of Thrones, Season 6

Listening to:

Episodes

Reading:

"The End of War" by John Horgan

Twitter:

@pavel

Email:

pavel.richter@okfn.org

Rufus Pollock

President and Co-Founder

Dr Rufus Pollock is President & Founder. He’s engaged with our strategy, fundraising and our commercial-style work. He also helps oversee key governance and overall health of the organisation. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Open Knowledge from its founding in 2004 until 2013, when he stepped down as a Director but continues to act as Board Secretary.

Rufus was a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambrige; he is an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. 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.

Email:

rufus.pollock@okfn.org

Mark Gibbs

Chief Operations Officer

Mark Gibbs is our Chief Operating Officer and joins the Open Knowledge Team with a wealth of Knowledge gained from the IT/ Telecommunications and Data Centre industry. Mark spent most of his career based overseas and has successfully managed a number of Large Operations in The Netherlands, Russia, North America and The Baltics. Mark has both developed and funded a number of Open Source Projects in the Health care space including an Electronic Patient Register in The Netherlands.

Mark focuses on the day to day Operations of Open Knowledge including but not limited to Finance and Human Resources. Whilst not working Mark is a committed Rugby Coach and Local Parish Councillor.

Email:

Mark.Gibbs@okfn.org

Project Delivery

Sander van der Waal

Projects Director

In his role as Projects Director at Open Knowledge International, Sander oversees projects in various areas related to open knowledge, ranging from topics such as healthcare to budget transparency and open development. With a background in computer science and philosophy, Sander has seven years of experienc in the open source world, having previously advised academic projects on open source software development at OSS Watch, a national UK advisory service based at the University of Oxford. By applying the best practices from open source to open data projects, Sander helps these projects benefit optimally from cross-fertilization with other related initiatives in the wider Open Knowledge global network.

Email:

sander.vanderwaal@okfn.org

Stephen Abbott Pugh

Portfolio Manager: Planting the seeds

Stephen is a portfolio manager for Open Knowledge International focused on developing, shaping and nurturing projects like Open Trials, Frictionless Data and Open Data for Tax Justice. Prior to joining Open Knowledge International in 2016, he was an ICFJ Knight international journalism fellow with Code for Africa, working on data-driven projects across sub-Saharan Africa. He previously founded a civic technology company in Rwanda, was head of digital projects for the UK Parliament and worked as an executive producer for the Guardian's website.

Ben Meghreblian

OpenTrials Community Manager

Ben is the Community Manager for OpenTrials, a project which aims to produce an open, easy-to-use, linked database of information about the world's clinical trials.

Before joining the team, Ben worked as a project coordinator on AllTrials, a campaign which calls for greater transparency in clinical trials. He started life as a web developer, creating and supporting systems, before moving into psychology where he worked mostly in the clinical psychology field, researching and supporting therapeutic work in adult mental health. Ben has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Surrey and an MSc in Psychological Research from the University of Oxford.

Ben has interests across the open space, but particularly open science and open access. He is also interested in issues relating to privacy, surveillance, and freedom of expression and information.

Outside of Open Knowledge, Ben can be found climbing, tinkering with personal projects, and going to interesting talks in London, where he lives.

Location:

London

Watching:

Mr. Robot

Twitter:

benmeg

Email:

ben.meghreblian@okfn.org

Cédric Lombion

Community and Communications Coordinator, School of Data

Cédric is based in Bordeaux, France, and joined Open Knowledge in 2015. He now coordinates several key School of Data activities such as the Fellowship Programme, the Network Projects and External Communications.

Before joining the team Cédric worked as a Project and Community Coordinator for Open Knowledge France, and is still active there as volunteer. He discovered School of Data there and has dedicated his time to the project ever since, working with the community and facilitating data workshops. He studied Public and Political Communication with a focus on Open data and Digital public services

Location:

Bordeaux

Email:

cedric.lombion@okfn.org

David Selassie Opoku

Africa Lead, Open Data for Development

David is Africa Lead for Open Data for Development(OD4D). He is a data scientist and developer by training and currently based in Accra, Ghana with an interest in data that stems from an academic background in science and a passion to build teams and tools that create better opportunities for individuals and communities.

Prior to joining Open Knowledge, David was a 2015 School of Data Fellow, and a Technology Teaching Fellow at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology(MEST) in Accra, Ghana where he taught and mentored entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya skills necessary to build software companies. He has had also the opportunity to work with the Swarthmore College's Eugene Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the Health Division of UNICEF and a tech startup in New York City. He was also a School of Data fellow in 2015. He is a graduate of the United World College Costa Rica, Swarthmore College(PA, USA) with a B.A. in Biology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology(NJ, USA) with an M.S. in Computer Science.

Working on:

Africa Open Data Collaboration Fund

Location:

Accra, Ghana

Eating:

Nothing

Listening to:

You Alone by Foursquare Worship

Twitter:

@sdopoku

Email:

david.opoku@okfn.org

Diana Krebs

Project Manager for Fiscal Projects

Diana has been working as a web editor and IT project manager for over 10 years. She became interested in Open Data after having worked for Tactical Technology Collective in Berlin. In 2014, she had the opportunity to work for the Canton of Basel-City/Switzerland. In collaboration with other administration units, she implemented the Open Government Data strategy for the Canton Basel-City, that will lead to a pilot project to establish a sustainable Open Data culture. She has a B.A. in Religious Studies and History from SOAS University of London.

Email:

diana.krebs@okfn.org

Emma Beer

Senior Project Manager

Emma Beer is Senior Project Manager for Open Knowledge, managing OpenTrials, and European projects. Previously, Emma worked as a consultant for the digital content and digital publishing sectors, for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) communicating Green Growth and Private Sector Development, and also managed Press & Communications for a high-tech music company. She has an MA in Historical Research from Birkbeck, University of London.

Listening to:

Tame Impala

Location:

London

Email:

emma.beer@okfn.org

Freyja van den Boom

FutureTDM

Freyja obtained her Masters in Law (LLM) degree at Tilburg University. She began her career as a Trademark and Design attorney and legal advisor at one of Europe’s largest consultancies on patent and trademark law. She is a qualified teacher with experience in teaching Law and Ethics for media and game development. Before joining Open Knowledge International to work on FutureTDM she worked as a European researcher on law and technology with a focus on Autonomous vehicles, Privacy and Data Protection and Intellectual property law at KULeuven. Her research interests include Law, Art and AI. For FutureTDM she is doing interdisciplinary research and conducting interviews with the different stakeholders on how to improve the uptake of Text- and Datamining in Europe.

Email:

freyja.vandenboom@okfn.org

Jo Barratt

Project Manager

Jo Barratt is a project manager at Open Knowledge working with the Technical Team. He has 6 years experience project working in graphic design, branding and digital projects. More recently he has worked as a multi-sensory brand consultant, specialising in use of the sense of smell. Jo also has an MA in Radio and continues to work in this field often telling stories about technology, social innovation and new academic research.

Location:

New York New York

Eating:

A lemon

Reading:

A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

Email:

jo.barratt@okfn.org

Katelyn Rogers

Project Manager

Katelyn is the Working Groups Community Manager. She grew up in California and is currently based in London, after a four year stint in the southwest of France.

Prior to joining Open Knowledge 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.

Reading:

Feminist Surveillance Studies

Location:

London, UK

Email:

katelyn.rogers@okfn.org

Marco Túlio Pires

Programme Manager, School of Data

Marco Túlio Pires is Brazilian journalist and programmer. He is School of Data's programme manager and oversees the fellowship, works on fundraising and building the network of members. Marco studied Electrical Engineering and Journalism in Brazil, and Programming and Information Visualisation in the United States (University of Michigan). He also studied Leadership and Project Management in Georgetown. At Brazil’s largest Media Group, Globo TV, he was a Production Coordinator. At Editora Abril, largest publishing house in Brazil, he was the science news reporter for their biggest publication, VEJA. In 2013 Marco was awarded with the Malofiej Bronze Medal for best infographics with a story about innovations inspired by nature. He’s also worked for the government in São Paulo as a Technology & Transparency officer.

Working on:

School of Data Metrics Strategy

Twitter:

@mtrpires

Email:

marco.pires@okfn.org

Meg Foulkes

Project Coordinator, School of Data

Meg's role involves helping to run key School of Data activities such as the annual Summer Camp and the Fellowship. Prior to School of Data, Meg worked as a legal adviser to detained asylum seekers and has a particular interest in data literacy in the field of human rights

Email:

meg.foulkes@okfn.org

Victoria Vlad

Open Spending Community lead

Victoria is a public sector economist. In her previous work, she coordinated projects related to transparency of public finances, including budgetstories.md and scoalamea.md. Victoria has been a Board Member of the Open Government Institute in Moldova since November 2013. As a social entrepreneur, Victoria contributed to the development of several projects in Moldova, including TEDxChisinau and Tinerii Tehnocrati. Victoria holds a BA in Economics from the Academy of Economic Science of Moldova and is a graduate of the Fund for American Studies's Public Policy Program at Georgetown University. During her studies, Victoria conducted internships at the Economic Development Corporation (Minnesota, USA), Institute of World Politics (Washington DC, USA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova.

Location:

Jakarta, Fiscal Transparency Portals event

Working on:

getting ready for fiscal workshop event in Jakarta September 13-14

Email:

victoria.vlad@okfn.org

Capacity building

Mor Rubinstein

International community coordinator

Mor is a community coordinator / occasional researcher at Open Knowledge, based in Oxford, UK. Prior to her work at Open Knowledge she used to work as a community coordinator at the Israeli Open Data NGO The Public Knowledge Workshop (in which she still volunteers in even today). She also spent two years in Johannesburg South Africa as a community worker.

Mor holds a BA in Politics and Jewish History from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a MSc. in Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute, where she focused on civil society organisations and open government measurements in Europe

Location:

Tel Aviv, Israel

Watching:

Bloodline

Working on:

capacity team processes and budgets

Eating:

watermelon!

Reading:

To save all click here

Twitter:

@morchickit

Email:

mor.rubinstein@okfn.org

Oscar Montiel

International community coordinator

Oscar previously worked at Codeando México as Community Director and Open Innovation Coordinator where he got to collaborate with a broad group of civic hackers and government officials on a national and sub national level. He also coordinated the first civic tech and open data Fellowship in Mexico City’s government. He has experience building tools that promote civic engagement, accountability and openness in government. In his free time, collaborates with CityDevs, a civic tech development collective. He also rides bikes and loves cats.

Lieke Ploeger

Communications

As Communications Officer, Lieke works on increasing the profile and awareness of Open Knowledge International projects online, supporting and developing the core community around projects as well as engaging in social media and content. She previously coordinated the OpenGLAM initiative, promoting free and open access to digital cultural heritage data and has been managing European projects in the areas of open cultural data, open access and open science.

She holds an MA in Modern Western Literature and Translation Studies and lives and works in Berlin. In 2014 she co-founded the independent project space SPEKTRUM | art science community, where she works as community builder.

Location:

Berlin

Working on:

OKI comms strategy and planning

Reading:

'The Pirate Book' by Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska

Email:

lieke.ploeger@okfn.org

Jonathan Gray

Head of policy and research

Jonathan is Director of Policy and Research Open Knowledge. He has co-founded numerous open knowledge projects including the Data Journalism Handbook, Europe’s Energy, The Public Domain Review, OpenGLAM, OpenSpending and Where Does My Money Go?. He is also Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University and a regular contributor to The Guardian and Open Democracy.

Twitter:

jwyg

Email:

jonathan.gray@okfn.org

Danny Lämmerhirt

Researcher

Danny is a freelance researcher working with Open Knowledge International. His research interests focus on the politics of data, the political narratives of openness, accountability and transparency, and the social effects of quantification. His earlier work reflects on topics such as citizen-generated data and „statistical activism“, use and impact measurements of open data, as well as the social construction of data, data infrastructures, rankings and other metrics. In his research, Danny applies various methods ranging from computational analyses (network analyses, stakeholder analyses, media monitoring) to qualitative methods such as interviews.

Danny works on several projects in various positions, among others as research lead for the Global Open Data Index. Before joining Open Knowledge International Danny worked as a Journalist, Editor and research assistant at Fraunhofer IAO, analysing the effects of ICT innovation on knowledge work. He did his B.A. in Media Economics, and his M.A. in „New Media and Digital Culture“ at the University of Amsterdam.

Sierra Williams

Communications Manager

Sierra is Communications Manager at Open Knowledge International. Her interests are in open scholarship, the role of expertise in society, and decentralised communication networks. She was formerly the editor of the LSE Impact Blog and she is co-author of the forthcoming book Communicating Your Research with Social Media: A practical guide to using blogs, podcasts, data visualisations and video (to be published by SAGE in early 2017). She has an MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco.

Location:

London

Listening to:

Conventional Wisdom

Twitter:

@sn_will

Email:

sierra.williams@okfn.org

Technical Product

Paul Walsh

Head of Technical Product

Paul holds a BA with Honours in Anthropology from the University of Western Australia, 9 years commercial experience working in startups in the highly competitive Israeli Hi-Tech industry, and several years experience as a volunteer and contractor working with open data and open source at Israeli NGO The Public Knowledge Workshop. He considers himself a generalist who feels equally at home writing code, working on product strategy, and managing teams.

Outside of work, Paul is an avid music fan and a keen urban gardener.

Location:

Tel Aviv

Eating:

Watermelon

Reading:

The Mists of Avalon

Twitter:

@_pwalsh

Email:

paul.walsh@okfn.org

Adrià Mercader

Senior Developer; CKAN Technical Lead

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.

Location:

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Reading:

El Tercer Reich - Roberto Bolaño

Watching:

The Get Down

Working on:

CKANCon 2016 speakers and schedule

Twitter:

amercader

Email:

adria.mercader@okfn.org

Adam Kariv

Senior Developer; OpenSpending Technical Lead

Adam is an experienced technologist and open data activist,with over 25 years of experience in a wide range of areas - from embedded systems, through mobile applications, scalable services, big data analysis through to UI design.

He studied Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Adam is one of the founders of the Public Knowledge Workshop, an Israeli NGO aiming to improve government transparency via technological tools. There, he leads one of its flagship projects - The Budget Key for making national budgets more accessible.

Along with his volunteering work with the PKW, Adam also worked and consulted to various Israeli start-up companies as a CTO, Software Architect and platform specialist.

Adam is married with two daughters and lives in the suburban town of Raanana.

Listening to:

YouTube autoplay

Reading:

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Location:

Israel

Twitter:

@ikramvada

Email:

adam.kariv@okfn.org

Vitor Baptista

Senior Developer; OpenTrials Technical Lead

Vitor joined the Open Knowledge as a web developer in 2012. Since then, he has been part of the OpenSpending, CKAN and OpenTrials teams. He has a master's degree in Computer Science, where he developed a statistical model that detects when a Brazilian deputy is changing her alignment with the government's coalition based on her voting patterns. His main interests lie in how technology can improve our lives by automating tasks and augmenting our understanding of the world, specially through data analysis and visualization.

Location:

Birmingham, UK

Email:

vitor.baptista@okfn.org

Brook Elgie

Senior Developer

Brook lives near the south coast of England and specialises in development of CKAN and other Commercial Services projects. Brook spent many years working for museums, libraries and archives creating websites and interactive installation activities for museums such as the Science Museum London, and The Churchill Museum. With a keen interest in typeface design, Brook helped create Photo-Lettering.com, previously nominated for the London Design Museum Design of the Year.

Evgeny Karev

Senior Developer

Evgeny was born in Moscow. He's got an engineering degree at Moscow State Technical University. Evgeny worked as an entrepreneur and a consultant on various projects in Russia. Now, he is a passionate open source developer living between Moscow and Montenegro. At Open Knowledge International, Evgeny works mostly on OpenTrials and Frictionless Data projects.

Location:

Moscow

Email:

evgeny.karev@okfn.org

Sam Smith

Senior Visual Designer

A web & graphic designer, with a love of visual communication, from art to photography to design. Since graduating with a degree in Fine Art over a decade ago, Sam has been working as a graphic designer, specialising in latter years in digital design and front-end development. Sam is the founder of Mint Canary.

Working on:

OpenTrials UX

Reading:

The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It - by Owen Jones

Twitter:

smthdotuk

Homepage:

http://smth.uk

Email:

sam.smith@okfn.org

Dan Fowler

Developer Advocate

Dan Fowler contributes to various projects at Open Knowledge and currently serves as developer advocate helping to connect a community of makers and doers around open data with the technology work conducted by Open Knowledge International. He has a Master’s degree in Information and Communication Technologies for Development from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University. Between degrees, he worked as a sysadmin for an investment bank in New York.

Serah Rono

Developer Advocate

Serah is a Computer Science graduate with over three years experience as a Developer Advocate and community coordinator working with some of Africa’s most impactful civic technology initiatives. She has championed digital literacy workshops all over Africa, The Middle East,Europe, Asia, North and South America and believes that, on all matters open and data, the work does not stop until all nations are at par.

Serah joined Open Knowledge in September 2016 and her focus will be on Open Knowledge’s technical communities and on various projects across the EU and the rest of the world.

Georgiana Bere

Junior Developer

Georgiana is a child of the Internet and has been fascinated by it since childhood. She started developing websites when she was a teenager, at first using Adobe Dreamweaver and focusing mostly on front end and styling. During this time, she also learnt C++ in school, which made front end work feel like play by comparison. About two years ago she enrolled to a web development boot camp where she got familiar with back end work as well as social entrepreneurship.

Georgiana always thought the Internet could be used to improve (faster) aspects of society but it wasn't until she coded at an open data hackathon that some ideas materialized. Then came a series of projects focused on collaboration and transparency that eventually led her to Open Knowledge. Now she is doing her best to combine her affinity for open data and web development without loosing the playfulness

Location:

Cluj-Napoca, RO

Email:

georgiana.bere@okfn.org

Operations

Cassandra Woolford

Accounts Administrator

Cassandra is the Open Knowledge accounts administrator and book-keeper.

Email:

cassandra.woolford@okfn.org

Michelle Heydon

Chief of Finance

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. Michelle has been at Open Knowledge since 2012, continuing this broad theme of operational responsibilities, but since 2016 has focused solely on the finances of the organisation.

Email:

michelle.heydon@okfn.org

Franka Vaughan

Acting Executive Assistant

Franka is based in Stratford, London, and joined Open Knowledge in 2016 as Acting Executive Assistant. Before joining OKI, she worked as a Governance / Political Analyst with Penplusbytes, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing governance by deepening citizens' participation through ICT in Ghana, where she led various research works and assisted with projects leading to insights, policy recommendations and evidence to drive effective advocacy.

Franka is a Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) scholar at the University of Birmingham, UK with a Master’s degree in International Development (Governance and Statebuilding). As part of her MSc. programme, Franka worked with MIF’s Research Department in London as a Research Assistant where she had the opportunity to work on the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, and interned with the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre in Birmingham. As an avid supporter of the use of sports as a tool for the empowerment of young people, Franka looks for avenues to volunteer for International Inspiration.

Listening to:

to Rihanna’s Loud Album :slightly_smiling_face:

Eating:

Ghana jollof

Reading:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Location:

Stratford, London

Twitter:

fkdarfour

Email:

franka.vaughan@okfn.org

John Molenaar

Human Resources

John provides HR services within Open Knowledge International, and he is based partly in Spain and Kenya.

He has previous experience as Director Human Resources and IT Manager at Linx Datacenter, Project Manager Knowledge Management at the Dutch incumbent KPN, and prior to his career in the data arena John has worked as a biochemical analyst at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and as Sales Representative at Roche Molecular Biochemicals.

John holds a BSc in Biochemistry, a post doc training in Applied Molecular Genetics (Hatfield Polytechnic UK) and is an undergraduate in physics.

Email:

john.molenaar@okfn.org

Anastasia Kalashnikova

Operations Assistant

Anastasia Kalashnikova joined Open Knowledge in the role of Operations Assistant. Anastasia is working part time for Mark Gibbs as Personal Assistant, and the remaining hours for finance and HR team. Anastasia has worked in finance, administration and procurement roles across Europe. Anastasia has lived in the UK, The Netherlands and now resides in her hometown of Volgograd in Russia.

Email:

anastasia.kalashnikova@okfn.org