Dr. Tim Hubbard

Board Chair

Tim Hubbard is Professor of Bioinformatics and Head of Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at King’s College London. He is also Head of Genome Analysis at Genomics England, a company established by the UK government to execute the 100,000 Genome Project, which aims to mainstream the use of whole genome sequence analysis for treatment in the UK National Health Service (NHS). From 1997-2013 he worked at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute where he was one of the organisers of the sequencing of the human genome. In 1999 he co-founded the Ensembl project to analysis, organise and provide access to the human genome and from 2007 led the GENCODE project to annotate the structure of all human genes. He is an advocate of the benefits of open access and open data release for science and society as a whole and has served on multiple national information access advisory boards including Europe PMC (PubMedCentral) the repository for open access publications. He received his BA from Cambridge University (UK), and PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London (UK).

Vanessa Barnett

Board Member

Vanessa Barnett is a lawyer who helps clients who are using technology and data to innovate or disrupt established ways of doing things, with particular expertise in Internet/platform based business models. She likes working with people who are changing the status quo. She has supported her clients from household-name global brands to nimble start-ups do this for over 15 years, first as a partner at two traditional City firms and now at disruptor law firm Keystone Law. She regularly advises boards on legal matters and strategy in her role as a lawyer. Vanessa has a specific interest in the cross over between technology, intellectual property and data, and right now is spending most of her working time advising on data related projects. She holds a degree in Law from Exeter University, is the founding author of the Internet section of Practical Commercial Precedents and sits on its editorial board. She is also on the editorial board of Digital Business Lawyer.

Irina Bolychevsky

Board Member

Irina is passionate about products and using technology to make things better. She spent many years working on open data at Open Knowledge (as one of the directors and ckan product owner), at web startups, and most recently as a product lead or data consultant for W3C, Open Data Institute and the UK, Dubai and UAE governments. She co-founded redecentralize.org — a project to promote and bring together people working on and interested in decentralised digital technologies.

Vicky Brock

Board Member

Entrepreneur & data specialist Vicky Brock is Founder of Get Market Fit and Founder and former CEO of Clear Returns. In November 2017 Vicky was named Scotland’s Most Inspiring Business Person by Founders4Schools at the Entrepreneurial Scotland Awards. She is a Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) Ambassador, sits on the Board of the Women’s Economic Imperative and is a Board Director Emeritus of the Digital Analytics Association. Vicky won Innovator of the Year at the 2014 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards, is a Tech London Advocate and one of Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Women in IT.

Karin Christiansen

Board Member

Karin Christiansen took on the role of Executive Director in June 2018, to assist with leading the organisation while we recruit a new CEO. She has been Chair of the OKI Board of Directors since September 2013 and currently serves as Board member. She is currently doing strategy, leadership and operational consultancy work including at the Open Data Institute. Prior to that she was the General Secretary of the Co-operative Party. She was the founder/CEO of Publish What You Fund, the global campaign on the transparency of aid. 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.

Jarmo Elukka Eskelinen

Board Member

Jarmo is the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer of the Future Cities Catapult. Before joining the Catapult in 2016, Jarmo was the founder and the CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki, the urban innovation lab of the City of Helsinki, since 2006. Jarmo is an internationally recognised expert in smart cities, open data and open innovation. His background is in architecture, and he’s got an eMBA degree from the Aalto University. The mission of the Future Cities Catapult is to help firms develop the products and services to meet the changing needs of cities. Jarmo leads the research & innovation agenda, academic partnerships and international strategic collaborations of the Catapult, building on his diverse experience from working in the urban context, from architecture to club promotion and digital services. In Forum Virium, Jarmo launched the Helsinki region open data activities, and developed the ambitious Six City Strategy of open data, open APIs and open participation for the six largest citiss of Finland. Jarmo is the and vice-chair of the international Open & Agile Smart Cities network OASC, member of the Smart London Board, member of the EC Open Innovation Strategy & Policy Group OISPG and a founding member and former President of the European Network of Living Labs ENoLL.

Rufus Pollock

Board Member

Dr Rufus Pollock is a researcher, technologist and entrepreneur as well as President & Founder of Open Knowledge. He has been a pioneer in the global Open Data movement, advising national governments, international organisations and industry on how to succeed in the digital world. Formerly, he was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has been the recipient of a $1m Shuttleworth Fellowship and is currently an Ashoka Fellow and Fellow of the RSA. He holds a PhD in Economics and a double first in Mathematics from 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.

Helen Turvey

Board Member

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.

Johnny West

Board Member

Johnny West is director of OpenOil, a Berlin-based consultancy which uses open data and methodologies to build investment-grade financial and commercial analysis for governments and societies of their natural resource assets. He sits on the Advisory Board of FAST, the only open source financial modelling standard, and is an alumnus of the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship. Johnny started professional life as a journalist for Reuters in the Middle East (and more recently wrote a book about the Arab Spring), then went into online journalism in the mid-1990s, and media development around the world, heading Internews Europe, an international NGO, where he commissioned a substantial extension of ToR anonymity software into repressive countries. OpenOil’s work is guided by the belief that any effective response to climate change and other planetary boundaries needs a comprehensive open database of natural resources, and the analysis on top of it to feed public policy making. Johnny speaks French, Arabic, German, Spanish and Persian and is passionate about the potential of open knowledge system in the non-Anglophone space.

Andrew Clarke (Observer)

Board Observer

As a principal at Omidyar Network, based in the London office, Andrew focuses on policy, advocacy strategy, and related investments for the global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative. Andrew’s experience as an advocacy and policy specialist spans both the international development and private sectors. Before joining Omidyar Network in early 2014, Andrew worked at Publish What You Fund (PWYF), a campaign for aid transparency, where he led engagement with the United States, European Union, and World Bank to increase the quantity and quality of public aid information. Prior to PWYF, Andrew served as public affairs manager for Ranelagh International Limited, where he provided strategic planning and advocacy for clients in the education, forestry, renewable energy, construction, and related manufacturing industries. Andrew also worked at the Overseas Development Institute on an aid harmonization project in Uganda. Andrew received an MA in political science from the University of British Columbia and has a BA in history from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

Dietmar Walter (Observer)

Board Observer

Dietmar is an entrepreneurial Chairman, CEO, Non Executive Director and Business Advisor with a track record in setting up, growing and leading global tech, data analytics, software and market intelligence organisations, from start-up through to successful exit. He has held senior positions within the IT industry for the last 20 years and is currently a strategic advisor to several data analytics and software start-up companies.