Meet the team! The Secretariat consists of a team of ten – seven are based in London and three regional coordinators.
Blaise joined the Publish What You Pay team as the Finance and Operations Associate in the December 2015. Prior to that, Blaise was working at Merlin Entertainments Group, London Cluster in charge of Accounts Payable for the London Eye and London Aquarium. He joined Merlin in 2005 as Operations Assistant and moved to the Finance team in 2011. Blaise is detentor of a Bachelor degree(Hons) in Financial Management from the University of Westminster. Blaise is bilingual in French and English. He is Fluent in Swahili and Lingala
You can contact Blaise at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on +44(0) 20 3096 7716
Diana Kaissy joined the PWYP team in March 2012 as PWYP MENA Coordinator and is primarily responsible for coordinating with PWYP’s Arabic-speaking coalitions in the MENA region, Iraq in particular.
Diana previously worked as the Lebanon Country Manager for the charity, PACES, which seeks to use sports programmes to encourage and empower children living in the Palestinian refugees camps, for hope for a better future.
You can contact Diana at email@example.com, on +96 139 81571 or on skype, dianakaissy
Carol holds an MSc. in Organizational Development from the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) and a BSc. in International Business Administration from the same institution. Carol’s areas of expertise are in Capacity Development, Advocacy and Youth Programming. Prior to joining PWYP in July 2014, Carol worked at ACT, a grant making and capacity development NGO in Kenya, where she managed the capacity development programmes offered to over 70 non-state actors. Carol has also worked in Nigeria, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa and Guyana.
Carol works closely with national coalitions to reinforce their strategic and organisational capacities all along the value chain, their advocacy approaches and their ability to engage constructively with Governments, parliaments, companies and other civil society groups to advance PWYP Vision 20/20. Carol ensures regular communication and information exchange within the PWYP network and promotes sharing of experiences and best practices and peer-to-peer learning.
You can contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org, on +254 739 249212 or on skype: Carol.Kiangura
As EITI Coordinator, Asmara provides support to the civil society members on the International EITI board – helping them coordinate and amplify civil society perspectives in International Board decision-making, report back to their national and regional constituencies and facilitate their participation in the various board committees. She also assists PWYP’s coalitions with the development and management of EITI focused projects.
Prior to joining the PWYP team in December 2013 to act as EITI programme coordinator, Asmara Klein completed a PhD in politics and international relations at Sciences Po in Paris. Her doctoral research focused on the emergence of the transparency norm in the extractive industries and allowed Asmara to build an expertise on the EITI process, especially in Cameroon, where she conducted extended field work. Born to German parents, Asmara was raised in France and speaks fluent English, Spanish and decent Polish, which she learned while spending an Erasmus year in Warsaw.
You can contact Asmara at email@example.com or on +44 (0) 20 3096 7715
Alexandra joined the Publish What You Pay team as the Communications Coordinator in June 2015. Previously, Alex was working as a Digital Editor for Family for Every Child and as Communications Coordinator at the Water Integrity Network at Transparency International. She has dual citizenship – French and Swedish, and has lived in France, Sweden, Germany and UK. Alex is bilingual in French and Swedish, and is fluent in English and with intermediate to fluent level in German (depending on the topic!).
You can contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0) 20 3096 7714
Emil joined the PWYP Secretariat in January 2016. He has extensive experience of the PWYP campaign and the coalitions in the region, having worked for four years for NRGI (Revenue Watch at the time) providing support to their Eurasia Regional Director and contributing to the development of their strategies, approaches and programs. More recently, Emil has worked as a consultant to the World Bank on the development of the EITI in Azerbaijan.Emil will be coordinating PWYP’s work in the Eurasia region, including strategy development and implementation, advocacy, communications and fundraising.
You can contact Emil at email@example.com, or on Skype at emilfsa10
Elisa joined Publish What You Pay as its Executive Director in February 2016. She brings 20 years of experience in international campaigning, grassroots movement building and high-level advocacy. She has worked and lived in central and north America, Europe and Russia. She witnessed the too often devastating impacts of large-scale resource exploitation on people and nature when living alongside indigenous communities in the arctic for five years. Her interest in and passion for equitable and sustainable resource use stems from that experience. Elisa also spent 6 years working for the United Nations as the Head of the UN’s Non-governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) in New York, advocating for and supporting civil society’s meaningful participation in the UN’s decision making processes. Most recently, she advised The Elders, a group of former Heads of State and Nobel Prize winners, on their political strategies related to peace and security, sustainable development, climate change and women’s rights. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Stephanie joined Publish What You Pay in 2013 where she has worked to support operational, communications, grant management and internal and coalition governance processes. A qualified Prince 2 practitioner Stephanie holds a master’s degree from the University of Sheffield and has six years’ experience in operational, research and project management roles. As Interim Programme Manager, Stephanie is responsible for supporting the Secretariat’s Regional Coordinators to implement PWYP’s Vision 20/20 strategy at the national and regional levels, as well as supporting the International Director in fundraising and in ensuring a successful transition process.
You can contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0) 20 3096 7716
James joined the Publish What You Pay team as Advocacy Officer in June 2014. He is responsible for coordinating the efforts of PWYP members and coalitions worldwide in pursuit of strong mandatory disclosure legislation for the extractive industries. James previously worked as Political Advisor to the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament, which included responsibility for the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives. Prior to that, he worked for the ONE Campaign’s Brussels office, as well as for UK Members of the European Parliament. He holds a BA in Politics and Development Studies from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
You can contact James at email@example.com, on +44 (0) 20 3096 7714 or skype pwypjroyston