Meet the team! The Secretariat consists of a team of nine – six are based in London and three in Beirut, Nairobi and Niamey.
Saidou holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Nantes and BL from University Abdou Moumouni of Niamey. Before joining the PWYP secretariat in November 2013, he was the Programme Officer of ROTAB, the Niger PWYP coalition. Saidou has an extensive experience in communication and networking as he worked with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and Plan Niger for several years.
The primary remit of Saidou’s role is to support the efforts of national coalitions in their advocacy and reinforce their strategic and organisational capacities. His work has a particular emphasis on improving the engagement in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). Saidou ensures regular communication and information exchanges within the PWYP network and promotes sharing of experiences and best practices and peer-to-peer learning.
You can contact Saidou at firstname.lastname@example.org, on +227 96972141 or on skype: saidouarji
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
Prior to joining PWYP as Finance and Grants Coordinator in February 2015, Flavia had covered as the Finance Coordinator at Open Society Foundation since Feb 2014. She has worked within different Finance functions in the Public and Not for Profit Sector. Her main background is in Project Accounting having worked for Refugee Action (T/O £17m) from 2007 to 2013 and Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency-MHRA (2000-2007), with 3month year-end accounting roles at both British Heart Foundation and British Lung Foundation in 2007 and 2013 respectively. Flavia is responsible for supporting the secretariat in its budget development and analysis, tracking income and expenditure and liaising with third parties such as donors, grantee and coalition members. She will also be responsible for setting up and managing appropriate financial packages, systems and polices and perform all aspects of grant management. Flavia holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Daystar University-Kenya, an MSc in Economics from University of Aberdeen-Scotland, and is part qualified CIMA. She speaks fluent Swahili and is currently learning French. You can contact Flavia by email at email@example.com or on +44 (0) 20 3096 7716
Marinke van Riet joined the civil society movement Publish What You Pay (PWYP) in August 2011 to take up the post of International Director based in London. Prior to joining PWYP, Marinke worked at Marie Stopes International in Madagascar and Ghana as well as in DRC, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Uganda, and Kenya, working for a microfinance institution and for a network focusing on pro-poor transport policies and practices. Her interest in natural resource governance stems from these cumulative experiences in Africa as, in her view, well-managed natural resources could significantly contribute to the development of countries.
You can contact Marinke at firstname.lastname@example.org, on +44 (0) 20 3096 7715 or on skype: marinkekarianne
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, on +44 (0) 20 3096 7714 or skype pwypjroyston