Meet the team! The Secretariat consists of a team of twelve, including three regional coordinators.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com, on +263 784995413 or on skype: Carol.Kiangura
Isabella joined the PWYP team in May 2017 and will primarily be assisting with the delivery of PWYP’s communications strategy and objectives.
Isabella previously worked in communications for a social justice charity, following a Masters in International Liaison and Communications. She also holds a BA in International Relations with French. As part of her BA she carried out research on the impact of oil on Nigeria’s national security.
You can contact Isabella at firstname.lastname@example.org, on +44 (0) 20 3096 7715 or on Skype: email@example.com
As EITI Programme Officer, 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, 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.
You can contact Asmara at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0) 20 3096 7715
Sandrine joined the PWYP team in June 2016 to provide key institutional, administrative, logistical and programmatic support to the Secretariat team. Prior to that, Sandrine was working for Development Finance International, a non-profit capacity building, advocacy, advisory and research group on debt management issues, working with more than 50 governments and international organisations worldwide. She was working as Travel Coordinator, Distance Learning Programme Administrator and Executive Assistant to the Director. Sandrine is bilingual in French and English and holds a Master’s Degree in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
You can contact Sandrine at email@example.com or on +44 (0) 20 3096 7717
Caroline joined PWYP as Finance and Operations Director in October 2016. She has been working in the NGOs sector for over 20 years across a range of areas (including health, education, social housing, social justice, grant giving and conservation) and within a variety of funding mechanisms (government funding, trust, large grantees and government) both in the UK and overseas. Caroline has extensive financial management experience and has set up and managed numerous grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to grants of £30m (USD45m). She is a Chartered Accountant (Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland), has a BA in Accounting (Caledonian University, Glasgow) and an MSc International Development (University of Bath). Caroline is also a Trustee of a Grant Giving Foundation in the South West of England (South West Foundation).
Between 2009 and 2015 Caroline was Director of Finance and Operations at an HIV medical care/research/education centre in Uganda. This experience gave her a great experience working in: sub granting to government and local ngos, providing HR services to up to 300 staff, developing financial and procurement systems, all in a complex multi donor environment. During this time Caroline also took the organisation through the process of separating from the UK parent charity and setting up the necessary governance structures in Uganda.
Caroline is highly enthusiastic about the work of PWYP and its role within the good governance agenda. She is looking forward to being part of a small team again and the hands-on opportunity that it gives
You can contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0) 20 3096 7719
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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
Demba joined the PWYP team in May 2017 as Francophone West Africa Regional Coordinator. Among other responsibilities, Demba is in charge of representing and promoting a high profile brand for PWYP at the regional level. He guides the advocacy efforts of PWYP’s members by supporting and developing the capacity of member coalitions in the region to enhance their effectiveness in achieving PWYP’s common goals and being involved in global initiatives. He also contributes towards the development and implementation of strategic plans, governance mechanisms and effective teamwork for the PWYP Secretariat. Demba previously worked as Extractive Industries Regional Programme Officer in Oxfam West Africa Regional Office. His position in Oxfam allowed him to work with lots of PWYP Coalitions in West Africa and around the world. He holds a Masters in International Relations and is a PhD candidate in Public Law/International Relations at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (Senegal). He speaks French, English and Spanish.
You can contact Demba at email@example.com, or on (+221) 77 344 59 59