Management & Secretariat

 The Secretariat’s responsibilities include:
  • Developing Accountable Now’s strategic direction in accordance with the Board and the Annual General Meeting

  • Ensuring the implementation of respective work plans

  • Managing the governance process and the reporting procedure (including pre-screening of Accountability Reports)

  • Conceptualising and communicating Accountable Now’s external appearance; serving as the key point of contact between Members, the Board, the Panel and other stakeholders

  • Developing fundraising concepts; preparing and carrying out Member activities, such as workshops, webinars and peer advice group meetings

  • Liaising with the Project Partners for the Global Standard for CSO Accountability

  • Finally – providing administration and financial backup for the functioning of the organisation

Meet the Team

Rocio Moreno Lopez
Rocio Moreno LopezExecutive Director
Rocio joined Accountable Now in January 2018 as Executive Director. Previously she worked on consultancy assignments on citizen participation, capacity building and impact evaluation in countries such as Kenya, Macedonia, Kazakhstan and Mexico for (amongst others) Open Society, MacArthur, Ford and Hewlett Foundations. Prior to that, she was Global Co-ordinator for the Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP), an organisation combining activists and organisations working on public finance and budget accountability, where she led member engagement strategy, coordinated advocacy strategy and built strategic partnerships with national and international organisations.

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Ezgi Akarsu
Ezgi AkarsuProgramme Manager
Ezgi joined Accountable Now in March 2017 as Programme Manager. She is in charge of the everyday administration and organisation of the Secretariat, leads fundraising activities, and manages the accountability reporting process. Prior to joining Accountable Now, Ezgi was Project Coordinator at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in Berlin, where she oversaw internal projects relating to the Holocaust, antisemitism, genocide, and refugees. She also completed internships at the Australian Embassy in Berlin, Amnesty International Australia, and the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney. Ezgi studied International Relations and a Master of International Law at the University of Sydney in Australia, with a focus on human rights and refugee issues.

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Isabelle Büchner
Isabelle BüchnerProgramme Officer
Isabelle joined the team in January 2018 as Programme Officer for the Global Standard and People-Powered Decision-Making projects. Previously she was a Communications Officer for the Global Standard for CSO Accountability and worked as an intern for the MENA-focused magazine zenith and the communications agency Weber Shandwick. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Mannheim, focusing on civil war and democratisation in the Middle East, and an MSc in Marketing in Edinburgh with a master thesis on the communication strategy of Islamic State propaganda videos.

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Kameliya Tomova
Kameliya TomovaProgramme Officer
Kameliya joined Accountable Now in January 2014. She maintains Accountable Now’s communications, webinars and peer advice groups, membership administration, complaints handling, event management and bookkeeping. Before joining Accountable Now, Kameliya graduated from her Masters in Contemporary Identities at Bristol University with a focus on multiculturalism and asylum. Her thesis examined burden-sharing, responsibility determination and push-back policies of EU states in regard to accepting asylum seekers, and in particular how the Dublin Regulation affects asylum seekers’ lives and identities. Kameliya has volunteered with local CSOs in Germany, Brazil and the UK.

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Erika Baranda
Erika BarandaStudent Assistant
Erika joined Accountable Now in July 2017 as a Student Assistant. She helps with communications, peer advice groups and event management. Currently Erika is studying Masters of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance. Before coming to Germany, she used to work at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and in youth and gender projects at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mexico. She has completed internships at Apolitical, a startup for public servants, and Alternativas y Capacidades, a CSO focused on capacity development of civil society.

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