MEET THE TEAM
The Berlin-based Secretariat is held accountable by Accountable Now's Board of Trustees. The Articles of Association are the constitutional basis defining Accountable Now’s scope of work and govern the relationship between Accountable Now and the sector. By reviewing Member accountability reports, the Independent Review Panel ensures the credibility and integrity of Accountable Now's work.
Colm Ó Cuanacháin
Chair of the Board
Colm joined Accountable Now’s Board as a trustee in 2018, when he was Senior Director of the Office of the Secretary General at Amnesty International. Since 2019, he is now our new Board Chair.View full profile
Olivier is Accountable Now’s Treasurer. He has spent almost all of his 40 years career at ADRA, mainly in management and leadership positions, in West Africa as well as at the US headquarters.View full profile
Betty Su-Chiou Ho
CEO, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families
Since working at TFCF aince 1980, Betty Su-Chiou Ho has extensive experience in emergency relief and rehabilitation programmes to actively supporting and advocating foster care, anti-poverty and child protection issues.View full profile
Megan Colnar is the director of strategy and impact for the Open Society Economic Justice Program. Megan believes strongly in the power of evidence to inform solutions to combat extreme inequality andinjustice in the world. In her current role, she applies this principle by designing and leading strategy,monitoring, and learning; organizational resilience; and innovation for …View full profile
Jo Thomson has worked in international development for over 25 years with a consistent focus on accountability and effectiveness standards and good practice for NGOs.View full profile
Vice Chair of the Board
In her current role at CIVICUS Amy provides strategic leadership on civil society resourcing, effectiveness and innovation, and constituency-based accountability. Her passion is promoting a more diverse and resilient civil society sector.View full profile
Alex is the Executive Director of the SEEP Network, supporting the execution of programmes and initiatives and keeping focus on innovation and transformation of the SEEP Network.View full profile
Interim Executive Director
Ilina Neshikj joined Accountable Now as an Interim Executive Director in October 2020. She has extensive professional experience that includes the management of the Balkan Civil Society Development Network, BCSDN, a leading regional network of 14 CSOs in the Balkans and Turkey. She has initiated and managed several national, international, and global projects devoted to improving civil society enabling environment, CSOs’ capacities and accountability, and combating shrinking civic space.
Ilina has worked on projects funded by the EU, USAID, SIDA, and private foundations and has led advocacy and research initiatives for more locally rooted donors’ strategies. She has a Master in European Studies: Strategic Communication in Europe obtained at the University of Nancy 2, France.
Hector Payo Meiriño
Membership and Reporting Manager
Hector joined Accountable Now in March 2020 as Membership and Reporting Manager. He previously worked for Greenpeace International as Reporting and Accountability Manager. Hector also has a strong background in project management, with experience in environmental protection projects at the EU level. Hector holds a Masters in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility and speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently.
Bethany Spendlove Keeley
Bethany joined Accountable Now in May 2018 as Communications Officer. Previously, Bethany worked as a communications consultant for a Brussels-based environmental communications agency, working on a variety of European Commission projects. She has completed internships at Amnesty International Australia and the think-tank European Centre for Development Policy Management in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She holds a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht with a focus on International Relations and Development Studies.
Programme Manager for the Global Standard for CSO Accountability
Elisa Lopez joined Accountable Now as Programme Officer to later become Programme Manager of the Global Standard for CSO Accountability. She has a background in sociology and political science, with a Masters in International Development and NGO Management. Elisa is currently a PhD Candidate in Innovation and Equality in Education, focusing on citizen participation.
Previously, she worked at Freedom House for the Latin America and Caribbean Team, for the Andalusian International Cooperation Agency in El Salvador and on other development projects in Colombia, Mexico and Portugal. She is a dynamic professional, particularly passionate about Latin America.
Mary joined Accountable Now in January 2020 as an Administrative Assistant. She has an academic and professional background in urban development and design and a strong interest in participatory urban planning and defending civic space. Mary holds a Dual Masters in Urban Design from the Brandenburg Technical University in Germany and Cairo University in Egypt.
Bao Han Tran Le
Programme Officer for the Global Standard for CSO Accountability
Bao Han Tran Le joined Accountable Now in September 2019 as Programme Officer of the Global Standard for CSO Accountability. Bao Han has a background in International Relations, with a Bachelor’s Degree from the London School of Economics and a Master’s in International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
Prior to joining Accountable Now, Bao Han worked for Youth United Foundation in London where she coordinated a network of 11 most prominent British youth charities. She also has experience interning with the AMAR Charitable Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support UK. She is passionate about the civil society space and equal opportunities.
Rocio Moreno Lopez
Executive Director (on parental leave)
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.
Independent review panel
Independent Review Panel Chair
Chilufya Chileshe, from Zambia, has over thirteen years’ experience in the civil society sector. She has worked on policy advocacy, research, civil society strengthening, grant-making and monitoring and evaluation. Chilufya currently works as Regional Advocacy Manager for WaterAid in Southern Africa, is the current Board Chair of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) …View full profile
Trustee, Development in Action
Snježana Bokulić is a human rights lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in the international human rights, development and security sectors. She has extensive experience in organizational strengthening, strategy development and change management. She served as the Director of Performance Division at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and, previously, as the Head …View full profile
Elodie Le Grand
Elodie Le Grand has been working for the protection of human rights for various organisations in more than 20 countries in Africa, Middle East and in the Americas. She founded her consulting firm, Consentia, in corporate social responsibility and human rights, with a specialty on children’s rights.View full profile
President and CEO of PinoyME Foundation
Danilo Songco is the President and CEO of PinoyME Foundation, a non-profit organization set up by former Philippine President Corazon Aquino. PinoyME is a rural enterprise incubator that provides a full range of services to assist small producers to become commercially viable institutions. He also serves as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development …View full profile
Charlie Martial Ngounou
Public Finance Expert for the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF)
Based in Cameroon, Charlie is an activist for democracy, human rights, digital rights, and Open Data in Africa with AfroLeadership, a CSO he founded in 2007. He works as Public Finance Expert for the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF). He is a member the OECD/UCLG World Observatory on Sub-National Government Finance and Investment; the …View full profile
Founder and director of Vine Management Consulting
Simon Lawry-White is founder and director of Vine Management Consulting which has provided performance consulting services governments, UN agencies, Red Cross, and INGOs since 1996. He has worked for UNICEF, Oxfam and the UK aid programme in Africa, and led the secretariat of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee.View full profile
Director and founder of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute
Mihir Bhatt is the Director and founder of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute. He has been evaluating the humanitarian work of both UN and international nongovernmental agencies on beneficiary feedback, rehabilitation activities, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation projects in Asia and the Pacific.View full profile