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 (IRP) ensures the credibility and integrity of Accountable Now's work.


Rachel Smith (she/her)

Chair of the Board

Rachel co-founded GlobalGiving UK and leads the organisation to make a genuine and sustained difference in people’s lives. She started GlobalGiving in the UK because of her belief that the development aid sector needs radical change: change that puts people’s dignity and dreams first. She believes that accountability is about building trusted partnerships between people

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Mary Brezovich (she/her)

Deputy Head of Federation Communications, SOS Children’s Villages International

Mary is Deputy Head of Federation Communications at SOS Children’s Villages International, the world’s largest NGO focused on supporting children without parental care or at risk of losing it. Among other roles, she is chief editor of the organization’s International Annual Report. She uses storytelling and data to bring complex child rights topics alive for

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Veronica Zambrano (she/her)

Veronica has been working with Plan International for 12 years in different positions related to Program Design, Communication and Resource Mobilizations. She was the Country Director in Honduras and she recently became the Director of the Subregion of South America. She has vast experience working with and for marginalised communities and for the eradication of

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Babacar Ndong

Dr. Babacar Ndong has been the Country Director at Educo for almost 3 years. He has over 18 years of experience working in development programs, both with national and international NGOs, with a focus on the fields of education, gender, children’s rights protection, and community development. He has a PhD in Sociology, and previously worked

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Dumi Gatsha (they/them)

Founder, Success Capital

Dumi (they, them, their) is proudly Pan African and unequivocally non-binary queer feminist working on eliminating the barriers between grassroots experiences and global policy making. This includes advocacy linking human rights and sustainable development in decolonising knowledge production whilst safeguarding and strengthening youth agency (voice, visibility) through up-skilling and supporting variant forms of civic action

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Jo Thomson (she/her)

Independent Trustee

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.

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Jean Scrimgeour

co-CEO, chief Operations and Innovation Officer, Accountability Lab

Jean Scrimgeour is the co-CEO, chief Operations and Innovation Officer at Accountability Lab. The Accountability Lab makes governance work for people everywhere by supporting active citizens, responsible leaders and accountable institutions. They are reimagining how to build accountability to support a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyone fairly, and people lead

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Tamryn-Lee Fourie

Tamryn-Lee Fourie is a seasoned strategy and institutional strengthening professional. In 2018 she joined CIVICUS as the Impact and Accountability Lead, where she has been driving CIVICUS’ strategy, planning and monitoring & evaluation agenda for the last five years. Tamryn-Lee holds a Masters (MSc) in Operational Research with a thesis inspired by the organisational challenges

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Alex Sardar (he/him)

Independent Trustee

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.

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Megan Colnar

Interim Executive Director

Megan is a recognised expert and thought leader in strategy, impact measurement and management, learning, and organisational resilience for complex, dynamic social change efforts. She joins the Accountable Now team after previously serving on Accountable Now’s Board and has previously held roles as Director for Strategy & Impact of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) and as Global Director for MEL at The Hunger Project. Her passions include helping organisations and other social change actors to be as resilient and impactful as possible, and is fiercely dedicated to equity and inclusion and applying these lenses to social change work.

Megan received her Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has a BA in International Studies and Latin American Studies from Rhodes College. She has worked in over 50 countries across six continents including long-term engagement and lived experience in Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Northern Ireland/UK, Rwanda, and the United States.

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Mary Sprague (she/her)

Strategic Communications and Administration Officer

Mary first joined Accountable Now in 2019 as a Student Assistant. She has an academic and professional background in urban development and design and a strong interest in citizen participation and building a more just and equitable world. Mary holds a Dual Masters in Urban Design from Brandenburg Technical University in Germany and Cairo University in Egypt. Before joining Accountable Now, Mary has worked for architecture and urban planning studios in Montreal, Tokyo, and Cairo on research, citizen engagement and participation, and design.

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Bao Han Tran Le (she/her)

Membership and Reporting Coordinator

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.

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Snježana Bokulić (she/her)

IRP Chair, Human Rights and Organizational Strategy Consultant

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

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Marlen Mondaca

Marlen Mondaca is a feminist leader and strategist with over 25 years of experience leading and supporting programs in the international and Canadian aid sector, where she worked with both small and large INGOs, supporting both humanitarian and development programming. Marlen worked with Oxfam and then Save the Children. During her time with Save, she

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Afërdita Pustina

Civil Society and Civic Tech Expert

Afërdita Pustina is an expert in civil society and civic tech. Through her work she contributes to furthering democracy in Kosovo by empowering women, youth and civil society to participate in policy and decision-making processes. In the past, she designed the concept and led the implementation the online Digital Platform for Public Participation in Kosovo

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Muhammad Taher

With about 40 years of development experience, Muhammad Taher has mainly been an institutional development specialist working with different national and international organisations. He has recently been engaged in an ADB-GoB (Government of Bangladesh) sponsored project as Governance specialist that helps developing organizational capacity of remote coastal Municipalities of Bangladesh. Currently, the Chair of the

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Brendan Halloran

Brendan Halloran has 15 years of strategy, research, learning and leadership experience on governance and accountability programming from grassroots local action to global initiatives.  Dr. Halloran has held organisational leadership positions in a leading INGO working on fiscal governance (International Budget Partnership, IBP) and the secretariat for a donor collaborative on public governance (Transparency and

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Angela Crack (she/her)

Associate Professor

Angela Crack is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Civil Society at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her research interests include NGO accountability, NGO self-regulation and the role of translation in development work. She has recently conducted a major research project with INTRAC and the University of Reading, which investigated how development NGOs can improve their

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Marina Kobzeva

Senior Programme Manager: Head of Ukraine and Cash Programmes, Ground Truth Solutions

Marina is a humanitarian quality and community accountability professional with over 15 years of experience in technical as well as management and leadership roles. She is passionate about innovation and the technical quality of humanitarian work, as well as client-led risk-aware design and adaptiveimplementation of emergency response programmes.  

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Elodie Le Grand (she/her)

Founder, Consentia

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.

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Charlie Martial Ngounou (he/him)

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

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Simon Lawry-White (he/him)

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.

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Jeremy Sandbrook (he/him)

CEO Integritas

Jeremy Sandbrook is the CEO of Integritas360, a global corporate social enterprise committed to advancing integrity and raising ethical practices in global development. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Jeremy previously held a number of senior leadership positions within

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