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Behind Accountable Now is a team of accountability experts and practitioners from different sectors and geographies, united by a shared commitment to promoting justice, equality, and accountability. 

Continue reading to learn about our Secretariat, our Board of Trustees and our Independent Review Panel.

Our Secretariat

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Bao Han Tran Le
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Head of Accountability Practice
Based in: Berlin, Germany
Hometown: HCMC, Vietnam
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. Bao Han is based in Berlin and uses she/her pronouns.
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Mary Sprague
She/Her
Head of Communications and Operations
Based in: Berlin, Germany
Hometown: Victoria, Canada
Mary brings expertise in CSO operations and performance, including digital technology tools, values-based policy and template development, and communication tools and strategies. In her role as Accountable Now’s Head of Communications and Operations, she oversees all aspects of the organisation’s communications and operations work. Mary has a dual masters degree in Urban Design from Brandenburg Technical University and Cairo University and a BA in Urban Planning from Concordia University. Mary is based in Berlin and uses she/her pronouns.
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Megan Colnar
She/Her
Executive Director
Based in: New York City, USA
Hometown: San Antonio, USA
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.
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Joci Cho
She/her
Intern
Based in: Portsmouth, UK
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Joci Cho is currently an intern at Accountable Now. Joci is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in International Relations and Politics at the University of Portsmouth. She has a special interest in NGO and NPO work, with a focus on education and gender.
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Katie McCarthy
She/Her
Communications Fellow
Based in: Vienna, Austria
Hometown: Wisconsin, USA
Katie is in her final semester of her Masters in Applied Human Rights at the Applied Arts University ofVienna. She brings a passion for women’s rights and climate change to the forefront of her work, always keeping the 'human rights' perspective in sight.
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Onesimus John Waino
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Operations Coordinator (Fixed Term)
Based in: Abuja, Nigeria
Hometown: Jen, Nigeria
Onesimus is a results-driven IT professional with a decade of experience in system design, deployment, maintenance, operations, event management, and digital branding/marketing. With expertise in project management, he enhances non-profit operations through seamless IT integration, ideations, fostering excellent team collaboration and work delivery.
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Oroh Akudihor
She/her
Intern
Based in: Portsmouth, UK
Hometown: California, USA
Oroh Akudihor is a second-year Politics undergraduate at the University of Portsmouth, eager to apply her skills in digital marketing and public relations to the student intern position at Accountable Now. With experience as a project and social media manager for a youth-led non-profit, Oroh is adept at generating engaging content and fostering community engagement. Her proactive approach, coupled with a commitment to cultural sensitivity, makes her a valuable addition to any team. Oroh is excited about the opportunity to contribute to Accountable Now's mission and looks forward to learning and growing within the organisation.
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Yanti Silviana
She/Her
Impact and Strategy Fellow
Based in: New York City, USA
Hometown: Ciwidey, Indonesia
Yanti Silviana is an MPA in Development Practice candidate, specializing in Leadership, Innovation, and Design, from Columbia University. She joins Accountable Now as a Strategy Fellow, following her work for the USAID corruption prevention project in Indonesia, where she collaborated with government entities, CSOs, and local communities to enhance community of accountability and public service delivery. Yanti also contributed to the New Zealand Aid Program in Indonesia, focusing on the human development sector, and managing special fund for CSOs to address sustainable development issues. Yanti is the founder of Plastic Fused a project that empowers women trash pickers to upcycle plastic waste into commercial bags, benefiting both the environment and the community. Her advocacy extends beyond her projects; she is a frequent speaker on the subjects of youth entrepreneurship and the circular economy. She brings expertise in social entrepreneurship, social impact, innovation, public sector management, and accountability. Originally from Indonesia, she has lived and worked in the US and Canada, gaining extensive fieldwork experience across Indonesia, United States, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Mongolia, and Portugal. Based in New York City, Yanti is dedicated to leveraging her skills and experiences to create a more sustainable, transparent, and equitable world. She is excited to contribute to Accountable Now’s mission of supporting global civil society organizations in advancing transparent, impact-focused, and community-led programming. She uses she/her/hers pronouns.
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Jay Mercer
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Intern
Based in: Portsmouth, UK
Hometown: Eastbourne, UK
Jay joined Accountable Now as an intern to explore their interest in working in the civil society sector, while completing their BA in Politics at the University of Portsmouth. Outside of work and studies, Jay enjoys reading and playing volleyball.

Our Board of Trustees

Accountable Now’s Board of Trustees is composed of strategic thinkers and passionate change-makers from across the sector and around the world. Approximately 50% of the Trustees represent our member organisations, while the other Board Members serve as Independent Trustees.

Alex Sardar
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Chief of Party, Powered by the People (Partners Global)
Based in: Montreal, Canada
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. He brings over 20 years of experience to the table with having worked in multiple roles for Counterpart International, in the United States and Armenia.
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Babacar Ndong
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Country Director, Educo
Based in: Dakar, Senegal
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.
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Jean Scrimgeour
She/Her
Co-CEO, Chief Operations and Innovation Officer, Accountability Lab
Based in: Washington DC, USA
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. Prior to joining the Lab, Jean worked as a public affairs and democratic governance specialist in the United States, the United Kingdom and Southern Africa for Rotary, the UK Foreign Office, the Westminster Foundation and Voluntary Services Overseas.
Jo Thomson
She/Her
Independent Practitioner
Based In: Mittagong, Australia
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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Mary Brezovich
She/Her
Head of Federation Communications, SOS Children’s Villages International
Based in: Vienna, Austria
Mary is 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 the layperson. Her experience in governance and accountability topics began several years ago as a member of the Statutes Working Group, a project to support the SOS Children’s Villages federation in updating its statutes. She firmly believes in the concept of dynamic accountability and that embedding it in practices can help civil society organizations to achieve their vision. She is very excited to join the board of Accountable Now.
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Rachel Smith
She/Her
Board Chair , Co-Founder & Global Executive GlobalGiving
Based in: Worcestershire, UK
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 and ensuring enabling conditions and structures are built and designed with dynamic accountability at the heart.
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Tamryn-Lee Fourie
She/Her
Chief Officer: Innovation and Sustainability, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Based in: Rome, Italy
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 facing traditional INGO structures and utilised systems dynamics theory and modelling to simulate resourcing allocation flows to improve the effectiveness and accountability of their management decision mechanisms.
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Vanessa Goas
She/Her
Acting Treasure, Chief Operating Officer, Development Gateway
Based in: Florida, USA
Vanessa Goas is the Chief Operating Officer at Development Gateway. Vanessa has over 15 years of experience in implementing digital systems and supporting data management, uptake, and usage with governments in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe – with a focus on public financial management and transparency. Vanessa received an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Miami.
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Veronica Zambrano
She/Her
Regional Director, Plan International
Based in: Quito, Ecuador
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.

Our Independent Review Panel

The Independent Review Panel (IRP) is an internationally-recognised team of experts with backgrounds in development, human rights, business, and academia that ensure the credibility and integrity of the reporting process.

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Afërdita Pustina
Country Director, TACSO
Based in: Pristina, Kosovo
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.
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Angela Crack
Reader, University of Portsmouth (UK)
Based in: Portsmouth, UK
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.
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Brendan Halloran
International Budget Partnership
Based in: DC, USA
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 (IBP) and the secretariat for a donor collaborative on public governance (TAI), as well as advisory roles in the Open Government Partnership and at American University.
Charlie Martial Ngounou
Public Finance Expert, Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF)
Based in: Yaounde, Cameroon
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).
Elodie Le Grand
Founder, Consentia
Based in: Strasbourg, France
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.
Jeremy Sandbrook
Chief Executive Officer, Integritas 360
Based in: New South Wales, Australia
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 SOS Children’s Villages, and has worked for PWC and Qantas Airways.
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Marina Kobzeva
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Director of Programmes and Partnerships at MapAction
Based In: London, UK
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Marlen Mondaca
Director & Co-Creator, Fair Funding Solutions
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.
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Muhammad Taher
Chair of the Steering Committee, South Asian Disaster Management Network
Based in: Dhaka, Bangladesh
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.
Simon Lawry-White
Founder & Director, Vine Management Consulting
Based in: Bristol, UK
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.
Interested in joining our team? Check here for opportunities.
Individuals interested in joining our Board of Trustees or our Independent Review Panel are encouraged to contact us with their CV and cover letter.