Who We Are

DataShift is an initiative of CIVICUS, in partnership with the engine room, Wingu and Open Institute. Learn more about the team below.

We are keen to hear from individuals and organisations that are interested in collaborating with us. Get in touch!

CIVICUS

CIVICUS

CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, is a membership alliance with members in over 170 countries and a strong presence in the Global South. It exists to strengthen citizen action and civil society around the world.
CIVICUS convenes DataShift. It is responsible for the overall coordination and management of the initiative and leads DataShift’s policy work, particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals and data revolution.

Jack Cornforth

Jack Cornforth

Jack is the DataShift Coordinator

Jack has a background in sustainable development policy and project management. Previously, he worked for Stakeholder Forum, where he worked on a range of global governance issues, including many projects on the post-2015 agenda. He was also Assistant Editor of Outreach, a multi-stakeholder magazine on climate change and sustainable development. He has authored a number of publications on topics ranging from deforestation to corporate sustainability reporting.

Cassia Moraes

Cassia Moraes

Cassia is DataShift’s Sustainable Development Officer

Cassia has experience working on sustainable development and international cooperation in the public, private and third sectors. She has followed the major global processes on sustainable development, having attended the Rio+20 in 2012, and later working as an advisor on Sustainable Development at the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. During her studies, she worked with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), where she supported the organization’s initiatives in Brazil and in the Amazon. Cassia holds at MPA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Universidade Estadual Paulista. She is a Brazilian citizen currently based in New York.

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Nicolle Beeby

Nicolle is DataShift’s Communication Officer

She was previously the Pan-Africa Digital Campaigner for Oxfam International and Digital Content and SEO Manager in the private sector. Nicolle has also worked on a variety of projects related to communicating human rights issues, particularly women’s rights at both SANGONeT and Women’sNet. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, as well as Certification in Search Engine Optimisation. With a special interest in Digital Activism, she has conducted numerous workshops on the use of social media for the development sector, including a webinar series on Digital Campaigning.

Alex Sardar

Alex Sardar

Alex Sardar is CIVICUS’ Chief Incubation Officer, providing strategic planning and donor management support to DataShift

Alex has a background in grassroots organising and civil society engagement. He led the Armenian National Committee Western Region, a grassroots human rights organization based in the United States. Alex also worked at Counterpart, where he worked with local civil society groups from Honduras to Afghanistan, from Georgia to Egypt and Senegal to build the next generation of civil and political leaders globally. Alex can speak Farsi, German, Armenian, English and Spanish.

Davis Adieno

Davis Adieno

Davis Adieno is DataShift’s Senior Advisor, Data, Accountability and Sustainable Development

Davis has extensive experience in open data and citizen engagement from his former roles as Capacity Development Manager for Development Initiatives, and as National Coordinator for the National Taxpayers Association in Kenya. He is a champion for bringing together parliamentarians, policy makers, civil servants, technology experts, civil society organisations, and community level organisations to develop inclusive information ecosystems that support data sharing and use. He holds a Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

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Hannah Wheatley

Hannah Wheatley is the DataShift Capacity Support Specialist

Hannah has been the monitoring, evaluation and reporting consultant for the mHealth Tanzania Public-Private Partnership that has implemented the largest maternal, neonatal, child health text messaging service in Tanzania reaching over 1.3 million subscribers. The organisation is also expanding capacity to capture citizen-generated data on health facility performance. Previously, as the Programme Manager for the Global Health Initiative at Yale University, she led the research team for evaluating Tanzania’s Medical Stores Department’s Last Mile Initiative.

the engine room

the engine room

The engine room investigates and supports the effective use of data and technology in advocacy.

The engine room leads DataShift’s in-country direct support to civil society organisations working on citizen-generated data initiatives, coordinates DataShift’s Learning Zone and provides strategic support.

Tin Geber

Tin Geber

Tin coordinates the DataShift’s in-country direct support to help civil society organisations improve the planning and implementation of their citizen-generated data initiatives

Tin has a background in communication studies, web development and interface design and works to simplify the relationship between technology, data and human beings. He started work in the development sector in 2010 with the International Land Coalition, helping shape global online land rights accountability projects like the Land Matrix. He also developed online and offline training for land rights groups in South America, Africa and Asia, supporting them to build data-driven campaigns. In his spare time, he develops digital security training programs for high schools, and helps Italian NGOs working with asylum seekers to integrate technology into their work.

Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman

Zara leads work on the DataShift’s Learning Zone, an online space collecting existing resources and original research on collecting and using citizen-generated data more effectively.

Zara has worked in the field of information accessibility and data use among civil society from a number of different angles. She was the first employee at OpenOil, looking into open data and publicly available information in the extractive industries, then moved on to work for Open Knowledge, running the Open Development Toolkit and working with School of Data on data literacy for journalists and civil society. She has worked in over 20 countries, and enjoys observing varying cultural responses to different technologies. Zara is fascinated by the relationship between technology and power structures, and runs a regular podcast, Collusion, on this topic.

Tom Walker

Tom Walker

Tom supports the DataShift’s in-country support and Learning Zone activities.

Tom is a researcher with interests in political participation, corruption and technology. At Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS), he designed and managed projects on election monitoring, voter education and accountability in countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Bolivia. Tom previously spent three years on Control Risks’ Global Risk Analysis team, producing analysis on politics, corruption and natural resources in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa while developing the organisation’s GIS mapping capability. Tom holds a MA in Global History from King’s College London and a BA in History from Durham University.

Alix Dunn

Alix Dunn

Alix advises on strategy and implementation of the DataShift.

Alix has over 7 years of experience supporting the use of data and technology in social change organizations. Her background in media studies graduate research focused on how new media played a role in facilitating opposition politics in repressive contexts. While conducting this research, she worked at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) developing projects and working to influence organizational technology planning. She has worked with groups like Tactical Tech and Mobile Active designing data capacity development programming, and mobile security strategies for activists and journalists respectively. She holds an M.A. in Media Studies from University of Oslo and a B.A. from Colorado College, and sits on the board of directors of HURIDOCS.

Wingu

Wingu

Wingu is a not for profit NGO that helps to empower the work of NGOs and other non-profit organisations through technology and agile methodologies.

Wingu provides strategic input into DataShift and manages DataShift’s in-country work in Argentina, providing direct support to citizen-generated data initiatives.

Majo Greloni

Majo Greloni

Majo leads the DataShift in Argentina

Majo works for the Argentinean NGO Wingu – Tecnología Sin Fines de Lucro. She has a background in communication, specialising in planification and politics. She has worked for more than ten years on social projects covering subjects such as; health, migration, transparency, international affairs, technology and more. Majo holds degrees from the Buenos Aires University of Oxford (Argentina) and Xi’an University (China). She has lived, studied and worked in many countries like Canada, India, China, France. She is very enthusiastic about online campaigning, human-centred design and the power of citizen-generated data.

Mario Roset

Mario Roset

Mario provides strategic advice to DataShift in Argentina and beyond

For the past six years, he has been working in technology, specifically in social good technology. His background is in Business Administration at Universidad de Buenos Aires and studied Marketing and Advertising at Barcelona. He is the main person behind Wingu, a nonprofit organisation working to strengthen the work of social projects in Latin America through the power of the internet. He dreams big, Wingu has thus already trained more than 10,000 NGOs from across the region, implementing technologies to more than 700 projects. He defines himself as a technological social entrepreneur. He loves traveling and is passionate about the data and its innovative and intelligent use.

Milagros Muzic

Milagros is part of the Wingu Communications team

She is currently studying Communications; specialising in Journalism and Arts at the University of Buenos Aires. She has previously worked in Community radio and currently also writes for a digital magazine.

The Open Institute

The Open Institute

The Open Institute collaborates with governments, citizens, civil society organisations and other players to develop policies, tools and knowledge that strengthen citizens’ voices in the governance and development of their societies. Together, the Open Institute and DataShift are piloting citizen-generated data initiatives in Kenya, including the “Global Goals Local Impact” project being implemented in Lanet Umoja location of Nakuru County. The objectives of this initiative is to demonstrate how multiple sources of data, particularly citizen-generated data, can be harnessed to monitor SDG progress and to build the interest, capacity and collaboration of civil society in generating and using data to monitor SDG progress.

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Benjamin Charagu

Benjamin works as the Innovations Lead for the Open Institute in Nairobi, Kenya

He has over 15 years experience building software solutions, and more recently has been involved in designing citizen-facing technology applications. Over the past four years, he has been working on creating solutions to make it easy to collect, digitise and visualise citizen-generated data. He has been responsible for establishing the Data scraping and wrangling division of the organisation, as well as contributed to the creation of grassroot data literacy training modules, which are currently being piloted as part of the Open Institute’s work with DataShift.

Al Kags

Al Kags co-founded the Open Institute in 2011

An open data and government advocate, he played a pivotal role in the launch of the Open Data Initiative in Kenya. His responsibilities at the Open Institute include providing strategic direction for programmes and general leadership of the team. Al has over 15 years experience in the information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) sector. He is currently leading the creation of a pilot methodology for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the sub-national level in Kenya, through the “Global Goals for Local Impact” project, working with DataShift to facilitate the use of citizen-generated data to drive progress on the achievement of SDG 5 – “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”

Jay Bhalla

In 2011, Jay Bhalla co-founded the Open Institute

He is an innovation strategist and Open Data Advocate, who helped pioneer Kenya’s digital revolution. He helped design the Kenyan government’s 2006 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policy that kick-started the nation’s innovation and digital startup culture, and played a leading role in shaping the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI).

Jay has worked with globally recognised institutions and partners to launch open data initiatives and projects in Africa, South East Asia and North America. Jay supports the overall project delivery for the “Global Goals for Local Impact” project and works on technical delivery models for citizen-generated data that DataShift supports.

Restless Development Tanzania

Restless Development Tanzania

Restless Development Tanzania is the leading national youth led development agency proving every day that young people can change the world. Our strength comes from being led by young people and young professionals from the boardroom right through to the field. We have been working in Tanzania since 1993 and have established an impressive track record in delivering grassroots impact through youth-led development programmes, aligned to the Government of Tanzania’s Consecutive National Development Plans. Our vision is that young people everywhere are able to demand and deliver a just and sustainable world. Key to attaining our vision is the Restless Model which puts youth at the heart of development. Unified priorities for specific changes that young people are demanding are anchored in four enabling goal areas: Voice, Living, Sexual Rights and Leadership.

Oscar Kimaro

Oscar Kimaro

Oscar is the Senior Programme Coordinator for the Kijana Wajibika

Oscar is passionate about youth led development and gender. He has been working with Restless Development Tanzania for many years, initially in Marketing and Communications. Oscar is now the Advocacy and Accountability expert, leading the direct implementation of these programmes, but also leading on national government engagement. He is currently leading the Kijana Wajibika, “Youth be Responsible” project, a ground-breaking initiative, which builds a movement of young people to be well informed on civic rights and actively engaged in political processes.

James Mwala

James Mwala

James is Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Restless Development Tanzania

James has been worked as a Volunteer with Restless Development for many years, directly implementing youth led development initiatives at the grassroots level. James is currently implementing Restless Development’s Marketing and Communications strategy.