Know Your Hubber: Abhinav Bahl

We can hardly believe that February is almost over! But before the month closes, we wanted to introduce you to another amazing Hubber who is a part of our community. 

Abhinav Bahl

Job Title and Organization
Program Manager, Open Government Partnership

Tell us what problems your organization is trying to solve and how they are doing that.
We’re trying to make governments more transparent, accountable, and responsive to citizens by bringing government and civil society reformers together in collaborative and productive partnerships in 75 countries.

How do you help in doing this?
I work on accelerating learning and networking between government and civil participants in OGP so they can develop and implement more ambitious open government reforms.

What are some new exciting projects your organization is working on?
We launched a pilot that brings the OGP model to 15 really diverse sub-national governments.

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What do you like most about being a part of the Hub community?
Being part of a community of super smart+nice folks with a sense of humor that are experimenting with interesting solutions to thorny public policy challenges and having fun along the way.

Where is the most exotic place you’ve traveled?
Hmm. Is any place exotic anymore? Thailand maybe.

What keeps you motivated?
Coffee. And this strange political moment we find ourselves in.

What is the one book or article that inspires you?
Does a record count? Pick any record by Bob Dylan (okay, not his 80s stuff).

Books? Work-related: The Anti Politics Machine by James Ferguson. Outside work: A House for Mr. Biswas by VS Naipaul.

If you could have another career--sky’s the limit--what would it be and why?
That’s easy. Travelling musician.

It may surprise you that:
I can’t swim

I can’t live without: