Director of the Open Gov Hub
Nada Zohdy joined the OpenGov Hub in September 2015. As Director she oversees all strategy, operations, and programs for this growing social enterprise, and leads the design and implementation of programs to promote collaboration, innovation and learning across the Hub network of 40 member organizations. In 2015 she received a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Pforzheimer Nonprofit Fellow and focused on linking democracy/governance with social entrepreneurship/innovation. Nada was a consultant for the OECD through her applied Master's thesis, which analyzed the opinions of 100 local civil society groups about open government reforms in Tunisia. She also performed research on nonprofit collaborations, published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
From 2011-2013, Nada was Founding Program Coordinator for Civil Society Partnerships at The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). There she created and led an unprecedented program that supported a dozen local watchdogs and think tanks in several transitioning Arab countries in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Nada is currently a board member for Rhize, an organization supporting people-powered social movements around the world. Over the last decade, she has supported 50+ nonprofits (based in the US and around the world) in many different capacities. These experiences fuel her passion for social impact and civic innovation, globally and locally. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Arabic from Michigan State University. In 2009 she received the Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service.
Contact Nada at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where is the most fascinating place you’ve traveled?
Every place I've had the privilege to visit was interesting in its own way, but I would say Iceland and Libya. I visited Libya in 2012, not long after the revolution there which ousted longtime dictator Qaddafi, and was simultaneously inspired by the civic energy of that moment but also disturbed by the destruction from the war. And Iceland for its wide range of otherworldly natural beauty.
What is the one book or article that inspires you?
There are many, but Begging for Change by Robert Egger was the first book that got me really thinking about social entrepreneurship and how nonprofits/mission-driven organizations can not just do good, but do good well.
It may surprise you: That I was briefly in an all-girl rock band in high school (we never performed, but I taught myself guitar and we enjoyed some basement jam sessions.)
I can’t live without: my husband, cat, knitting, hiking boots, soccer cleats, and fancy lattes
Open Gov Hub Communications & Operations Associate
Kristi Arbogast received her Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Media and Public Affairs, where she studied strategic communications, tech for development and democracy, as well as collective action. Her Master's thesis focused on the Internet freedom movement within the US, looking specifically at how digital technologies have altered social movements. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in German, with double minors in Journalism and International Relations. Kristi has worked in a wide variety of fields, from start-ups to editorial to radio journalism, but always with the goal of working for greater social change. Her areas of research include digital rights and algorithmic accountability.
Her role at Open Gov Hub includes all external and internal communications, as well as handling all daily operations of the Hub and some programming. Kristi also manages the Hub's Community Catalysts.
Fall 2018 Community Catalysts
Executive Director of Global Integrity
Alan is the Executive Director of Global Integrity - the anchor organization that co-founded the Open Gov Hub - and part of the Open Gov Hub management team. Alan has more than 20 years of experience working to understand and improve governance, in a variety of different roles. Before joining Global Integrity, Alan was the Policy Director for Transparency and Accountability at the ONE Campaign based out of their London office. Alan has also worked for the UK’s development agency (DFID) in Ethiopia and London, the Overseas Development Institute, the UK Parliament, the Open University and the University of Cambridge. Alan studied Human Geography at the University of Bristol and completed a Ph.D. on the relationship between globalization and sovereignty at the University of Cambridge. Alan’s professional passion is to put locally-led innovation, learning and adaptation at the center of the governance and development agenda.
Where is the most fascinating place you’ve traveled?
I’ve been fortunate to travel to some amazing places, particularly in Europe, Africa and Latin America, for a mix of work and fun, with the work being fun too sometimes! I’ve loved being able to travel more to Latin America in the years since I’ve been in Washington DC, but Ethiopia has been a highlight, with a unique culture - a one-off alphabet, a different calendar, fascinating political dynamics, proud and friendly people, churches built underground in Lalibela, and the winding streets and hungry hyenas of Harar.
What is the one book or article that inspires you? Can I have two, please? One would be Herman Hesse’s book, “The Glass Bead Game”. I love lots of Hesse’s books, but the Glass Bead Game, with its tale of a society where an elite is closeted away to play fun word games which have little impact on society, encouraged me to move from academia to the policy world back in 2001. And, more recently Matt Andrews’ “The limits of institutional reform in international development” was a landmark in moving the governance and development agenda beyond an unhelpful cookie cutter approach to addressing development challenges.
It may surprise you: I have many surprises in store, but they’re for selective sharing. I’m all about transparency and openness, but privacy has its place too :-)
I can't live without: Purpose, passion, creativity, connection, kindness. Alliteration too. Smart-phones, coffee, avocado toast come nowhere near.
CEO of Development Gateway
Josh Powell is the Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway, leading organizational partnerships, program innovation, and corporate strategy. Over the past decade, Josh has managed programs and supported teams in more than a dozen countries. He coordinated DG’s Results Data Initiative, which supports evidence-based decision-making within the Governments of Tanzania and Malawi, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). He led DG’s digital development innovations for the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network, under the AidData Center for Development Policy consortium; and oversaw the major re-architecture and implementation of DG’s Aid Management Program — the best-in-class, country-owned aid information management system deployed in 25+ countries worldwide. Josh also helped lead the design of DG’s Agile software development methodology, an adaptation of the SCRUM approach.
A leader in GIS and data for development, Josh coordinated the geocoding of World Bank, African Development Bank, and Asian Development Bank portfolios; co-authored the International Aid Transparency Initiative geocoding standard; led country-level GIS programs in nearly 10 countries; and led open contracting programs across East Asia. Josh serves as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and is a non-resident practitioner with the University of Texas Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) program.
Josh holds a MS in Public Policy from Brigham Young University, and a BS in Finance from the University of Baltimore.
Where is the most fascinating place you’ve traveled? A lot to choose from, but I'd have to say Manila. It's a fascinating example of explosive population growth, inequality, and urban planning and development challenges... and traffic!
What is the one book or article that inspires you? Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: I inherited my mom's copy of this from her college days, with her notes and dog-ears throughout. Its message about controlling your mindset, when you can't control your circumstances, has always stuck with me.
It may surprise you: I was homeschooled my entire childhood, taught by my mom with my 3 siblings as classmates
I can't live without: My wife and daughter, decent water pressure, good wifi, and carbonation
Former CEO and Current Board Member of Development Gateway
As CEO of Development Gateway - the anchor organization that co-founded the OpenGov Hub - Jean-Louis Sarbib is part of the OpenGov Hub Management team. Development Gateway, an international nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to reduce poverty in developing nations by improving aid effectiveness, governance, and transparency through information technology. Mr. Sarbib joined the board of the Development Gateway in 2004 and was elected chair in 2008. In March 2009, the board asked him to serve as chief executive officer.
From 1980 to 2006, Mr. Sarbib was at the World Bank where he occupied a number of senior positions. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Sarbib was the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa and from 2000 to 2003, the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His last position (2003 – 2006) was as Senior Vice President for human development, with global responsibilities for the World Bank activities in education, health, social protection, and HIV/AIDS.
Upon leaving the Bank, Mr. Sarbib joined Wolfensohn & Company as a managing director from October 2006 to March 2009. A French national, Mr. Sarbib serves on the boards of World Links for Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The International Center for Conciliation, and FXB International. He served on the board of GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) from 2003 to 2009, the board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning from 2003 to 2006, chaired the governing board of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2004-2006), and represented the World Bank at Head of Agency level at the UN-AIDS Committee of Co-Sponsoring Agencies. He has taught at Georgetown University (2008-2010), and served as senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution (2006-2010) and adviser to James Wolfensohn (2006-2010).
Mr. Sarbib graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, before going on to the University of Pennsylvania for a master’s degree in city and regional planning. After working for the French Ministry of Industry as Deputy Director of the Groupe de Reflexion sur les Stratégies Industrielles (GRESI), he returned to teach in the United States, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
In 2006, Mr. Sarbib was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the World Bank. He received numerous honors from the countries where he worked.