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 email@example.com
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.
Atlas Corps Fellow serving at the Open Gov Hub
Edison joined Open Gov Hub in September 2017 to assist with events, communications, and research as an Atlas Corps fellow. Edison has 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor’s of Law from the University of Tirana in Albania. While continuing his law studies, Edison has been engaged in several youth organizations with a wide scope of activities including human rights, environment, governance, and social care programs under the leadership of organizations like British Council, Eden Center, Beyond Barriers, and Walk Together. These experiences equipped Edison with a vast knowledge concerning social phenomena, versed him with organizational, managerial and leadership skills to promote, maintain and achieve longstanding objectives on behalf of communities in need.
From 2013, Edison entered the public administration service as a specialist of Foreign Relations in the local municipality of Kamza, Tirana where he was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Klos Municipality in Albania. These two official governmental positions have provided Edison with the opportunity to learn and understand fundamental problems from within the Albanian public administration, and to be doing grassroots work. Edison is passionate about reforming the public administration of Albania, helping improve the social polarization and inequality in rural zones and empowering youth.
Executive Director of Global Integrity
As Executive Director of Global Integrity - the anchor organization that co-founded the OpenGov Hub - Alan Hudson is part of the OpenGov Hub Management team. He joined Global Integrity in April 2014 as Managing Director for Policy and Advocacy and was appointed to the role of Executive Director in January 2015. 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. Alan worked for the UK’s development agency (DFID), 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 country-level learning at the center of the open governance agenda.
CEO 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.