Our Team


nada zohdy

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 nada@opengovhub.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

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izabela Chmielewska

Open Gov Hub Program Manager

Izabela is the Open Gov Hub’s Program Manager. She joined in the summer of 2019 to lead the design and implementation of programs and events for members and the public, as well as to foster engagement, communication, and evaluation for the Hub. Her experience encompasses public policy and international development spheres on various issues, ranging from political instability in Cameroon and Kosovo to disaster recovery in Pakistan and Japan. She worked and consulted for the World Bank intermittently since 2010 - focusing on social protection, education, fragility and conflict, and youth and innovation. Izabela also served as the Project Manager for the UCLA Luskin School Global Public Affairs program, leading events and communications. In 2015, she provided strategic consulting advice for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative on their international philanthropic work, particularly serving vulnerable groups in India and reaching the SDGs at the grassroots level. She is also the Co-Founder of Akhandataa | Solutions for Impact — a start-up providing strategy design, impact assessment, and collaboration acumen with integrity.  

Izabela is an unrepentant believer in human compassion — making a positive impact in this troubled world is possible if all of us find a path to peaceful cooperation. She was born in the Polish city of Warsaw, a city of resilience and transformation. Her roots have given her a strong faith in human progress, and the immigrant experience inspired her to think globally. Her studies centered around international policy issues. Her undergraduate thesis compared democratization in Eastern Europe and Latin America, while her year-long applied policy project analyzed programmatic social safety net options in Afghanistan. Izabela holds a dual B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from Emmanuel College in Boston, as well as a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Contact Izabela at izabela@opengovhub.org

  • Where is the most fascinating place you’ve traveled?

    If I had to pick one, it would be Japan. I did a study trip as a grad student and got to see the country’s post-disaster resilience and amazing human compassion.

  • What is the one book or article that inspires you?
    Ferdydurke by the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz -- it is a brilliant literary satire of authoritarianism. 

  • It may surprise you: I am the oldest of seven children.

  • I can’t live without: my 3-year-old daughter, the ocean, hot beverages, Polish pickles, and good conversations. 

bruce teeter

Open Gov Hub Operations & Facilities Manager

Bruce Teeter is an experienced and passionate manager with expertise in small and medium-sized business and non-profit organization and operations. He enjoys maintaining and streamlining organizational efficiency and back-end operational procedures to ensure members, partners, and vendors have what they need to work successfully. Bruce works to blend his creativity with his managerial and technical background in ways that will serve the organization’s primary mission and drive the organization forward. 

From 2016-2019, Bruce was with the non-profit RESOLVE, where he worked with every board member, adviser, partner, vendor, and staff member and ensured that each person had what they needed on a daily basis. Notable work included coordinating event logistics for large events, developing and documenting new procedures for meetings and conferences, streamlining accounting procedures, and revitalizing the newsletter and website. Prior to that, Bruce was a manager at high-volume college textbook stores for 7 years where he opened 5 stores and grew his primary location’s sales by 900% in 3 years. His passion for efficiency drives to him constantly look for new solutions to problems and he’s not afraid to roll up sleeves and get to work on something. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Design, minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University

  • Where is the most fascinating place you’ve traveled?

Iceland! The weather changes every minute, the black sand beaches and glaciers are beautiful, and when the northern lights come down, it's magical. Also, the Great Lake in North Carolina. It's a strange oasis with cypress trees growing in the middle of a lake and brings a quiet solitude.

  • What is the one book or article that inspires you?

Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Just one of those characters that is basically a plain-clothes superhero.

  • It may surprise you: 

That I love animated movies. My favorite one is Happy Feet. I love the cleverness and silly dialogue. One of my favorite scenes is from Madagascar, where they use bananas to motivate the monkeys to turn a crankshaft that flies a plane.

  • I can’t live without: 

    Basketball, coffee, good shoes.

Contact Bruce at bruce@opengovhub.org

Anastasia moskaleva

Open Gov Hub International Partnerships Fellow

Anastasia Moskaleva came in Open Gov Hub in January 2019 as an Atlas Corps Fellow because she is interested in problems of transparency and accountability of governments in closed civic spaces, evaluation of social projects and business models of NGOs. Anastasia is a member of 'Open Russia' organization and her main goal is building democracy and rule of law in Russia.

Anastasia runs her own consulting business. Her company is called 'MakFin Business Analytics'. She makes business plans, grants applications, statistical data processing, public procurement law consulting and project management work. She also runs a research institute called Moscow Research Institute of Standardization and Innovative Technologies, where she created a bill helping to avoid more than 25 corruption schemes in Russian procurement systems.

In an effort to contribute to society more broadly, she also runs a Fund 'Solilo' which provides several programs supporting education and culture. Anastasia graduated from Saratov State University with degree in Maths, from Plekhanov Russian University with degree in Financial Management and from Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration with degree in Law.

Where is the most fascinating place you’ve traveled?
I am a very happy person, because my favorite hobby is traveling and I really travel a lot. My favorite places are Vienna in Austria, Losanna and Montreux in Switzerland, Karlovy Vary in Czechia and Normandia in France. I am crying when I see that amazing buildings in combination with astonishing nature.

  • What is the one book or article that inspires you?
    Speaking about classic literature, I love Russian literature of 19th - beginning of 20th century - Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov. The most inspiring book is - Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Articles. Dialogues. Interview.

  • It may surprise you: I was the only girl in a brass-band and participated in a rock-band with my flute.

  • I can’t live without: traveling, good Italian, French or Russian food, sea, skiing, yoga, books, outdoor activities

Contact Anastasia at anastasia.moskaleva@globalintegrity.org

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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.

Josh Powell

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

Jean-Louis Sarbib

Hub Advisor; Former CEO and Senior Advisor, Development Gateway

As a co-founder of Open Gov Hub and former CEO of Development Gateway - the anchor organization that co-founded the OpenGov Hub - Jean-Louis Sarbib helps advise 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.