Albert van Zyl
Manager, Learning and Knowledge Development
Albert van Zyl joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in August 2005 and is based at IBP-Cape Town where he is the manager of research and learning. Van Zyl has consulted to finance ministries, NGOs, and legislatures in Burkina Faso, Chad, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Niger, South Africa, and Uganda as well as a range of non-African countries. He established and managed the macroeconomic and budget offices in the Western Cape government in South Africa. Between 1997 and 2002 van Zyl worked at the Budget Information Service (BIS) at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) and directed it from 2000-2002. Van Zyl holds MA degrees in Politics, Philosophy, and Economy from the Universities of Stellenbosch and Bordeaux, France. He has been published on a range of public finance issues including fiscal policy, social service finance, environmental issues, and subnational finance.
Program Officer, Open Budget Initiative
Anjali Garg joined the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Initiative in November 2013 and is based in Washington, D.C. As a Program Officer, she is responsible for conducting qualitative and quantitative social science research, providing technical assistance to partners and in-country peer reviewers, as well as conducting country assessments and working with IBP partners to develop and implement advocacy strategies to promote budget transparency reforms with a focus on Asia. Prior to joining IBP, Anjali was an Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of International Affairs, where her work focused on Israel, Libya, Tunisia, and Palestine. Anjali also previously worked at the International Monetary Fund in the Middle East and Central Asia Department, and before graduate school, worked in the area of corporate finance with a focus on restructurings. Anjali holds a Masters from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Program Officer, Open Budget Initiative
Babacar Sarr is a Program Officer for the Open Budget Initiative, where he is responsible for conducting research on public financial management issues and for leading the implementation of the Open Budget Survey in Africa. Sarr received his B.Sc. in Econometrics from Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and his M.Sc., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Economics from CERDI-Auvergne University in France. His research focuses on measuring the impact of public sector reform in developing countries and his work has appeared in international academic journals both in the areas of public financial management and public service delivery.
Carrie Ann Ahrens
Carrie Ann Ahrens joined International Budget Partnership in February 2015. As Development Officer, she is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and maintaining donor relationships as well as facilitating grant proposal and reporting processes. Prior to joining IBP, she worked as a consultant on the KPMG management team of the DFID Governance and Transparency Fund, performing a variety of duties such as grant administration, report evaluation, and working with organizations to develop impact evaluation case studies. In addition to her background working extensively with NGOs in both program and fundraising capacities, Carrie has lived and worked in several countries around the world. She holds a MA in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies.
Senior Program Officer, International Advocacy
Claire joined the International Budget Partnership in 2014 and specializes in integrity, transparency, accountability, and participation in public resource management. She has worked with civil society, governments, business, and donors on organizational development, action learning, monitoring and evaluation, and policy guidance. Claire has more than 12 years of experience in governance and development in Africa, the Caribbean, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
Prior to joining non-governmental organizations, Claire worked with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations Volunteers External Relations Group in Bonn and Representation Office in New York, and the Ministry of National Defence in Canada. She has a Masters degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Claire has published research on social accountability in situations of conflict and fragility, drivers of change, and budget accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and ICT for Open Contracting. Claire is fluent in English and French.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Claudio manages all aspects of the International Budget Partnership’s accounting and finance practices. He oversees the finance, treasury, budget, financial policies, financial reporting and global audit functions to ensure the organization achieves its programmatic and financial objectives.
Claudio joined IBP in 2012 as the International Finance Manager at a time when the organization was a project within the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In 2015, he took on the role of Chief Financial Officer as IBP became an independent organization. Claudio also serves as a member of International Budget Partnership Kenya’s board of directors.
Claudio has experience in international and domestic financial management and oversight with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations across a variety of industries and missions. Claudio began his career in public accounting, primarily working with US government contractors. He later moved to the not-for-profit industry, working at PSI where he was responsible for financial reporting and consolidation of financial records from over 60 field offices worldwide.
Claudio earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from George Mason University. In addition, he is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the District of Columbia and a Chartered Global Management Accountant as designated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Research Assistant, Open Budget Initiative
David Robins joined the International Budget Partnership in August 2013, and is based in Washington, D.C. As a Research Assistant for the Open Budget Initiative, he is responsible for assisting the Program Officers in the collection and analysis of data for the Open Budget Survey, as well as providing technical assistance and support to IBP partners and in-country peer reviewers throughout the Survey process. Prior to graduate school, he served two years in AmeriCorps, working in the New Orleans public school system. David holds an MSc in International Politics from SOAS, University of London, where his studies focused on the role of non-state actors in governance and democratization.
Delaine McCullough joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in June 2008 as communications manager. She oversees the IBP’s print and electronic communications and manages media relations. Before coming to the IBP, McCullough was the director of marketing and communications for PDK International, an education association that works to strengthen K-12 education worldwide and cultivate future educators. She also managed the media relations for the 1999 Microcredit Summit Meeting of Councils in Abidjan and managed programs for various environmental and economic justice organizations. Her prior experience also includes four years as a policy analyst with the California Budget Project, where she worked on education finance and tax policy. McCullough holds a MA of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Open Budget Survey Supervisor, Open Budget Initiative
Elena Mondo joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in August 2007 as Project Coordinator for the Open Budget Initiative, a research and advocacy project to promote public access to budget information and accountable budget-making processes and institutions. Prior to joining the IBP, she worked as a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), coordinating research on budget practices and procedures in the OECD and Latin American countries. This work led to the creation of a comprehensive database for best practices in financial management. Mondo holds a BA in international economics and management from Bocconi University, and an MPA in public and economic policy from the London School of Economics.
Research Assistant, Open Budget Initiative
Jamison Crowell joined the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Initiative in March 2014 and is based in Washington, D.C. As a Research Assistant, he is responsible for assisting the program officers in the collection and analyses of data for the Open Budget Survey, as well as providing technical assistance to IBP partners and in-country peer reviewers to develop and implement advocacy strategies to promote budget transparency reforms. Prior to joining IBP, Jamison worked as a Research Assistant in Cairo, Egypt while completing his Masters in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His previous research focused on labor and economic development issues in the MENA region with an emphasis on fiscal transparency and related civil society advocacy efforts.
Kenya Country Manager, Catalyst
Jason Lakin is the Country Manager of IBP’s Kenya office and is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. He joined IBP in May 2009 as a Program Officer covering Ghana and East Africa. Prior to joining IBP, Jason completed his Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, and post-doctoral research in Global Health, at Harvard University. The focus of Lakin’s research was on the political economy of social policy reform in Mexico (particularly health financing and implementation). Before graduate school, Lakin worked briefly as a researcher on tax and housing issues for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. He is the co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of The Democratic Century (2004).
Social Media Coordinator, Communications
Jay joined the International Budget Partnership in April 2009 and has been coordinating IBP’s social media channels since 2012. He started at IBP as an intern with the Communications program and then continued working as a consultant with Communications and the Open Budget Initiative. Jay is also currently pursuing his PhD in Political Science at George Mason University. The focus of his research is on social movements and protest mobilization in the Middle East. Jay holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies and a BA in International Relations from Loyola University Chicago.
Training Program Officer, Capacity Building
Jennifer Sleboda joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in July 2007. As a Program Officer, she supports IBP’s director and training team by working on donor proposals and reports, organizing international conferences and trainings, and assisting with financial administration. She also works with the training team on preparing training materials and providing assistance to IBP partners, and with the communications team on preparing materials for the IBP website and newsletter. Prior to joining the IBP, Sleboda spent four years in Tanzania working with the nongovernmental organization Hakikazi Catalyst, where she worked on a participatory public expenditure tracking project using citizen scorecards to monitor how poverty reduction strategies are funded and implemented at the local level. She also produced a number of guides simplifying Tanzanian government policies which are used in advocacy, training, and civic education. She holds an MA in Women’s Studies, with a concentration in Anthropology, from the George Washington University and a BA in Comparative Cultures from Hood College.
Research Assistant, Open Budget Initiative
Leila Stehlik-Barry joined the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Initiative in August 2014 and is based in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for assisting in data collection and analysis for the Open Budget Survey as well as providing technical assistance and support to IBP partners and in-country peer reviewers, primarily in Francophone countries. Prior to joining IBP, Leila served as a fellow and intern with numerous nongovernmental organizations and international institutions in Brussels, Chicago, Pristina, Skopje, The Hague and Washington, D.C. Leila holds a Master complémentaire en droits de l’homme (Advanced Master in Human Rights) awarded jointly by l’Université catholique de Louvain, l’Université de Namur and l’Université Saint-Louis. She also has a Master of Arts in German and European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Legal Studies and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University.
Marilyn Butler-Norris joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in January 2009 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the IBP, Butler-Norris was Sustainable Development Coordinator at the United Nations Foundation for eight years where she was responsible for grant and data management for contracts and grants, and donor stewardship.
Training Program Officer, Capacity Building
Mario Claasen is IBP’s training program officer where he is involved in coordinating technical assistance with country partners and working with the Capacity Building team in providing support to IBP programs and country partners in capacity building activities. Before joining IBP, Mario was a technical consultant with the National Department of Health in South Africa working with CSOs on demand and accountability in relation to the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity. He was also involved as the Capacity Development and Social Accountability expert with the PBS-ESAP 2 project in Ethiopia where he led capacity building. Mario also spent five years with Idasa in South Africa where he had several roles, but mainly spent his time working with the Budget Information Service which later became the Economic Governance Program. He was previously the Project Manager of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA-Africa) and has worked extensively in the Southern and East African region. Mario studied at the University of Cape Town where he majored in Politics and Public Policy.
Program Officer, Open Budget Initiative
As Program Officer at the Open Budget Initiative of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), Michael provides technical assistance to partner organizations, governments, and in-country peer reviewers in Latin America and the Caribbean, West Africa and Central Asia to implement the IBP’s Open Budget Survey, which is the only independent, comparative, regular measure of national-level public budget transparency and accountability around the world. He designs and delivers trainings on budget transparency and inclusive budget making to a variety of civil society organizations. He has provided extensive technical assistance to the MCC Honduras and UK Department for International Development (UKaid)in Nigeria on budget transparency at central and decentralized levels of government. He recently provided technical assistance to partners and the Ministry of Finance in Kazakhstan and Bolivia on budget transparency. He is fluent in Spanish and French.
Mohamed Mansour Hassan
Program Officer, Egypt
Mohamed joined the International Budget Partnership in May 2012 as Program Officer for Egypt. In this capacity, he is coordinating the implementation of IBP’s program in Egypt, working with civil society groups, media professionals, government officials, academics, and others.
Mohamed has more than 30 years of experience in administration, procurement, finance, and grant management. Prior to joining IBP, he worked for John Snow Inc., and Pathfinder International in USAID funded projects addressing maternal and child health in Egypt. Mohamed studied at Alexandria University, Egypt and has a diploma in Human Resource Management from the American University in Cairo.
Nantika Ghafur joined the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) Partnership Initiative (PI) in April 2011 and is based in Washington, D.C. She is currently responsible for liaising with the catalyst staff, consultants, vendors, grantees, and partners to provide general administration and logistical support. Ghafur has more than 10 years of administrative and finance experience. Prior to joining IBP, she worked with the Association of International Agricultural Research Centers and the Pan American Health Organization. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Northern Virginia Community College.
Nusrat Ahmad joined the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Initiative (OBI) in April 2011 and is based in Washington, DC. She is responsible for liaising with the OBI staff, consultants, vendors, grantees, and partners to provide general administrative support. Ahmad has over five years of administrative experience. Previously, she worked as an office manager for a clinic where she established and maintained an electronic record management system and led a team of volunteers in a community center, where she was the primary contact with customers. Ahmad holds a BA in Interior Architecture from The Art Institute of Chicago.
Accounts Payable & Payroll Specialist
Opare Densua joined the International Budget Partnership’s finance team in May 2014, where she is responsible for the accounts payable and payroll functions for IBP’s staff and international consultants.
Prior to joining IBP, Opare managed the finance and administration for several Washington, D.C.-area commercial construction contractors. Opare also comes from a fashion background, working in public relations and sales under the Gucci Group and several other fashion houses in New York City, where she received her associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from LIM College. She is currently completing her final semester to receive her B.S. in Business Administration and plans to pursue an MBA with a focus in finance.
Paolo de Renzio
Senior Research Fellow, Open Budget Initiative
Paolo De Renzio joined the International Budget Partnership in October 2010 as Senior Research Fellow and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is responsible for developing and promoting a research agenda on budget transparency and accountability and supporting the Open Budget Survey. Prior to joining the IBP, he worked as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at the Overseas Development Institute; as an economist and policy advisor in Papua New Guinea’s Ministry of Finance; and as a UNDP public sector specialist, lecturer, and independent consultant in Mozambique. De Renzio has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission, and for bilateral donor agencies, and international nongovernmental organizations. His research includes topics such as aid architecture and mutual accountability, donor conditionalities and general budget support, and quality assessments and reform of budget systems. De Renzio recently completed his PhD at the University of Oxford, focusing on the impact of donor policies and aid modalities on budget systems in developing countries. He also holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from ‘Bocconi’ in Milan, Italy.
Senior Program Officer, Catalyst
Duggal joined the International Budget Partnership in October 2008 to assist the Partnership Initiative as senior trainer and health analyst. Since 2005 Duggal has been doing independent consulting work on budgets and governance issues, across 11 countries in Asia. Prior to that he has worked for 25 years with NGOs like the Foundation for Research in Community Health, SWISSAID, and the Centre for Enquiry Into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) in the health and development sector. His previous work includes extensive research, advocacy and trainings in public finance and budget related issues, such as the development of a time-series health budget database at the national and subnational level for India from 1951 onwards.
Program Officer, Catalyst
Rocio Campos joined the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) Partnership Initiative (PI) in August 2011 as Program Officer for Latin America after serving as communications program officer since 2000. In her current role Campos oversees and supports the grants and projects with partners in Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Campos has worked with several organizations, including the Latin American Center of Globalization (CELAG) in Mexico City, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies in the U.S., and the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research in Sweden. Campos obtained her MA in International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and her BA in International Affairs from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has also studied at the University of California (Berkeley), La Sorbonne, and the European University in Austria.
Director of Operations
Rose Nierras joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in May 2010 as its Director of Operations. She is responsible for strengthening organizational support systems, including the monitoring and evaluation of its work with partners all over the world. Nierras brings to the IBP extensive experience in developing and strengthening organizational systems after managing different multi-year, multi-country programs on participatory governance. Nierras led Plan International’s youth and governance program out of Plan U.K. and coordinated LogoLink, a global learning network of civil society organizations (CSOs) for participatory local governance. LogoLink originated at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and later moved to the Instituto POLIS in Brazil. Nierras has extensive experience working with both civil society and local governments in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. She holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the U.K. and has extensive experience facilitating organizational development processes for CSOs, international organizations, and donors.
Ryan joined the International Budget Partnership as a Writer/Editor in April 2014 and is based in Washington D.C. He is responsible for writing editorial content, editing a range of material, and managing IBP publications.
Prior to joining IBP, Ryan worked as a Communications Officer for the Overseas Development Institute in London, where he focused on bringing the institute’s research on aid and public finance to a wider audience. Ryan has worked in communications for a range of international organizations in Australia, Cambodia, and the U.K.
Manager, Capacity Building
Shaamela Cassiem joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in October 2006 and is based at IBP-Cape Town. She is responsible for developing the IBP’s international training aimed at enhancing effective civil society participation in public budgeting in developing countries. Cassiem previously worked at the Children’s Budget Unit at Idasa in South Africa, where, together with her colleagues, she was instrumental in pioneering a rights-based approach to budgeting monitoring. During her time at Idasa she set up and co-ordinated Imali ye Mwana, a civil society network monitoring children’s rights and public budgets in the southern Africa region. She has a background in adult education and training, children’s rights activism, and applied budget work. Cassiem holds a postgraduate qualification in adult education from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil in development studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
Sylvester V. McIntosh, II
Sylvester V. McIntosh, II joined the International Budget Partnership’s finance team in August 2014. In his position he is responsible for regularly reporting on accounting processes, including all types of reconciliations, financial statements, funder reports, as well as reviewing and verifying all financial transactions for final approval. Prior to joining IBP, Sylvester was a senior auditor at a CPA firm in Washington, D.C. and a CPA firm in Boston, MA. Sylvester also comes from an athletic background, having played professional basketball in Europe for several years. He is currently preparing to pass the CPA exam and plans to pursue an MBA with a focus in finance.
Senior Administrator for Grants and Contracts Management
Tom Zanol has primary responsibility for coordinating IBP’s compliance with the contractual terms of donor grants received, and for managing the administrative processes for IBP’s grant-making to international partners, as well as for IBP’s contracting with external consultants and researchers. He joined IBP in 2004, first as Program Coordinator for the Civil Society Budget Initiative (CSBI), and subsequently for the Partnership Initiative (PI); two successive IBP initiatives that provided financial and technical assistance to build the capacity of civil society organizations to engage in applied budget work in low-income countries around the world. Previously, he spent several years in the Legislative Affairs Department of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), supporting policy and advocacy initiatives to benefit low-income populations in the United States.
Events Planner & Office Administrator
Trisha Viecco Carrillo joined the International Budget Partnership in August 2011. As Events Coordinator for IBP she organizes and implements international conferences and trainings. From 2004 to 2009 she worked at the Institute of International Finance coordinating annual conferences and meetings for the international banking community. In 2009 she joined the US Green Building Council and worked domestically to hold workshops related to green building. Trisha holds an BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and MTA in Event Management from George Washington University.
Director, International Advocacy and Open Budget Initiative
Vivek Ramkumar joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in 2005 and currently is the Director of International Advocacy and the Open Budget Initiative. In this capacity, he oversees the IBP’s efforts to expand the adoption of transparent and accountable budget systems around the world. Additionally, he directs the IBP’s ongoing research initiatives that assess budget transparency in government. Ramkumar previously worked with the MKSS – an organization that pioneered the Right to Information movement in India. He also worked with a Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization called SPARC, which is part of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International. Ramkumar is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an MA from the London School of Economics.
Warren Krafchik is the Executive Director of the International Budget Partnership (IBP). Krafchik joined IBP in 2001 from South Africa where he founded one of the first institutions to pioneer independent budget monitoring in the global south. Under his leadership IBP has grown from a small convening organization to a globally recognized international hub for civil society public finance research, capacity building, and advocacy. He is a founding member and past civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership, the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, and the Impumelelo Innovations Award program. He sits on the boards of the National Resource Governance Institute and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. Krafchik is an economist by training and a frequent author and speaker on public finance systems, accountability, and development.