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Visualizations for Aid Transparency and Management - Panelist Bios & Photos

Visualizations for Aid Transparency and Management


Michael Findley (Moderator)BYU.

Dr. Michael Findley is a Political Scientist at Brigham Young University and Associate Director of BYU’s Political Economy and Development Lab. As a principal investigator on the AidData project, he has helped oversee the mapping of 65,000 foreign aid projects from AidData and has worked together with the World Bank, African Development Bank, and the Malawian Government to help map their development activities. More generally, his research examines civil wars, terrorism, foreign aid, and development, and has been published in the leading political science journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and British Journal of Political Science as well as leading interdisciplinary development journals, such as World Development. 


Stephen AnsariBlue Raster.

For 13 years, Stephen Ansari, a principal at Blue Raster, has been helping institutions turn data into useful tools and visualizations.  He is inspired by the abundance of data available and is honored to participate in today’s discussion.

Karin Christiansen - Publish What You Fund.

Karin Christiansen is the Director of Publish What You Fund.  Prior to setting up Publish What You Fund she worked as the Policy Manager at the ONE campaign and for six years as Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute. Her policy and research specialisms include aid, donor behavior, aid effectiveness and reform – particularly from a recipient country perspective.  She joined ODI having worked as an Economist at the Rwandan Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture.  Prior to that Karin worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Catholic Relief Services in Croatia.  


Eric GundersenDevelopment Seed.

Eric is the president and co-founder of Development Seed, where he helps run project strategy and works closely with the team coordinating product development. Eric is a recognized expert on open data and open source software and has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Nightline, NPR, Federal Computer Week, and others. He is frequently invited to speak on topics including open data, web-based mapping tools, knowledge management, and open source business models and has presented at conferences such as SXSW, Web 2.0, Where 2.0, GOSCON, and DrupalCon. More. . .


John Hecklinger – Global Giving.

As Chief Program Officer, John leads GlobalGiving's effort to be an ever more effective platform for grassroots social entrepreneurs and NGO partners to connect directly with funding sources. John joined GlobalGiving in October of 2005 and led our corporate partnership efforts as Business Development Director. These partnerships have driven GlobalGiving's growth considerably and have enabled our network of projects around the world to connect with more sources of funding. More. . .

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