Here are the people of Transparify.
Hans Gutbrod coordinates Transparify. He has worked with research organizations in North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, has analyzed think tank finance, and consults on policy research, currently out of Tbilisi, Georgia. Previously, Hans led the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), overseeing 100+ research projects in diverse fields, the results of which were cited in major news outlets including the BBC, the Economist, and the New York Times. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Hans is on Twitter.
Till Bruckner manages advocacy for Transparify. Till's professional history includes advocacy work for Transparency International, the design of accountability mechanisms for CARE, and a stint as a research assistant for a British MP. He has also published on accountability, full online version here. In 2008-2009, he led a research and advocacy team at Transparency International Georgia that ranked donors and their grant recipients according to their levels of transparency, with a focus on the online availability of financial data. Till holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Bristol, and is on LinkedIn.
Tiko Ambroladze oversees the ratings and ensures the day-to-day implementation and coordination of the project. She otherwise also works as a consultant with the Asian Development Bank and with NGOs in Tunisia, where she currently is based. Tiko previously was at the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) where she managed the financial execution and coordination of more than a dozen research projects covering the South Caucasus, including World Bank pilot projects on workforce development, and also worked for Saferworld, a British organization focusing on conflict resolution. Tiko graduated from the Georgian-American University in Tbilisi, and is on LinkedIn.
Taylor Braun-Dorrell provided research and the annotated bibliography for Transparify. Taylor also works in advocacy and development for Elva, a mobile phone platform that maps local community needs in the Republic of Georgia. Previously, Taylor worked as a freelance researcher with the Business & Finance Consulting (BFG) GmbH, and at the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI). Taylor holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has studied at the Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris, and at the American University of Beirut. Taylor is on LinkedIn.
Kristie Evenson adjudicated the ratings. She works as a practitioner on development of policy research organizational capacities with a variety of donors and as a researcher is particularly interested in developing and using policy research to inform donor democratization strategies and interventions. Kristie previously worked with Freedom House, EWI, and Eurasia Group amongst others. She holds a doctorate in Policy Studies from the University of Bristol, a Master’s Degree from SIPA, Columbia University and a B.A. from Macalester College. Kristie can be reached via email and LinkedIn.
Jennifer Lappin contributes outreach and advocacy in Washington DC, and handles US media inquiries. Jennifer previously worked as Deputy Director of the U.S.-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation in the Republics of Georgia and Moldova (2010-2013) where she oversaw and helped local counterparts implement time-sensitive development grants (175 million USD). She has also worked on quality assurance in environmental monitoring in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Jennifer holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has done graduate work at Tufts.
Therese Svensson works on special projects, and also contributes outreach. Therese is currently based in Stockholm. Most recently she worked on conflict issues at the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia, and prior to that she was the project coordinator at Transparency International Georgia. Therese has also worked on various research projects at the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), including projects on multi-country surveys on access to justice in Central Asia and attitudes and perceptions of internally displaced persons in Georgia. Therese holds a M.A. in peace and conflict studies from Umeå University in Sweden, and is on LinkedIn.
Aaron Erlich contributes statistical analysis to further improve Transparify's rating systems. Aaron is currently completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, where he specializes in statistical methodology and comparative politics. He has ten years of experience in working on all aspects of data collection, including sample design, data quality control, data analysis, and reporting. Previously, he managed the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs’ (NDI’s) research program in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as data collection operations in the Caucasus for the Caucasus Research Resource Centers.
In addition to the support from CRRC, this project relied on the diligence and judgement of raters who delivered more than 700 assessments. Raters included Andreas T., Arpine P., Enrique P., Madona S., Margaret O., Marlen H., Matthias S., Moritz G., Nana P., Natia M., Rati S., Regina B., Urs B., Vazha B., Yulia B. and Zakaria T., who in addition to English brought language skills in French, German, Georgian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish to the task.
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