The GIFT Stewards provide oversight and strategy to the GIFT network, with the GIFT Coordination Team managing and executing building the network through its various activities and events.
Juan Pablo Guerrero – Network Director
Juan Pablo Guerrero is the Network Director of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, a multi-stakeholder action network to advance fiscal transparency, public participation and accountability in countries around the world. He was a founding Commissioner of the Federal Institute for Access to Information & Data Protection in Mexico (2002-2009), where he subsequently was the Secretary General (2013-14). Between 2009 and 2013, he was the manager of the Mentoring Governments for Transparency Program at the International Budget Partnership. Before 2003, he was a university professor at the CIDE (Center for Research & Teaching in Economics) in Mexico (1994-2003) specialized in public administration reform for accountability, anticorruption and fiscal transparency. He started his career as news reporter and correspondent in Washington & Paris, where he studied master and PhD programs in public policy (SAIS-Johns Hopkins University and Sciences-Po).
Murray Petrie – Lead Technical Advisor.
Murray Petrie has worked as a consultant and civil society advocate for fiscal transparency and accountability since leaving the New Zealand Treasury in 1997. He helped draft the IMF’s 1998 Code of Good Practices on Fiscal Transparency and the accompanying Manual, and has since taken part in IMF fiscal transparency assessment and technical assistance missions in numerous countries. Murray has also consulted extensively for the World Bank on public financial management and transparency, and has advised the International Budget Partnership on the design of the Open Budget Survey. He completed the first four Open Budget Surveys of New Zealand as a civil society researcher. Murray helped found the NZ chapter of Transparency International in the late 1990s, and served for the next fifteen years in a variety of voluntary executive and Board roles. Murray has been technical advisor to GIFT since its start-up phase, and helped develop and draft the High Level Principles. He leads GIFT’s work on norms, including analysing fiscal transparency commitments by members of the Open Government Partnership, development of a new norm on public participation in fiscal policy, and scoping the interface between fiscal transparency and the environment. His full CV including publications is available here
Lorena Rivero del Paso – Manager for Technical Collaboration and Cooperation.
She is an economist and holds an MSc-LLM in Law and Economics. As a Public Financial Management expert, she has worked in M&E of government performance, opening government and combating corruption, from government positions and as international consultant.
During her tenure as General Director of Performance Monitoring and Information Analysis in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in Mexico, she coordinated the increase of the Mexican score of the Open Budget index, with which Mexico obtained the 6th position of the ranking in 2017, moving up from the 38th position in 2010. She was also in charge of the Fiscal Transparency Portal, which houses more than thirteen online platforms that include visualizations, open data and Artificial Intelligence.
Her experience also accounts for the design of the architecture for national planning including gender issues and linking the budget with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Raquel Ferreira – Senior Technical Advisor.
With Economics degrees obtained from the University of South Africa, Raquel Ferreira gained vast experience working in the South African public sector from 2002 to 2019, firstly in the central bank providing analyses on public finances for monetary policy authorities and then in the heart of public finance and government budgets, in the Budget Office of the National Treasury of South Africa. She held senior positions in the Budget Office, including heading up the Expenditure Planning Chief Directorate that is responsible for researching, strategizing, designing, and implementing the national government’s budget processes as well as for the production of its budget expenditure legislation and documentation. The Unit is also responsible for South Africa’s budget reform program. From 2020, Raquel has utilized this experience to work as a Senior Technical Advisor on Public Financial Management.
Mrs. Aicha Karafi – Public Financial Management Technical Adviser for Francophone countries.
She counts with a long-time and successful career at the Tunisian Ministry of Finance where she has held positions with important responsibilities from monitoring, to audits, studies and reforms, including being the Director General for the unit of large public enterprises. More recently, she was Director General in charge of the Central Office for IT methodology and organizations as well as regional coordination at the MoF. In her capacity, Aicha Karafi has also administered several training courses related to audits, fiscal management and public finances in prestigious institutions such as The School for Public Administration (ENA) and the National Judicial Institute. Mrs. Karafi is also an active civil society member and President of the Local Governance Association. She holds several degrees including a Bachelor from the Institute of Higher Commercial Studies (IHEC) and a masters from ENA.
He is a communicator-adman and photographer. His experience includes the development of graphic, photographic, advertising, and communication projects in the private and public sector.
As Technology and Communications Coordinator for the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency, he advises governments, civil society, and other international organizations on the use of user-centered tools to improve transparency and develop communication and citizen engagement strategies.
In the public sector, he has specialized in transparency and communication of budgetary issues in accessible formats and with plain language. Within this, as an international consultant he has developed online and offline engagement strategies on how to communicate fiscal information and open data, including digital platforms with the support of international organizations.
He was previously Deputy Director of Performance Information for the Evaluation and Performance Unit of the Ministry of Finance in Mexico, where he helped develop the fiscal transparency portals, the production of dissemination publications for citizens and the design of communication campaigns in accessible formats for the public.
Albertina Meana – Technology & Program Assistant of the GIFT Network.
She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires.
She has 15 years of experience in multinational organizations performing leadership roles in corporate financial planning and financial analysis.
She worked at Kraft Foods International from 1997 to 2008 in increasing responsibility roles as a financial planning expert for the Information Systems Department in Latin America.
She lives in Washington D.C. since 2010 where she was a volunteer at different non-profit organization.
In the academic area, she was Assistant Professor of Production Management at the University of Buenos Aires.
David Abouem – GIFT representative in Africa.
Based in Yaoundé, he is an active member of the civil society in Cameroon. A Senior Civil Administrator by training, he served in Government for a long time where he held many positions such as Permanent Secretary in Ministerial departments, inspector general, provincial governor, and member of government (Minister). He also worked as a consultant with Transparency International and contributed to the creation of the Cameroon Chapter. He also served with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in a good governance program in West Africa. He is active in many programs and projects dealing with transparency, accountability and other related governance issues for many civil society organizations, international development and financial partners, as well as local governments and public administration in Cameroon.
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