We are pleased to announce the ten nominees chosen through a rigorous selection process by the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) to serve as civil society representatives on the EITI International Board for the three-year term June 2019-2022. These nominees will be officially instated after an election at the EITI Members’ Meeting on June 17th in Paris, France.
Please see below for details on the nominees, including their professional experience, geographic provenance, and their Declarations outlining their priorities for continuing to build a strong EITI and bringing to it a powerful civil society voice.
The process of selection is broadly described in the timeline below. The CSAG’s decision rested on a careful application of the criteria for selection outlined in the 2019 Guidelines for the Civil Society Constituency. CBI will provide a description of the methodology applied on this site by June 4th, 2019.
This year was the first time the CSO EITI Constituency undertook its Board nominations process following the issuance of the new 2019 Guidelines. These Guidelines introduced a number of changes in CSO self-governance, including the CSAG itself and its mandate to select the CSO Board members with the facilitation support of an independent organization (in this case the Consensus Building Institute, CBI).
We worked intensively in a compressed timeframe. We are grateful to all the candidates for the energy and commitment with which they participated in the application process on an accelerated schedule.
The CSAG and CBI will engage in a process of reflection on what worked well and areas of improvement. The conclusions will be made publicly available in a report to the Constituency shared on this website. In the meantime, please click here for an overview of the key phases and considerations applied during the selection process.
Candidates were shortlisted during the selection process, information on them was available on this website the second week of May 2019. To view the shortlisted candidates again, please click here.
If you are a member of the EITI CSO Constituency and have further questions on the process, please contact us using the form found here.
10 members of the EITI CSO Constituency from Anglophone and Lusophone Africa on Friday, June 7th, 2019 submitted a letter of complaint objecting to the nominee from their region. To access the letter, please CLICK HERE.
The Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), responsible for managing the nominations process, has issued a response on June 12, 2019. To access the response, please CLICK HERE.
Nominees for 2019-2022 EITI International Board Civil Society RepresentativesDuring the nominations process, the CSAG was impressed by the rich talent in the EITI CSO Constituency, and the strong commitment, great achievements, and diversity of experience among the candidates. Among the 10 final nominees are veterans of the EITI and new leaders from recent adherents and candidate countries; academics and social movement builders; colleagues who know their way around the specific requirements of the EITI Board and have experience successfully promoting initiatives and delivering on committee work and colleagues with direct and extensive experience working with extractive communities; experts in data analytics; and compelling and inspirational speakers. Together the nominees make up a group that is well placed to tackle continuing and cutting-edge priorities on the EITI agenda, including contract transparency, beneficial ownership, project-level disclosure, environment, gender, and the closing of civic space. For short bios, full CVs and their Declarations outlining their visions for how to contribute as prospective CSO EITI Board members, see below.
Jean Aimé Brice Georges Mackosso
Commission Diocesaine Justice et Paix, Congo Brazzaville
Brice MACKOSSO est né en 1969 à Pointe Noire en République du Congo. Après des études secondaires au Séminaire Notre Dame de Loango où il se formait avec pour ambition de servir dans les ordres sacerdotaux, il entre à l’Université Marien NGouabi où il sort avec une licence en droit. Il est avec quelques prêtres de son diocèse de Pointe Noire à l’origine de la création de la première Commission Justice et Paix au Congo Brazzaville en 1997 dans laquelle il travaille comme Secrétaire Permanent depuis 1998. Après le conflit armé de 1997 dans son pays il s’engage pour le combat en faveur de la transparence dans les industries extractives en 2000. Cet engagement abouti à la Déclaration de la Conférence Episcopale du Congo sur « le pétrole et la mission de l’Eglise au Congo » en juin de 2002. Co fondateur de la première Coalition Africaine Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez en 2003 et participe aux travaux de lancement de l’ITIE aussi bien au plan international que local. Il est arrêté en avril 2006 pour cet engagement lié à la transparence des industries extractives. Libéré grâce à la pression internationale il intègre le comité de mise en œuvre de l’ITIE en 2008 dès sa création au Congo Brazzaville jusqu’à ce jour. Il a été coordonnateur des Commissions Justice et Paix pour l’Association des Conférences Episcopales de la Région d’Afrique Centrale. Membre suppléant au Conseil d’Administration de l’ITIE 2016 à 2019. Il est actuellement Coordinateur adjoint de la Coalition Congolaise Publiez Ce Que Vous, et Coordonnateur de la Campagne Tournons la Page au Congo Brazzaville.
Mtwalo Msoni [Alternate]
Publish What You Pay Zambia, Zambia
Born on the 10th of September 1992. Mtwalo Msoni is an Economist and Research with over 5 years of practical experience leading on both theoretical, analytical and field research making use of statistical analysis and economic data. Making use of this expertise Mtwalo has lead and co-authored more than 8 research papers on Extractive Industry and Governance, and Economic Justice. He has further been involved with consultancy work with the United Nations Development Progamme, Oxfam, Transparency International, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction and the Centre for Trade Policy and Development.
Mtwalo is the National Coordinator of the Publish What You Pay Zambia Coalition and is spearheading the Zambia Civil Society Technical Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Mtwalo Msoni is also serving in his 4th year on the Zambia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiate (ZEITI) Board, a position he has held since the age of 22.
Mtwalo has expertise in evidence based advocacy working at community, national and regional level on; Taxation, Natural Resource Governance, National Budgeting and Planning, Environmental Protection, Sustainable Development, Investment, Trade and Development, Transparency and Accountability.
In addition to this, Mtwalo also has proven expertise in Institutional Capacity Development and Coalition Building.
Elyvin Nkhonjera - application withdrawnOxfam, Malawi
International Renaissance Foundation, Ukraine
Oleksiy Orlovsky is a lawyer, master of public administration, PhD in constitutional law. Oleksiy has been working at International Renaissance Foundation (Ukrainian brunch of Open Society Foundations) since February 2007 in the position of Democratic Practice Program Director. The Program is leading by Mr. Orlovsky was responsible for support of drafting beneficial ownership in Ukraine and for its present implementation as a part of obligations of the Government of Ukraine in OGP Action Plans. He has big experience as a lecturer of National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine. He has been a member of public councils under different Ministries (he has been the Head of Public Council of Ministry of Justice). In 2012-2014 Oleksiy was a member of the Constitutional Assembly of Ukraine. He is a member of Ukrainian EITI Multi-Stockholders Group and EITI International Board (since 2016).
Mariya Lobacheva [Alternate]
Echo Public Association, Kazakhstan
Mariya Lobacheva is program director at Public Association Echo. Her work includes managing a research and advocacy strategy to promote transparency and citizen participation. Mariya has been working on the implementation of the EITI in Kazakhstan for 15 years. She’s also a moderator of the Dialogue Platform on the EITI. The Dialogue Platform brings together NGO coalitions advocating for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry in Kazakhstan. She presented civil society in the EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group in Kazakhstan for three terms. Mariya has carried out several analytical works related to the extractive sector’s influence on the local population, as well as civic participation in income management at the subnational level. Her work “Social payments of extractive companies. Issues of transparency and public participation.” was taken by the Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption of Kazakhstan to exclude corruption risks in managing these payments.
Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), USA
Erica Westenberg is the Director of Governance Programs at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). She is a lawyer and provides policy advice on extractive sector transparency and good governance in resource-rich countries worldwide, as well as in international multi-stakeholder initiatives. Prior to joining NRGI, she was in the energy and infrastructure group at Skadden Arps, where she advised clients on energy, natural resource, and infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. She was highly involved in the development of the 2013 EITI Standard, the 2016 EITI Standard, and the EITI Civil Society Protocol. Recently, she represented civil society in the multi-stakeholder working group that developed proposals for the 2019 EITI Standard. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.Sc. in development management from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in government from Harvard College.
Simon Taylor [Alternate]
Global Witness, United Kingdom
Simon Taylor is a co-founder and director of Global Witness, launching Global Witness’ oil and corruption campaign in 1999. This work began the global call for transparency and accountability for the oil, gas and mining sectors, around the relationship between extractive industry companies and the people who live in resource-rich countries – people who are, more often than not, desperately poor. Exposing corruption in these sectors led to Global witness’ conception of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Campaign, which Simon co-launched in 2002 with George Soros and other NGO’s.
PWYP’s interests have expanded from a focus on revenue streams to the wider extractive industry governance framework, including transparency of contracts and their fiscal terms, disclosure of the beneficial owners of companies, environmental impact disclosure and genuine free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). As a movement, we are moving from transparency to accountability.
The launch of PWYP led to the 2002 creation of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) by the UK Government. Beyond ensuring that the quality and type of disclosures under the EITI Standard remain appropriate and fit for purpose, Simon is concerned that the central role of CSOs in holding governments and companies to account is enhanced through CSOs playing an equal role to the other constituencies in the EITI process. Simon is also interested in ensuring that the anti-corruption community plays its role in addressing the climate crisis – the elephant in the room - and is particularly concerned about the way in which the fossil fuel industry has corrupted and co-opted global politics to the extent that our global socio-political governance systems are unable to generate a credible response to the climate crisis.
Bantay Kita; School of Economics University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
Dr. Cielo Magno is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines’ School of Economics. She represents the civil society in the international board of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). Prior to being a member of the international EITI board, she coordinated Publish What You Pay Philippines and was a founding member of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the Philippines. She sits as a member of the board in a number of organizations including Bantay Kita-PWYP Philippines, Action for Economic Reforms and Center for Energy, Ecology and Development. She is also a member of the Executive Session on Extractives Industries of the Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI). She was a member of the Global Council of PWYP. Her publications include topics on mining taxation, natural resource governance, environmental regulation, and civic space. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of the Philippines. As a Fulbright scholar, she earned her PhD in Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University in Boston.
Diana Kaissy [Alternate]
The Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI), Lebanon
My name is Diana Kaissy and I am the executive director of the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative-LOGI. Since 2011 I have been working directly with other civil society organizations across the globe to collectively influence and reform the extractive industries through the use of the EITI as a transparency tool. Through supporting a nationwide process of civil society elections for the MSG, we were able to strengthen the Iraqi civil society’s engagement in the extractive sector in 2015. In 2018, and in collaboration with other civil society actors and guidance from PWYP, we were able to produce the first civil society EITI guide. At the national level, I supported civil society in Lebanon to develop and endorse the Code of Conduct that is currently being used to guide civil society’s elections for the Lebanese MSG.
For the next 3 years, our activities will be dedicated to unlocking the true potential of the EITI by focusing on beneficial ownership at the sub-contractual levels.
César Leonidas Gamboa Balbín
Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Peru
Executive Director of Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), a Peruvian NGO that promotes natural resources governance in the Peruvian Amazon and is a member of local and national MSG of Peru. Cesar Gamboa is a Lawyer and Doctor of Law and Political Sciences, he is a professor of the environmental management system, indigenous people’s rights, and natural resources governance in Peru. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Fondo Casa de Brasil, the American NGO Bank Information Center BIC, and participated at Latin American and Caribbean civil society networks to improve transparency, access to information, and citizen participation. In the last three years, he was a member of EITI Board, attending the validation committee and outreach & candidature committee, and promoting with the other CSO board members, the inclusion of environmental reporting as a new EITI standard.
Óscar Pineda [Alternate]
Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER), Mexico
Óscar Pineda is a Senior Researcher and Community Organizing Coordinator at PODER where he facilitates community research and organization processes with ground organizations facing extractive projects. He is also part of the Group of Civil Society Organizations involved in the EITI implementation process in Mexico where Oscar has been working along with all CSO members in transparency and corporate accountability subjects.
The CSO Board nominations process is managed by the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), a new body established in the 2019 Guidelines for the Civil Society Constituency to create a closer linkage between CSO EITI governance at the international level and regional and national constituencies. The CSAG is renewed every three years. The membership of the CSAG is a balanced mix of regional representatives, elected by the CSO EITI Constituency, representatives of international civil society organizations, and former Board members not intending to present a candidacy. The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) acted as the Independent Organization (IO) facilitating the process. Based on an EITI Association membership list provided by the EITI International Secretariat and complemented by civil society representatives in the EITI Board (2016-2019), MSG members in each region nominated candidates for the CSAG (including self-nominations) and subsequently voted for their preferred candidate using a secure electronic voting process. Before the vote, informational webinars were held for each regional constituency as a forum for clarification of the role of the CSAG and the election process. In parallel to the regional processes, outgoing CSO Board members who did not express a conflict of interest concern selected two representatives of international civil society organizations and two former (or outgoing) Board Members. Please refer to the Guidelines for the Civil Society Constituency and the CSAG Terms of Reference for more information.