About the Task Force

Staff

Leadership
Chair, Coordinating Committee Robert Palmer
Vice Chair, Coordinating Committee Jesse Griffiths
Manager Porter McConnell
Program Associate Sabrina Cleary
Communications Team
New Media and Press Coordinator Christian Freymeyer
Regional Team
Regional Program Advisor Sarah Bracht
Regional Advocate, Africa Savior Mwambwa
Regional Advocate, Asia Pooja Rangaprasad
Regional Advocate, Latin America and the Caribbean Rodolfo Bejarano
Advocacy Team
European Union Lead Advocate Koen Roovers

 

 

RodolfoRodolfo Bejarano is the Financial Transparency Coalition Regional Advocate for Latin America and the Caribbean and a team member at the Latin American Network on Debt, Development and Rights. Before graduating with an economics degree from the National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru, he studied international economic policy, project management, strategic planning, and public investment. Rodolfo has been a researcher and analyst on international and national policies and examined their impact on economic and social issues (including debt, trade, climate change, tax and regional integration).



Sarah Bracht is the Regional Program Advisor for the Financial Transparency Coalition.  A veteran of the Coalition/Task Force, Sarah has managed the Coalition’s Allied Organizations and overseen the growth of the Regional Program, as well as planned three annual conferences. From 2011 to 2012, Sarah served as Office and Program Manager of Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Coalition member. Prior to joining GFI, Sarah worked as a legal assistant at BuckleySandler LLP, a financial services law firm located in Washington, D.C., where she got her first taste of the financial services world. Sarah graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.A. in International Studies and French Language.

 


Sabrina Cleary is the Financial Transparency Coalition’s Program Associate. Prior to joining the team, she worked at an infrastructure advisory firm for over three years. While there, she played a number of roles that included coordinating the office’s business development and operations activities. More recently, Sabrina was administrator to the field staff at an engineering and construction management firm. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in management and a minor in psychology.

 

 



ChristianFreymeyer150x200Christian Freymeyer is the Financial Transparency Coalition’s New Media and Press coordinator. Christian comes to this position after having finished two years of service in the U.S. Peace Corps in the West African nation of Cameroon. During his time in the Peace Corps, Christian worked to foster youth interest in journalism, and implemented a technology project that brought updated computer equipment to a rural secondary school. Prior to his time in the Peace Corps, he aided the advocacy and communications of Friends of the Earth’s tar sands oil campaign. He has also spent time as a journalist in his home state of Maryland. Christian holds a B.A. in English from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.


JesseGriffiths150x200Jesse Griffiths is Vice Chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Financial Transparency Coalition and the Director of Eurodad. He became the Director of Eurodad (a coalition of 48 non-governmental organizations from 19 European countries working on issues related to debt, development finance and poverty reduction) in April 2012, where he oversees the work of the team, including strategic planning, fund-raising, network building, research and advocacy. He was previously the Coordinator of the Bretton Woods Project, beginning in 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Griffiths headed ActionAid UK’s Aid and Development Finance Policy Group and worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria and in their environmental policy department. He has also worked for other NGOs in the UK and elsewhere on both development finance and international environmental policy. Mr Griffiths earned a Bachelor’s in Politics from the University of Leeds and an MScECON degree in International Politics from the University of Wales.



PorterMcConnell150x200Porter McConnell is Manager of the Financial Transparency Coalition. She was previously policy and advocacy manager for aid effectiveness at Oxfam America. As a policy advisor at the ONE Campaign, she covered issues from HIV/AIDS to development finance to governance. Before coming to Washington, Porter was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she created and managed a network of Latin American NGOs implementing social enterprise activities. Before getting a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, she was a legislative aide in the Massachusetts State Senate, and a program analyst for a small family foundation making grants in education and climate change. She has a B.A. from Williams College.



Savior Mwambwa is the Policy and Advocacy Manager for the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A) based in Nairobi Kenya, and the FTC Regional Advocate for Africa. He has spent the last eight years of his career working in the civil society sector; focusing on issues of participation, poverty reduction, budgets, aid effectiveness, trade policy, and tax justice. Mr. Mwambwa previously worked with the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) umbrella network where he coordinated Zambian civil society participation and monitored the National Development Plans, donor aid harmonization programs and poverty reduction programmes. He also spent six years heading the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) where he was instrumental in providing leadership to the tax justice and corporate campaign in Zambia. In April 2012 , he led a complaint to the OECD national contact point in Switzerland against Mopani, a Glencore subsidiary for violation of the OECD guidelines for Multinational companies in Zambia. Mr. Mwambwa holds a post graduate qualification in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from Lund University and the Trade Policy Institute of Africa (TRAPCA) and a Bachelor’s degree in development studies and economics from the University of Zambia.



Robert Palmer is Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition and the Campaign Leader, Banks and Corruption for Global Witness, a Nobel prize nominated organisation dedicated to breaking the links between natural resources, conflict and corruption. His work focuses on the role that the financial system can play in facilitating, or curbing, corruption and other crimes. He is an expert in the global anti-money laundering framework and helps to develop practical policy solutions to improve its effectiveness. Robert is helping to lead a coalition of civil society groups campaigning for more effective anti-money laundering laws in the EU and G8.

Robert is a member of the Private Sector Stakeholder Group for the Financial Action Task Force, the intergovernmental body dedicated to fighting financial crime and terrorist financing. He has a degree from the University of Cambridge, where he studied history.


PoojaR150x200Pooja Rangaprasad is the Financial Transparency Coalition’s Regional Advocate for Asia and a Programme Consultant for the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA). She joined CBGA as a Programme Consultant (for Advocacy and Outreach efforts) in January 2012. Pooja has a Masters in Social Policy and Development from London School of Economics. She has previously worked in the development sector with a wide range of stakeholders such as state legislators, politicians, government officials and civil society focusing on issues related to children. Her work at CBGA focuses on advocacy and outreach efforts on issues relating to tax justice and transparency and accountability in the global financial system.


Koen Roovers is the Financial Transparency Coalition’s European Union (EU) Lead Advocate. His efforts are aimed at improving the EU’s anti-money laundering rules, as well as at getting EU wide rules that curb tax evasion and avoidance, including through automatic exchange of tax information. Previously, Koen has worked as coalition coordinator for the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) – a network of civil society groups that campaigns for more transparent EU public decision-making. While there, he contributed actively to the ongoing lobbying transparency and ethics debate. Prior to that, he assisted a Dutch member of the European Parliament. Koen has a Master’s degree in International Organizations and International Relations.