Matti Kohonen, Director of the Financial Transparency Coalition
Matti Kohonen was formally appointed FTC director in early 2021. He previously worked at Christian Aid as the Principal Advisor on the Private Sector, working to ensure that the private sector is a responsible and accountable actor in global development.
He holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where based on a nine-month ethnographic research project in Ghana he looked at the social values of social enterprises in the cocoa and IT sectors, and how value creation works beyond economic value. He has worked over 10 years also on the impact of financial and tax policies on developing countries and populations, and is a founding member of the Tax Justice Network, and author of an edited volume ‘Tax Justice: putting global inequality on the agenda’.
Matti worked for a number of years in developing country-based analysis and proposals for progressive fiscal policies. He has also been actively involved in the Financing for Development (FfD) process at the UN, mapping the role of public-private interfaces in development finance, and how established standards and norms for private finance can meet development objectives.
Adrian Falco, Vice-Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, Fundación SES
Adrian Falco is a member of Fundación SES’s Department of International Cooperation for Development and a member of Latindadd’s Study Group on New Financial Architecture. He is a member of the Coordination group of the Tax Justice Network for Latin America and the Caribbean and the coordinator of the Argentine SCO Platform for Regional Integration and Advocacy at the G20 (PLARSUR, by its Spanish acronym). He coordinated the writing of the book “Double taxation agreements in Latin America: analysis of the links between taxes, trade and finance responsible” (2013) and has a degree in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires.
Donald Deya, Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)
Donald Deya is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU). Among other things, he chairs the Executive Committees of the Pan African Citizens’ Network (PACIN), formerly known as the Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCP AU), the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and the CoCom of the Stop the Bleeding Campaign. He is a former Chair of the African Court Coalition and Councilor (and former Secretary) of the African Forum of the International Bar Association. He is also a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives .
Mr. Deya is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and was previously the CEO of the East Africa Law Society (EALS), and, before that, Deputy CEO of the Law Society of Kenya. He has also worked with the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists. While at the EALS, he founded the East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum. He litigates extensively at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the East African Court of Justice. Don has engaged in advocacy with several organs and institutions of the African Union, African Development Bank, African Legal Support Facility, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and the East African Community amongst others. Mr. Deya also engages the United Nations system and the International Criminal Court.
Holden Healy, Head of Operations, Financial Transparency Coalition
Holden is the Head of Operations at the Financial Transparency Coalition with a decade of experience in non-profit financial management and operations. Prior to joining the FTC, Holden was a Financial Analyst for the Grant Management Solutions project at Management Sciences for Health. Holden also spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama focusing on community economic development through agriculture. Holden holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota.