Coalition Staff

Coalition Staff

Jihan Asher, Program Associate

Jihan joined the FTC staff in the spring of 2016 after earning her M.A. in International Studies from the University of Connecticut. She worked both as a teaching and research assistant at El Instituto: the Institute for Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies and most recently, the coordinator of UConn’s new Caribbean Initiative. Her research interests included community policing, citizen security, and corporate social responsibility in the Americas. Before joining the FTC, she worked as a community organizer and teacher in Silver Spring Maryland. She fluent in Spanish and is trained in both simultaneous and consecutive interpretation.


Sarah Bracht Vaugeois, Programs Manager


As deputy to the Coalition’s director, Sarah plays the role of chief operations officer and oversees the outreach strategy. A veteran of the FTC, she has overseen the coalition’s strategic expansion from its roots in northern-based advocacy to becoming a global coalition, including creating the Regional Program managing its transition to the Southern Regions Program. Over the last three years, she has been leading the effort to bring southern-based organizations into the coalition governance structure. Sarah has coordinated the FTC’s linking of illicit financial flows to gender issues, as well as helping to put into place an internal gender policy. She transitioned to the FTC in 2013 from member organization Global Financial Integrity (GFI), where she served as Outreach Coordinator for the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development. Prior to joining GFI, She worked as a legal assistant at BuckleySandler LLP, a financial services law firm located in Washington, D.C. Sarah graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.A. in International Studies and French Language.


Subrat Das, Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, Executive Director, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountibility


Subrat Das is serving as the Executive Director of CBGA since 2010. Over the last 12 years, Subrat has worked extensively on government financing of social sectors, fiscal policy and social inclusion, and some of the structural issues in the federal fiscal architecture in India. A major part of his work in these areas has been towards creating spaces for transparency and accountability through rigorous analysis of government budgets, and he has also tried to foster people’s participation on these complex issues by demystifying them. He has been closely involved with the designing and implementation of collective advocacy efforts by a large number of civil society organisations, under the banner of People’s Budget Initiative (PBI), for progressivity in the country’s fiscal policy. He studied Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Christian Freymeyer, Press & Digital Media Officer


Before coming to the FTC, Christian was engaged in development work in Cameroon for two years, where he served in the U.S. Peace Corps. Prior to his time in the Peace Corps, he aided the advocacy and research efforts of Friends of the Earth, an environmental non-profit. Christian has a degree in journalism from Christopher Newport University in Virginia in the United States, and has spent time as a journalist covering politics, government, and business. His work at the FTC has appeared in a number of outlets, including The Africa Report, France24, and Standard Media of Kenya.


Holden Healy, Finance & Grants Manager

Holden Healy is the Finance & Grants Manager at Financial Transparency Coalition. He was previously Financial Analyst for the Grant Management Solutions project at Management Sciences for Health. Before coming to Washington, Holden served two years of service in the U.S. Peace Corps in Central American nation of Panama. During this time he worked on economic development through agriculture. Holden holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Andres Knobel, Vice Chair, Financial Transparency Coalition, Lawyer and Consultant, Tax Justice Network


Andres Knobel is a lawyer and consultant with the Tax Justice Network. His work focuses on the Financial Secrecy Index, a research analysis on the legal transparency framework of more than 100 jurisdictions in terms of banking secrecy, beneficial ownership registration, and anti-money laundering among others. He also specializes in automatic exchange of information (FATCA and the OECD’s CRS), abusive regimes of trust law and tax avoidance mechanisms. He has been invited to speak at conferences regarding these issues in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Panama, Peru, Spain, the UK and the US. He studied law at University of Buenos Aires (exchange program at Columbia University in New York) and he is finishing his Masters in Law and Economics at Di Tella University (exchange program at Humboldt University in Berlin).


Heather Lowe, Vice Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition


She is one of only three civil society representatives participating in industry consultations on the revision of the Financial Action Task Force’s international anti-money laundering guidelines. She also participates in the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Working Group. Before joining GFI, Ms. Lowe worked as an aide to a British Member of the European Parliament in Brussels and as a banking and finance attorney at both Clifford Chance LLP in London and Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston. Ms Lowe is a graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D.) and The University of Chicago (A.B.) and has been admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts.


Henri Makkonen


Henri is the FTC’s EU Advocacy Advisor. His efforts are aimed at improving the EU’s anti-money laundering rules, as well as at getting EU-wide rules for public country-by-country reporting for multinational enterprises. Prior to joining the FTC, Henri interned at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, working in the Unit for Development Financing Institutions in the Department for Development Policy. Henri has a B.A. in International Relations from University of Tampere, Finland and is due to earn his Master’s in Global Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark and University of Vienna, Austria in 2017.


Porter McConnell, Director


Porter McConnell is the Director of the Financial Transparency Coalition, a coalition of nonprofits, experts, and governments dedicated to curtailing illicit financial flows out of developing countries. She has worked at Oxfam America and the ONE campaign on issues ranging from global health to development finance to governance. Before coming to Washington, Porter was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she built a network of Latin American NGOs engaging in social enterprise activities. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Williams College.


Pooja Rangaprasad, Policy Coordinator


Pooja joined the FTC as a Policy Coordinator in May of 2015. Prior to coming to the Coalition, Pooja worked for CBGA as a Programme Consultant (for Advocacy and Outreach efforts). She 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.


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