Patricia Miranda, Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, Advocacy Coordinator, Red Latinoamericana por Justicia Económica y Social LATINDADD
Patricia Miranda has been working as Advocacy Coordinator at the Latin American Network for Economic and Social Justice LATINDADD since March 2018, prior to that she has represented Latindadd as Senior Officer on Finance for Development, from its member in Bolivia, Fundación Jubileo, since 2006.
She is in charge of leading analysis and advocacy on debt and publicly backed up private finance, at global and regional levels, such as UN, G20, IMF, WB, ECLAC; coordinating views and inputs from the twenty-three member organisations along 13 countries in the region. She is currently member of the International Advisory Committee of the Civil 20.
Her areas of expertise -at regional, national and sub-national levels- include public and private debt, external and domestic debt, responsible financing, publicly-backed private finance, finance for development policies and transparency and accountability. She has written papers and reports on finance for development, development banks and private finance, aid, debt, tax and gender and public private partnerships. Also has contributed to elaborate a Debt Sustainability Analysis with human development approach, along with the government of Bolivia, including civil society participation.
Prior to LATINDADD, Patricia Miranda worked at Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA) in México, the regional organisation of Debt Relief International (DRI) based in London, serving as Programme Officer of a Capacity Building Programme for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), where she has developed fiscal, macro and debt analysis at national and subnational levels, in several LA countries, coordinating with Ministries of Finance and Central Banks the elaboration of a responsible financing strategy according to national development plans.
She holds an MBA at EMI from Bolivia and Tecnológico de Monterrey from México, and studied at a specialised programme on financing strategies at Debt Relief International.
Elena Gaita, Vice-Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, Policy Officer on Corporate Transparency, Transparency International EU
Elena joined Transparency International EU in July 2015 and leads the organisation’s work on corporate transparency, focusing on advocacy campaigns on tax transparency and extractive industries transparency. Before joining Transparency International EU, Elena has worked on corporate accountability issues at Amnesty International and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice, following initiatives on conflict minerals, corporate non-financial reporting and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She studied Foreign Languages, International Relations and European Union Studies at the Universities of Rome (Italy) and Salzburg (Austria).
Matti Kohonen, Vice-Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition, Principal Adviser – Private Sector, Christian Aid
Matti Kohonen works 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.
Sargon Nissan, Director, Financial Transparency Coalition
Sargon joins the FTC following a background within civil society allied to extensive policy and advocacy experience, most recently as the IMF and Finance Programme Manager at the Bretton Woods Project hosted by ActionAid. His broad career focusing on various aspects of financial policy and its reform has encompassed the NGO sector, think-tanks such as the new economics foundation and the United Nations Development Programme in Syria, having initially begun his career in the City of London. Sargon’s finance policy expertise is underpinned by his many years of engagement in multiple international civil society advocacy networks.
Laura Diez Ron, Communications and Reporting Manager, Financial Transparency Coalition
Laura joins the FTC after a long career working in civil society organizations. She previously worked as a campaign and advocacy specialist at Oxfam International; initially in Central America and later for the entire Latin American and Caribbean region. Prior, she had worked as a gender adviser in the Government of El Salvador, responsible for humanitarian and development programs in Cuba for the Movement for Peace (MPDL). Her areas of expertise are development cooperation, advocacy and campaigns, facilitation of civil society networks and gender. Laura holds a law degree and a master’s degree in development and international aid.
Holden Healy, Finance & Grants Manager
Holden 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 the FTC, Holden spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in the 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.