Subrat Das, Vice 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.
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).
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, 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).
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.
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.