Matti Kohonen, 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.
Patricia Miranda, Vice-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.
Donald Deya, Vice-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.
Eryn Schornick, Interim Director, Financial Transparency Coalition
Eryn joined the Financial Transparency Coalition in July 2020 and leads the coalition’s work to curtail illicit financial flows. Before joining the FTC, Eryn acted as a Senior Policy Advisor on Global Witness’ anti-money laundering team and led several investigations into corruption in partnership with ABCNews, NBCNews and Reuters. Eryn has over a decade of experience exposing corruption, advancing corporate accountability and conducting policy advocacy in the US and globally. She holds a Juris Doctor degree, and BSBAs in Finance and International Business.
Laura Diez Ron, Communications and Reporting Manager, Financial Transparency Coalition
Laura joined 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, Financial Transparency Coalition
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.