Deborah Doane (Chair)
Deborah has been steeped in civil society for over twenty years, as a leader, campaigner, and writer, working across human rights, development, environment and economic justice issues. She currently works in a portfolio capacity, on strategy and analysis with a range of clients in civil society and philanthropy; and is a partner of RightsCoLab a think tank where she works on the future of civil society.
Her most recent role was as Director of the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), a private philanthropic collaborative working to create a more enabling environment for civil society and democracy. Previous roles have included Director of the World Development Movement, where she helped to achieve curbs to speculation in food commodities; and founder/Director of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE) of 120 NGOs in the UK that achieved ground-breaking changes to UK Company law, to embed social and environmental accountability.
She has been a trustee of numerous organisations, including the Fairtrade Foundation, and is currently on the Boards of Finance Uncovered and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. She has appeared as a spokesperson across radio and television, and blogs for the Guardian on international civil society issues.
John is the CEO of Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi, a non-governmental organisation connecting individuals and a wide variety of grassroots organizations working for positive social change. Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi campaigns against corruption in public offices and demands to know how resources are being distributed and used to better the lives of all Kenyans.
John is also publisher of The Elephant, an increasingly influential pan-Africa platform for engaging citizens to reflect, re-member and re-envision their society by interrogating the past, the present, to fashion a future.
John is also Executive Vice Chair of the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA); Chair of the Africa Center for Open Governance (AFRICOG); and a Commissioner of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) of the British government.
Previously, he served as Senior Advisor on Governance, Office of the President, Government of South Sudan; Vice President of World Vision, Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College Oxford; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President in charge of Governance and Ethics of the Kenya Government; board member Transparency International, Berlin; CEO Transparency International Kenya and a board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission.
John has been a columnist for the East African, Associate Editor, Executive magazine; and a correspondent for the Economist. In 2004 the German President awarded John the German-Afrika Prize for Leadership. In 2011 he was selected as one of the world’s 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In 2012 he was short-listed, alongside US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton for the prestigious Tipperary International Peace Award. October, 2013: awarded the OXI! Award by the Washington Oxi Day Foundation that marks heroism and the defence of freedom. In 2015 he was appointed Mimi and Peter E. Haas, Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. John holds an honours degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Wales and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University.
Ted Jeory is an award-winning journalist who changed career from accountancy in 2002, having worked for the likes of JP Morgan and Mobil Oil. Since then he has worked as a news, politics and social affairs reporter and editor in local and national newspapers. He also spent many years writing an acclaimed blog about the corrupted politics of Tower Hamlets in east London.
He is passionate about journalism being a force for good at grass-roots levels and while deputy editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, he created the idea for its award-winning Bureau Local project. He joined Finance Uncovered as co-director in January 2017.
Eugene spent 30 years in UK Law Enforcement, working on major drug trafficking cases, large VAT and Excise fiscal frauds, and serious money laundering offences. A former Head of Intelligence in the UK’s Financial Intelligence Unit, he ended his Law Enforcement career as Head of SOCA’s Criminal Finance & Profits Intelligence Department and now works as an independent Financial Crime consultant.
Nick Mathiason has been a business and finance journalist for 30 years and has broken a sizable number of impactful stories that have had international prominence. Subjects investigated include developing countries access to medicine, vulture funds, labour issues and the growth of private equity. One of the first UK journalists to report on industrial scale tax avoidance, in 2012 Nick founded and today co-directs Finance Uncovered. Formerly a business correspondent at The Observer, The Guardian, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Big Issue magazine for the homeless, Nick has been shortlisted for major international journalism prizes on numerous occasions.