Martin Tisne

Director, Policy at Omidyar Network

Martin Tisne

Martin Tisne

Director, Policy at Omidyar Network

Biography

As director of policy at Omidyar Network, Martin brings extensive experience advocating for change in government and donor policies and driving sector-level change in the field of government transparency and accountability. Based in London, Martin leads policy, advocacy strategy, and related investments for the global Government Transparency initiative.

Martin joined Omidyar Network in early 2012. Most recently, he was founding director of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a collaborative of leading funders committed to strengthening democracy by empowering citizens to hold their governing institutions to account. At Transparency and Accountability Initiative, he also helped found the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative aimed at securing commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, and harness new technologies for more effective governance. Previously, Martin founded the aid transparency campaign Publish What You Fund, helped launch Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and was a founding staff member at Tiri.

Martin began his career in open government in 2001 working for the Open Society Institute in Budapest, where he led research on the impact of anti-corruption assistance in Southeast Europe. He has published papers and articles for the Journal of Democracy, Central European University Press, and Public Administration and Development, among others.

Martin is a steering committee member of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and the Open Government Partnership, as well as a board member of Publish What You Fund. He holds a BA from the University of Oxford and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

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President at International Budget Partnership

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Member, Steering Committee at Open Government Partnership

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Member, Steering Committee at Open Government Partnership

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Member, Steering Committee at Open Government Partnership

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Member, Steering Committee at Open Government Partnership

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Member, Steering Committee at Open Government Partnership

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Chief Operating Officer at Natural Resource Governance Institute

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Member, Steering Committee at Open Government Partnership

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Founder at eBay India Pvt Ltd.

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Co-Founder at Omidyar Network

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Education
MS International Relations

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

BA Modern History

Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The 38 colleges are self-governing and financially independent institutions, which are related to the central University in a federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations and which still retain their Christian character.

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Director, Policy
Current

Omidyar Network invests companies located globally. The firm targets companies in sectors such as consumer internet & mobile, education, financial inclusion, governance & citizen engagement and property rights. They provide financing for early stage capital requirements with an initial investments greater than $1 million.

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Member, Steering Committee
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Julie McCarthy is director of the Money and the Public Interest Program. Most recently she served as director of the support unit at the Open Government Partnership (OGP), where she provided strategic advice, conducted outreach to stakeholders, and fundraised. In 2011 she served as Senior Adviser to the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, working with the Obama administration and the Brazilian government to implement OGP initiatives. In 2009, McCarthy was selected as a Franklin Fellow and Peacebuilding Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, helping to launch a multimillion dollar peace-building program in Liberia. Prior to this, McCarthy directed the Open Society Foundations’ Revenue Watch Program and then cofounded the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI), serving as its deputy director until 2009. And from 2002 to 2004, McCarthy was program associate for Globalization Reform/Iraq Revenue Watch at the Open Society Foundations as well as global coordinator for the Soros Foundation Network on the Millennium Challenge Account. McCarthy graduated from Cornell University in 2002 and received an MA in International Relations with a focus on conflict and governance from Yale University in 2012. She sits on the advisory boards of the Revenue Watch Institute and International Budget Project and is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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