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Rakesh Rajani

(Board member since 2012) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Professional Affiliation: Head of Twaweza (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

Rakesh Rajani is the head of Twaweza, which means “we can make it happen” in Swahili. Twaweza works across East Africa to enhance access to information, citizen agency and public accountability, with a particular focus on improving learning outcomes. He is also a co-founder and the lead civil society chairman of the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative involving 62 countries that promotes greater government openness and state-citizen collaboration. Until 2007 Rajani served as the founding executive director of HakiElimu, Tanzania’s leading citizen engagement and education advocacy organization. He serves on several national and international boards and has been a fellow of Harvard University since 1998. Rajani has written and edited over 300 papers and popular publications in English and Swahili. He graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University and Harvard University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.