The HDX Independent Advisory Board is responsible for overseeing phase one of the project during 2014.

Our board members are passionate about data and analysis, and believe in the potential for HDX to create a step change in how the humanitarian community shares and uses data before, during, and after crisis response.

Board members serve on an individual and voluntary basis and are responsible for the following:


  • Advising on project design and implementation with a view to course correcting the project team when needed.

  • Framing questions or issues for the project team to consider and respond to.

  • Providing in-depth advice or briefings on specific expertise areas.

  • Suggesting project activities that may not be planned but would be beneficial to ensuring project success.

  • Advising on approaches to community outreach and partnerships to ensure buy-in for the data platform and emerging data standards.

  • Speaking on behalf of the project if and when appropriate.


The board will run until the end of 2014. Board membership is for an initial 6-month period, at which time members can opt out or re-join for another 6 months. The board meets once a month in plenary with bilateral discussion in between. Meetings are chaired by OCHA’s Director of Corporate Programmes, Gwi-Yeop Son.

Our members include the following experts:




Anthony (Tony) Craig is currently the Chief of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Branch of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). He is responsible for support to WFP’s global emergency preparedness and response coordination, including operations continuity and oversight of WFP’s Operations Centre.





John Adams, is the technical lead for DFID’s open data initiatives, including publishing data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard and promoting reuse of our data internally and externally. He also leads  DFID’s IT strategy and innovation and is the Chair of the IATI Technical Advisory Group.





Linus Bengtsson is a medical doctor and researcher focusing on public health applications of information technology at the nonprofit Flowminder Foundation and at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He has invented methods for monitoring and predicting population displacement during disasters and infectious disease outbreaks, based on the analysis of anonymous data from mobile phone.







Nigel Snoad is a product manager for Google’s Crisis Response team, which is changing how citizens stay informed during crises by providing information and tools to help people collaborate during emergencies and build resilient communities.





Tariq Khokhar is a Data Scientist and the World Bank’s Open Data Evangelist. His interests lie where technology, transparency, poverty and data meet. He guides the World Bank’s strategy on Open Data and Open Development and is responsible for internal and external outreach and execution.





Peter Walker is the  Director of the Feinstein International Center; Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security. Peter has remarkable experience in the humanitarian sector, being the founder and manager of the World Disasters Report. He also played a key role in initiating and developing both the Code of Conduct for disaster workers and the Sphere Project.