At the beginning of the year, we said farewell to our longtime Chair of the Finance Committee, Dr. Rudolf Haggenmuller. We thank Dr. Haggenmuller for his years of expertise, advisory, and perspective – and we welcome James Beresh as DG’s new Chair of the Finance Committee. He will be helping manage and oversee DG’s financial team with expertise and great care, to help ensure DG’s financial positioning into the future.
James joins the DG Board of Directors as the Senior Director of Finance at GlobalGiving. He oversees the financial, operational, and HR functions at the organization, ensuring that donations get allocated to projects as efficiently as possible. He joined GlobalGiving full-time in 2012, and before that, he spent eight years developing its back-office functions as a contractor. James has nearly 20 years of accounting experience working with several nonprofits and small businesses.
James states, “I’ve had the great fortune to be a part of GlobalGiving from nearly the beginning. This experience has provided me an opportunity to impact communities and the sector through beliefs that I hold dear including advancements come through removing barriers, making decisions based on data, and being in service to our communities. Development Gateway shares these beliefs and emphasizes the need for institutions to use data to respond to the needs of our communities. To have the chance to be just a small part of another outstanding organization is a real blessing.”
As a 2020 addition to DG’s Board, James joins two additional new members, Nanjira Sambuli and Rian Wanstreet. We announced Nanjira and Rian as new members earlier this year, and we look forward to the contributions of all three.
IREX and Development Gateway: An IREX Venture participated in Festival de Datos from November 7-9, 2023. In this blog, Philip Davidovich, Annie Kilroy, Josh Powell, and Tom Orrell explore five key issues discussed at Festival de Datos on advancing data systems and how IREX and DG are meeting these challenges.
DG’s DAS Program recently attended an event on creating a national digital public infrastructure (DPI) in Malawi in order to increase the impact of climate data to combat current and future agricultural issues caused by climate change. In this blog, we reflect on three insights on DPIs that were revealed during the event discussion.
DG's joint session at 2023 Festival de Datos posed the question: What does a “good” agriculture data system look like? In this blog post, we'll delve into the key principles that emerged from the discussion.