Digital Public Goods Alliance Secretariat

The Digital Public Good Alliance Secretariat leads the creation and maintenance of foundational components vital to the DPG ecosystem and facilitates alignment among a community of like-minded organisations in order to advance digital public goods. This includes stewarding and maintaining the DPG Standard and Registry, advocating for the implementation of DPGs, and convening expert communities of practice to work on topics like climate change and disinformation. As a members-based alliance, the DPGA brings together creators, implementers, and supporters working towards a shared global vision for DPGs, and coordinates and mobilises resources in priority areas to facilitate a healthy DPG ecosystem, facilitating growth, sustainability, and impact. Learn more about what we do here.

The Secretariat is overseen by the CEO who manages the Secretariat as an independent entity accountable to the Governance Board.

Liv Marte Nordhaug, Chief Executive Officer
Liv spearheaded the creation and launch of the Digital Public Goods Alliance in 2019 and served as its co-lead from 2020-2023. In her role, she leverages 15 years of experience with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) where she worked on country capacity building and as an advisor to the Director General, before leading several digital innovation projects built around open-source technologies. Previous to starting in Norad, Liv lived for two years in the country of Timor-Leste, where she did field research and worked as an advisor on good governance and human resource development to the Timorese public petroleum sector administration. Liv is a passionate amateur choir singer with a (not so secret) love for group-karaoke.

Lucy Harris, Chief Operating Officer 
Lucy has been with the Digital Public Goods Alliance since 2020 and brings a wealth of experience to her role as COO of the Secretariat, drawing on a background in open source community, innovation and strategy. Prior to her involvement with the DPGA, Lucy served as the Head of Community Development at Mozilla, a global nonprofit dedicated to keeping the Internet a global public resource that is open and accessible to all. She is passionate about the role digital public goods can play in creating a more equitable world. Based in Toronto, Canada Lucy enjoys spending weekends with family cooking and trying new foods.

Max Kintisch, Chief Financial Officer & Director of Membership
Max joined the DPGA in 2022 and has 15 years of experience working for meaningful, open and inclusive public sector innovation. Prior to joining the DPGA, he was the Global Lead for I-CoDI, ITU’s International Center of Digital Innovation, and founded, supported and mobilised financing for several other social impact initiatives and ventures. In addition to his role as CFO, Max empowers members to align, collaborate and cooperate around a shared vision for digital cooperation based on digital public goods. Max is currently living in Vienna, Austria.

Ricardo Miron, Chief Technology Officer
Prior to the DPGA, Ricardo spent over 6 years managing, hosting, and leading community-driven programs and projects focused on technology at Code for Mexico, Microsoft, and others. He has also provided consultancy to governments and NGOs to implement open source, civic tech, and open data initiatives. Ricardo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Management from the University of Guanajuato and a Master’s in Software and Systems from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM).

Lea Gimpel, Director of AI and Country Engagement (Visiting Fellow)
Lea is seconded by the German development agency GIZ, where she has worked at the intersection of technology, policy, and international development for over a decade. In her previous role, Lea co-led the initiative “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All”, which aims to democratize AI development worldwide. Lea holds a MA in Communications for Social and Economic Contexts from the Berlin University of the Arts and an Executive Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in big data and digital governance from the Hertie School, where she is also a lecturer. In addition, Lea is a board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany.

Pelin Hizal Smines, Product & Experiences Lead
Pelin joined the DPGA in 2023. Operating from Oslo Norway, Pelin brings 25 years of expertise in marketing and product strategy from media, banking and mobility sectors. Her notable achievements include developing the CSR strategy and innovative products for QNB Finansbank, and co-founding Lojika, a startup that launched sustainable mobility apps with innovation grants from EC’s Horizon 2020 and investors. Pelin founded ScaleUp Lab, serving impact startups in product development and marketing. Pelin holds a BA in Media Management & Production, a Master’s in International Affairs and EU Politics, an Executive MBA, and was selected to participate in the European Institute of Technology Women Leadership Program. At the DPGA, her goal is to enhance the visibility of digital solutions for societal benefits. Off duty, she enjoys running, fitness, and sailing, reflecting her dedication to building resilience and strategic navigation skills.

Richard Kagaba, Technical Specialist Coordinator
Richard, based in South Africa, is the DPGA’s technical support coordinator and brings to the team a diverse background in software engineering that spans sectors like banking, digital marketing, and research funding. His technical acumen is backed by a B. Tech in Information Technology and an ongoing Master’s in Computing. In his role, Richard evaluates DPG applications, offering guidance to both new and experiences DPG product owners, and helps to deliver technical assessments across a wide array of technologies. His aim is to contribute to the open-source ecosystem which consists of both technical and non-technical users of DPG products. Outside of his professional life, Richard is an avid chess player and stays abreast of the latest sports developments.

Jon Lloyd, Director of Advocacy and 50-in-5 Program Director
Jon has been with the DPGA since November 2022. As Director of Advocacy and Program Director of 50-in-5, he builds upon his nearly two decades of experience as an established leader working at the intersection of technology and human rights, having worked with organisations such as the Mozilla Foundation, Global Witness, and SumOfUs, and through advising governments, civil society, and academic institutions. Jon leverages his expertise to lead the 50-in-5 campaign and advocacy goals of the DPGA, aiming to help ensure an open, inclusive, and interoperable digital future built on a foundation of cooperation and collaboration. He lives in London, UK, via New Zealand and Canada.

Amreen Taneja, DPG Standards Lead
As Standards Lead at DPGA, Amreen spearheads the management, development and promotion of the DPG Standard. In her role Amreen builds on her 8 years of experience in innovation, digital transformation, and technical standardisation. She holds an LL.M. degree from UC Berkeley School of Law, with dual specialisations in Technology Law and International Law equipping her with the expertise to navigate intricate legal and policy matters in the digital innovation and global development sectors. Prior to her current position, Amreen managed and led various digital innovation, standards and frontier technology projects with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),, United Nations and the UN Permanent Observer NGO, NIPO, aimed at advancing digital development for public good. Her vision for her role is to ensure digital public goods are built on a robust foundation of technical standards, fostering interoperability, security, and accessibility. She firmly believes standardised technical frameworks are key to driving innovation and inclusivity in the digital sphere. Amreen lives in Paris, France via Switzerland, USA and India.

Jameson Voisin, Director of Communications and Programs
Helping to lead how the benefits of DPGs are understood and can have impact through programming, Jameson brings 15 years of experience merging program management and communications to the DPGA. Before joining the team in 2020, with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan and South Sudan, he helped expand awareness of their efforts against multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis and gained first hand insights into the use of DPGs for healthcare management systems. Before that he worked for four years in Ecuador’s Amazon and Andes regions on access to education and healthcare initiatives. Jameson has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from McGill University in Montreal, and studied how governments use technologies for public service delivery. Based in Toronto, he can be found on the waterfront playing beach volleyball, running, or cross country skiing.