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A new CEO for Open Knowledge Foundation – Renata Ávila

- October 12, 2021 in Open Knowledge

Beyond Open Data, our new CEO will start a conversation about the future of our global knowledge commons. Today we are delighted to announce that the Board of Directors of Open Knowledge Foundation has appointed Renata Avila to be the new CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation – effective from October 4th 2021. Board Chair, Vanessa Barnett, said that Renata was selected after a long and extremely competitive process, over many months.
    ‘Renata is an outstanding choice for CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation, bringing a wealth of experience that will be invaluable to achieve our mission’, Vanessa said. ‘This appointment marks a new chapter for Open Knowledge Foundation and the open movement. We are delighted to have her on board’.
Renata Avila (1981, Guatemala) is an international Human Rights lawyer and digital rights advocate. Throughout her career, Renata has successfully built a global network of networks advancing a decolonial, peoples-centric approach to open technologies and knowledge, as tools to advance rights and create stronger communities.  She comes to the Open Knowledge Foundation to challenge the prevalent narrative and invite our network and extended community to advance a positive vision to bring back open to the most pressing challenges of our times We welcome Renata Avila as the CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation and look forward to working with her to achieve our mission. Commenting on her appointment, Renata said 
     ‘I am honoured to be appointed as the new CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation, which plays such an important role in the international open knowledge movement. Without openness, global actions against climate change cannot scale. Without removing the barriers to accessing knowledge, no real solution against misinformation will be ever found. Without including everyone, and equipping people with skills to transform data into actionable knowledge, open data is just an enabler of the powerful.  Never before was our mission more urgent than today.’ 
She went on to say:
    ‘My goal in the upcoming months is to work together with our global network in designing the open knowledge ecosystem of tomorrow, with tools, strategies, governance structures and communities that are both shielded from abuses, exclusion and data extractivism, and enabled to create, connect and advance our positive agenda.  Our vision for an open future.’ 
Please do join us in welcoming Renata to the Open Knowledge Foundation team. More about Renata here

Applications to be the new CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation now open!

- October 27, 2020 in Featured, Interviews, Jobs, News, Press

We want openness of all forms of knowledge to ensure a fair, free future full of possibility for all, where shared knowledge contributes to happier and healthier lives. To this end, we are looking for a CEO who help us step up as global leaders.

We are looking for a leader who will spearhead and lead the team to spread the global message of openness and establish new rules to counter the unaccountable tech companies monopolising the digital age. This is a time to be hopeful about the future, and to inspire those who want to build a better society.

We will pursue our mission in the following ways:

  • People – support people and organisations to create a free, fair and open future
  • Places – extend our global reach into new geographies and industries, in particular, health, education and work
  • Policies – have policies and procedures that support our vision and make us fit for purpose
  • Partnerships – work in partnership with others who can help us achieve our vision, and secure funding and income that enable us to be sustainable

We will achieve all of this as the world struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, faces a new global recession and an ongoing climate emergency. There is a crossroad ahead, with a choice between two paths – open or closed. We can be the inspiration for others to follow and ensure society takes the most equitable route. It is an exciting time for our organisation.

Could it be an exiting time for you to join us to take your career to the next level?

For more information and to apply click here.

We will not accept speculative CVs sent to staff or any Board member via email. We can only accept applications from applicants directly via the portal. We expressly do not accept any agency terms and conditions unless contained in a separate agreement signed between us and the agency before the date this application went live on our website.

WANTED: Open Knowledge Foundation seeks visionary leader to steer the world towards a free, fair, and open society

- July 9, 2020 in Featured, Join us, News, Open Knowledge Foundation, Our Work

You are a charismatic, innovative champion of openness, and a strategist with leadership skills and experience of engaging highly motivated teams and funders. We are the Open Knowledge Foundation, building a better future where knowledge is shared so all can live happier and healthier lives. Together, we will spread the global message of openness and establish new rules to counter the unaccountable tech companies monopolising the digital age. We will tear down the artificial constructs built between communities that stem the tide of progress and create greater inequality. And we will address the future of AI and algorithms, intensify our work on frictionless data, and create fruitful, exciting partnerships with a growing list of global organisations. We will achieve all of this as the world struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and faces a new global recession and an ongoing climate emergency. There is a crossroad ahead, with a choice between two paths – open or closed. We must be the inspiration for others to follow and ensure society takes the most equitable route. It is an exciting time for our organisation. As we say a warm goodbye to our current CEO Catherine Stihler, we are all reflecting on what we have achieved and where we can go next. Catherine moves on to pursue an open world in her new role as CEO of Creative Commons in August, while OKF seeks an inspirational individual to lead us on our ongoing journey. The process of recruiting a new CEO will commence over the next few weeks. An open future has never been more important – will you join us to create it?