Project Leads

Stefaan Verhulst


Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information to advance the public good.

Andrew Young


Andrew Young is the Knowledge Director at The GovLab, where he leads research efforts focusing on the impact of technology on public institutions. Among the grant-funded projects he has directed are a global assessment of the impact of open government data; comparative benchmarking of government innovation efforts against those of other countries; and crafting the experimental design for testing the adoption of technology innovations in federal agencies.

Natalia Adler

UNICEF Data Collaboratives Lead

As a ‘development entrepreneur,’ Natalia Adler has been looking for ways to “do development differently” for the past 11 years. She’s currently serving as the Data, Research and Policy Planning Specialist at UNICEF HQ, where she’s trying to leverage data science to solve complex problems affecting children through data collaboratives with the private sector and academia. She has recently supported UNICEF’s regional office in Latin America to develop a "Cities for Children" initiative, looking at the intersection of urbanization, climate change and child rights in Latin America. In Nicaragua, she pioneered design thinking to support the development of Regional Policies for Children and partnered with the private sector to create 'entrepreneurial ecosystems.' In Mozambique, she broadened the intersection of child rights and Public Finance Management. A natural of Brazil, Natalia opened her own business at the age of 14.

Project Development

Ena Bek


Ena is a Developer at the the GovLab. She has a B.S. in Media Communication Studies from Florida State University where she focused on communication theory and philosophy. Ena began her career in Marketing but soon found herself taking a greater interest in the creative and technical side of the industry. After realizing that coding could lead to more meaningful and fulfilling work, Ena dedicated herself to learning the skills she needed to become a member of the engineering community. Since then, Ena has led multiple projects from conceptualization to implementation, such as an app to make sharing responsibilities amongst roommates easier to manage, and a generator to help organizations quickly create and customize their own wikis.

Denny Tek


Denny Tek is a Developer at the GovLab. She enjoys working on projects that empower and connect communities. She is also a volunteer teacher with ScriptEd, an organization that brings web development classes and internship opportunities to students in under-resourced high schools in NYC. Prior to joining the GovLab, Denny developed and commissioned scholarly works on music for a global academic publisher. She has a B.F.A. in Music Technology from the City College of New York.

Mark Adkins-Hastings


Mark Adkins-Hastings is a software developer with diverse expertise in both technology and design. He joins GovLab's development and design team to build civic technologies that help institutions work more openly and collaboratively. Previously, Mark worked on citizen-centric technology projects for the United States federal government, including the Department of Justice and the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At USTPO, he developed the Office's electronic patent application filing system as part of a team promoting the adoption of more agile and modern design practices, including the use of citizen ethnography to ensure that government websites serve the public better.

Claudio Mendonca

Creative Director

Claudio Mendonca is the Creative Director at the GovLab where he is responsible for branding and interaction design of the digital projects. Working as a visual communicator for more than 10 years, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design in 2005. He has extensive experience in branding and interaction design, including 3 years developing graphical material for several government institutions in Brazil, publications and interface design for startups.

Christopher Wong

Director of Product

Christopher Wong is Director of Product at the GovLab. Christopher joined the GovLab after serving as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, where he worked with the US Patent and Trademark Office to deliver on the White House's Executive Action to better utilize crowdsourcing as a mechanism for improving patent quality. Christopher was previously the Executive Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU School of Law, as well as a Visiting Fellow at both the Yale Law School Information Society Project and the Princeton University Center for Information Technology.

Project Support

Beth Simone Noveck


Beth Simone Noveck is Co-Founder and Director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and, the GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately.

Iryna Susha


Iryna Susha is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Informatics at Örebro University and a guest researcher at Delft University of Technology. She has received her PhD in 2015, the title of her dissertation was "Participation in Open Government". Iryna's research has focused on open government, open data, and citizen participation and has appeared in various international journals and conferences.

Prianka Srinivasan


Prianka is a Research Intern at Govlab. She has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Melbourne and is currently enrolled in NYU’s joint Masters Program in Journalism and International Relations. Prior to enrolling at NYU, Prianka worked at a number of jobs in Melbourne, including managing a book store and serving as a Community Development Project Officer at the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre, an organization that provides recreational, educational and social support for asylum seekers living in the Melbourne community. She also spent a year in Vanuatu, working as a Community Project Officer with the Marae Village Development Council. Among her projects was a post-disaster assessment report following Cyclone Luis which she researched, produced and edited.



Greyson Nevins-Archer is an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the GovLab. He is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Science and Technology at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. While Greyson has enjoyed learning to code and working with startups, he has found a newer passion in technology policy, social, and legal research as they relate to the Internet.



Robert is a Research Assistant at GovLab. He has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Fordham University and is currently a second-year MA Candidate in NYU's Department of International Relations. Before joining the GovLab team, Robert has worked for various humanitarian organizations, including the International Rescue Committee, the Center for International Health and Communication, and The Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality.


The site reflects the accumulation of all the insights and input we received from many over the last few years for which we are grateful. In particular, we would like to thank:

  • Anoush Rima (née Tatevossian), John Crowley, Mila Romanoff and Robert Kirkpatrick, UN Global Pulse
  • Manuel Garcia Herranz, UNICEF
  • Alex Rutherford, UNICEF
  • Ciro Cattu, ISI Foundation
  • Michele Tizzoni, ISI Foundation
  • Daniela Paolotti, ISI Foundation
  • Matt Stempeck and John Paul Farmer, Microsoft
  • Jos Berens, Ulrich Mans and Gideon Shimson, University of Leiden, The Hague
  • Sarah Telford, Mark Dalton and Lilian Barajas, UNOCHA
  • William Hoffman, World Economic Forum
  • Neil Britto, InterSector Project
  • The members and partners of the International Responsible Data Group
  • The members of the MacArthur Research Network of Opening Governance