Friends of Publish What You Fund
George M. Ingram is Chair of Friends of Publish What You Fund. His professional career – working in the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the non-profit sector – has focused on international economic and development policy. He recently assumed the position of Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He serves as chair emeritus and senior adviser for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a network of more than 400 companies and NGOs that work on behalf of greater resources for and more effective use of U.S. policies and programs of U.S. engagement in international affairs. He is also co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, an alliance of development organizations, think tanks, and academics that advocate for modernizing U.S. foreign assistance programs and structures.
Ben Leo is CEO and Co-Founder of Fraym, a geospatial data analytics company focused on the African continent. He also is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Mr. Leo has conducted extensive applied research on African statistical systems, data acquisition methods, and African infrastructure and financing issues. His work has been cited in numerous major media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, USA Today, Mail and Guardian, CNBC Africa, This Day, The Standard, and Daily Nation. Previously he served as Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign. In 2011, he worked for the African Union as a facilitator and technical expert in the secession negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan. Leo has worked at the White House as the Director for African Affairs, advising the President and national security advisor on central, eastern, and southern Africa and economic issues. Additionally, he helped design and implement several development initiatives at the US Treasury, including the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative and US-Africa Financial Sector Initiative.
Kyle Matous is the Senior Director for U.S. Government Relations at the ONE Campaign, an international, nonpartisan, non-profit advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Prior to joining ONE, Kyle worked for U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions in a variety of roles, most recently as the Chief of Staff of Rep. Sessions’ personal office and as Policy Director of the House Rule Committee. He grew up in Temple, Texas, and graduated in 2007 from the University of Virginia, where he studied American Politics, and also graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2012. Kyle is married to Torrie Miller Matous, who is the Assurance Strategy Leader at Deloitte and who was previously the Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Martha Roby before serving as the Chief of Staff to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. We recently moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where we live with our toddler son, Charles, and our dog, Bennett, who is named for the University of Virginia's national championship winning basketball coach.
Larry Nowels has been a consultant on foreign aid reform and budget issues to several organizations, including the Hewlett Foundation and several global development NGOs. Previously, he was a specialist in foreign affairs at the Congressional Research Service. During his 35-year career at CRS, he wrote extensively on U.S. foreign assistance policy-making, including the congressional role in legislating and overseeing American foreign aid programs. Larry further served on detail assignments to the House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Upon leaving CRS in mid-2006, he served as a consultant to the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Around the Globe (HELP) Commission, ONE and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Larry is Treasurer to the Friends of Publish What You Fund board.
Nancy Lee is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her work focuses on reform of multilateral development banks, mobilizing private development finance, blended finance, sovereign debt restructuring architecture, public-private infrastructure finance, and gender lens investing. Previously, she was the deputy CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. aid agency that develops and funds compacts supporting poverty-reducing growth in poor countries that are committed to good governance. Prior to joining MCC, Dr. Lee was CEO of the Multilateral Investment Fund, now the IDB Lab, at the Inter-American Development Bank. The Lab is a major impact investor in the region. Under her leadership, the MIF launched initiatives in lending to women-owned SMEs; a public-private partnership to scale youth job training programs; a program to introduce social impact bonds to the region; innovative climate finance models; and a crowdsourcing platform for development solutions.
Dr. Lee was deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere and for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Treasury. She led Treasury’s work to put financial inclusion, SME finance, and women’s access to finance on the G20 agenda. Dr. Lee holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in economics.