About

About

The Donor Tracker supports progress in global development by providing advocates with easy access to comprehensive quantitative data and qualitative strategic information to advance their work. 

Covering 14 major OECD donors and over 80% of the world’s official development assistance, the Donor Tracker provides free, independent, data-driven insights on countries' strategic priorities, funding trends, and decision making processes. With detailed information on policy and spending by sector, Donor Tracker's up-to-date analyses highlight key opportunities for advocacy.

Join the team behind the Donor Tracker.

Raimund Zühr

Head of Donor Tracker

Sheba George

Head of website, design, and social media; Country lead for the European Union and Spain

Mathilde Garret

Head of data; Country lead for Sweden and Norway

Isabela Vera

Head of editorial and communications; Country lead for US

Cora Lüdemann

Head of outreach and partnerships; Country lead for Germany

Kalila Jaeger

Head of policy updates; Country lead for the Netherlands

Zoe Johnson

Head of donor profiles; Country lead for Australia and Canada

Hugo Petitjean

Country lead for France

Ben Overton

Country lead for Japan

Charlotte Schmidt

Country lead for Italy

Sinead Dwyer

Country lead for South Korea and UK

Alina Hemm

Advocacy and communications intern
Raimund Zühr

Raimund Zühr

Head of Donor Tracker

Raimund Zühr is the Donor Tracker Project Manager. To this role, Raimund brings ample expertise on comparative analysis of donor financing and policies for international development. He also has extensive experience in strategy consulting, having developed and implemented engagement strategies for a wide range of international clients. Key thematic areas of his work include education and global health.

Prior to joining SEEK Development, Raimund worked in the Latin America Department of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Frankfurt and in the Africa Department of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) in Madrid.

Raimund holds a Master of International Relations and African Studies from Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. Previously, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin.

Raimund can be reached at rzuehr@seekdevelopment.org.

Sheba George

Sheba George

Head of website, design, and social media; Country lead for the European Union and Spain

Sheba George conducts data-driven policy analysis of the European Union and Spain's development assistance policies, funding, and governance structure, and provides policy updates for donor countries. In addition,  she leads the design and development of the Donor Tracker website and handles the Donor Tracker Twitter platform.

Sheba brings her experience in foreign policy and global development to the Donor Tracker team. Prior to joining SEEK Development, Sheba worked in policy and research consultancy for the European Commission where she conducted foreign policy analysis for EU policymakers on the Asia-Pacific region. She gained further experience in international affairs and development policy while working in the field of climate and gender development for the United Nations. She has also managed social development projects in liaison with national governments in over five countries in Europe, the Global South, and the Middle East. 

Sheba holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, with specialization in migration and refugee policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Germany, and a Bachelor of Science in International Foreign Service (BSFS) degree with a specialization in international politics and global governance from Georgetown University in the US.

Sheba can be reached at sgeorge@seekdevelopment.org

Mathilde Garret

Mathilde Garret

Head of data; Country lead for Sweden and Norway

Mathilde Garret oversees all analytical work for the Donor Tracker website. She uses her background in political science and public affairs to conduct comprehensive and detailed analyses of development policy and financing in Norway and Sweden.

Before joining SEEK Development, Mathilde completed an internship in Benin, analyzing the impact of tourist activities on economic and human development for a local NGO. During the last year of her master's degree, she focused particularly on the role of development NGOs in the state’s ‘soft power’ policies.

Mathilde holds a Master’s degree in public affairs from Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in globalization dynamics.

Mathilde can be reached at mgarret@seekdevelopment.org

Isabela Vera

Isabela Vera

Head of editorial and communications; Country lead for US

As a member of the Donor Tracker team, Isabela Vera is responsible for conducting data-driven analyses of Canada and the United States’ development assistance policies, funding, and governance structure. Other key areas of her work include content development and editorial oversight for the Donor Tracker website.

Isabela’s background is in communications and development, with a special interest in gender equality and participatory methods. Prior to joining SEEK Development, Isabela worked as a consultant with GIZ Support to the Pan African University in Algeria, where she focused on strategy development and evaluation with regards to gender, diversity, and communications. She previously served as an advisor to GIZ Nepal, where she contributed to the development, implementation, and assessment of program strategies for an entrepreneurship and technical education program for women in remote communities affected by Nepal’s 2015 earthquake. She gained further experience as a microfinance project coordinator with Dalit Solidarity, an NGO based in southern India. She has also worked as an editor for a natural health magazine in Vancouver, Canada, and as a communications associate for Australia’s largest online employment marketplace in Melbourne.

Isabela holds a Master of International Affairs with a specialization in human security and sustainability from the Hertie School of Governance and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Professional Writing and Publishing from the University of Victoria and Utrecht University.

Isabela can be reached at ivera@seekdevelopment.org

Cora Lüdemann

Cora Lüdemann

Head of outreach and partnerships; Country lead for Germany

Cora Lüdemann is the Donor Tracker's outreach and partnerships lead. In this role, she manages the organization of outreach trips and events and fosters partnerships with organizations and initiatives doing work similar or complementary to the Donor Tracker. She is also the Donor Tracker's Germany country expert.

Prior to joining SEEK, Cora interned in the advocacy and policy departments of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Transparency International. She has volunteered with refugees and socially disadvantaged people in South Africa and Germany and co-founded the humanitarian rescue initiative SOS MEDITERRANEE that currently works with Doctors without Borders to save refugees in distress at sea.

Cora holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Amsterdam University College, where her studies focused on international relations and political science.

Cora can be reached at cluedemann@seekdevelopment.org

Kalila Jaeger

Kalila Jaeger

Head of policy updates; Country lead for the Netherlands

Kalila Jaeger manages the Donor Tracker's policy updates. She is also responsible for conducting analyses of development financing trends and policies for the Netherlands.

Kalila has a background in social science research with a strong focus on gender equality and migration politics. Previously, Kalila worked as a consultant for the German branch of the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) where she collaborated closely with the IOM team to develop parameters for a new initiative on professionalization and capacity-building of migrant-run initiatives in Berlin to support the integration of migrant and refugee youth. Kalila also gained experience working on international reproductive health in New York with a focus on advocacy for abortion legalization in Argentina. She worked in Tel Aviv in international ethnic conflict resolution, where she also enjoyed a residency as an English teacher in an elementary school for migrant children.

Kalila recently completed a master’s degree in international relations at Furtwangen University. Her research focused on reproductive health access and sexual violence response for migrant and refugee women in Berlin. Kalila holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Barnard College at Columbia University in sociology and human rights. She was a Clinton Global Initiative University research fellow.

Kalila can be reached at: kjaeger@seekdevelopment.org

Zoe Johnson

Zoe Johnson

Head of donor profiles; Country lead for Australia and Canada

On the Donor Tracker team, Zoe Johnson leads the planning and coordination for donor profile updates, analyzes and writes about development policy and financing in Australia and Canada, and is involved in editorial oversight for the Donor Tracker website.

Before joining SEEK, Zoe worked for the Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance, where she led research in Ethiopia exploring young women’s expectations and experiences of work and life in the Hawassa Industrial Park. In addition, she worked as the editorial assistant for two peer-reviewed journals: Oxford Development Studies and the Journal of Gender, Agriculture, and Food Security. Zoe gained further experience working as an EdGE mentor and consultant with Omprakash, mentoring students from around the world, and working with grassroots organizations in Uganda, Costa Rica, Chile, India, and Cambodia.

Zoe is a graduate from the MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, where her research critically explored how processes of social, economic, and political change in Ethiopia shape young women’s perceptions of their own opportunities. She also holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia.

Zoe can be reached at: zjohnson@seekdevelopment.org

Hugo Petitjean

Hugo Petitjean

Country lead for France

Hugo Petitjean manages the analysis of France's development policy and financing. He is also a key member of the Donor Tracker data team. Hugo's main areas of focus include global health and education in development contexts.

Hugo has a background in mathematics and biology, with strong skills in quantitative and qualitative research as well as data analysis. Before joining SEEK Development, Hugo completed his Masters of Public Health and worked on renewing a National Institutes of Health training grant for the Population Studies Training Center at Brown University. In his master’s thesis, Hugo sought to understand South African men’s engagement with the health care system, in the context of HIV care and labor migration. For one project, he collected HIV testing data in a sub-district of Cape Town, South Africa, to quantify the retention rate of HIV positive patients and analyze gender differences in linkage to care. Hugo has also examined the relationship between migration and health access among rural to urban migrants in South Africa.   

While pursuing a Master of Public Health at Brown University, Hugo was a Global Health Scholar. The Global Health Scholars Program is awarded to highly qualified MPH students with experience in global health and includes enhanced educational activities, travel opportunities, and a scholarship award. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Biology from McGill University. 

Hugo can be reached at: hpetitjean@seekdevelopment.org

Ben Overton

Ben Overton

Country lead for Japan

Benjamin Overton is in charge of analyzing Japan's development financing and policy. His work also includes developing new models and content for the Donor Tracker as a leading tool for data-driven, effective advocacy.

Benjamin’s background spans more than seven years in the international development and NGO sectors. He has extensive knowledge of impact investing and innovative financing for development gained as Partnerships Manager at Yunus Social Business, where he successfully conceptualized and pitched a multi-million euro partnership with a major corporate foundation to expand social entrepreneur support services in developing economies. He also brings extensive experience in philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility gained as a Programme Officer at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Benjamin began his career in resource mobilization for the International Crisis Group and human rights education NGO Humanity in Action.

Benjamin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Asian Studies, a Master’s of Public Administration, and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.

Benjamin can be reached at boverton@seekdevelopment.org

Charlotte Schmidt

Charlotte Schmidt

Country lead for Italy

Charlotte Schmidt conducts data-driven analyses of Italy's international development policies and financing trends.

Charlotte brings to the team experience in migration, development, and public health, and an interest in organizational development. Prior to joining SEEK Development, she undertook an internship at the WHO in Geneva where she contributed to resource mobilization efforts and building strategic partnerships. Charlotte has also worked as a volunteer coordinator of an NGO in Vienna, offering cultural experiences to young refugees and migrants. Additionally, she advised NGOs on their political messaging, branding, and marketing initiatives during her studies in London.

Charlotte holds a Master of Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Vienna.

Charlotte can be reached at cschmidt@seekdevelopment.org

Sinead Dwyer

Sinead Dwyer

Country lead for South Korea and UK

Sinead Dwyer analyzes the development assistance policies, funding, and governance structure of the United Kingdom and South Korea as part of the Donor Tracker team.

Before joining SEEK, Sinead worked as an Economist in the strategy directorate of NHS Improvement, the sector regulator for the English National Health System. She provided strategic analysis and advice to policymakers, regulators, and large hospital organizations to help them diagnose problems, understand and articulate tradeoffs, and make evidence-based decisions. Prior to that, she worked as a junior policy analyst in the OECD Development Centre in Paris, developing the methodology of Multi-Dimensional Country Reviews and working on reviews of Côte d’Ivoire and Kazakhstan. Sinead is interested in understanding how to optimize public spending and applying economic techniques and frameworks in a pragmatic way.

Sinead holds a Master in Specialized Economic Analysis: International Trade Finance and Development degree from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a BA in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin.

Sinead can be reached at: sdwyer@seekdevelopment.org

Alina Hemm

Alina Hemm

Advocacy and communications intern

Alina Hemm supports the Donor Tracker team across various workstreams including writing policy updates, developing social media content, and assisting with data work.

Alina has sectorial experience in gender, global development, and human rights. Prior to joining SEEK, Alina interned at the advocacy department of Human Rights Watch, at the German Parliament, and at the Bureau for Institutional Reform and Democracy, a development consultancy in the field of democratic governance and institutional strengthening. Additionally, she volunteered as the head of public relations in an Ethiopian women's rights organization.

Alina holds a Joint Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Kent and the University of Marburg and a Bachelor’s in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Passau, where she focused on international relations and human rights.

Alina can be reached at ahemm@seekdevelopment.org