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 84% 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.

Zoe Johnson

Digital Hub Lead; Country lead for Canada

Sebastian Ebert

Head of Donor Tracker

Ben Overton

Partnerships Hub Lead

Maura Kitchens West

Head of Policy Updates; Country lead for South Korea, Italy

Adam Jennison

Content Hub Lead; Country lead for United States, United Kingdom, Australia

Mareike Fürst

Country lead for France

Sheba George

Country lead for European Union, Spain

Kristin Laub

Country lead for Germany

Brett Harris

Working Student
Zoe Johnson

Zoe Johnson

Digital Hub Lead; Country lead for Canada

On the Donor Tracker team, Zoe Johnson leads the Digital Hub team, which is tasked with re-imagining the Donor Tracker as an innovative digital product that can even more effectively support global development advocates. She also analyzes and writes about development policy and financing in Australia and Canada.

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 of 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

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Sebastian Ebert

Head of Donor Tracker

Sebastian Ebert is a Project Manager at SEEK Development, where he runs the Donor Tracker project team and supports clients with developing advocacy strategies and creating goal-oriented frameworks that allow stakeholders to engage in and contribute to organizational development processes. He brings comprehensive experience in management consulting, organizational development, and strategic communication, and has worked for clients from the public, non-profit, and private sectors. 

Before he started at SEEK, Sebastian worked in various roles as a management consultant, including serving as the CEO of a digital transformation consultancy. He has worked closely with board members, CEOs, and senior leadership in large-scale transformation and change projects.  

Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Political Science and Rhetoric from the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen and a Master of Political Communication from the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf.

sebert@seekdevelopment.org

Ben Overton

Ben Overton

Partnerships Hub Lead

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

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Maura Kitchens West

Head of Policy Updates; Country lead for South Korea, Italy

As Head of Policy Updates, Maura oversees the Donor Tracker's Weekly Digest. 

Focus areas

Experience 

  • 2020 - 2021: Academic Support Specialist and Tutor, Economics and Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC;
  • 2019 - 2020: Graduate Fellow, Nonprofit Management, The Auerbach Global Impact Foundation, Alameda, CA;
  • 2019: Interim Executive Director, The Auerbach Global Impact Foundation, Alameda, CA.
  • 2016 - 2019: Buckley Public Service Scholar, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Education 

  • 2017: Master of Arts in Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, DE;
  • 2012: Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary European Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Languages 

  • English (native)
  • Spanish (intermediate)
  • German (intermediate)

Contact information 

mkitchens@seekdevelopment.org

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Adam Jennison

Content Hub Lead; Country lead for United States, United Kingdom, Australia

As Content Hub Lead, Adam oversees the Donor Tracker's digital communications, web and social media development, and expansion,and promotion of the Donor Tracker. 

Focus areas

Experience 

  • 2020 - 2021: Digital Engagement & Communications Specialist, Chemonics International Inc., Washington, DC; 
  • 2017 - 2020: Knowledge Management & Communications Analyst, The Cloudburst Group, Landover, MD;
  • 2016: Team Lead, Virtual Student Foreign Service, US Department of State, Washington, DC; 
  • 2016: Public Affairs Intern, Embassy of the United States, Tokyo, JP; 
  • 2013-2015: English Teacher, Japan Exchange & Teaching Program, Tottori, JP; 
  • 2012: Public Diplomacy Intern, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Washington, DC. 

Education 

  • 2017: Master of Arts in International Communication, Public Diplomacy in East Asia, American University, School of International Service, Washington, DC;
  • 2012: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana.

Languages 

  • English (native)
  • Japanese (basic)
  • French (basic)

Contact information 

ajennison@seekdevelopment.org

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Mareike Fürst

Country lead for France

Mareike Fürst is an Associate Consultant at SEEK Development. She brings to SEEK experience in sustainable development, international development cooperation and economic policy combined with skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis. At SEEK, she is a member of the Climate Change and Donor Tracker teams. For the Donor Tracker, she is the Country Lead for France and regularly updates the French Donor Tracker profile.

Previously she worked as an Associate Fellow at the United Nations System Staff College on topics of sustainable development and circular economy. She also interned at other organizations in the field of international development, including the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Tunis and Mexico City, as well as at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and at a think tank in Bogota.

Mareike holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, as well as a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University.

Mareike can be reached at mfuerst@seekdevelopment.org.

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Sheba George

Country lead for European Union, 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

Kristin

Kristin Laub

Country lead for Germany

Kristin Laub is an Associate Consultant at SEEK Development where she is a member of the Donor Tracker project and the country lead for Germany.  Kristin brings to SEEK, her experience in international development cooperation and strategic consulting.

Prior to joining SEEK, Kristin interned at the Department of Business Development at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) working on the topic of private sector cooperation. Before that, she worked in the Digital Consulting Department at KPMG.

Kristin holds a Diploma in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technical University in Dresden and the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, where she focused on sustainable supply chains.

 

Kristin can be reached at: klaub@seekdevelopment.org

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Brett Harris

Working Student

Brett Harris is a Working Student at SEEK Development where he is a member of the Donor Tracker project team. He brings editing and content creation experience gained over 3 years in various academic capacities. He was drawn to SEEK based on his interest in international development and politics.

Previously, Brett worked in education, focusing on transatlantic relations and policy. He began his career at the UNC Center for European Studies gaining experience in grant writing, editing, and research as a Program Assistant.

Brett has a bachelor's in Literature and European Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing a dual master’s in Political Science with a concentration in European Governance at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish, German, and Arabic.