Board Committees

Article 14, EITI Articles of Association, makes a general statement on the purpose and composition of EITI Board Commitees: “The EITI Board may create committees to further specific issues. Any such committee should include two or more Board Members or their Alternates, and its composition should, as far as is reasonable, reflect the multi-stakeholder nature of the EITI Association.” EITI Board Committees should facilitate the working of the EITI Board. This is mainly done by making recommendations to the Board. Board Committees do not take decisions on behalf of the EITI Board. Committees advise the Board on specific issues related to EITI implementation, validation, policy and management. Committees hold telephone conferences or get together in person around Board meetings. Committees are reestablished every two years, after the election of a new Board.

The current key Board committees are:

Audit Committee

Finance Committee

Governance Committee

Implementation Committee

Outreach and Candidature Committee

Rapid Response Committee

Validation Committee

Audit Committee 

Gubad Bayramov

Chair: Elodie Grant Goodey

Secretariat: Wouter Biesterbos and Leah Krogsund

The Audit Committee is required to discharge the audit function of the international management of the EITI. The Committee reviews the audited accounts with the EITI’s auditor, and presents the audited accounts to the Board.

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Finance Committee

Olivier Bovet

Ali Idrissa

Natalya Yantsen

Chair: David Diamond

Secretariat: Wouter Biesterbos and Leah Krogsund

With Anwar Ravat (WB) serving as an advisor to the Committee.

The Finance Committee shall advise the EITI Board on strategic issues relating to the financing of the EITI International Management (Board and Secretariat). This includes advising on the securing of funding to the levels agreed by the EITI Board when approving EITI Secretariat workplans and budgets, financial reporting, investment of liquidity and accepting of financial operations. It should from time to time review the funding principles adopted by the Board.

The Committee is also tasked with reviewing the EITI's expenditure, including ensuring that it understands what the Secretariat uses its funds for, whether the Secretariat have appropriate decision-making processes for taking decisions with financial implications and whether it considers that the Secretariat makes effective and appropriate use of its funding.

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Governance Committee

Olivier Bovet

Florent Michel Okoko

Kåre Stormark

Carine Smith Ihenacho

Ian Wood

Marinke van Riet

Natalya Yantsen

Chair: Alan McLean

Secretariat: Jonas Moberg and Shemshat Kasimova

On behalf of the EITI board, address issues relating to the governance of the initiative, including voting procedures. The committee has been inclined not to deal with implementation aspects of EITI rules. The committee was initially set up at the decision-making committee at the 1st EITI board meeting in New York 7 december 2006. The mandate of this sub-group was to do further work on voting procedures. Back to top

Implementation Committee

Manuel Adamini

Stuart Brooks

Robert Cekuta

Gbehzohngar M. Findley

Jean Claude Katende

Daniel Kaufmann

Shahmar Movsumov

Faith Nwadishi

Debra Valentine

Chair: Clare Short

Secretariat: Sam Bartlett and Dyveke Rogan

The EITI Board agreed to establish an Implementation Committee at the 24th Board meeting in Sydney. On behalf of the EITI Board, Implementation Committee oversees progress with implementation of the EITI Standard, including reviewing Implementation Progress Reports, EITI Reports, and the impact of the EITI.

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Outreach and Candidature Committee

Manuel Adamini

Didier Vincent Kokou Agbemadon

Florent Michel Okoko

Pekka Hukka

Guillermo Garcia

Suresh Rajapakse

Marinke van Riet

Fabby Tumiwa

Mary Warlick

Secretariat: Sam Bartlett and Lyydia Kilpi

On behalf of the EITI Board, the Outreach and Candidature Committee oversees the EITI Candidature application process.The Committee also serves as a focal point for the outreach of EITI stakeholders to new countries and companies, ensuring that the Board is fully informed on outreach activities and providing direction or support to these activities where necessary.

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Rapid Response Committee

Michel Okoko

Jean-François Lasalle 

Ian Wood

Ali Idrissa

Daniel Kaufmann

Secretariat: Jonas Moberg 

The Rapid Response Committee was set up at the 4th EITI Board Meeting in Accra on 22 February 2008, to “develop a proposed framework for EITI rapid responses to political developments".

This Committee has proven to fulfill an important function in monitoring events that could put EITI stakeholders or process in EITI implementing countries at risk, and to make recommendations to the Board for possible responses.

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Validation Committee

Abdoul Aziz Askia

Bazarbai Nurabaev

Mark Pearson

David Diamond

Elodie Grant Goodey (Chair)

Jim Miller

Gubad Bayramov

Matthew Bliss

Brendan O'Donnell

Secretariat: Sam Bartlett and Dyveke Rogan

Validation is an essential feature of the EITI process. It provides an independent assessment of whether EITI implementation in a country is consistent with the EITI Principles and Criteria. 

In all decisions on validation, the Board places a priority on the need for comparable treatment between countries and the need to protect the integrity of the EITI brand. The Validation Committee plays a key role in safeguarding the quality and consistency of EITI validation. 

On behalf of the EITI Board, and in accordance with the EITI Rules, the Validation Committee shall:

  1. Review draft validation reports submitted by implementing countries
  2. Review final validation reports submitted by implementing countries and make a recommendation to the EITI Board
  3. Review applications for extensions of the validation deadline submitted by implementing countries and make a recommendation to the EITI Board.
  4. Review and make recommendations on validation procedures.

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