As an investment partner at Omidyar Network, Martin leads policy, advocacy strategy, and related investments for the firm’s global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative.
Martin has 15 years of experience in helping to build the international movement for openness, transparency and participation, including founding or co-founding two multi-stakeholder initiatives and three NGOs. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Martin founded the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, the leading donor collaborative in the open government and open data sector. While in this role, he co-founded the Open Government Partnership together with the White House and grew it into a 65-member strong multi-stakeholder initiative. Additionally, Martin initiated the G8 Open Data Charter, the G20 commitment to open data principles, and the International Open Data Charter. Martin is also the co-founder of Publish What You Fund, the global campaign for transparency of foreign aid, and helped launch Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the country’s leading anti-corruption NGO. He began his career working for the UN and the International Crisis Group (now Crisis Group) in Rwanda where he witnessed firsthand the impact that governance and corruption could have on elections.
Martin holds a B.A. from the University of Oxford and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.