Sanjay Pradhan is the CEO of the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. He joined the organization in May 2016.
Bringing a wealth of open government and innovation experience to the role, he previously served in three senior positions at the World Bank: vice president for leadership, learning and innovation; vice president of the World Bank Institute; and director for governance. While at the World Bank, Pradhan tirelessly promoted open development. He led the WBG’s governance and anticorruption strategy, launched the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, incubated ICT-mediated citizen feedback to improve governance, initiated open contracting with partners, and rolled out a flagship collaborative leadership for development program to help government and civil society leaders undertake collaborative actions. During his tenure at the World Bank, Pradhan gained extensive experience working in Africa, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia.
Pradhan is a global spokesperson and distinguished speaker on open governance and anticorruption issues, appearing in major world forums including the European Parliament, the BBC World Debate and the TED Global Conference. He has published widely, and was a principal author of the 1997 World Development Report, “The State in a Changing World.” He holds a doctorate of philosophy and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.