Suneeta Kaimal is the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), which works to ensure that countries rich in oil, gas, and minerals achieve sustainable, inclusive development and that people receive lasting benefits from extractives and experience reduced harms. She was formerly the first female civil society Chair of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative of over 75 countries in which governments and civil society work together to advance transparency, accountability, and citizen participation, and she served on the Steering Committee for eight years. Suneeta served as the chair of the Global Council of Publish What You Pay, a civil society movement of more than 800 organizations working to improve natural resource governance. She is also a founding board member of Roots of Health, a local NGO focused on improving the health of women and girls, and their communities, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, in the Philippines.
Suneeta holds a master’s in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a bachelor of arts from Duke University, where she was a Hart Leadership Fellow.