The Team

Johnny West, Founder of OpenOil

Johnny West

Johnny is founder and director of OpenOil. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and member of the advisory board of the FAST Standard Organisation, the organisation that protects, promotes and furthers the development of the FAST Modelling Standard.  Since 2013, he and OpenOil have pioneered the development of public financial models, leading debate in such techniques for organisation such as the World Bank and the IMF.

Johnny has extensive experience in providing financial analysis training to governments and civil society organisations, as well as generally around the management of extractive industries, including in and around the issue of beneficial ownership. He has consulted for the UNDP, the World Bank, the Centre for Global Development, GIZ, DfID, CABRI, the governments of Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Indonesia, Tunisia, and the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Contact: johnny.west[at]


Anton Rühling, Programme Manager

Anton Rühling

Anton oversees the development of open data applications, including the contract and concession repository, the Aleph search engine to data mine corporate disclosures, and the mapping of corporate networks.

Prior to OpenOil, Anton worked as a development expert in Egypt, the Palestinian Territories/Israel and Tanzania. He has experience in designing and coordinating workshops on open data, governance and natural resources for governments and civil society organisations.

Anton studied Contemporary History and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Freiburg, Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

Contact: anton.ruehling[at]



Paul Dziedzic, Open Data Training and Services Manager

Paul Dziedzic

Paul is OpenOil’s Data Training and Services programme manager. In addition to leading the training programme, he does research as well as communications on how to use open data in the extractive industries.

Prior to OpenOil, Paul worked in development research, including a strategy paper for the Rwandan embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. He has been involved with INGOs and is engaged as a trainer for volunteers in international development programmes.

Paul studied International Relations and International Organisation at the University of Groningen and is concluding his Masters in Development Studies in Berlin.

Contact: Paul.Dziedzic[at]


Dr Iliusi Vega, Programme Manager

Iliusi Vega

Iliusi manages OpenOil’s public interest financial modeling programme. She is also involved in designing forecasting tools to be incorporated to these models and is currently working on promoting this program in Latin America.

Prior to OpenOil, Iliusi worked as data scientist at the Free University in Berlin, where she analysed and identified patterns and behaviours using classical machine learning methods in R.

Iliusi studied BSc and MSc in Physics in Mexico City and PhD in Applied Mathematics at the Free University in Berlin.

Contact: iliusi.vega[at]


Dr Olumide Abimbola, Head, Research and Development

Olumide Abimbola

Olumide coordinates OpenOil’s research and development activities. He is also responsible for maintaining relationships with current OpenOil partners and clients, and developing new partnerships.

Prior to joining OpenOil, he worked as trade and regional integration expert at the African Development Bank, and as researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany.

Olumide has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden, and a PhD in Economic Anthropology from the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale.

Contact: olumide.abimbola[at]


Dan O’Huiginn, Lead Software Developer

Dan leads the creation of the OpenOil API on oil rights, the Aleph search engine to data mine corporate disclosures, and the research on how to put all of OpenOil’s data applications altogether.

Prior to OpenOil, Dan has been actively involved in numerous investigative and data journalism projects, including Double Offshore, the Investigative Dashboard, and most notably the Panama corporate database, which has been used by financial regulators to recover several millions in taxes.

Dan studied Sanskrit and South Asian Studies at Cambridge University.

Contact: daniel.ohuiginn[at]


Alexandra Readhead

Alexandra Readhead

Alexandra is an independent advisor on international taxation and the extractive industries. She has worked with a range of international organisations including the Natural Resource Governance Initiative, the German Agency for International Cooperation, the World Bank Group, the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development, and the EITI Global Secretariat.

In 2016, Alexandra published the first detailed account of the challenges experienced by African tax authorities in applying transfer pricing rules to the mining sector: ‘Preventing Tax Base Erosion in Africa: a Regional Study of Transfer Pricing Challenges in the Mining Sector.’ The report is accompanied by detailed country case studies for TanzaniaZambiaSierra LeoneGuinea, and Ghana; the recommendations continue to inform local advocacy efforts.

Alexandra has a Master of Public Policy (Distinction) from Oxford University, and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Monash University.

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Rachel Etter-Phoya

Rachel Etter-Phoya

Rachel has been working on the extractives industries for more than five years. She has served as a CIM Integrated Expert with Citizens for Justice in Lilongwe, focussing on extractives and public financial management. She has also sat on the Malawi Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group.

Previously, she worked as a Senior Revenue Specialist with the Revenue Development Foundation in Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining. She has also applied her research and extractives experience to research with the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, Resources for Development, Publish What You Pay Malawi, and Imani Development.

Rachel holds a BA in Anthropology and English from the University of Zurich, an MSc in International Rural Development from the Royal Agricultural University, United Kingdom, and is working towards a Master of Law at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

Follow her @MiningInMalawi.


Pawel Lont

Pawel Lont

Pawel currently works as a consultant providing external business and regulatory support services for the European energy market.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting, as well as a degree in Electric Power Engineering. After graduating, Pawel undertook several internships at the Polish Power Exchange, the Belchatow power plant in Poland, Brussels-based Correggio Consulting, and the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET).

Pawel specialises in electricity and gas regulation, as well as project modelling for the upstream industry.  He is experienced in quantitative analysis, as well as modelling in the context of financial feasibility of different commodity-related investments.

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