Welcome to TTIX forum! Please introduce yourself

Welcome to the TTIX online forum!

As part of the preparations for the TTI Exchange 2018, we intend to organize a series of moderated online discussions leading up to the conference in November. This will give you the opportunity to begin a dialogue and to make connections with each other, helping to build relationships before meeting face to face.

Before we get the dialogue going, we would like to learn a bit about who you are and what you do – as well other things that may be relevant to fellow guests of the forum.

Here are some questions you may answer to help get you started:

  • What is your name?
  • What organization do you work at?
  • What country are you located in?
  • What do you do for work?
  • Why are you interested in coming to the Think Tank Exchange?
  • What do you hope to get out of the conference?

So let’s get started – over to you!


Great and innovative, Looking forward to the entire experience.

Hi everyone,

Thanks for joining the e-forum! My name is Tiffany Barnes-Huggins and I recently joined the Think Tank Initiative in July as the Program Officer for Knowledge Translation. I work out of the head office in Ottawa and I manage TTI’s communications and research uptake activities. Prior to joining IDRC, I worked at a Canadian think tank that supported public purpose organizations to improve their governance through research and training, therefore I’m really interested in learning how think tanks in different contexts tackle this topic. At the Exchange, I also hope to learn more about the varied approaches think tanks take to use their evidence to inform policy in their countries and globally.

Looking forward to discussions next week!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152700376661190&set=t.1203478398&type=3&size=960%2C641 I am Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head, Policy Engagement and Communication at Public Affairs Centre, Bengaluru, India. I am interested in attending the forthcoming TT Exchange to learn and share experiences. I have attended a couple of these meets earlier and I believe it has helped me in my tasks as Head, Policy Communication and Engagement. It has also introduced me to new professionals in my areas of interest.

Hi, my name is Emeka Odom, I work for the African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage), Enugu, Nigeria, as Communications Manager; I am a journalist. I look forward to learning new things, new techniques particularly in the areas of communicating research reports and advocacy for policy reforms, as well as citizens’ engagement and behavioral change.

Hi! I am Nisha Arunatlake, Research Director at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka. I am interested in finding means of overcoming different challenges faced by think tanks, collectively. I am also interested in networking to make policy impacts at the regional and global level collectively. I hope to meet people and learn from their experiences.

Hi Every one.
I am Gountiéni Damien Lankoandé, founder and Executive Secretary of GRAAD Burkina. GRAAD Burkina is a strategic research/studies Think Tank created in 2010 with the core objective to produce high quality and relevant knowledge (evidences) to guide policy making in Burkina Faso. As an independent non-profit organisation with regional sphere of influence, GRAAD Burkina core ambition is to contribute to sustainable development achievement in Burkina Faso through research projects implementation, strategic studies, capacity building and knowledge dissemination. For policy influence, the Group publishes policy briefs and organizes policy dialogue meetings, press conferences, public debates, etc. GRAAD Burkina general interest area of research is inclusive and green economy (IGE) with focus on: Green economy, Women empowerment, Youth employment, Education/awareness for change.

I am so glad to be part of this wonderful exchange !
Hi from my Country Burkina Faso, west African country


Hi, I’m María Elena Rivera
I work at Fundaungo El Salvador, as a program coordinator and researcher.
I’m interested in attending the TTX 2018 to learn from others think tanks about their experiences in improving research quality and communications.

Hello everyone, My name is John Young. I currently head up the Research and Policy in Development Programme at ODI in London (www.odi.org.uk/rapid), but by the time of the Forum I will have moved to a new job as ED of INASP (www.inasp.info). Both RAPID and INASP work to promote greater use of research-based evidence in development policy and practice. Much of my work (in RAPID) has been with think tanks that do that, and Paul Engel (then at ECDPM) and I co-led the TTI mid-term evaluation (https://www.odi.org/publications/7852-final-report-external-evaluation-think-tank-initiative). Since then I have been working with a wider range of knowledge producers and users, must recently in Indonesia, China and Ghana. I’m really looking forward to learning about the progress made by think tanks supported by TTI over the last five years, and how think tanks fit into the wider knowledge ecosystem.

Hi to all, my name is Diakalia Sanogo working with IDRC as Senior Program Specialist of the Think Tank Initiative that I joined right from the beginning of the program in August 2018. I am now based in the IDRC Sub Saharan Regional Office in Nairobi. My interest in attending the last TTIX is to be in a position to understand what we have achieved together over the last almost 10 years of TTI support to think tanks in term of generating evidence and promoting it use for informed policy making/change for the betterment of the life of the populations. At the end of the conference, I hope I would have a good understanding of how think tanks could consolidate their achievements in the TTI supported areas (improvement in organizational performance, research capacity and quality, communication and policy engagement) in order to ensure their long-term sustainability. I hope we will all get out the conference some understanding of how think tanks could address some unresolved challenges (e.g., effective collaboration, networking, adapted new think tanks business models) to help advance the ecosystem of evidence-based policy/decision making.

Dear colleagues,

My name is Kirchuffs Atengble, ED of PACKS Africa, an Accra-based think
tank working to promote the use of evidence in policymaking from the
perspective of information systems research and knowledge management. I
was hoping to participate in this event in November but currently unable
to do that due to logistical challenges. I however will be following
through the events remotely, and contribute whatever is needed to
improve the discourse, given the platforms provided for that.


Hi All!
my name is MUSAMBYA MUTAMBALA. I work for the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organisation (STIPRO) as a Researcher. STIPRO is devoted to producing knowledge that is relevant for evidence based decision making in science, technology and innovation (STI) in Tanzania. I am interested to take part in the 2018 TTI Exchange, which I believe, will serve as a platform for experience sharing of achievements and challenges, that will serve as lessons to participants. The exchange comes at a right time, particularly at this time we are striving for our think tank sustainability. I look forward to meeting you, all. Pleasure!

Hello everyone,

My name is Founty Alassane FALL, I work as reasearch assistant down CRES, Dakar / Senegal since 2015. II like doing research in several domains, but i’m particullary interresting to gender issuies. Since the two last years I work in a project namelly: “Gender responsive budgeting”. The objective of the research is to developpe new tools that operationalize gender integration in the finacial law of Senegal in a first step and in the WAEMU contries in a second step. I’m very glad to participate to this wonderfull meeting.

So see you very soon.

Le lun. 8 oct. 2018 à 11:51, Musambya Mutambala ttix@discoursemail.com a écrit :

Hi all,
My name is Christopher Onyango. I’m a researcher working for the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) based in Nairobi Kenya. I am looking forward to learning ew ideas from others and networking during the exchange.

Welcome to all of new users (after me). Glad to know you !

Bonjour Fall,
Salut depuis Ouagadougou ! Au plaisir de te rencontrer

Hi everyone! I am Associate at Politics & Ideas, a Southern-led initiative of researchers and practitioners to co-produce innovative knowledge and support the use of evidence in policymaking in developing countries, and Research Associate at On Think Tanks, a source if ideas, support and resources for think tanks worldwide. Previously, I was the coordinator of the Influence, Monitoring and Evaluation Program at the Argentinean think tank Center for the Implementation of Public Policies promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC). From these spaces, I work with think tanks, researchers, NGOs and public agencies interested in linking evidence with public decisions, particularly in developing countries, through capacity building, mentoring and consultancy activities including research, evaluation of programs and organisational assessments. At TTIX, I’ll be co-facilitating a parallel session on Policy windows for think tanks and also presenting a project about how the Fourth Industrial Revolution affects knowledge systems. I am Argentinean, currently based in Florida, United States. Look forward to meeting you all. Leandro

Au plaisir de vous rencontre M. lankoande.
C’est très gentil de votre part!

Salutations cordiales!

Le lun. 8 oct. 2018 à 13:35, Gountiéni D. Lankoandé ttix@discoursemail.com a écrit :