Mara Mendes is project lead of the EU research project The Digital Whistleblower: Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies Assessed, at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. The central objective of DIGIWHIST is to improve trust in governments and efficiency of public spending across Europe. Previously, she has worked in the area of advocacy and campaigning with Transparency International. Mara is interested in fighting against and preventing corruption. She holds a masters degree in Media, Communication and Development and a Bachelor in Sociology, Politics and Media Science.