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Rishi Maharaj

Disclosure Today
Trinidad y Tobago
Transparency /Accountability Advocate, Political Analyst, Data Privacy Champion. Raising my voice for the many who can't.

My name is Rishi Maharaj. During the period 2005 to 2009 I was the lone officer in charge of monitoring, reporting advising and conducting training on the FOI Act to over 175 public agencies and the general public. In 2009 to 2012 I became the senior officer in charge of the newly created Freedom of Information Unit www.foia.gov.tt. During my time working with the Act I have trained over 350 public officers and advised Ministers, Senior Government Officials and lawyers on the interpretation and application of the Act.
In August 2015 I became CEO of Disclosure Today (www.disclosure.today, https://www.facebook.com/DisclosureToday/). Disclosure Today, is an award winning social governance initiative with registered Head Offices in the United Kingdom and local offices in Portugal and Trinidad and Tobago. As a registered non – profit we work to support the development of mature and healthy democracies in the countries in which we operate. We do so through advancing transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, promoting, facilitating and empowering responsible and collaborative citizen engagement in public sector decision-making.

In 2015 I also had the distinct pleasure of hosting a panel discussion with the Former Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago ( and the drafter of our Freedom of Information Act) Mr Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and a prominent local activist in Freedom of Information Mr Afra Raymond on the challenges faced in promoting transparency and accountability through the FOI Act. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rzO-xOohI0&index=13&list=UUQWDgT6pzHr1qE7z-1gJvRA

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