Hosts

The next IACC will take place in Panama in late 2016. Our local NGO partner will be La Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Libertad Ciudadana (TI Panama). Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Aside from the host country, the team that runs the International Anti-Corruption Conference is made up of three elements;
1. The IACC Council
2. The Agenda Shapers
3. Transparency International

The IACC Council

The IACC Council has overseen the IACC series since its creation in September 1996. Their principal goals are to provide advice and assistance to the host country of each conference, and to ensure that the conference is conducted in accordance with the principles contained in the established guidelines.

The Council contributes greatly to the success and follow-up of every IACC, selecting the host country and the dates for the IACC and overseeing the development of the main theme and programme of each Conference.

Read the IACC Council Constitution. See the IACC Council’s key decisions here.

IACC Council Members

Barry O’Keefe, AM QC, former Chair, IACC Council – It was with great sadness that we announced the passing of the former Chair of the IACC Council Justice Barry O’Keefe last year. Read our tribute here.

Akere Muna, Chair of the IACC Council

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Akere Muna, Chair of the IACC Council

Akere Muna, Chair of the IACC Council

Akere Muna, Chair of the IACC Council

Akere Muna, founder and former President of TI Cameroon, is a lawyer by training. He is the former President of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (2008-2014), former President of the Pan African Lawyers Union (2006-2014), and former President of the Cameroon Bar Association (1997-2002). In 2007 he was appointed member of the High level Panel on the Audit of the African Union, then Chairperson of the African Union. In January 2010 he was elected to the Panel of Eminent Persons, which oversees the African Peer Review Mechanism for a four year-term. Akere Muna is member of the governing board of the Africa Governance Institute and member of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. He is currently the first ever Sanctions Commissioner of the African Development Bank. He has served on several national commissions on legal reform and curbing corruption. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the African Development Bank and many other International Institutions like the International Monetary Fund. He was actively involved in the TI working group that helped draft the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption and authored a guide to the Convention. He was Vice-Chair of the Board of Transparency International from 2005 until 2014. He became Chair of the Council of the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) for six years in 2014.

Huguette Labelle, Vice Chair of the IACC Council

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Huguette Labelle, Vice Chair of the IACC Council

Huguette Labelle, Vice Chair of the IACC Council

Huguette Labelle, Vice Chair of the IACC Council

Huguette Labelle is the former Chair of the Board of Transparency International, member of the Board of the UN Global Compact, member of the Group of External Advisors on the World Bank Governance and Anti-corruption Strategy, member of the Advisory Group to the Asian Development Bank on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Board of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, member of the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism, member of the Advisory Council of the Order of Ontario and Vice Chair of the Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy. A former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, she also serves on additional national and international boards. She provides advisory services to national and international organisations. Labelle served for 19 years as Deputy Minister of different Canadian Government departments.

Jermyn Brooks

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Jermyn Brooks

Jermyn Brooks

Jermyn Brooks

Jermyn P. Brooks joined Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in 1962, leaving in 2000 as Global Managing Partner having occupied leadership roles in many countries. He was a founding Board Member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, and has frequently chaired the 10th Principle Working Group of the UN Global Compact. He also served as a member of the Wolfsberg Group, which developed the Wolfsberg Anti-Money Laundering Principles. Brooks chaired the Steering Committee of the Business Principles for Countering Bribery from 2002-2010, and the Audit and Finance Committee of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, whose board he was appointed to in 2012. Brooks was a member of TI’s Board from 2003-2006 and again from 2011-2014 where he was the Chair of the TI Business Advisory Board.

Katherine Marshall

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Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall, is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center’s program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership positions at the World Bank, Marshall moved to Georgetown in 2006, where she also serves as a visiting professor in the School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

Medhi Krongkaew

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Medhi Krongkaew

Medhi Krongkaew

Medhi Krongkaew

Prof. Krongkaew,  Former Commissioner, Thailand National Anti-Corruption Commission, was appointed as a National Anti-Corruption Commissioner in 2006. He formerly taught at the National Institute of Development Administration and Thammasat University, and is one of one of Thailand’s most respected economists. He was also a Senior Fellow in the Division of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU, and has written dozens of articles on a wide range of Thai economic issues, with a particular focus on poverty.

Michael Hershman

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Michael Hershman

Michael Hershman

Michael Hershman

Michael Hershman, President and CEO, The Fairfax Group, is an internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability, governance and security. The Fairfax Group, founded in 1983, has been retained by governments, corporations and international financial institutions to assist on matters relating to the conduct of senior-level officials and/or the entities with which they do business. In December 2006, Mr. Hershman was appointed as the independent compliance advisor to the board of directors of Siemens AG, a company with more than 400,000 employees.

Giannina Segnini

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Giannina Segnini

Giannina Segnini

Giannina Segnini

Giannna Segnini from Costa Rica was head of the investigative team at «La Nacion». Their investigations has led to prosecution of more than 50 politicians, businessmen and public servants in Costa Rica, UK, USA, France and Finland. Two former presidents in Costa Rica is convicted for corruption. Segnini has been training journalists all over Latin-America and USA in computer assisted reporting for years. She’s a well know speaker at conferences all around the world and has received several international prizes for her work.

Rueben Lifuka

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Rueben Lifuka

Rueben Lifuka

Rueben Lifuka

Rueben Lifuka is an Architect and Environmental Management Consultant working in Zambia and the Southern African region. He is also a 2011 Draper Hills Summer Fellow with the Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, USA. He is one of the founder members of Transparency International Zambia and served as its Chapter President from 2007 to 2012. He was also elected in 2008 as a Board member on the international board of Transparency International. He served two terms of office until 2014. During his tenure as TI Board member, Rueben pierced on several committees, notably, he chaired the important Membership Accreditation Committee. He was recently elected to serve on the International Anti Corruption Conference Council. Today, he continues to be actively involved in research and advocacy on climate change and corruption as well as land and corruption in Africa.

Rueben has served and continues to serve on a number of Boards of local and international NGOs. He is currently the Board Chairperson of a British Charity – Build It International Zambia, and a board member of the Zambian Governance Foundation. Rueben is also the Chairperson of the National Governing Council for the Africa Peer Review Mechanism in Zambia and Chairperson of the Multi Stakeholder Group for the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative for Zambia. From 2011 to 2013, Rueben was appointed by the Republican President to serve on the Technical Committee Drafting the Zambian Constitution.

Aruna Roy

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Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy is a political and social activist. Having begun her career in the Indian Administrative Service she resigned in order to devote her time to social work and social reform. She is one of the founders of the movement for Right to Information in India. The movement has been credited for getting Right to Information laws passed in several States, including the Rajasthan Right to Information Act passed in the year 2000. The RTI movement and campaign also played a crucial role in the passage of strong national legislation for the Right to information in the year 2005. Her contribution to the cause has been widely appreciated.

The Agenda Shapers

The Agenda Shapers (AS) provide expert guidance for the design of the Conference programme itself.

The AS is composed of up to 15 members including the Chair of the IACC Council; representatives of international partner institutions; members of other independent institutions that are distinguished in the area of anti-corruption – both public and private; authors; journalists; and activists. The Government and TI National Chapter or civil society contact point are actively involved in the design of the programme through their representatives.

Read more about the Agenda Shapers terms of reference here.

16th IACC Agenda Shapers

Åse B. Grødeland

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Åse B. Grødeland

Åse B. Grødeland

Åse B. Grødeland

works as senior researcher at the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo, Norway. She specialises in legal culture, informal practice, corruption, and anti-corruption efforts in a range of states. She received her PhD in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow in 1996.  Åse has previously held positions at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (Bergen), the Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research (Oslo), and University of Glasgow.  In 2001-02 she worked as senior analyst for the International Crisis Group (Central Asia office). Åse is currently directing two international research projects on legal culture and corruption.  Her forthcoming publications include two co-authored monographs on legal culture (Cambridge University Press, 2014; Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman

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Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman

Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman

Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman

is Chair of the Interim Board of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST), previously he was the Director of Global Programmes at Transparency International (TI) – managing and guiding TI’s programme of global priorities in its fight against corruption.

David E. Kaplan

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David E. Kaplan

David E. Kaplan

David E. Kaplan

has been Executive Director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network since February 2012. Prior to this he was Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. David has over 30 years’ experience investigating organized crime, terrorism, environmental and financial crime, having reported from two dozen countries for major media on five continents.

Elaine K. Dezenski

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Elaine K. Dezenski

Elaine K. Dezenski

Elaine K. Dezenski

is Senior Director and Head of Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, World Economic Forum where she previously held the position of Senior Director, Head of Risk Response Initiatives. She has formerly held a varitey of management and high level positions in the public and private sectors, including at Siemens, the US Department of Transportation, US Department of Homeland Security, Cross Match Technologies and Interpol.

Heiko Willems

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Heiko Willems

Heiko Willems

Heiko Willems

has been Managing Director Law and Insurance of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) since May 2008. In this capacity he is responsible for BDI’s activities in Company Law and Corporate Governance, Compliance, Civil Law and Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, and Insurance Affairs. He joined BDI in 2003 as Policy Manager in the Department of International Affairs. In 2007, he operated a project on „Secure Trade“ with the Representative of German Industry and Trade, Washington/USA. From 1999 to 2003, he worked as a Research Fellow at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Department for German and European Public Law and Constitutional Law. He holds a doctoral degree from this university for a thesis on the Promotion of Small and Medium Sized Companies and Public Procurement.

Janine Schall-Emden

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Janine Schall-Emden

Janine Schall-Emden

Janine Schall-Emden

has over 13 years of experience in Governance and International Development and is currently based in Pretoria, South Africa, working as an independent consultant. Janine has also worked as a consultant for multilateral institutions such as the UN Development Programme and a number of international NGOs including CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Transparency International.

Nicholas Shaxson

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Nicholas Shaxson

Nicholas Shaxson

Nicholas Shaxson

is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of the acclaimed 2007 book Poisoned Wells: the Dirty Politics of African Oil, and, following completion of Treasure Islands in 2010, a journalist and part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens.

Olajobi Makinwa

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Olajobi Makinwa

Olajobi Makinwa

Olajobi Makinwa

is Head, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Issues, UN Global Compact Office. Jobi joined the Global Compact after having worked a number of years for Amnesty International in South Africa, initially as its Human Rights Education Coordinator and later as its Executive Director. She is a lawyer by profession and has extensive experience from several UN organizations, with particular expertise in the field of environment, development and human rights.

Anga Timilsina

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Anga Timilsina

Anga Timilsina

Anga Timilsina

is the Programme Manager of UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN), which focuses on providing policy and programme support on anti-corruption.

Robert Palmer

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Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

is a policy analyst and campaigner with Global Witness‘ banks and corruption campaign, investigating major banks that have done business with corrupt politicians and developing practical policy solutions to prevent abuses of the financial system. In 2011, Robert exposed the role of financial institutions which had handled $64bn of Libyan state assets.

Shaazka Beyerle

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Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle

is a researcher, writer and educator in people power and civil resistance. She is presently a Senior Advisor with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Shaazka has recently published a book: Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice.

Tim Erblich

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Tim Erblich

Tim Erblich

Tim Erblich

is CEO at Ethisphere Institute, an independent research centre that promotes best practices in corporate ethics. He is tasked with leading the overall growth and revenue of the business as well as charting strategy. Prior to this Tim was President of NYSE Governance Services.

Transparency International

Transparency International acts as Secretariat to the IACC Council and to the Agenda Shapers of each conference through a dedicated IACC team.

On behalf of the IACC Council, the IACC team at TI-S they provide advice and assistance to the host of each conference and designs the agenda of the ConfernceOther responsibilties  include helping the host country with marketing issues, advising on logistics and raising funds for the participating delegates.

In conjunction with the Programmes Committee, TI is also responsible for preparing and implementing the conference programme. This includes communicating with a wide range of organisations and individuals involved at the forefront of anti-corruption work. TI collates programme suggestions, and prepares the conference‘s plenary sessions and workshops. To find out more about Transparency International please visit transparency.org.

The IACC Team at Transparency International

Miklos Marschall, Secretary to the IACC Council and Deputy Managing Director of TI

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Miklos Marschall, Secretary to the IACC Council and Deputy Managing Director of TI

Miklos Marschall, Secretary to the IACC Council and Deputy Managing Director of TI

Miklos Marschall, Secretary to the IACC Council and Deputy Managing Director of TI

Miklos Marschall joined TI as Director for Eastern Europe in July 1999 and now serves as Deputy Managing Director of the Transparency International Secretariat. Before joining TI, from 1994 through 1998, he was the founding executive director of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, a global network of NGOs and foundations promoting civil society. Between 1991 and 1994, he served as Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Marschall was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow in 1988/89 at Yale University. He graduated as an economist from the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences in Budapest in 1977. He received his doctorate from the same university in 1984.

Roberto Perez-Rocha, Director, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

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Roberto Perez-Rocha, Director, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Roberto Perez-Rocha, Director, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Roberto Perez-Rocha, Director, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

At Transparency International (TI) Roberto is the Director for the International Anti-Corruption Conference Series (IACC).

Under his leadership the IACC has evolved from a specialised Conference into a leading trend setter. Roberto is a pioneer of ground-breaking global initiatives that engage people and experts to devise new cross sectorial solutions against corruption. Most recently he has launched the IACC Young Journalists Network and the Global Anti-Corruption Game Changers platform which supports initiatives like the first ever Social Entrepreneurs Initiative against Corruption.

In association with various independent journalist and documentary networks, Roberto is currently designing new initiatives that aim to foster cooperation between investigative journalists, film and documentary directors, and social justice advocates.

Roberto holds postgraduate degrees in Political Science and Development from the London School of Economics and the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) in Political Science from the Universidad Iberoamericana, México City. Roberto has close to 20 years of international experience in the fields of governance, social justice, advocacy and communications.

Roberto is Mexican and lives in Berlin. In summer he can be found lecturing at the Summer School on Integrity in the University of Vilnius, Lithuania.

Paula O’Malley, Manager, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

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Paula O’Malley, Manager, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Paula O’Malley, Manager, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Paula O’Malley, Manager, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Paula is Manager for the IACC and its initiatives at Transparency International. Paula is an avid idea generator and for the past 5 years has been designing the IACC. With an interest in using social innovation and people-based approaches to solve global challenges, Paula has developed several initiatives aimed at engaging young people, hackers, journalists and social entrepreneurs in the fight for transparency. She’s currently working on social sanctions, and tactics to stimulate youth action to stand up against impunity. She’s a literature graduate from Trinity College Dublin and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Paula speaks Irish, German, French and English.

Florah Ikawa-Witte, Resource Mobilisation and Sustainability, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

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Florah Ikawa-Witte, Resource Mobilisation and Sustainability, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Florah Ikawa-Witte, Resource Mobilisation and Sustainability, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Florah Ikawa-Witte, Resource Mobilisation and Sustainability, IACC Series & Initiatives, TI

Florah joined the IACC team in August 2012. Prior to this she worked as a fundraiser in the Resources Development Department of TI-S. Before joining TI, she was engaged in different capacities in areas related to civil society engagement, monitoring and evaluation/impact assessment, and urban research in South Africa and Kenya. She is a Senior Fellow of the German Foreign Exchange Service hosted African Good Governance Network. She holds an MSc in Urban Management from the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin).

Alice Chambers, Communications and Operations Officer, IACC team, TI

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Alice Chambers, Communications and Operations Officer, IACC team, TI

Alice Chambers, Communications and Operations Officer, IACC team, TI

Alice Chambers, Communications and Operations Officer, IACC team, TI

Alice joined the team as an intern in September 2013 and has since been taken on as Communications and Operations Officer. Her main task is social media and web communications, public relations and conference operations. She holds a B.A. in European Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, where she majored in French and International Relations with a focus on Human Rights.