Americas Regional Seat
The Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organisation dedicated to defending the rights of most disadvantaged in society and strengthening democracy in Argentina. Founded in 2002, ACIJ aims to defend the effective application of the Constitution and the principles of rule of law; promote compliance with laws that protect disadvantaged groups and elimination of all discriminatory practices; and to contribute the development of practices of participatory and deliberative democracy. ACIJ's mission is to contribute to the improvement and strengthening of Argentine institutions, promote the respect of fundamental rights and work in the defense of society's most vulnerable groups. One of our main objectives is to collaborate to achieve better functioning and better transparency in public institutions, including administrative and legislative bodies, courts, and regulatory bodies. ACIJ has produced reports on a number of different issues, available on www.acij.org.ar. ACIJ was represented at the UNCAC Conference of States Parties in Doha in November 2009.
Ezequiel Nino is the Co- Executive Director and Co-Founder of ACIJ. He is a lawyer, graduated from University of Buenos Aires in 1996, and with a Master of Laws from New York University. He worked previously as a legal advisor to Argentine legislators. In addition, he coordinated Public Interest Law Clinics at University of Palermo, and also has experience working as a legal researcher on public interest issues.
East Asia, Central Asia and Pacific Regional Seat
The Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN) is a growing, Philippine-based network of 34 civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, business organisations and academic and research institutions focusing on transparency and accountability in governance. The coalition seeks to contribute significantly to the reduction of corruption in the Philippines. TAN, a non-profit organisation, was formed primarily for the purpose of exchanging information on developments and undertaking initiatives in transparency and accountability in public governance in the Philippines. TAN is also a venue for organisations to come together and embark on initiatives of common interest, whether involving the entire network or a group of like-minded organisations within the network. Most of its work focuses on prevention of corruption and pays special attention to ensuring strong institutions of governance. TAN engages in advocacy work and is a leading watchdog monitoring the Philippine government. It was represented at the three UNCAC Conferences of States Parties in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Vincent T. Lazatin is the Executive Director of the Transparency and Accountability Network in the Philippines. He has been with the Network since March 2001. He is also the executive director of Bantay Lansangan, a partnership with the Department of Public Work and Highways. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of pagbabago@pilipinas, a network of individuals working for long-term, lasting change in the Philippines. He sits as the civil society representative in the Department of Health's Integrity Development Committee, and is the Vice-Chairperson of the UNESCO Information for All Program, among others. He is co-convenor of the Access to Information Network, a loose network of right to information advocates. Immediately prior to becoming the full-time Executive Director of TAN in June 2006, Mr. Lazatin spent over 17 years in the fund advisory industry, both in the Philippines and in the United States, including with The Mutual Fund Management Company of the Philippines.
Europe Regional Seat 1
SHERPA is a Paris-based non-profit legal organization that aims to protect and defend the victims of economic crimes in developing countries, namely communities that are the victims of (1) the development failures caused by illicit capital flows (tax evasion; grand corruption); and (2) corporate abuses. SHERPA was founded in 2001 by the renowned French human rights lawyer William Bourdon. His concern was that globalisation was creating new forms of impunity which civil society did not have adequate tools or resources to combat. As a matter of fact, while perpetrators of the most serious international crimes (i.e. war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide) could finally be held accountable thanks to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), there were (and still are) no similar forms of redress available to remedy human rights violations arising from illicit capital flows. SHERPA was created with the specific intention of addressing these economic crimes. SHERPA's overall focus is on deploying strategic litigation to fight the injustices caused by economic crimes and to bring about effective changes to public policy and legal frameworks in order to ensure fair and sustainable development for citizens in developing countries.
Maud Pedriel-Vaissiere holds a Master of Laws (DEA) in International Law from the University of Assas, Paris. She is the managing director of SHERPA, which she joined in 2007 as a legal advisor within the "Illicit capital flows" programme. Her main areas of expertise are sovereign debt, corporate tax evasion, grand corruption in resource-rich countries; and related public interest litigations. Among other cases, she has been dealing with the asset recovery case known in France as the "Biens Mal Acquis". Maud has also authored articles in books, academic journals and newspapers.
Europe Regional Seat 2
Transparency International-Macedonia (TIM) was established in December 2006 and since January 2011 is a National Chapter of Transparency International. Since its establishment TIM has carried out a number of projects, including targeted engagement with the private sector and initiatives involving regional cooperation, especially in South Eastern Europe (SEE). Currently, it is a partner in three multi-country projects: CIMAP (indicator-based measurement of anti-corruption progress, EU-funded), CRINIS Western Balkans, and ALAC SEE. In 2009, TIM formed an NGO Coalition of 14 local Macedonian NGO's with different portfolios. TIM has actively engaged in international efforts supporting proper implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, has joined the UNCAC Coalition and in 2009 was represented at the 3rd Conference of States Parties in Doha, Qatar. TIM's website contains information on projects, activities and the organization itself: www.transpatency.org.mk
Professor Slagjana Taseva is Chair of Transparency International Macedonia and General Manager of EURISK Consulting. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the International Anticorruption Academy in Laxenburg, Austria. Professor Taseva holds a PhD degree in law from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, and specialises in measures against money-laundering, corruption and organized crime. Having taught at various academic institutions she was appointed Director of the Police Academy in Skopje in 2004. In 2006, she became Vice-President of the Association of European Police Colleges. From 2002 to 2007 she was member and President of the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption. Since 2007 she has headed the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) delegation for the Republic of Macedonia.
Middle East and North Africa Regional Seat
Transparency Maroc (TM), the Moroccan association fighting corruption, has several projects in Morocco and on the regional level. It was established on 6 January 1996, by a group of citizens to address an alarming situation of corruption and lack of transparency, ethics and good governance in Morocco. It adheres to the principles contained in the charter of Transparency International and is one of its first members in the MENA region. Since its foundation, TM placed its fight against corruption in the democratic movement that promotes good governance, citizenship development, promoting the rule of law and access to information and the establishment of a National Integrity System. TM aims to conduct, disseminate and coordinate research on the national and regional level aimed at better understanding of the mechanisms of corruption. It also seeks to mobilise grassroots organisations and citizens through partnerships and the development of credible and effective mechanisms to fight corruption. TM promotes ethics, good governance and transparency to strengthen the will to fight against public and private corruption. Please visit www.transparencymaroc.ma
Saad Filali Meknassi is member of Transparency Maroc since 2000, and Coordinator of its Access to information project and other initiatives in the areas of ALAC, Integrity award, local governance, Open budget and more. He previously worked as a national coordinator of the International Labour Organization project on Corporate Social Responsibility in Morocco, and he is currently the focal point of the United Nations Global Compact in Morocco. Saad is also a research fellow at the University Mohamed 5 of Rabat Agdal (Morocco) and adviser in microfinance and Corporate Social Responsibility. He recently coordinated the Civil Society Index project in Morocco (2010-2011).
South Asia Regional Seat
5th Pillar is a grass-roots citizens' initiative in India founded with a mission to enable and empower every citizen to seek transparency and accountability in governance through the Right To Information (RTI) Act 2005, the Zero Rupee Note, anti-corruption campaigns and more. The Zero Rupee Note (ZRN), a concept promoted by 5th Pillar, reminds citizens that paying and taking "The Extra Fee" is a crime. In August 2007, 5th Pillar launched the "Freedom from Corruption" campaign and distributed over one million ZRNs predominantly to students in colleges and schools. Inspired by the campaign, students have formed SAC (Student against Corruption) chapters in their colleges. The organisation is a strong advocate of the RTI Act and conducts weekly training sessions to empower citizens and also provides Service Centres. The coordinators of the centres address people's grievances and file RTI petitions on their behalf. 5th Pillar has also initiated public interest litigation.
Vijay Anand is Co-founder and President of 5th Pillar. He also founded the "Aims India Foundation" a non-profit social empowerment organisation working for village development by stimulating youth volunteers. Apart from this public interest work, Mr. Anand is founder of Ripple Korp, a premier Software consulting firm with headquarters at Washington DC and a branch office in Coimbatore, India. Mr. Anand has been a panellist and speaker at conferences such as the 14th International Anti Corruption Conference (IACC) in Bangkok, Thailand; the 11th PopTech conference in Camden, Maine USA; the Council of Europe's Summer University of Democracy, in Strasbourg, France; and the "Brainstorming India" Conference held at Stanford University, California, USA.
Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Seat 1
Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is an independent, non-profit organisation in Kenya with a mandate to provide cutting edge research on governance and public ethics issues and to monitor governance fundamentals in both the government and the private sector. AfriCOG's reform initiatives are aimed at addressing the structural causes of Kenya's governance crisis by a knowledgeable citizenry. AfriCOG's mission is to be a leading think tank stimulating, influencing and encouraging society to address corruption and bad governance. To this end AfriCOG has produced a number of reports on corruption and bad governance issues available on www.africog.org. AfriCOG also promotes the growth of collective society governance initiatives; it acts as secretariat of the Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) post-election violence initiative and the Movement for Political Accountability (MOPA); and hosts the parliamentary oversight website Mzalendo. AfriCOG also participated in the editing of the "Kenya: UN Convention against Corruption Gap Analysis Report and Implementation Plan" in 2009.
Gladwell Otieno is the Executive Director of AfriCOG and a former head of Transparency International (Kenya). She was appointed to the International Programme Committee of the 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference, held in Guatemala in 2008 and, recently, moderated the "UNCAC Special Session: The Global Realpolitik of UNCAC Accountability" at the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Bangkok Thailand in November 2010. She is also an independent advisor on anti-corruption, having conducted successful assignments in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Sierra Leone, among others. Further, she has advised the African Parliamentarians Network against Corruption and assisted in developing policy guidelines for OECD members on political corruption.
Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Seat 2
The Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC) is a coalition of over 150 civil society organisations committed to the fight against corruption. The vision of the ZCC is to build a Nigerian society with zero tolerance of corruption and to re-establish the culture of transparency, accountability, integrity and respect for human dignity in order to attain good governance and social justice. ZCC's work is focused on awareness-creation on issues of corruption; capacity building for CSOs, the media and other relevant stakeholders on anti-corruption programming; and advocacy for the improvement of the processes of public institutions including the monitoring of implementation of relevant legislations, treaties and conventions and monitoring the trend of corruption in Nigeria. The ZCC has together with its coalition members been in the lead in preparing a CSO report on UNCAC implementation in Nigeria.
Babatunde Oluajo is the National Secretary of the Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC), He has a wealth of programmatic and management experience garnered from over a decade in democracy and governance work. Babatunde is a civil rights activist, anti-corruption campaigner and an active member of the UNCAC Coalition. In addition to being a fellow of the Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government, Babatunde is a passionate anti-corruption crusader, trained human rights monitor as well as an active human rights advocate who has been involved in UNCAC related work and initiatives in Nigeria.
International Member Organisation Seat 1
Established in 1945, Christian Aid is the development arm of churches in Britain and Ireland. Working in over 45 countries, Christian Aid's essential purpose is to expose the scandal of poverty, to help in practical ways to root it out from the world, and to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised. Christian Aid works through partnerships, regardless of faith or nationality. A key component of its strategy is accountable governance: It aims to build foundations for better governance; challenge bad governance and its consequences; and persuade northern governments and international institutions to give priority to inclusive governance and conflict resolution. Christian Aid believes that corruption is a global problem, and that many of the key drivers of corruption in fact originate in developed countries. For more on Christian Aid's wider policy and advocacy work, see http://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/policy/Policy_reports_papers.aspx
Eric Gutierrez is Christian Aid's Senior Adviser on Accountable Governance, based in London. A Philippine national, he has lived and worked in Malawi, South Africa and Germany. He has published reports and authored books on corruption and conflict. His most recent policy paper looks at whether political settlements are a solution to corruption.
International Member Organisation Seat 2
Global Financial Integrity (GFI) promotes national and multilateral policies, safeguards, and agreements aimed at curtailing the cross-border flow of illegal money. In putting forward solutions, facilitating strategic partnerships, and conducting groundbreaking research, GFI is leading the way in efforts to curtail illicit financial flows and enhance global development and security. Our mission stems from the estimate that $1 trillion in funds which are illegally earned, transferred or utilized are spirited out of developing countries annually. Of this, $500 billion a year ends up in western accounts. This constitutes the most damaging economic condition hurting the poor. Illicit capital flows enable drug cartels, terrorist organizations and tax evaders to move cash around the globe, undermines the goals of the World Bank and other lending institutions, strips developing nations of critical resources, and contributes to failed states.
Christine Clough is a Senior Program Officer at Global Financial Integrity (GFI). She supports GFI’s international policy work, with a particular focus on outreach to governments and multilateral institutions. Prior to joining GFI, Christine was employed most recently at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, working with Congress, Federal agencies, and the White House to advocate for the needs and critical role of small business in the U.S. economy. Christine also has experience working on terrorism and homeland security at think-tanks in Washington, DC. Christine has a BA in International Relations and Economics from Connecticut College and a MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Individual Affiliate Member Seat
Shaazka Beyerle Shaazka Beyerle is a researcher, writer and educator in citizen engagement and people power. She is a Senior Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and a Visiting Scholar, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Following extensive research, she’ll be publishing a book in autumn 2013 entitled, “How Citizens Confound Corruption: People Power to Gain Accountability, Rights and Justice.”
Coalition Secretariat (Permanent Seat)
Transparency International - Secretariat (TI-S), the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. Through its International Secretariat in Berlin, Germany, and more than 90 national chapters around the world, Transparency International works at the national and international levels to create change towards a world free of corruption. The TI Secretariat focuses on the global and regional fight against corruption, and assists national chapters in enhancing their anti-corruption skills. It coordinates initiatives within geographical regions and provides methodological support on the tools and techniques to fight corruption. It also serves as the driving force on international issues such as anti-corruption conventions, and other cross-border initiatives. It serves as a knowledge management centre, capturing and disseminating best practice and developing new approaches to tackle corruption. The TI Secretariat has provided secretariat support to the UNCAC Coalition since the Coalition's creation in 2006 and has coordinated the Coalition's work at the UNCAC Conference of States Parties in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Gillian Dell studied law at the University of California-Berkeley and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and has a BA degree from Oxford University. Prior to joining TI in 1997, she worked as a lawyer in a New York law firm; as a research fellow on international trade law issues at the Freie Universität Berlin; as a consultant at the United Nations; and as a law lecturer and administrator at an American university study centre in Berlin. She has also worked with several human rights organisations. She currently manages the TI International Conventions programme, which covers international anti-corruption instruments including the UN Convention against Corruption. In 2006, together with Kirstine Drew of UNICORN - the Trade Union Anti-Corruption Network, she co-convened the UNCAC Coalition (originally called the Coalition of Civil Society Friends of the UNCAC) and continued to serve as convenor up to the election of the Coordination Committee in April 2011. She is the author of articles and opinion pieces on international trade, UNCAC and foreign bribery and for the last seven years has co-authored the TI Progress Report on OECD Convention Enforcement.