Americas Regional Seat
Government Accountability Project (GAP – USA)’s mission is to promote corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empowering citizen activists. Founded in 1977, Government Accountability Project is the world’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Located in Washington, DC, Government Accountability Project is a nonpartisan, public interest group. In addition to focusing on whistleblower support, it leads campaigns to enact whistleblower protection laws both domestically and internationally.
Since its founding in 1977, Government Accountability Project has defended over 8,000 whistleblowers. Currently, Government Accountability Project’s team includes upwards of 18 attorneys who litigate claims across a variety of different fields. Government Accountability Project is a one-stop-shop: it makes sure their clients’ rights are upheld and uses the truth to hold governments and corporations accountable.
Samantha Feinstein, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the Coalition, is the Staff Attorney and Director of the International Program at GAP. She develops and advances whistleblower-rights legislation, represents whistleblower clients, and leads the international program. She leads and participates as a member in thirteen different international and US-coalitions reaching a network of hundreds of organizations working in the transparency, anti-corruption, whistleblower rights, and civil liberties spaces. She has over 19 years of experience – 11 working in international law and development including anti-corruption, international access to justice, good governance, human rights, and humanitarian aid, with a focus on supporting fundraising and competitive proposals.
Before joining the Government Accountability Project, she worked at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. Samantha has also worked at various international development organizations including the International Rescue Committee where she managed their Middle East and their East and Central Africa refugee assistance programs, and Banyan Global where she worked as a consultant to help them win a multi-million-dollar USAID global gender project. She also worked in Brussels as Middle East Policy Advisor the Nirj Deva, UK Member of European Parliament (MEP) and Vice Chairman of the Development Committee.
Samantha holds a B.A. in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa, an M.A. in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London, and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C.
She was elected Vice Chair of the UNCAC Coalition in November 2021 and re-elected in this role in September 2022.
East Asia, Central Asia and Pacific Regional Seat
Indonesia Corruption Watch is an organisation that focuses on investigating corruption cases in Indonesia. Since 1998 when ICW was founded, ICW has reported numerous major corruption cases involving public officials and state apparatuses, including police. Furthermore, ICW has also been involved in promoting anti-corruption and democracy values through policy advocacy. The Law on Public Information Disclosure, Law on Witness and Victim Protection, Law on Anti-Money Laundering, are some of the regulations that ICW has advocated for, to name a few.
ICW acknowledges the hardship of corruption eradication and efforts, that is why ICW not only focuses on corruption cases handling and policy advocacy, ICW also builds and constantly broadens the CSO’s network and capacity. ICW has been known to provide capacity building for fellow CSOs, journalists, and students to develop their strategies in combating corruption.
Wana Alamsyah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computerised Accounting. In December 2023, Wana graduated from the Managing Global Governance (MGG) Academy in Germany held by IDOS (German Institute of Development and Sustainability). He is a Head of Knowledge Management Division in Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) with eight years of experience working on anti-corruption and democracy in the organisation. Wana’s daily scope of work is to implement works related to knowledge management including collecting, managing, and sharing products of knowledge that are produced by seven divisions in ICW.
With his experience participating in cybersecurity training in 2019 in the Philippines, Wana is also responsible to provide assistance on digital security of the organisation, ICW’s staff members, and partners. Wana specialises in conducting investigations in the public procurement sector using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). Wana is also a trainer of access to information, investigation, and cybersecurity.
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Europe Regional Seat 1
Sherpa (France), founded in 2001, has set its mission to protect and defend victims of economic crimes drawing on the power of the law and to fight against the new forms of impunity linked to globalization. Its vision is to help build a world where law is in service of a more mindful globalization. Sherpa gathers an expert team of lawyers, using new legal tools, strategic litigation and advocacy campaigns, along with pro bono representation from committed international lawyers. Sherpa has a program on Illicit Financial Flows. Whether linked to corruption or to tax evasion by multinational corporations, illicit financial flows constitute a major challenge to development.
As the first NGO to file a complaint in France against ill-gotten gains cases, Sherpa is active before French courts and authorities on the return of the proceeds of corruption (Rifaat Al-Assad case for example). It has an expertise on the role of financial intermediaries in money laundering and tax evasion schemes and is an active member of the French Tax Havens Platform. Finally, Sherpa also advocates for a better protection for whistleblowers as the founding member of La maison des lanceurs d’alerte, a French NGO created on the issue.
Chanez Mensous is the Advocacy and Litigation Officer for Sherpa’s Illicit Financial Flows program. As a lawyer specialized in banking and financial law, as well as a PhD candidate in European law, her research focused on systemic risk, vulnerabilities for the Eurozone financial system and the necessity of promoting a more resilient financial system.
Chanez previously worked for around four years at a bank, within an asset management company as well as in international law firms in Paris and Luxembourg, allowing her to acquire a good understanding of banking and finance-related issues. She is currently working on academic research on the subjects of European financial law and the financial stability of the EU. She also teaches European law, finance and banking regulation at a university level, as well as at Sciences Po Paris.
Chanez joined Sherpa in 2019 as legal advisor at the illicit financial flows department, working on strategic corruption litigation cases and advocacy on anticorruption issues in public policy. She speaks English, German and Arabic.
Europe Regional Seat 2
Transparency International Ukraine (TIU) is an accredited chapter of the global movement Transparency International with a comprehensive approach to development and implementation of change to reduce corruption levels. Within its strategic priorities, TIU aims to mitigate corruption risks at the national and local level by increasing transparency and accountability in authorities’ work, engaging the maximum number of allies, and ensuring an effective system of punishment for corruption-related violations.
Since 2014, the organisation has focused on monitoring anti-corruption reform implementation and improvement of anti-corruption policy. TIU played a major part in the launch of the High Anti-Corruption Court and continues to monitor this and other anti-corruption institutions’ work.
Andrii Borovyk has been Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine since January 2019 (earlier, in 2016-2018, he worked as Chief Operating Officer in the organisation). Under his leadership, the TI Ukraine team has grown from 18 to 45 people, delivering its goals in fighting corruption. Andrii has dramatically contributed to the institutional development of the organisation, coordinating fundraising activities that secured over USD 2.5 million to the organisation in grants. He was a civic oversight council member at the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (2018) and member of the re-attestation commission within the Prosecutor General’s Of ice (2019), member of the anticorruption prosecutors’ selection commission (2020). Also, since 2017 Andrii has been a member of ethics committee in Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance. He is a Board member of the CSO “Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO)”.
Andrii has advanced the Ukrainian anti-corruption agenda at the international level and significantly contributed to enhancing worldwide initiatives for corruption elimination by participating in international events and developing working relations with representatives of international institutions. Before taking up a position at TI Ukraine, he worked as a Head of Administration Division in the Reforms and Quality Assurance Unit in the General Prosecutor’s Office with a team of Georgian reformers and as an investment analyst. He has valuable experience in business consultation, investment analysis, building business processes in the public sector and capacity development of NGOs.
Middle East and North Africa Regional Seat
I WATCH is a watchdog organization founded after the Tunisian Revolution in 2011. I WATCH is non-profit and independent organization that aims to combat financial and administrative corruption and enhance transparency in political events and electoral process. It has been advocating for more transparency and openness in the work of the government. Starting from 2016, I WATCH started persecuting corrupt businessmen and government members and taking them to the court. The court cases are the results of investigations done by the Yakedh Advocacy and Legal Assistance Center ( YALAC).
In November 2013, I WATCH became official contact point for Transparency International in Tunisia and starting from 2019 I WATCH became an official chapter of TI.
Aya Riahi studied common law at the faculty of legal, political and social sciences of Tunis, is currently preparing a masters dissertation in international commercial arbitration and has BA from the faculty of law and political science of Tunis.
Aya joined I WATCH organization in 2020 and worked as a legal advisor at YAKEDH Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (YALAC). As a legal advisor, she is responsible for assisting whistleblowers and handling corruption cases. She is currently the anti-corruption program manager at I WATCH working on projects, helping in desk research and political analysis, and drafting political statements and lawsuits.
She was elected Secretary of the board in September 2022.
South Asia Regional Seat
Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is a National Chapter of Transparency International (TI). TISL raises awareness on the damaging effects of corruption and works with the government, public sector, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.
Through its Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre, TISL assists victims and witnesses of corruption to access justice. Acting as a watchdog on emerging issues, TISL makes public calls to action from relevant entities. The only non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka that exclusively focuses on corruption, TISL also undertakes strategic litigation challenging draft laws and in the public interest. TISL’s key achievements include its contribution to the drafting and implementation of the Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka including widespread citizen awareness-raising across the country; successfully carrying out Accountability Lab’s Integrity Icon campaign in Sri Lanka for three consecutive years; its contribution to the drafting of a Proceeds of Crime Framework for Sri Lanka, and an advocacy and publicity campaign that led to a historic move by five and subsequently more Members of Parliament to proactively disclose their asset declarations publicly.
Sankhitha Gunaratne is the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Manager of Programs at Transparency International Sri Lanka. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, attorney-at-law. A Chevening scholar with a Master of Arts in Corruption and Governance from the University of Sussex, she has also received an award for Outstanding Corruption Analysis from the Centre for the Study of Corruption, as well as the MacFarlanes Prize for best dissertation. She has experience in legal practice in company and tax law, and has worked with multiple governance-related civil society organisations prior to joining TISL.
Her past work within TISL spans from project management to advocacy and community training. Representing TISL, Sankhitha has contributed to the drafting of the Proceeds of Crime framework, right to information, campaign finance and asset declaration laws in Sri Lanka. Her particular focus includes the right to information, election campaign finance, public sector integrity, private sector corruption and international asset recovery, having been an ardent advocate for policy and legislative reform in these areas.
Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Seat 1
The Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW) is a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation established in 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, to promote accountability and transparency within the public sector. In achieving its objective, the centre develops technological solutions to monitor public sector expenditure; conduct research to address varieties of issues, and strengthen the integrity mechanism of public institutions. It also serves as a credible hub for resources related to the criminal justice system, such as crime (corruption), compliance and asset recovery.
Our primary focus areas are anti-corruption, fiscal transparency, access to information, and public sector integrity. The Center has undertaken various measures against corruption-related activities in Nigeria’s public sector through conducting research – aligning with global recommendations & practices, engaging in preventive programmes, and proffering innovative & technological solutions.
We promote means of using innovative and technological tools to improve processes that will increase access to information and provide relevant skills to critically analyse data. We assess public institutions on Public Service Principles and Integrity Management Framework to address instruments, processes and structures that strengthen the integrity of public officers and institutions.
Umar Yakubu specializes in the area of data science, criminal justice system and financial crimes. His core areas of expertise are policy formulation around corporate governance, criminal justice, anti-money laundering, combating the financing of terrorism, anti-corruption, counter-fraud and national security.
His experience cut across both national and international levels. He has been a member of the National Risk Assessment Secretariat on Money laundering and Terrorism Financing in Nigeria; and also, one of eight members that developed the National Anti-Corruption Strategy to be implemented by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Nigeria, from 2017-2021. Umar has consulted and researched for the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering (GIABA), United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) and the European Union (EU).
At the 67th United Nations General Assembly, he worked on the Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) to assess Nigeria’s implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) measures and other global and regional Instruments to combat corruption. He is also a member of the United Nations Convention against Corruption Coalition-to monitor the implementation of UNCAC by Nigeria.
He has been involved in policy-making related to the legal and institutional framework of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in Nigeria by serving on the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (PCFATF). He also worked on the technical committee that addressed FATF’s strategic deficiencies, which got Nigeria delisted as a country of ‘high-risk’ by FATF in 2013.
Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Seat 2
Since 1997, the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has championed the call for stoppage of illicit financial flows from Nigeria and other developing countries to the secrecy jurisdictions in western countries. It has, in the same vein, championed the campaign for the repatriation of looted assets of
Nigeria stashed in Western banks and was active in the call for a UN instrument against corruption, money laundering and illicit financial flows.
ANEEJ worked with over 100 civil society organisations while hosting the Secretariat of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Campaign in Nigeria from 2004-2008 and the Nigerian Network on Stolen Assets. The organisation also coordinated CSOs that were involved in monitoring of repatriated Late General Sani Abacha loots under the Public Expenditure Management and Financial Accountability Review (PEMFAR), a tripartite agreement between the World Bank, Civil Society and Nigerian governments. ANEEJ facilitated the Nigerian CSOs engagement in the Second Review Cycle of Chapter II and V of the UNCAC in Nigeria.
Rev. David Ugolor is the Executive Director of ANEEJ. He has over two decades of working experience on anti-corruption work and also has Master Degrees in Agricultural Economics and the Study of Corruption from the Universities of Benin and Sussex.
He has made several presentations on corruption, Illicit Financial Flows and Sustainable Development at both local and international workshops, and seminars. David Ugolor has participated as a resource person in several UN meetings and also facilitated civil society engagement with Open Government Partnership, currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Anti-Corruption Working Group of the Open Government Partnership Nigeria. David Ugolor facilitated the Pre-Global Forum on Asset Recovery consultation in Nigeria and participated in the GFAR panel debate held in December 2017, in Washington DC.
Rev. David Ugolor is presently coordinating the implementation of independent CSO monitoring of $322.5millions of the Abacha loot which will be used for conditional cash transfer programmes in Nigeria. The Conditional Cash Transfer Programme is one of the key social investment policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria that is targeting poor Nigerians and will help address the issue of reaching the sustainable development goals in Nigeria.
He was elected as a Vice-Chair of the board in September 2022.
International Member Organisation Seat 1
Access Info Europe is a human rights organisation specialising in promoting and protecting the fundamental right of access to information. Access Info’s mandate, as established by its statutes, is to promote and protect the right of access to information in Europe as a tool for defending human rights, for promoting public participation in decision making, and for holding governments accountable.
Access Info was founded on 26 June 2006 by European and international experts in access to information in order to meet the need in Europe for an organisation dedicated to promoting the right of access to information. Established as a not-for-profit, non-governmental association under Spain’s Law on the Right of Association, the Ley Orgánica 1/2002, the registration was confirmed by decision of Spain’s Ministry of Interior on 2 October 2006 (registration number 587828).
Headquartered in Madrid, Access Info’s highly specialised team of around 8 experts in the right of access to information, runs projects across Europe and globally. It is strongly committed to working in partnership with other organisations, and believe in the increased impact that organised networks such as the UNCAC Coalition can have.
Helen Darbishire currently serves as a Co-Chair of the UNCAC Coalition. She is a human rights activist specialising in the right of public access to information, and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. She was elected UNCAC Coalition Chair in September 2020, re-elected in October 2021 and re-elected as Co-Chair in September 2022. Helen is currently also serving her second term as a member of the Open Government Partnership Global Steering Committee and on the Advisory Board of the International Open Data Charter.
Helen started her career as a project manager at Article 19 (1989-1998), based in London and Paris. Then with the Open Society Institute (1999-2005) she directed programmes on freedom of expression and freedom of information based in Budapest and New York, before founding Access Info in 2006.
Helen has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. Darbishire has previously served on the boards of a number of CSOs, including ALTER-EU, Fundación Civio (Spain), DATA (Uruguay), Diritto di Sapere (Italy, of which she is a founder), and the Request Initiative (UK).
Rachel Hanna is a Legal Researcher and Campaigner with Access Info, focusing on transparency of spending of government funds, on open data, and other anti-corruption tools. Rachel has a degree in Civil and Common Law with Spanish studies from Queen’s University of Belfast (2015), and a master in International Human Rights Law, specializing in the rights of unaccompanied foreign minors. Rachel has both national and international experience in human rights. In Belfast, she has worked with two local NGOs, promoting refugee rights and countering human trafficking. In 2017, she interned at the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General in New York, where she worked in the Sustainable Development Unit focusing on the nationalization of Sustainable Development Goals.
International Member Organisation Seat 2
The Open Contracting Partnership is an independent non-profit public charity 501(c)(3) working in over 50 countries. We are a silo-busting collaboration across governments, businesses, civil society, and technologists to open up and transform government contracting worldwide. Bringing open data and open government together, we make sure public money is spent openly, fairly and effectively on public contracts, the single biggest item of spending by most governments. They are a government’s number one corruption risk and they are vital to make sure citizens get the services that they deserve.
Through open contracting, we drive massively improved value for money, public integrity and service delivery by shifting public contracting from closed processes and masses of paperwork to digital services that are fair, efficient and ‘open-by-design’. We support reformers from government, business and civil society to make reforms stick, help their innovations jump scale, and foster a culture of openness around the policies, teams, tools, data, and results needed to deliver impact.
Kristen Robinson leads Open Contracting Partnership’s advocacy, building on her 17 years’ experience in policy advocacy, strategic communications and campaigning. She is passionate about all things open government, open tech and open data. As Communications and Campaigns Director at the Web Foundation, she drove global multi-stakeholder coalition building, policy advocacy campaigns and media relations work with a focus on normative and narrative change. She managed external communications for web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee in his capacity as founding executive director.
She has consulted and advised a number of NGOs, multilateral organizations, governments and businesses on their public reputation and external affairs, including during high stakes crises in the areas of peace and security, financial crime, and corruption. Her consultancy clients have included: Kofi Annan Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Africa Progress Panel, Google, Orange, The Elders, Omidyar Network, UN Women, UN Population Fund and a number of governments in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Central Asia. Kristen began her career with roles for the US and German governments in investment and trade policy, with stints in Mexico City and Shanghai. She graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc in International Political Economy, and speaks Spanish, French and German proficiently.
Individual Member Seat
Naomi Roht-Arriaza is an academic specializing in human rights, environmental and tort law. She teaches at the University of California, Hastings Law and has worked with civil society groups, mostly in Latin America, on anti-impunity and accountability for over 30 years. Naomi came to anti-corruption work out of a sense that the protection of human rights and the environment is increasingly being undermined and impeded by the control of state institutions (and business elites) by kleptocrats who subvert controls, create impunity for themselves, and reconfigure the state to support private gain rather than the public good.
Naomi has written on access to justice for victims of grand corruption, reparations for corruption, environmental protection and corruption at moments of transition, and similar subjects. She also worked with a number of organizations on making more effective the interface between anti-corruption and human rights work. Over the years, Naomi has been a board member of several organizations dedicated to human rights and the environment.
Honorary member seat
Gillian Dell, who currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Coalition, 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 Transparency International (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. At TI she managed the TI International Conventions programme for almost 20 years, covering 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 first Coordination Committee in April 2011.
From 2006 – 2018 she led the TI team that served as UNCAC Coalition secretariat, coordinating the Coalition’s submissions and activities at UNCAC meetings. She is the author of articles and opinion pieces on international trade, UNCAC and foreign bribery. From 2005 to 2013 and again in 2018 she co-authored TI’s progress report on OECD Convention enforcement, now called the Exporting Corruption Report. She was elected Vice Chair of the Coalition in October 2021 and Co-Chair in September 2022.