Vienna Hub – Core Team
Mathias has more than ten years of experience working on transparency, access to information and anti-corruption.
He has campaigned for a right to information and more transparency in Austria with Forum Informationsfreiheit, worked as a consultant for NGOs and international organisations, including in Timor-Leste, Kenya, Ghana and Ukraine, and spent five years in Tbilisi as a Senior Analyst, Program Manager and a stint as Acting Director of the watchdog-NGO Transparency International Georgia.
Mathias holds a degree in Journalism and Media Management from the FHWien – University of Applied Sciences Vienna and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna and Washington, DC).
Yonatan has been working in the political and social sphere, in a local and global context for the past 12 years. Mostly working for NGOs promoting democracy and human rights, he has a strong interest in peace and consensus building.
As a group facilitator and trainer, he has worked mainly with education practitioners and law enforcement officers. Before joining the UNCAC Coalition, he had worked as a political advisor for the Israeli Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna, covering all UNODC issues, including the fight against corruption.
Yonatan holds an MA in Conflict Resolution & Mediation and a BA in Psychology and Communications from Tel Aviv University.
A dual global citizen, Danella has a strong interest in international cooperation of civil society and state actors in the fields of anti-corruption, human rights and gender.
Before joining the UNCAC Coalition, she worked in the educational field in Austria and Colombia, on good governance, human rights and international cooperation at the Austrian Ombudsman Board and the International Ombudsman Institute, and on fundamental rights as well as EU and international institutional relations at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.
Danella holds a BA in Spanish/French, a BA in European Cultural Anthropology, as well as a joint-degree MA in Euroculture: Society, Politics and Culture in a Global Context, having studied in Austria, Spain, Germany and India.
Having a background in international development and music, Betina has a strong interest in communication, the role of civil society actors, and international cooperation.
She previously worked in the areas of sponsoring, fundraising, social media management, and events organization for non-profit and for- profit organizations, while maintaining an active agenda as a classical musician.
Betina holds a MA in International Development from the Vienna University, a MA in Specialized Music Performances from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, and a MA in Music from the Boston Conservatory.
Denyse is passionate about international security, anti-corruption and foreign affairs. She has conducted research and written about institutionalised corruption in Southern Europe, as well as grand levels of corruption.
Prior to joining the UNCAC Coalition, she worked with an NGO focusing on development cooperation, education and refugee rights; as well as on Counter-terrorism within the Global Issues Directorate of the Maltese Ministry for Foreign Affairs during Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the EU .
Denyse holds a BA (Hons.) in International Relations from the University of Malta, and a joint MA in Public Policy from the International Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, Spain.
Matthias has a background in law and human rights and has worked for NGOs in the area of asylum law and human rights in the UK, Sweden and Israel/Palestine. Prior to joining the UNCAC Coalition, he worked at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, where he supported the Agency’s policy work on civic space, Artificial Intelligence and equality. He also worked on the Agency’s stakeholder engagement with EU Institutions, Member States, and civil society.
Having worked both for and with NGOs, Matthias is very passionate about civil society advocacy and the interrelations between anti-corruption policies and the protection of human rights and civil society space.
He holds an LLB in law from the University of York, UK and a BA in Human Rights from Malmö University, Sweden.
Iñaki Albisu Ardigó
Regional Coordinator for Latin America
based in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Iñaki is passionate about topics relating to anti-corruption, civic participation, and especially whistleblower protection.
Prior to joining the UNCAC Coalition, he worked as an external consultant for Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Helpdesk, as project coordinator for the Argentine NGO watchdog Fundación Poder Ciudadano, and as program lead for a municipal transparency program within the Office of Institutional Strengthening (Oficina de Fortalecimiento Institucional) of the Province of Buenos Aires.
Iñaki holds a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Corruption and Governance from the University of Sussex. He is working towards a degree in Law from the University of Buenos Aires.
Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa
based in Gaborone, Botswana
Pusetso is the Director of the Botswana Centre for Public Integrity (BCPI). She is driven by issues relating to civic engagement, particularly constructive engagement with government, promoting integrity, anti-corruption, open government and accountability.
She has studied for a Master’s in Politics and International Relations, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Rhodes University and University of Botswana respectively.
She is committed to the work that promotes democracy, development and good governance. Having worked for organisations such as the SADC – Council of NGOs in the Governance, Peace and Security Programme, exposed her to the political and policy context of the southern Africa region. She has worked for various international organisations such as the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the UNDP-United Nations Volunteers and the Young Women Christian Association.
Karim Belhaj Aissa
Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa
based in Tunis, Tunisia
Karim, currently MENA Transparency Program Director with ARTICLE19, is a Senior Specialist in Public Management with an overall experience of 15 years. His areas of expertise include transparency, citizen participation and the fight against corruption. He strongly believes in the importance of the right to information for the reform of the state in general, and as a guarantor for the enjoyment of other fundamental rights.
His experience with civil society as an activist and supporter started in 2011 and led him to build proficiency in the implementation of transparency, citizen participation and accountability principles within an inclusive approach. He also participated in many transparency initiatives especially about Open Government Partnerships (OGP) through the empowerment of both CSOs and public administrations.
Karim graduated in Public Management from the National School of Administration of Tunis. In 2006 he was appointed as Public Auditor in control of Public Services which is an audit lobby related to the Prime Ministry in Tunisia, where he built strong knowledge in public administration.
Regional Coordinator for Asia and Pacific
based in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fatema Afroz is passionate about international cooperation in the fields of anti-corruption, development, human rights and civil society. She worked on anti-corruption, governance, public sector corruption and reform, access to information, parliament and inclusive politics, private sector, gender, ethics and social justice.
Currently Fatema is working with Transparency International Bangladesh for research and policy advocacy.
Fatema holds an MA in Anti-Corruption Studies from the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Austria and MSS in Public Affairs from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She did her bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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