Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School in Berlin. Her research centres on anti-corruption policy and good governance. Mungiu-Pippidi chairs the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) where she managed the FP7 research project ANTICORRP and the Horizon 2020 project DIGIWHIST. Her governance work is cited and applied by a string of development organisations, by some EU governments and the European Commission. Mungiu-Pippidi has recieved the Harvard University Shorenstein Fellowship, an Open Society Institute Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and the Jean Monnet Fellowship of the European University Institute. She is President of the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) and founder of the social media watchdog platform Clean Romania! ( She studied political science at Harvard University after completing a PhD in Social Psychology in 1995 at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi in Romania.


Senior Fellows


Fredrik Eriksson

Fredrik Eriksson is a lawyer (LLM, Lund University, Sweden) specialised in the area of corruption prevention, with particular focus on public sector legislation/regulation and strategies for transitioning towards increased openness and public control over the exercise of public authority. He has worked on reviewing and revising laws and regulations pertaining to access to information, public service, conflicts of interest, and lobbying, among other topics. Corruption risk assessments and the issue of illicit financial flows and their impact on development are also part of his experience. In this line of work, Mr. Eriksson has contributed to developing a research programme on tax havens and illicit financial flows at the Norwegian Research Council and coordinated strategic research on the use of secrecy jurisdictions by international development finance institutions. Mr. Eriksson has previously worked as Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and now works as a consultant on anti-corruption and illicit financial flows related projects for a wide range of multi- and bilateral aid agencies providing project leadership, legal technical expertise and training.


Arntraud Hartmann

Arntraud Hartmann is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Centre, Italy and at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. She held numerous Senior Management Positions with the World Bank, such as Director for Southeast European countries and Senior Adviser to the Operations and Policy Department. She was the first Chief of Mission for the World Bank in Romania (1991-1996). She also worked as Senior Research Fellow with the UNICEF Innocenti Centre and was a Senior Adviser to the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization. She is a regular member of the Quality Review Process of IFAD and works as independent consultant for the IMF, the World Bank, IFAD and the GIZ.  She conducts research on scaling up of development programmes as part of a research programme on aid effectiveness conducted by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and regularly publishes jointly with Johannes Linn on this subject. She holds degrees in law, economics and international relations from Hamburg University, Johns Hopkins University and American University.


Prof. Salvador Parrado

Salvador Parrado is currently teaching in the department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Spanish Distance Learning University (UNED), Madrid, and as a visiting Professor at the Hertie School of Governance. He has published several books and articles on comparative administrative systems, the civil service, intergovernmental relations, public management and public sector reform. His current research focuses on issues related to corruption, public management and regulatory policies. Commissioned by national public agencies and international organisations like OECD, SIGMA, World Bank and UNDP, he has authored or co-authored numerous policy reports and evidence-based research and has carried out empirical work in countries like Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Moldavia, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States among others. At present, he is European editor of the journal Public Administration and director of Governance International.


Prfinals (1 of 3)of. Janine R. Wedel

Janine R. Wedel, a social anthropologist, is University Professor in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University and currently affiliated as a visiting researcher with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She writes about governing, corruption, and influence elites through the lens of a social anthropologist. Wedel is co-founder and president of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), a section of the American Anthropological Association. She is the author of award-winning Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt Our Finances, Freedom, and Security (Pegasus, 2014); the Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market (Basic Books, 2009); and Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe (Palgrave 2001), among many other books and articles.


Foto_hertie_edit_narrowDr. Ramin Dadašov

Dr. Ramin Dadašov works as a postdoctoral researcher for ANTICORRP at the Hertie School of Governance. He studied economics at the Universities of Magdeburg, Oslo, and graduated from the Freie Universität in Berlin. He received his doctoral degree in economics and social sciences from the RWTH Aachen University. Before coming to Hertie, he worked as research and teaching associate in the International Economics Unit at RWTH Aachen University. His research interests span the fields of political economy and international economics. His dissertation papers deal with determinants of institutional quality in developing countries and especially focus on the influence of financial globalization. Some of his papers are already published in internationally renowned academic journal including: Economics & PoliticsReview of International EconomicsEconomics of Governance.


Junior Fellows


Niklas Kossow

Niklas Kossow is a research associate and PhD candidate at the Hertie School. His research focusses on the use of new technologies in the context of anti-corruption movements and democratization. Prior to joining ERCAS he gained work experiences within the German public service and Transparency International. Niklas also worked as consultant and researcher for a variety of clients, including Freedom House, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the United Nations Development Programme. Originally from Cologne he has previously lived in France, the UK, Russia, Turkey, the US and Cambodia and is fluent in German, English, Russian and French. Niklas holds a B.A. in European Social and Political studies from University College London (UCL) and an MPP from the Hertie School of Governance. He is a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.


Till Hartmann

Till Hartmann is a research associate and a PhD candidate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Till’s current research focuses on the factors determining the content and scope of international organizations’ anti-corruption programming. Before joining the Hertie School, he worked as a Junior Professional Associate (JPA) at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., focusing mostly on institutional reforms in Latin America, doing project design and implementation work. Previously, he worked on municipal governance with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Brazil and civil society capacity building with Cencos (NGO) in Mexico. He holds a master’s degree in International Economics and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and completed a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and Sciences Po Paris.


Max Montgomery

Max Montgomery is governance expert with extensive experience in the Sub-Saharan African contexts. He is a Research Fellow and Doctoral Candidate at the GIGA since 2014. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of Political Science and Politics and Society. He has consulted a variety of development institutions and projects, such as the KfW, DGAP, and the EU FP7 ANTICORRP project.



Aram Khaghaghordyan

Aram Khaghaghordyan is a Doctoral Student at the Hertie School of Governance. Aram is a lawyer and policy analyst with a particular interest in anti-corruption, compliance, and public procurement, specifically within Eastern European and post-Soviet Union countries. Previously Aram coordinated ERCAS at the Hertie School and was project lead on several research projects (Horizon 2020 DIGIWHIST, EU FP7 ANTICORRP and MEDIADEM). He designed and constructed the EuroPAM, a large scale legislation analysis effort that produces assessments of in-law efforts in the fields of conflict of interest, public procurement, financial disclosure, party financing and freedom of information that covers 35 jurisdictions. Aram participated as an expert at international events organized by OECD, UNODC, UNDP, CoE, ReSPA and International IDEA. His current research looks at state compliance with international anti-corruption norms with a focus on the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).


Roberto Martínez Barranco Kukutschka

Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka is a PhD candidate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and works as Research Coordinator for Transparency International. He conducted research for the large-scale EU-funded Projects ANTICORRP and DIGIWHIST for the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS). Roberto is a governance and anti-corruption expert with over ten years of experience and with a special interest in the measurement of corruption and the distortions that corruption causes on the market. Besides his experience in the NGO and academic sectors, Roberto has also worked for the public sector in Mexico and has served as a consultant for a number of development agencies, as well as for the European Commission and the Council of Europe.


Bianca Vaz Mondo

Bianca Vaz Mondo graduated from the Master of Public Policy programme at the Hertie School of Governance in 2011. Before that she studied International Relations at University of São Paulo. Her previous professional experience includes two years at a NGO engaged in projects to fight corruption and monitor the public administration in Brazil, and as former editor of Civil Society Against Corruption, a project initiated by Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and conducted since 2010 by the Romanian Academic Society (SAR). Her main research interests and areas of expertise are anti-corruption policies, civil society watchdog initiatives, societal and normative foundations of corruption and democratic consolidation.


Lucia Cizmaziova

Lucia Cizmaziova is a Research Associate at ERCAS, where she is responsible for upgrading Index of Public Integrity, researching corruption trends and overseeing the creation of a government transparency index. Besides ERCAS, she coordinates research and supports civil society at the Civil Forum for Asset Recovery. She graduated from the Master of Public Policy programme at the Hertie School of Governance in 2018. Before coming to Berlin, she worked more than two years for Save the Children UK as a Research and Policy Coordinator. Lucia’s research interests and areas of expertise are cross-border corruption, asset recovery, research methodologies and building capacity of civil society.