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 received 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! (romaniacurata.ro). 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.
Michael Johnston is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Political Science in Colgate University, specialized in comparative and American politics, public policy, corruption, democratization, and development. He is the author of the four-volume anthology Public-Sector Corruption (Sage, 2010) and Syndromes of Corruption (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and has published several research reports for the British Social Attitudes Survey. He is also a contributor in journals such as Crime, Law, and Social Change; Asian Perspectives; Comparative Politics; Public Integrity; African Studies Quarterly; Publius; Polity; The Political Quarterly; American Political Science Review; Urban Affairs Quarterly; Review of Black Political Economy; Journal of Democracy. Johnston has also consulted for the World Bank, USAID, United Nations, and others. His newest book, The Conundrum of Corruption (with Scott A. Fritzen), will be published by Routledge in January.
Rolf Alter is an experienced economist and Senior Fellow at the Hertie School. He spent over 25 years at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In 2006, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the OECD Secretary-General, and in 2009 he became Director of Public Governance. Alter built a team of over 200 staff to support governments in improving their public sector performance for inclusive growth and economic competitiveness. He previously also worked for the IMF in Washington, DC, and for the German Ministry of Economy in Bonn. For the last several years, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Risks Report of the World Economic Forum. Alter’s interests include institutional and regulatory reform, productivity, innovation, results-oriented budgeting, transparency, leadership, and integrity. He holds a doctorate from the University of Göttingen. In 2013, he received a doctorate h.c. from the National University of Hungary and in 2016 was awarded the O.P. Dwivedi Award by the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) for his outstanding contribution to public administration and policy.
Prof. 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.
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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 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.
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.