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! ( 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 Fellow


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 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.


Junior Fellows


Bianca Vaz Mondo

Bianca Vaz Mondo holds a PhD in Governance from the Hertie School in Berlin. She has previously contributed to research activities in the EU-funded Project ANTICORRP at ERCAS. Her research interests include evidence-based anti-corruption approaches and the relationship between democratic accountability institutions and corruption. Besides her academic experience, she has worked in a number of government monitoring projects with the prominent anti-corruption NGO Transparência Brasil.


Débora Araújo Dutra Ferreira

Débora Ferreira is responsible for ERCAS communications and manages projects ran by the research centre since 2020, notedly the Transparency Index (T-index). She has a master’s degree in Public Policy obtained in 2018 at the Hertie School in Berlin, with a major on policy analysis. Débora has also been a lawyer and legal consultant for several years, specialized in public and regulatory law. She completed her Bachelor of Laws in 2013 at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil, after an exchange semester at the University of Augsburg in Germany. Prior to joining ERCAS, Débora worked as a public affairs consultant in Berlin, advising among others the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Niklas Kossow

Niklas Kossow has recently completed his PhD in Political Science and Government at the Hertie School in Berlin and works as a project manager at Technologiestiftung Berlin. His research focuses on the use of new technologies in the context of anti-corruption movements and democratization. Prior to joining ERCAS, he gained work experience within the German public service and Transparency International. Niklas also worked as a 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. He is a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.


Roberto Martínez Barranco Kukutschka

Roberto Martínez B. Kukutschka is a PhD candidate at the Hertie School 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.


Till Hartmann

Till Hartmann is a research associate and a PhD candidate at the Hertie School 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.