Last updated: December 2020



IACA’s global constituency grew in 2020 with the accession of Kenya to the Agreement for the Establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy as an International Organization (IACA Agreement).

At year-end, IACA had a constituency of 80 Parties, including 25 State Parties from the Asia-Pacific Group, 19 from the Eastern European Group, 14 from the African Group, 9 from the Western European and Others Group, 9 from the Latin American and Caribbean Group, and 4 international organizations.

IACA has maintained a Permanent Observer Office with the UN in Vienna since 2016. Moreover, the Academy has observer status with the United Nations General Assembly, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The restrictions and challenging circumstances that the world has faced throughout 2020 caused an unprecedented disruption in IACA’s regular activities, from visits of delegations to IACA headquarters to participation in conferences and multilateral events. Despite this, the Academy was able to maintain existing partnerships and even develop new ones throughout 2020.

On 2 March 2020, Mr. Thomas Stelzer took office as the new Dean of IACA. Since he joined, he has taken the leading role on behalf of the organization in establishing and consolidating partnerships. As well as meetings with Vienna-based stakeholders, the Dean has also taken part in missions abroad, to strengthen ties with key partners.

In particular, in March, the Dean met with Mr. Eduardo Cesar Leite, President Director of the Institute for Human Security for Latin America and the Caribbean (ISHALC), in São Paulo, Brazil, to increase IACA’s involvement in the region and to provide joint assistance to states working towards the achievement of the UN’s Agenda 2030. Such commitments were reflected in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Dean and the ISHALC President Director.

Furthermore, in October, the Dean traveled to Paris, France, to meet Mr. Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Mr. Xing Qu, Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Discussions focused on institutional cooperation and the promotion of the realization of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly considering IACA’s added value in anti-corruption and education initiatives.


Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives of the following countries presented their credentials in 2020: Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, and Spain.

Along with the abovementioned, the Academy has signed further Memoranda of Understanding with different institutions throughout the year, starting joint projects and activities. Some of them include the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the International Institute for Middle East and Balkans Studies (IFIMES), the National Commission of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China, the Superior Court of Audit of Honduras, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Further details can be found in the Dialogue and Networking section of this report.


The efforts of IACA’s organs and staff aimed at supporting and strengthening the organization’s work included, among other things, implementing both existing and new programmes and activities in anti-corruption and compliance, and working towards financial ownership and participation, stability, and sustainability.

IACA's 9th Assembly of Parties

Assembly of Parties

The ninth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties (AoP) took place under exceptional circumstances and in an online format on 30 November. The delegates represented more than 50 parties and included government ministers, as well as representatives from international and regional organizations.

This year’s session was held in a virtual format. The Dean opened the session by reporting on the delivery of IACA activities, noting the positive report of the Independent External Auditors for 2019, briefing on the financial and staffing situation, and reflecting on the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) 2021 and IACA’s role in the new anti-corruption architecture.

The Chairperson of the Assembly presented some of the new activities to be launched by IACA and encouraged Parties to keep contributing to the Academy’s funds. He also recalled the document titled “Strategic Development of the International Anti-Corruption Academy”, presented in the previous AoP session, and explained that its recommendations had been translated into the Work Programme 2021 - 2024. Lastly, he emphasized the importance of enhanced cooperation with national anti-corruption institutions, as well as research and educational centres, and the need to give more prominence to the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Financial Matters and other Administrative and Substantive Aspects of IACA Activities.

The delegates praised the development of the Work Programme, showed appreciation for the scholarships awarded to their nationals, highlighted research as a priority, suggested further development of e-learning capacities, and pledged their support (financial and operational) to the Academy.

The following officers were unanimously elected by the Assembly: H.E. Mr. Helmut Tichy (President, Western European and Others Group), H.E. Ms. Gloria Navarrete (Vice President, Latin American and Caribbean Group), H.E. Ms. Barbara Zvokelj (Vice President, Eastern European Group), H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hamdy ElMolla (Rapporteur, African Group), and H.E. Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khokher (Rapporteur, Asia-Pacific Group).

Alexei Konov

Chairperson, BoG

Michael Hershman

Chairperson, ISAB

Hans-Heiner Kühne

Chairperson, IAAB

The Boards

IACA is governed by the Board of Governors (BoG) consisting of 11 members, all of whom serve in their individual capacity. During 2020 the Board met on 5 March, 15 July, and 30 November to discuss matters such as recent and future IACA activities, preparations of the new Work Programme, the financial statement of the year 2019, as well as preparations for the ninth session of the Assembly of Parties, which was planned to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. In their deliberations, Board members also considered institutional and academic developments at IACA in light of the Covid-19 crisis.  During 2020, the composition of the Board was the following: Ms. Patricia Ximena Arriagada Villouta (Chile); Mr. Vusal Huseynov (Azerbaijan); Mr. Karl Hutter (Austria); Mr. Alexey Konov (Russian Federation); Mr. Youssef Magdi (Egypt); Mr. Sérgio Nogueira Seabra (Brazil); Mr. Ekpo Nta (Nigeria); Ms. Pak Un Jong (Republic of Korea); Mr. Muhyieddeen Shaban Touq (Jordan); Mr. Eduardo Vetere (UNODC); and Mr. Guo Yong (China).

The International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB) serves as an advisory organ to the Academy, reflecting on its activities and offering observations and advice on how the highest standards can be met and maintained. In 2020, the ISAB was composed of 13 personalities with outstanding credentials from a wide variety of backgrounds. The ISAB is chaired by Mr. Michael Hershman (United States of America), co-founder of Transparency International.

The International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB) performs an advisory function in matters relating to IACA’s educational programmes, training, and research. In 2020, it has consisted of 9 internationally renowned academics and practitioners. The IAAB is chaired by Professor Hans-Heiner Kühne (Germany) from the University of Trier.


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