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Last updated: March 2020

IACA’s global constituency grew in 2019 with the accession of Honduras, Myanmar, and EUCLID 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 79 Parties, including 25 State Parties from the Asia-Pacific Group, 19 from the Eastern European Group, 13 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).

In the same vein, IACA strives to undertake an active role not only in the organization of in-house master’s degrees and trainings, but also in the collaboration with partners at external events and activities to promote best practices and share expertise. During 2019, top professionals in the fields of anti-corruption, compliance, and ethics have represented IACA at renowned conferences organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Cambridge University, among others, discussing challenges and trends in the fight against corruption.

During 2019, IACA received around 40 official delegations at its headquarters, in Laxenburg, to discuss topics of mutual interest and explore possibilities for future cooperation. Visiting delegations included high-level members of national governments, Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives, delegations from international and regional organizations, academia, and other anti-corruption and compliance professionals from different regions of the world.

In particular, in September H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), visited IACA to learn about IACA’s work related to anti-corruption education and to discuss avenues for further cooperation between IACA and the GCC.

In October, H.E. Mr. Yang Xiaodu visited IACA in his capacity as Member of the Political Bureau and Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), and Chairman of the National Commission of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China (NCS). During his visit, he declared that China will continue to contribute to IACA’s excellent work and supports its important role in providing anti-corruption education. He also expressed hope to enhance the sustainability of China-IACA relations in the long term.

IACA also welcomed Mr. Ricardo Treviño Chapa, Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) at its campus in November to introduce the work of the Academy, exchange views and discuss cooperation opportunities, particularly in the area of the provision of specialized anti-corruption education and training.

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


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

IACA's 8th Assembly of Parties

Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan

Assembly of Parties

The eighth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties (AoP) took place in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan, from 2 to 4 October 2019. The delegates represented more than 50 national and institutional delegations and included government ministers as well as representatives from international and regional organizations.

The delegates praised IACA’s important role in the global fight against corruption as a capacity-building center of excellence offering academic degree programmes, open trainings, and tailor-made trainings for professionals across the globe. They specifically highlighted the relevance and quality of these activities despite the limited resources under which IACA has been operating, and underscored the necessity of a suitably well-funded general budget. In the same vein, Parties were encouraged to enhance cooperation and further engage in the activities of the Academy, as stated in the Strategic Paper presented by the Board of Governors, entitled “Strategic Development of the International Anti-Corruption Academy.” This document was praised by the Parties as a very clear and straightforward set of recommendations to revitalize and strengthen IACA. Suggestions on introducing innovative learning methods, diversifying topics, and enhancing the research capacity were shared during the session.

The following officers of the eighth session were elected by the Assembly: Mr. Olzhas Bektenov (President, Asia-Pacific Group), Prof. Sola Akinrinade (Vice President, African Group), H.E. Mr. Datuk Liew Vui Keong  (Vice President, Asia-Pacific Group), Mr. Gerhard Thallinger (Rapporteur, Western European and Others Group), and Ms. Judita Brzobohatá (Rapporteur, Eastern European 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 2019 the Board held three meetings to discuss policies and guidelines for the organization’s activities, with one gathering taking place immediately prior to the eighth session of the AoP in Nur-Sultan. In the meeting in March, the Board elected Mr. Alexey Konov as the new Chairperson, taking over the position from Mr. Eduardo Vetere.

Major topics of discussion in the framework of the Board of Governors included, among others, current institutional and academic developments at IACA, future activities, and programmatic and financial difficulties including the financial stability and sustainability of IACA’s general budget. The Board also discussed the Independent External Auditors’ report for the budget year 2018 which was submitted later to the Assembly of Parties for its final acknowledgment.

During 2019, 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) – elected by the Assembly of Parties in October; H.E. Mr. Muhyieddeen Shaban Touq (Jordan);  Mr. Eduardo Vetere (UNODC); Mr. Hasan Al Yasiri (Iraq) – his term ended in October;  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 2019, the ISAB has been 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 related to IACA’s education, training, and research. In 2019, it has consisted of nine internationally renowned academics and practitioners. The IAAB is chaired by Professor Hans-Heiner Kühne (Germany) from the University of Trier.

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