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Faculty

Learn from leading experts

All of IACA’s programmes feature internationally renowned professors and practitioners. These include our own in-house experts, members of IACA’s Frequent Visiting Faculty, and other prominent figures in anti-corruption and compliance.

All of IACA’s programmes feature internationally renowned professors and practitioners.

These include our own in-house experts, members of IACA’s Frequent Visiting Faculty, and other prominent figures in anti-corruption and compliance.

IACA Faculty

IACA’s in-house experts frequently lecture in the Academy’s numerous programmes and trainings, as well as at universities and institutions around the world.

Yoojin Choi

Yoojin Choi (Republic of Korea) is Head of IACA's Training and Capacity Development Department. She previously served in the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea, where she launched the APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group and organized the G20 Anti-Corruption International Conference. In addition, she served in the Korean delegation for the OECD Working Group on Bribery and as a reviewer for on-site visits for New Zealand and Greece, and was in charge of projects with the World Bank and UNDP. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from the University of Minnesota.

Elena Helmer

Elena Helmer is Associate Professor and Senior Expert at IACA and is a law professor and practicing lawyer with experience in Kazakhstan, Russia, and the United States. She is an expert and a published author in the field of anti-corruption as well as international business and dispute resolution. Ms. Helmer co-chaired the American Bar Association Section of International Law's International Anti-Corruption Committee for three years. She is a graduate of the Kazakh State University Faculty of Law and Yale Law School.  

Eduard Ivanov

Prof. Dr. Eduard Ivanov is senior researcher at the IACA. He has a solid academic and practical experience in compliance, preventing of and combating corruption, money-laundering, and terrorist financing. Eduard Ivanov lectured at DIREITO GV (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the University of Nice (France), the University of Muenster (Germany), the Ca’ Foscary University of Venice (Italy), and the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). In 2013 - 2016 he was a chair of the Law Schools Global League’s Study Group on Combating Corruption, and a member of the International Law Association’s Study group on Cybersecurity, Terrorism and International Law. From 2005 – 2008, he served as co-chair of the Working Group on Typologies in the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism and was a member of the FATF Working Group on Typologies. 

Pawan Kumar Sinha

Pawan Kumar Sinha (India) has been the Director of Academic Programmes since 2018. He oversees the development and implementation of IACA’s academic programmes, such as four master’s programmes, post-graduate diplomas, post-graduate certifications, and Open Online Training programmes. He frequently participates and speaks at international conferences. He is a member of UNODC’s Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD).  He is also curator of the World Economic Forum’s Transformation Map on ‘Corruption’ under IACA-PACI collaboration. He had a career in civil services in India spanning almost three decades. He held several senior positions in the areas of administration, including anti-corruption, tax assessment, customs processes and automation, intelligence and investigation, research, and training. He specializes in and teaches courses on asset recovery, corruption in customs, Collective Action, Economics of corruption and role of technology in anti-corruption etc.

Martin Zapata

Martin Zapata is Academic Programmes Senior Officer at IACA. He is an anti-corruption professional and academic with extensive experience working as an expert and consultant for international Organizations, such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Inter-American Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Anticorruption Center - UDESA, and the Bolivian Ministry for Anti-Corruption, where he also served as Director-General of Ethics, and Transparency. He was also the Regional Coordinator for Latin America of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, leading projects in four countries in the region. Martin has collaborated and lectured at academic institutions in Argentina, Austria, Bolivia and Germany.

IACA Faculty

IACA’s in-house experts frequently lecture in the Academy’s numerous programmes and trainings, as well as at universities and institutions around the world.

Yoojin Choi

Yoojin Choi (Republic of Korea) is Head of IACA's Programmes & Activities Department. She previously served in the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea, where she launched the APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group and organized the G20 Anti-Corruption International Conference. In addition, she served in the Korean delegation for the OECD Working Group on Bribery and as a reviewer for on-site visits for New Zealand and Greece, and was in charge of projects with the World Bank and UNDP. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from the University of Minnesota.

Elena Helmer

Elena Helmer is Associate Professor and Senior Expert at IACA and is a law professor and practicing lawyer with experience in Kazakhstan, Russia, and the United States. She is an expert and a published author in the field of anti-corruption as well as international business and dispute resolution. Ms. Helmer co-chaired the American Bar Association Section of International Law's International Anti-Corruption Committee for three years. She is a graduate of the Kazakh State University Faculty of Law and Yale Law School.  

Pawan Kumar Sinha

Pawan Kumar Sinha (India) has had a career in civil services in India spanning almost three decades, and he has held several senior positions in the areas of administration including anti-corruption, tax assessment, customs processes and automation, intelligence and investigation, research, and training. Prior to joining IACA, he was Additional Director General of the two zonal units of the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics in India.

What our Lecturers Say

What our Lecturers Say

Tina Søreide

Professor of Law and Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Teaching at IACA is an amazing experience. Students from different backgrounds – and with different experiences – contribute with examples and make discussions lively and relevant. IACA offers students from all parts of the world a unique opportunity to become anti-corruption experts. I am proud to be part of it.

Drago Kos

Chair, OECD Working Group on Bribery

Teaching at IACA has always been a special privilege for me. Not only do I meet extremely capable and motivated students, I also learn from them about how to fight corruption even in the most difficult circumstances

Mikhail Reider-Gordon

Director in the Global Disputes & Investigations practice at an international consulting firm

After a week of teaching, one comes away exhausted, but inspired and exhilarated - by the students’ passion for learning, collaborative mindset, and innovative approaches to a complex topic. Their optimism is infectious, and their courage is humbling when one learns of the obstacles many have confronted to even get to IACA.

Tina Søreide

Professor of Law and Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Teaching at IACA is an amazing experience. Students from different backgrounds - and with different experiences – contribute with examples and make discussions lively and relevant. IACA offers students from all parts of the world a unique opportunity to become anti-corruption experts. I am proud to be part of it.

Drago Kos

Chair, OECD Working Group on Bribery
Teaching at IACA has always been a special privilege for me. Not only do I meet extremely capable and motivated students, I also learn from them about how to fight corruption even in the most difficult circumstances

Mikhail Reider-Gordon

Director in the Global Disputes & Investigations practice at an international consulting firm
After a week of teaching, one comes away exhausted, but inspired and exhilarated - by the students’ passion for learning, collaborative mindset, and innovative approaches to a complex topic. Their optimism is infectious, and their courage is humbling when one learns of the obstacles many have confronted to even get to IACA.

Johann Graf Lambsdorff

Professor of Economic Theory, University of Passau

The MACS program attracts highly qualified and insatiably motivated professionals from the public and private sectors. It opens their eyes to the many dimensions of the fight against corruption, which range from political, legal, psychological, behavioural to economic issues. It is the only globally recognised programme that offers such a unique opportunity for jobs in the broadening field of anti-corruption..

Michael Johnston

Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University, United States of America

The MACS programme at IACA offers young professionals and civil society activists from around the world a unique opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of corruption and the challenges of reform.

Daniel Ming-Chak Li

Deputy Commissioner and Director of Operations (ret.), Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption

Fighting corruption is not simply a form of governance; it is a tool of governance upheld by responsible humanity. In the MACS programme, students learn the art and science of this important discipline. They are the steering force to a clean, fair, and just society.

Johann Graf Lambsdorff

Professor of Economic Theory, University of Passau
The MACS program attracts highly qualified and insatiably motivated professionals from the public and private sectors. It opens their eyes to the many dimensions of the fight against corruption, which range from political, legal, psychological, behavioural to economic issues. It is the only globally recognised programme that offers such a unique opportunity for jobs in the broadening field of anti-corruption..

Michael Johnston

Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University, United States of America
The MACS programme at IACA offers young professionals and civil society activists from around the world a unique opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of corruption and the challenges of reform.

Daniel Ming-Chak Li

Deputy Commissioner and Director of Operations (ret.), Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption
Fighting corruption is not simply a form of governance; it is a tool of governance upheld by responsible humanity. In the MACS programme, students learn the art and science of this important discipline. They are the steering force to a clean, fair, and just society.

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