Group photoIACA alumni gathered at the Academy for a two-day Alumni Reunion, an annual event providing the opportunity for alumni to learn from anti-corruption and compliance experts and also extend their professional network with other alumni, staff, and Summer Academy participants.

The two-day gathering began on 4 July with two sessions led by Mr. Ashley Savage, independent specialist in whistleblowing, information rights and governance, presenting during the first session an in-depth analysis of the new EU Directive on whistleblower protection and its potential consequences. The second session covered topics on anonymous communication platforms and freedom of expression in the workplace. Reunion continued in the afternoon with Ms. Beth Haddock, Managing Partner of Warburton Advisers, who led an interesting discussion on how a triple bottom-line approach can incentivize ethical behavior.

The second day’s programme started with a lecture on global and regional perspectives of anti-corruption agencies by Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Director-General of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption of Malaysia and visiting expert at IACA (on a pro bono basis) and also a member of the Academy’s International Senior Advisory Board. This was followed by a lecture on the nexus between corruption and migration presented by Mr. Amr Taha, Senior Regional Liaison and Policy Officer in the International Organization for Migration Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The final session, on organized crime, corruption, conflict and development, featured Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In addition, Alumni attending the reunion also enjoyed the annual gala dinner with participants of IACA’s Summer Academy.

IACA’s alumni network comprises anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 161 countries and jurisdictions, and the annual reunion is one way in which alumni can benefit from the rich network. Read more about other benefits for alumni here.