Welcome words from Mr. Oche Godwin, Senior Academic Expert at IACA, and Ms. Elisabeth Taeubl, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy AdvisorYesterday marked the start of a busy July for IACA as around 80 participants from more than 40 countries arrived on campus to take part in the fifth Summer Academy. The programme began with a welcome reception last night and gets into full gear today.

“We are delighted to have such a diverse group of professionals again this year”, Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA said in his opening remarks. “I trust that you will make the best of your time here to gain new insights, exchange experiences, make friends around the world, and take home lessons for the future.”

The ten-day Summer Academy will examine the cross-cutting nature of corruption through a range of disciplines and address trends and practices on the global anti-corruption agenda. IACA has once again drawn together an exceptional range of speakers, reflecting academic, policy, and practitioner perspectives, and has created a rich programme of lectures, informal roundtables, and hands-on group work.

The programme is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and has already empowered close to 300 professionals worldwide since 2011. As in previous years, it is co-sponsored by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

There is more to come at IACA this month: the Best of Luis Moreno Ocampo seminar (8-9 July), the second IACA Alumni Reunion (9-10 July), Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training (13-17 July), and Module IV of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies 2014-2016 (13-24 July).

Stay tuned for updates.

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