IACA hosts FACTI Panel Event

On 27 November 2020, IACA hosted a virtual discussion titled “Achieving the 2030 Agenda by strengthening Financial Accountability, Transparency, and Integrity”.

The event aimed to highlight the work of the High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI panel), which has recently published its Interim Report.

The upcoming United Nations Special Session against corruption (UNGASS 2021) was also a topic of discussion along with the future of the international anti-corruption architecture.

The event attracted a large and diverse audience including participants from the anti-corruption and diplomatic community in Vienna and beyond. After the panel discussion audience members were given the chance to put their questions to the panellists.

The event was moderated by Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, and FACTI Panel Member.

Speaker and panelists included:

H.E Mrs. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, former Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, FACTI Panel Member

Mr. Shervin Majlessi, Chief, Conference Support Section, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of UNODC

Mr. Mathias Huter, Managing Director at UNCAC Coalition

IACA Signs MoU with the National Commission of Supervision of China

On 24 November 2020, the Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, and the Commissioner of the National Commission of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China, Ms. Lu Xi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The document sets a framework for cooperation of both institutions on issues of common interest. In particular, it foresees engaging in joint anti-corruption projects, studies, and research, as well as undertaking joint efforts to foster capacity and institution building programmes.

IACA welcomes new students for their first online-taught Master Programmes 2020

Both programmes started in October 2020. They are delivered in an interactive virtual format with their first instructor-led live session commenced on 17 November 2020, on “Introduction and Politics of Corruption, Anti-Corruption and Reform.”

The MACS programme is developed mainly for public sector officials, and the IMACC programme is tailored for business sector professionals.

The principal discipline areas comprise political science, law, economics, and criminology of corruption and anti-corruption, ethics and compliance management, law enforcement and prevention.

The modules and courses of the programmes are delivered by the most renowned academics and practitioners of the relevant disciplines.

Furthermore, the two master’s degrees are two-year, in-career programmes consisting of seven core modules, an ongoing module on academic research and writing, instructions on teambuilding, networking and communication, and a master’s thesis  tailored for working professionals who remain fully employed while pursuing their degrees.

The programmes start in October every year, and applications are accepted year-round. 

Read more about the IMACC and MACS programmes on our website.

Master Programmes - the Fifth Module

The students of IACA's two master's degree programs of International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) 2019 and Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) 2019 – started instructor-led live sessions of their fifth module on 19 October 2020.

The modules for both classes encompass asynchronous and synchronous interactive learning materials, and several group and individual works. The MACS students concentrate on the anti-corruption compliance systems, the value-based compliance programmes, various compliance standards and corporate internal investigation. The IMACC students focus on corporate internal investigation, including in the framework of an investigation lab, corporate and individual responsibility, and corruption and international arbitrations.

Moreover, students of both programmes will attend an expert talk on Effective Compliance Programmes by two Chief Compliance Officers in Aviation and Pharmaceutical industries.

Live sessions end on 12 November 2020 for both programmes (MACS and IMACC).

Ambassador of Mexico Presents Credentials

On 10 November 2020, H.E. Mr. Luis Javier Campuzano Piña, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). 

Mexico signed the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on 2 September 2010 and became a Party in December 2011. 

Ambassador of Egypt Presents Credentials

On 10 November 2020, H.E. Mr. Mohamed ElMolla, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). 

The Arab Republic of Egypt acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in June 2013. 

Ambassador of Kazakhstan Presents Credentials

On 10 November 2020, H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). 

The Republic of Kazakhstan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in February 2014.

Launch of IACA Open Online Courses

Last week, IACA launched a series of open online courses, in different languages, to help professionals build their skills even during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and restrictions.

This instructor-led series of open online courses with various self-paced learning materials include quizzes, assignments, video lectures, interactive live lectures, and community discussion forums. They range from 3 to 6 weeks and are currently available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. More training courses in other languages are being prepared.

These online courses are offered in various formats. They are designed to make learning easy and accessible enabling learners to enhance their knowledge at their own schedule and pace. Their objective is to produce learning opportunities for professionals on the job whether seeking to enhance their skills or start a new career.

The courses are taught by IACA Faculty and renowned anti-corruption and compliance practitioners and academics. Upon completion learners will earn an IACA certificate in the course training language. To register, please click here

Ambassador of Pakistan Presents Credentials

On 27 October 2020, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the International Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khokher, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean of IACA.

Pakistan has been a Party to the International Anti-Corruption Academy since 2012.

IACA and ICSS Joins Forces to Tackle Corruption in Sport Through Advanced Education

Recognising the crucial role of advanced education to foster both international cooperation and actions at national and global levels, the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) signed an agreement to fight corruption in sport through knowledge sharing and education-based solutions.

Sharing a common goal of promoting good governance and combating the different forms of corruption threatening sport, the ICSS and IACA will focus on a multi-pronged approach including the development of innovative solutions and advanced training methodologies.

The two organisations will explore possibilities for joint initiatives that promote actions against integrity violations in sport by fostering collective efforts with the involvement of different sectors, including law enforcement authorities, regulators, sport organisations as well as the business sector, civil society, and the future generations of game-changers.

IACA Dean Thomas Stelzer said:

“This partnership will enhance the ability of both our organization to combat corruption in sports around the world. Through education, training, and the sharing of knowledge we can empower professionals in the sports field to tackle corruption wherever they see it. For sport to flourish corruption must be tackled head-on. This endeavor is now firmly on the agenda for the ICSS and IACA as we go forward together.”

Mohammed Hanzab, Chairman, ICSS said;

“This partnership with IACA is a significant milestone in our quest for safeguarding sport. Over the years the ICSS has developed an extensive range of tools and resources such as the handbooks produced in cooperation with the Sorbonne University and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

With this partnership, we aim at reaching the front liners of sport integrity and those who fight corruption in sport and make our resources more accessible to support their missions. Together we look forward to creating a capacity-building platform that is readily available for everyone who strives towards a corruption-free sport.”

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On 15 October 2020, IACA hosted a side event at the 10th session of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime titled “Reassess the risk of Transnational Financial Crimes During and Post-COVID-19”.

The event was moderated by Mr. Pawan Kumar Sinha, Director of Academic Programmes at IACA. The panelists included:

Mr. Eduard Ivanov – professor at the Faculty of Law of the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow and frequent visiting lecturer at IACA;

Mr. Antenor Madruga – private advisor for international companies, and

Ms. Eleni Tsingou – professor of International Political Economy at the Copenhagen Business School.

The Panel analyzed in particular:

- ways in which the recent SARC-Cov-2 pandemic has influenced the activities of illicit markets, organized crime, and transnational financial transactions, and

- how these changes have affected corruption processes, which are part of illegal operations.

Special attention was devoted to the identification of measures to prevent corruption risks and organized financial crime.

Finally, the panelists talked about the potential impact of public awareness, education, and capacity building initiatives on mitigating the risk of corruption during and in the post-pandemic world.

The event was recorded and will be available online.

Ambassador of Spain Presents Credentials

On 6 October 2020, H.E. Ms. Esther Monterrubio Villar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

Spain acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2011.

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