Start of the 2016 IACA Summer Academy

The sixth annual IACA Summer Academy opened on Friday evening with almost 80 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 44 countries coming together in Laxenburg.

The opening ceremony and reception at the IACA campus marked the start of an intensive eight-day programme filled with interactive lectures, a round-table discussion, Q&A sessions, team-building activities, and social events.

In welcoming the participants, Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, described the Summer Academy as “a marketplace for discussion and sharing experiences” in the tradition of the ancient Greek agora.

“We will provide you with different perspectives on anti-corruption, and you also bring huge experience to the Summer Academy,” Mr. Kreutner said. “So please do get involved, use the time for discussion and networking, and share your perspectives from your own countries and areas of focus.”

The IACA Summer Academy takes an interdisciplinary approach to the complex and multifaceted nature of corruption, combining anti-corruption theory and cutting-edge research. This year the Academy has again brought together a diverse group of top-tier faculty from around the world to lead the programme and offer unique outlooks on tackling corruption and managing compliance systems.

Since it began in 2011, the Summer Academy has empowered close to 350 professionals from more than 100 countries. The first five annual Summer Academies (2011-2015) were organized with the kind support of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

This is just one of several programmes, trainings, and other activities taking place at IACA in July. Also on the agenda are a “Best Of” seminar with Johann Graf Lambsdorff (5 and 6 July), the third annual IACA Alumni Reunion (7 and 8 July), and the third Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training (11 to 15 July). In addition, the 2015 - 2017 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class will be at IACA from 25 July to 5 August for the in-class part of Module IV on Corruption, Law and International Initiatives.

We will publish regular updates about all these activities on IACA’s website and social media channels.

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