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Corruption, Conflict of Interest, and Whistleblowing in Public Administration

SEP 2, 2021 13:00 CET


Delivering good public policy is hard at the best of times.  There are usually legal mechanisms and structured processes to implement policies. However, when corruption is present good public policy is distorted.  Corruption costs governments and businesses trillions of dollars per year, it adds substantially to costs of goods and services, but most importantly it damages policy objectives, diminishes trust and reduces public value.

This webinar, organized jointly by the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Stretton Institute of the University of Adelaide, and the Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex, explores the types of corruption that exist in public administration and examines intervention strategies.  It focuses on integrity breaches, conflict of interest and whistleblowing, and illustrates with corruption in a specific sector.


Adam Graycar

Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Stretton Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia

Adam Graycar is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Stretton Institute at the University of Adelaide (Australia).  He has had careers in both academia and government. 

He has worked in universities in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. While Professor at the Australian National University he was the founder of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption. 

He acquired extensive policy experience over 22 years in the various senior level posts he has held in both in the Commonwealth and the South Australian Governments.

He has two doctorates from the University of NSW, is the author of some 300 scholarly publications, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.  In 2020 he was the co-winner of the International Anti- Corruption Excellence Award (Academic Research and Education).

Liz David-Barrett

Professor of Governance and Integrity at the University of Sussex, UK

Liz David-Barrett is Professor of Governance and Integrity at the University of Sussex and Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption. Her research focuses on corruption risks at the interface of business and government, in particular in international business and public procurement. Her research on private-sector collective action to combat corruption identifies key conditions for success in changing international norms, while current work focuses on anti-corruption leadership in systemically corrupt contexts. As the Director of the Centre for the Study of Corruption, Liz leads the Centre's activities in research, teaching and policy impact. She engages widely with anti-corruption practitioners globally, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, and advises the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and the G20 on their international anti-corruption work.

She is also a member of the RUSI Taskforce on a Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance (TARIF). Before becoming an academic, Liz worked as a journalist in the Balkans for The Economist and Financial Times. She has a DPhil, MSc and MA from Oxford and an MA from the University of London.

Yoojin Choi

Head of Training & Capacity Development Department, IACA

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.

Gedion Onyango

Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Gedion Onyango is a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on public accountability, corruption, organizational discipline, organizational wrongdoing and Whistleblowing, among others and edited book volumes on Public Policy in Africa. He is the editor of the forthcoming volume: Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa, Routledge and the co-editor of Governing Kenya: Public Policy in Theory and Practice. Palgrave MacMillan (2021). He is also an Associate Editor for SN Business and Economics, journal (Springer).

He holds a PhD and MPhil in Public Administration, from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and University of Bergen, Norway, respectively.

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