Board of directors
Our Board of Directors is elected by the Membership Meeting. The Board is responsible for determining our strategy and policy as well as supervising our activities. For a more detailed list of responsibilities, please see the Charter. You can also view the Code of conduct for members of our board.
Note: Transparency International's Annual Membership Meeting elected new board members including a new chair and vice-chair on Sunday, 19 October 2014. This page was updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 to reflect the election results; updated biographies, photos and registers of interests will be added here shortly.
José Carlos Ugaz
José Carlos Ugaz became President of PROETICA, TI’s chapter in Peru, in 2002, then an Individual Member of Transparency International in 2008. A lawyer by training, Ugaz served as Ad-Hoc State Attorney of Peru in several corruption cases. During the Fujimori-Montesinos affair (2000-2002), his office opened more than 200 cases against 1,500 members of the Fujimori network. Under his mandate, US$205 million in assets were frozen abroad and US$75 million were recovered. Ugaz was a member of the UN Peace Keeping Mission and the UN Election Observers Mission for El Salvador, and from 2004-2006 served at the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Office. He has been teaching criminal law at the Universidad Católica del Perú since 1986. Ugaz was elected to the TI Board in 2011, and elected chair in 2014. [RoI]
Elena A. Panfilova
Elena A. Panfilova is the chair of the Center for Anti-corruption Research and Initiative Transparency International, TI’s Russian chapter, which she founded in 1999. She served as its Executive Director until July 2014, when she became the Chapter’s Chair. She has been an academic, consultant and activist, held positions in the OECD and the Institute for Economy in Transition, and became a member of the Russian Governmental Commission on Open Government. In August 2014, she became head of the Laboratory for Anti-Corruption Policy (which she founded in 2008), working to promote transparency and civil society. Since 2007, she has taught anti-corruption at the State University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Panfilova was elected to the TI Board in 2011, and elected vice-chair in 2014. [RoI]
Sion Assidon is deputy secretary general of Transparency International’s national chapter in Morocco. A mathematician by training, he was the founding secretary general of Transparency Maroc and remains a member of its National Council. Assidon was imprisoned from 1972 to 1984 for his efforts in campaigning for democracy in his country. He is active in several NG0s in the Moroccan civil rights movement including AMRASH which works for sustainable development in villages of the ATLAS mountains and Espace Associatif which promotes the work of NGOs in Morocco. He served on the Transparency International Board of Directors from 2005 until 2011, and was re-elected in 2014.
Emile Carr is one of the founding members and current chair of Transparency International’s national chapter in Sierra Leone. He is a taxation accountant by trade who has spent his early professional life working in the United Kingdom. Carr held various roles in Sierra Leone’s private and public sector. Formerly financial controller of the fishing industry and head of the Finance Department of Sierra Leone’s postal services, Carr left the latter role due to rampant corruption and has worked as a consultant aiming to promote good governance in Sierra Leonean society. From 2007 to 2011, he served as vice-chair of the National Anti-Corruption Strategic Committee. He is currently client partner at Leone Consultants. He was elected to TI's board in 2014.
Jeremy Carver joined the law firm Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance LLP) in 1969, where he was a partner for 30 years. He has represented and advised many states and governments in boundary disputes, treaties, investments and development. He is a specialist in sanctions, reparations and corruption. He is currently a public international lawyer in private practice. Carver joined the board of Transparency International UK in 1999, resigning in 2009 on his election to the Transparency International board, where he served until 2012. He is currently president of the British Branch of the International Law Association. He was re-elected to the TI board in 2014.
Mercedes de Freitas
Mercedes de Freitas is the executive director of Transparencia Venezuela. She has worked with several Venezuelan NGOs and has been active in Latin American networks on access to information, budget transparency and legislative processes, as well as in the Global Movement on Transparency and Accountability in Budgets. An Ashoka Fellow since 2000, De Freitas joined the editorial board of El Naciónal in 2010. In her work with Transparencia Venezuela, she has promoted legislation on anti-corruption, transparency, access to information and whistle-blower protection and denounced cases of human rights abuses, electoral fraud and abuse of power. She was elected to the TI board in 2014.
Sergej Muravjov is the Executive Director of TI Lithuania. He joined the chapter in 2005 and has overseen its steady growth and broader engagement. Muravjov has been involved in numerous TI initiatives and advocated for a more effective UN Convention Against Corruption at the 2009 Conference of State Parties. He has published extensively on transparency, corruption and good governance, and has edited several books on public and private sector accountability. He has conducted consultancy tasks for the European Commission, UN Development Programme and the UK Department for International Development. Sergej Muravjov was elected to the TI Board in 2009 and again in 2012. [RoI]
Mark Mullen has been the chair of Transparency International’s Georgian chapter since 2001. Mullen has spent much of his career working for Transparency International and the National Democratic Institute. Originally from the United States, Mullen has worked in Japan, Greece, and Malawi, where he distributed food during a famine. In 1993 he was hired by the National Democratic Institute and worked on various projects, such as voter education in Malawi, and then moving to Palestine to help set up a civic education program in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, as well as Albania. He was elected to the TI board in 2014.
Natalia Soebagjo has been the Chair of TI-Indonesia’s Executive Board since 2011. Before joining the chapter, she worked in the securities and financial industry, as well as in consultancy and the media. She holds an MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and is Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance at the University of Indonesia. She is also a board member of the Perkumpulan Bung Hatta Anti-corruption Award, member of the Independent Team for National Bureaucracy Reform, an Independent Commissioner of PT AIG Insurance Indonesia and member of the Oversight Committee of the Kalibaru Port Project. She was elected to TI’s Board in 2013. [RoI]
Elisabeth Ungar Bleier
Elisabeth Ungar Bleier has been Executive Director of Transparencia por Colombia, TI’s chapter in the country, since 2009. She was a professor and researcher in the Department of Political Science at Universidad de los Andes from 1975 until 2009, serving as Director of the Department (1995-1996) and has been a board member of the university since 2013. She founded – and directed for 12 years – Congreso Visible, the first Colombian watchdog to follow Congress. Ungar Bleier was an advisor to President Barco (1988-1990), and a member of numerous commissions and oversight committees for electoral processes, for the election of members of High Courts and processes of political and constitutional reform. Ungar Bleier was elected to TI's Board in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. [RoI]
J. C. Weliamuna
One of Sri Lanka’s leading public interest lawyers and activists, Weliamuna holds a Master of Laws from the University of Colombo. He has served as a visiting lecturer in the Law Faculty and Law College. He is also an Eisenhower and a Senior Ashoka Fellow. After establishing his legal career in commercial law, Weliamuna moved into the fields of constitutional and human rights law, and became an active contributor to local and foreign media on governance and human rights challenges in Sri Lanka. In 2002 he became TI Sri Lanka’s first Executive Director, where he served until 2010. Weliamuna is also active in several pro-democracy movements. He was elected to TI’s Board in 2010 and again in 2013. He was awarded the Citizens Peace Award for 2013 by National Peace Council. [RoI]
Iftekhar Zaman is Executive Director of TI-Bangladesh. Before joining the chapter, he was Executive Director of the Bangladesh Freedom Foundation and Executive Director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Acid Survivors Foundation, Trustee of the Bangladesh Freedom Foundation, Manusher Jonno Foundation, World Literary Centre and International CHT Commission. Zaman has a PhD in Economics, holds degrees from the University of Dhaka and the Academy of Economics, Warsaw and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Department of International Relations of the University of Tokyo. Zaman served on TI’s Board from 2008 to 2011 and was elected again in 2012. [RoI]