Cobus de Swardt
South Africa, Managing Director
Cobus joined Transparency International in 2004 and was appointed Managing Director in 2007. His experience spans the fields of globalisation, development policy, international relations and business management. Cobus has taught and worked at universities, multinational corporations, trade unions and research institutes in managerial and research related roles around the world. During the 1980s and early 1990s, he was active in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa including as Chair of the African National Congress in Cape Town.
He is member of the Board of the UN Global Compact and member of the International Integrated Reporting Council. Cobus is also a member and former chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Transparency & Anti-Corruption. In addition he serves on the Board of the WEF Partnering against Corruption Initiative (PACI). He was Chair of the International Civil Society Centre for four years and a Board member for six years until 2016. Cobus was identified as one of the 500 most powerful individuals by the Foreign Policy Power Map in 2013 and named as one of the most influential people in security in 2014 by the Security magazine. Cobus holds a PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University, Melbourne, and an MPhil in Political and African Studies from the University of Cape Town.
Hungary, Deputy Managing Director
Miklos joined Transparency International in 1999. He was appointed to his present role in 2011, which sees him lead on internal governance at the international secretariat, oversee special initiatives and supervise the International Anti-corruption Conference and the EU Liaison Office. He also leads on strategic interventions in response to international events and emerging situations relevant to the anti-corruption movement. Prior to joining Transparency International, Miklos was founding Executive Director of the global civil society alliance CIVICUS and has served as Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Hungary. He was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Yale University in 1988-1989. Miklos holds a doctorate in Economics from the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences in Budapest.
Ireland/Egypt, Group Director – Corporate Services
Haroun joined Transparency International in 2013, becoming lead on our international secretariat’s finance, human resources, monitoring and evaluation and learning (MEL), information technology and office management. Prior to joining Transparency International, Haroun served as CEO and as Finance and Services Director of Islamic Relief. He has worked as an auditor, accountant and business advisor, and is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Advancement of Manufacturing Enterprise and Art (RSA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA), and a member of Harvard University’s Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research working group. Haroun also holds a post-graduate diploma in Accounting from Dublin City University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Ain Shams University, Cairo.
France, Group Director – External Relations
Virginie joined Transparency International in August 2012 as Communications Director, before becoming Group Director for External Relations in 2013. Prior to this, she was spokesperson, head of press and public information at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and director of communications, Europe, at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). She is a former investigative journalist, permanent correspondent in Moscow, and research director at the Harvard Davis Center for Russian Studies where she led a seminar on the ‘power of corruption’. She holds a PhD in History, is the author of three books – including one on Soviet organised corruption – as well as the author of a film, chapters and academic articles devoted to post-Soviet society and elite groups, anti-corruption reforms and the role of the media in post-Soviet transition.
France, Group Director – Chapters Network and Programmes
Pascal joined Transparency International in 2006. He was appointed to his present role in 2011, which sees him lead the international secretariat’s support to our chapters, facilitating cross-chapter initiatives, and overseeing advocacy and capacity development programmes. Pascal has worked in the Asia Pacific region as Founding Director and lead consultant for an independent ethical management learning consultancy, and as Regional Director for Financial Times Knowledge. He has held managerial business development positions with large multinationals in the IT, oil and telecommunication industries. Pascal is a member of the Asia Development Bank/OECD Anti-corruption Initiative’s Advisory Group and Developmental Leadership Programme’s Steering Committee. Pascal holds an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath.
Dr Robin Hodess
USA, Group Director – Advocacy and Research
Robin is the group director for advocacy, policy and research at Transparency International. She also leads the work on financial integrity, and has recently been selected to be a civil society member of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee starting in September 2016. Prior to joining Transparency International, Robin developed a programme on economic globalisation for the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. She has taught Media and Politics at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Leipzig, as well as serving as Assistant Director for international security programmes at the Center for War, Peace and the News Media at New York University. Robin holds a PhD and MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.