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Annual Membership Meeting agrees governance changes, elects new board members

The 2019 Annual Membership Meeting of Transparency International has voted in favour of proposed reforms to the anti-corruption movement's governance structure, strengthening its ability to face today’s global challenges. Three members of the Transparency International movement were also elected as new members of the Board of Directors.

Among the changes is the creation of a new International Council, comprised of up to 60 external experts who will support Transparency International’s objectives and activities. The Board of Directors will consist of members of the International Council and representatives of Transparency International’s national chapters. Current individual members of Transparency International will be invited to join the International Council. The membership of Transparency International’s founders will continue unchanged.

The new members of the Board of Directors are:

Eka Gigauri. Eka Gigauri has served as the Executive Director of Transparency International Georgia since 2011. In her previous roles at the border police agency of Georgia, Eka supervised impactful and long-lasting anti-corruption reforms in the law enforcement. With degrees in international relations, business administration and international law, she is a highly skilled professional with proven leadership experience in multiple areas of anti-corruption. Eka has also helped build civil society coalitions to advocate for rule of law and good governance reforms.

Linda Ofori-Kwafo. Linda Ofori-Kwafo joins the board having been Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, the national chapter of Transparency International in Ghana since 2016. She studied business administration, political science and development programming. To Transparency International’s board of directors, Linda brings 18 years of experience in development and anti-corruption. A courageous activist, Linda has on numerous occasions spoken on behalf of the people of Ghana at high-level international forums and has been recognised with a Women in Leadership Excellence Award.

Francois Valerian. Francois Valerian is a professor of finance, regulation and governance, author and editor-in-chief of French scientific journal Annales des Mines. He was elected to the board of Transparency International France in 2013 where his contributions to chapter’s anti-corruption advocacy around offshore centres brought about significant impact. Formerly the leader of business integrity initiatives at the Transparency International Secretariat, Francois initiated Transparency International’s advocacy at the G20 around financial regulation and anti-corruption.

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