Many former participants from IACA’s academic degree programmes, standardized, and tailor-made trainings came together on 9 and 10 July for the second Alumni Reunion. They represented 20 different countries – from Malaysia to Poland, from Guinea to the United Kingdom.
Old friendships were rekindled and new ones made during the day and a half of roundtables, lectures, and festivities. Luis Moreno Ocampo, the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, led an interactive session on the corruption-human rights nexus, while Mary C. Gentile, Director of Giving Voice to Values, shared her innovative values-driven leadership approach.
Alumna Wendy Oliviero, a diplomat from the Dominican Republic, said: “The IACA Alumni Reunion is an extraordinary platform for networking and exchanging good practices and difficulties in the prevention of and fight against corruption. It is highly valuable for me to enhance my knowledge about UNCAC with practical experiences shared by qualified lecturers and fellows from all sectors and regions.”
The reunion was rewarding for the lecturers too. "I am always gratified to be able to share the ‘Giving Voice to Values’ approach with wide and varying audiences around the world,” Mary C. Gentile explains. “But it was particularly inspiring to do so with a group of such committed and talented professionals at the IACA Alumni Reunion. I can truly say that it was an honour to meet and learn from them."
Alumni also joined the Summer Academy participants for a roundtable on investigating grand corruption cases and an evening of dinner, dancing, and networking.
IACA’s alumni association was initiated in 2013 with the goals of fostering a lifelong connection between IACA and alumni, promoting interaction among alumni, and connecting them with current students. It includes 700 former participants from 140 countries. Apart from annual reunions, the quarterly IACAlumnus magazines, written for alumni by alumni, help the group stay in touch and share the best of their work.