Anti-corruption and compliance professionals from, inter alia, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America came to Laxenburg late last week for IACA’s third Alumni Reunion.
The two-day gathering began on 7 July with a session led by Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General/Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. Prof. Nakicenovic highlighted the dangers of climate change and emphasized the importance of the 17 SDGs as part of a new “global social contract” that can only be achieved collectively.
Friday’s programme included lectures by Paulo Roberto Galvão de Carvalho, a federal prosecutor in Brazil, on the Petrobras “Car Wash” case, and by Prof. Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, on good governance, democracy, and development. The final session, on anti-corruption in local governance, featured Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, a former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia, and Ana Vasilache, Founding President of the Partners Foundation for Local Development in Romania.
"My experience at IACA’s third Alumni Reunion has been very enriching. I have gained valuable expertise and knowledge and met very important contacts to fight corruption efficiently. My work will improve a lot," said Carlos Alberto Pérez Cuevas, President of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Chapter Mexico.
“It was a reunion with reverberating impact,” were the words of Aisha Abba Tor Habib, Head of Legal and Prosecution Department, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission/Legal & Prosecution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In addition, the alumni joined participants from the sixth IACA Summer Academy later on Thursday for an evening of dinner, dancing, and networking.
IACA’s alumni association was initiated in 2013 with the goals of fostering a lifelong connection between the Academy and its alumni, promoting interaction among alumni, and connecting them with current students and participants.
It currently includes well over 900 professionals from more than 140 countries following the conclusion of several programmes and trainings in July: the IACA Summer Academy, the “Best Of” Seminar with Johann Graf Lambsdorff, a tailor-made training for Korean government officials, and (this week) IACA’s Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training.
Furthermore, the quarterly IACAlumnus magazine helps alumni to stay in touch and share the best of their work.