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Social Scientist with a focus on corruption and anti-corruption measures in the justice sector

Sofie Arjon Schütte

U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

Sofie Schütte leads U4’s thematic work on the Justice Sector and Anti-Corruption Agencies and coordinates CMI's corruption research group. In the past, she worked as an advisor for the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (United Nations Development Program) and as an integrated expert for the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission in Jakarta. She holds a Master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies, Business & Economics, and Sociology from the University of Passau, Germany. In 2012, Sofie Schütte completed her PhD on the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission at the University of Melbourne.

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President

Neten Zangmo

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Tshogpa (BKP)

Dasho Neten Zangmo, originally from Mongar migrated to Samdrup Jongkhar and studied at Sherubtse public school. She is an engineer by profession but through out her life has served various posts in the government and has contributed her expertise in various fields. Between 2015 and 2017 Dasho Neten Zangmo headed the Anti-corruption Commission of Bhutan and is one of the few who have received the Druk Thuksey Award. Today she is the president of the BKP Party of Bhutan.

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PhD candidate with the University of Basel

Sergio Gemperle

swisspeace

Holds a MA in International Relations and Development Policy from the Institute for Development and Peace of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). Sergio worked as a research assistant for the Swiss chapter of Transparency International. He also completed a research internship with the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi (India) and interned with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mongolia. Sergio joined swisspeace as an intern in the Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF) and later became a program officer with the Statehood and Conflict Program. He is currently within the swisspeace Business and Peace Program as a PhD candidate with the University of Basel. His doctoral research focuses on anti-corruption agencies and statebuilding, in particular, the effects of anti-corruption institutions on post-conflict statebuilding.

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Political Dialogue / Advocacy Expert, Member and former President (2011-16) of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of Burkina Faso

Maître Barthélémy Kere

National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of Burkina Faso

M. Barthélemy Kere is a major actor in the fields of governance, public administration and electoral management in Burkina Faso. He created his own law firm, which bears his name in January 1993. In 2003, he was elected President of the Lawyers Bar Association of Burkina Faso for a three-year term. In September 2006, Kere was appointed as member of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC/CENI) of Burkina Faso, in 2011, he was elected as President of the Commission. In 2012, he implemented the first biometric voters list and then organized the highest participation rate (75%) elections in the history of Burkina Faso. Kere has also carried out a number of electoral observation missions, notably in Brazil, in France on the occasion of the European elections, in Ivory Coast and in Nigeria. He also participated to exchanges of experience on electoral administration, and took part to workshops organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) and the World Association of Election Management Bodies (A-WEB). He contributed to a number of forums, workshops, focus groups on a number of subjects related to the electoral process, such as the management of electoral violence or the transparent financing of elections.



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Senior Programme Officer

Sead Alihodzic

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)

Sead Alihodzic's research and work focuses on elections and conflict, with a special emphasis or interest on prevention and mitigation of election-related violence and risk management in elections.

Alihodzic led the design and development of International IDEA’s Electoral Risk Management Tool, designed to build users' capacity to understand electoral risk factors, collect and analyze risk data, design prevention and mitigation strategies, and record the results of actions. In addition to International IDEA publications, he published several journal articles on electoral violence, early warning and democracy promotion topics. 

Prior to joining International IDEA in 2008, Alihodzic gained extensive experience in dealing with elections, post-conflict democratization, and security issues through 11 years with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina where he performed Programme Officer and Head of Field Office duties.

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Program Manager at Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

Natalie Bertsch

Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

-Program Manager at Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

-Financial Sector Specialist at Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila

-Master of Science (MSc) at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

-Master Degree at Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


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Department Director, Human Rights Capacity

Marie Louise Høj Johannessen

The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Key competencies

Capacity development, a human rights-based approach to development programming, gender and good governance

Academic background

MA in English, International Development Studies and Organizational Theory

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Executive Director

Mohammad Musa Mahmodi

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)

Mohammad Musa Mahmodi is an established human rights activist and lawyer with over 10 years of experience in the field of the promotion and protection of human rights in Afghanistan. He is the Executive Director of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). He has worked as Director of Bamyan Regional Office of the AIHRC and Deputy Country Director of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Afghanistan. He holds a law degree from Kabul University and earned his Master in Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Relations from Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Mahmoodi wrote extensively for national media on issues related to democracy, human rights and political development in Afghanistan.

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Consultant

Erika Schläppi

Ximpulse

Dr. iur. Erika Schläppi is an experienced consultant on human rights and governance issues, particularly in the context of development and peace building. Her knowledge of human rights and governance work stems from different professional perspectives, including academic research, international governmental policy, non-governmental advocacy, and many years of consultancy work.

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