Ace Award Winners 2018
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Fernanda Angelica Flores Aguirre

ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT

Fernanda Angelica Flores Aguirre, is a Mexican community activist who epitomises battling corruption from its inception;

Fernanda Angelica Flores Aguirre, is a Mexican community activist who epitomises battling corruption from its inception; her first introduction to community action was at home, when she participated in the Lions Club of Mexicali at the age of six in the program that her grandfather and her parents headed, called "Receive the Gift of Sight.” Through this, they provided eye examinations, lenses and even sight operations to people of limited resources throughout Mexico.

From these beginnings, Ms Aguirre has expanded her community outreach, working in fields as varied as voter registration and motivation, gender equality in politics, and youth programmes designed to give voice to the younger generation. She is currently finishing an MBA in order to further improve the effectiveness of her anti-corruption programmes. 

Accountability Lab

ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT

Accountability Lab, an organisation based in Washington DC with the aim to promote fairness and accountability in as many countries as it can reach. 

Accountability Lab, an organisation based in Washington DC with the aim to promote fairness and accountability in as many countries as it can reach. They run an ‘Accountability Incubator’, a flagship program for young civil society leaders that invites them to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and social impact in their societies, as well as Integrity Idol, a global campaign run by citizens in search of honest government officials, as well as the Integrity Fellowship, a month-long fellowship where the fellows are given opportunities to work with and learn from exemplary civil and public servants.

PNG Phones Against Corruption

ANTI-CORRUPTION INNOVATION

PNG Phones Against Corruption (from the island state of Papua New Guinea) was recognised for its innovative mobile platform for reporting corruption.


PNG Phones Against Corruption (from the island state of Papua New Guinea) was recognised for its innovative mobile platform for reporting corruption. The text message service has resulted in over 6000 reports of corrupt activity. Since its launch on 15 August 2010, PNG Phones Against Corruption has been responsible for the opening of over 250 cases being investigated by the Papua New Guinea authorities, with five of those awaiting trial. The initiative is responsible for the arrest of two Papua New Guinea government bureaucrats for mismanagement of over $2m of official funds.

Dr Roger Oppong Koranteng

ANTI-CORRUPTION INNOVATION

Dr Koranteng is the Lead Trainer and Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser for the Africa Commonwealth Secretariat,


Dr Koranteng is the Lead Trainer and Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser for the Africa Commonwealth Secretariat, and has used his position to bring together the heads of African Anti-Corruption offices to peer-review anti-corruption initiatives, set performance benchmarks and exchange best practices. A bilateral information-sharing agreement between Ghana and Nigeria is a direct result of the work spearheaded by Dr Koranteng. He has responsibility for governance, anti-corruption, democratic and oversight institutions in all the 52 commonwealth countries.

Professor Jason Sharman

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Professor Jason Sharman, holder of the Sir Patrick Sheehy professorship in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. 

Professor Jason Sharman, holder of the Sir Patrick Sheehy professorship in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. Before joining the University of Cambridge, Professor Sharman received his Undergraduate degree from the University of Western Australia, followed by a PhD from the University of Illinois, and has worked at the University of Brisbane and Griffith University in Australia. His work includes investigations into the corrupt practices used by despots to hide illicit funds, alongside in-depth studies on money laundering and asset recovery. His publications have been reviewed by the Economist, the Financial Times and the Australian Institute of International Affairs, among others.

Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey from the republic of Liberia. In the fight against corruption, it is vital to begin educating the next generation of citizens as early as possible.

Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey from the republic of Liberia. In the fight against corruption, it is vital to begin educating the next generation of citizens as early as possible. This was the aim of Dr Pailey, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford, when she wrote her children’s books Gbagba and Jaadeh. The books introduce children to the effects of corruption on everyday life, and have been made into short films, and even songs. Dr Pailey has spoken at a number of prestigious events on the subject of corruption, including a 2016 TED talk on Corruption in Africa, as well as at a number of conferences and seminars across the world.

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

ANTI-CORRUPTION LIFETIME/OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is a Nigerian Civil Servant who argues for actions instead of words as the only way to end corruption. 

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is a Nigerian Civil Servant who argues for actions instead of words as the only way to end corruption. His actions focus on his home country of Nigeria, and the corruption that has robbed the state of huge sums of money while stagnating development. He cites improving the foundations of leadership, institutions and individuals as the key requirements for anti-corruption success in any nation, saying “If things are not done in the right way, cutting corners will always continue.” His fearless work has resulted in the prosecution of a number of prominent politicians.

Mr. Leonard Frank McCarthy

ANTI-CORRUPTION LIFETIME/OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Mr. Leonard Frank McCarthy There are perhaps only a handful of people who can be credited with shaping the global economy, and Mr. Leonard Frank McCarthy is one of them.

Mr. Leonard Frank McCarthy There are perhaps only a handful of people who can be credited with shaping the global economy, and Mr. Leonard Frank McCarthy is one of them. As Vice-president of the World Bank, he has spearheaded initiatives designed to increase the organization’s ability to address fraud and corruption. Under his leadership, integrity due-diligence has become a standard of World Bank investigations, and under his guidance the World Bank Preventative Services Unit was created, to ensure that potential corruption could be stopped before it had even begun.