Ace Award Winners 2019
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Kenneth David Buchizya Kaunda

ANTI-CORRUPTION LIFETIME/OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

(born 28 April 1924), also known as KK, is a Zambian former politician who served as the first President of Zambia from 1964 to 1991.

(born 28 April 1924), also known as KK, is a Zambian former politician who served as the first President of Zambia from 1964 to 1991.

Kaunda is the youngest of eight children born to an ordained Church of Scotland missionary and teacher, an immigrant from Malawi.He was at the forefront of the struggle for independence from British rule. Dissatisfied with Harry Nkumbula's leadership of the Northern Rhodesian African National Congress, he broke away and founded the Zambian African National Congress, later becoming the head of the United National Independence Party. He was the first President of the independent Zambia. In 1973 following tribal and inter-party violence, all political parties except UNIP were banned through an amendment of the constitution after the signing of the Choma Declaration. At the same time, Kaunda oversaw the acquisition of majority stakes in key foreign-owned companies. The oil crisis of 1973 and a slump in export revenues put Zambia in a state of economic crisis. International pressure forced Kaunda to change the rules that had kept him in power. Multi-party elections took place in 1991, in which Frederick Chiluba, the leader of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy, ousted Kaunda.

Kaunda was briefly stripped of Zambian citizenship in 1999, but the decision was overturned the following year. At 95, he is the oldest living former Zambian president.

Maria Krambia-Kapardis

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

She is an Associate Professor of Accounting with a specialisation in Forensic Accounting, at the Cyprus University of Technology and has served as Chair of the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management as well as Associate Dean of the School of Management and Economics at the same University.

She is an Associate Professor of Accounting with a specialisation in Forensic Accounting, at the Cyprus University of Technology and has served as Chair of the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management as well as Associate Dean of the School of Management and Economics at the same University. For a number of years, she was a university academic in Australia. Maria has been a visiting Scholar at Girona University, Spain March 2012; Visiting Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia December 2016; and was elected Visiting Scholar, Cambridge University 09/2017-12/2017. She is the founder and first Chair of Transparency International-Cyprus (2010-2017) as well as the founder and first president of the Economic Crime and Forensic Accounting Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (2010-2014). She is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and for a number of years has been the Corruption Local Research Correspondent for the European Commission. In December 2017 she was on the panel of experts for the European Court of Auditors to discuss EU Fraud.

Alban Koci

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Dr. Alban Koçi is a Lecturer at the Law Clinic, Department of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tirana, and develops anti-corruption programs with the Bachelor and Master students. He is specialized in this field and has participated in many anti-corruption conferences and trainings such as the South-Eastern European Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (SEE ACAD, October 2018), Ljubljana. He was the organizer of the “2nd UNODC Anti-Corruption Academic Expert Workshop for the SEE Region”, (University of Tirana, November 2016).


Dr. Alban Koçi is a Lecturer at the Law Clinic, Department of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tirana, and develops anti-corruption programs with the Bachelor and Master students. He is specialized in this field and has participated in many anti-corruption conferences and trainings such as the South-Eastern European Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (SEE ACAD, October 2018), Ljubljana. He was the organizer of the “2nd UNODC Anti-Corruption Academic Expert Workshop for the SEE Region”, (University of Tirana, November 2016).

One of the Anti-corruption projects that Dr Koçi has developed is the training of specialists in the Ministry of Justice of Albania in the fields of education, health and public procurement, corruption in property, as well as Blockchain, Whistleblowers and many others.

Furthermore, within the Law Clinic, students take part in joint lectures through video conferencing in the field of anticorruption in collaboration with Washington & Lee University, where both parties provide the best international experience in the field of anticorruption.

One of the projects of the Law Clinic is Street Law, the provision of information and raising of awareness of high school students in Tirana and Albania, which was launched in 2013 by Dr Koçi and is ever growing.

In addition, the Moot Court is part of these projects - a simulated court proceeding where corruption issues are discussed and students perform in the roles of the prosecutor and the defense lawyer.

Nowadays, none of the compulsory courses in any level of the Albanian educational system address the issue of corruption. Therefore, anti-corruption projects developed by the Law Clinic are almost the only projects in Albania that aim to transmit information and treat this phenomenon, which is so present in the Albanian society. Dr. Koçi’s goal is to raise public awareness and increase the number of denunciations of corruption, increasing therefore the prevention and the taking of action against corrupt individuals and organizations. 

Jean Jacques Lumumba

ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT

He served as the head of the credit department at the Congolese BGFI Bank. In 2016, Lumumba started noticing shady activities: suspicious transactions of dozens of millions of dollars between President Kabila’s family-controlled bank and organizations with close ties to the president.

He served as the head of the credit department at the Congolese BGFI Bank. In 2016, Lumumba started noticing shady activities: suspicious transactions of dozens of millions of dollars between President Kabila’s family-controlled bank and organizations with close ties to the president. A few months after his suspicions begun, Lumumba alerted his superiors of these transactions. Threatened with a gun to stay quiet by the director of the bank, Joseph Kabila’s adopted brother, Lumumba fled his homeland and bravely revealed this massive corruption scandal.

In June 2016, fearing for his life, Lumumba fled to Europe. In October, Lumumba resigned officially from his job. Shortly afterward, agents from intelligence agencies showed up at his house but his family was already hidden elsewhere. His family later found a way out of the country and met him in Europe.

In October 2016, The Belgian newspaper Le Soir published an in-depth article on suspicious activities of BGFI DRC largely based on internal documents disclosed by Lumumba. The documents reveal the bank’s involvement in corruption, illegal financing, and embezzlement. The papers also show, suspicious transactions between the BGFI and the The Independent National Electoral Commission.

JMI - JM International

ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT

(JMI) is the largest youth music NGO in the world, created in Brussels, Belgium, in 1945 with the mission to "enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries". 

(JMI) is the largest youth music NGO in the world, created in Brussels, Belgium, in 1945 with the mission to "enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries". With a vast array of activities, JMI has established four priority activity fields: Young Musicians, Young Audiences, Youth Empowerment and Youth Orchestras & Ensembles.

With member organisations currently in 40 countries and contact organisations in another 15, JMI is a global network providing opportunities for young people to engage with music. The JMI network reaches over 6 million young people aged 13-30 per year through more than 40,000 activities, which embrace all styles of music, and coordinates cross-border exchange opportunities on the international level.

JMI places empowerment, with its emphasis on social inclusion and cohesion, at its core. For over 60 years, JMI has been 'Making a Difference through Music', using the power of music to bridge across social, geographical, racial and economic divides and creating a platform for intercultural dialogue.

SEMA

ANTI-CORRUPTION INNOVATION

SEMA’s mission is to create a worldwide revolution in public services: that CITIZEN FEEDBACK becomes central to how they improve their service experience. SEMA listens to citizens as users of our public institutions, and translates their needs into recommendations for improved service delivery.

SEMA’s mission is to create a worldwide revolution in public services: that CITIZEN FEEDBACK becomes central to how they improve their service experience. SEMA listens to citizens as users of our public institutions, and translates their needs into recommendations for improved service delivery.

They support governments in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16.6, which is ‘To develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels’. SEMA measures satisfaction of citizens with their last experience at a public office. They analyse such data and provide insightful (monthly) data reports and recommendations to public partners to facilitate improvement.

SEMA is up and running in Kampala, Uganda, with over 40,000 citizens having used the SEMA system at 16 offices.

They experiment with ways to make citizen feedback efficient, effective, and meaningful for creating actual change. To date, these experiments include hardware rating devices that gather feedback in real-time at the point-of-interaction (in process of moving hardware production to East Africa), Interactive Voice Response through a toll-free line that allows citizens to leave a feedback message, and in-person interviews at the offices with which we work.

SEMA’s guiding principles are a citizen-focused approach, advocating for evidence-based action, data protection and anonymity, and emphasizing local change. Their values are Integrity, dialogue and excellence.

Elnura Alkanova

ANTI-CORRUPTION INNOVATION

She is a well-known journalist in Kyrgyzstan with large scale investigative reports and Assistant Professor at American University of Central Asia. She had recently revealed the secret ties between the Kyrgyz President’s office with unknown Czech company Liglass Trading which was awarded $1 billion governmental contract without public tenders to establish energy facilities in Kyrgyzstan.

She is a well-known journalist in Kyrgyzstan with large scale investigative reports and Assistant Professor at American University of Central Asia. She had recently revealed the secret ties between the Kyrgyz President’s office with unknown Czech company Liglass Trading which was awarded $1 billion governmental contract without public tenders to establish energy facilities in Kyrgyzstan.

Elle had a rich history with local and regional problematic stories; in 2017,

she investigated an aeroplane crash with smuggled cargo in Bishkek’s airport, which was the reason behind the lawsuit by President Almazbek Atambaev against her media org Azattyk Media (RFE/RL in KG). Later Elle published the story which revealed the interests of kyrgyz ex-Prime minister Sapar Isakov to the land privatisation near State Residency. 

This report became a reason of big resistance between a journalist and Prime minister — Kyrgyz finance police charged Alkanova up to 5 years in prison for allegedly disclosure of bank secrecy, but after 5 months General Prosecutor dropped all charges. OSCE and HRW denoted the persecution of the journalist politically motivated. The story has ended with Prime minister’s imprisonment. Today, she is a TV-presenter at state-owned “Fifth Channel” television.

She was awarded the “Report of the Year” prize by Institute for War and Peace Reporting Kyrgyzstan, “Breakthrough of the Year” by Kyrgyz Committee for Freedom of Speech. Elle used to work with Kloop, Kyrgyz media org with special interest in investigative reporting. Later she got an in-house fellowship with OCCRP and RFE/RL Czech Republic. Alumni of The U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists in Washington D.C., Transparency International Young Journalists and The Poynter Institute program.