CiFAR was founded in 2015 to support civil society to campaign across borders to prevent public asset theft and for accountable and transparent asset recovery. Our international board is made up of experienced project managers, networkers and campaigners with a background in anti-corruption and asset recovery, who are committed to and passionate about fighting the theft of state assets. Our office is in Berlin, Germany, however our projects and activities take place across the world.
CiFAR’s mission is to amplify as the voice for civil society worldwide on stolen assets, to support civil society across the globe to be a strong and effective actor on stolen assets and to close the gap missing in global civil society asset recovery work.
Agatino Camarda is a founder of CiFAR and leads our work. He has studied and worked in the field of international relations with a focus on Middle East and North Africa. In the past five years, he has worked on supporting civil society worldwide on human rights, anti-corruption, migration and asset recovery.
Lucia is a Project Coordinator at CiFAR. Her role primarily focusses on an outreach and research project on EU sanctions policy, looking at both engaging with interest groups and assessing the effectiveness of sanctions for grand corruption in the EU. Lucia also supports our ongoing programmatic work.
Jackson Oldfield is a founder of CiFAR and currently a board member. He has a background in international law and worked for several in a range of policy and research positions looking at asset recovery and anti-corruption, corporate human rights responsibility and legal reform.
Laila Martin is a founder of CiFAR. She has a background in international relations, security and development. She has focused on peace and non-violent movements in the Middle East and North Africa. For the past four years, she has worked in civil society engagement, communication and campaigning, with a special emphasis over the last few years on anti-corruption and asset recovery.
Our advisory board
Our advisory board is designed to provide strategic guidance to the leadership of the CiFAR. It helps ensure that the initiative remains true to its mission and plays a special role during the initial years of CiFAR in helping to promote it and provide strategic direction for its development and implementation of its projects. Read the advisory board’s ToRs here.
Dr. Clara Portela
Dr Clara PORTELA is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an MA from the Free University of Berlin. She is the author of the monograph “European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy” (2010), for which she received the THESEUS Award for promising Research on European Integration. She has prepared several reports for the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and participated in consultative processes convened by the United Nations, the European External Action Service, the Asia Europe Meeting. She has also been consulted by the Parliament of Canada and the UK House of Lords. Clara Portela was a Guest Professor at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 2014/15 and has held visiting positions with Carleton University (Canada), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France) the University of London (UK) and Monash University (Australia), among others.
Mouheb Garoui is the co-founder of I WATCH Organization, the National Chapter of Transparency International in Tunisia and served as its Executive Director from March 2014 to April 2017. He also served as the President of the same NGO from 2011 to 2014. In 2016, he was appointed in the MENA seat of UNCAC Coalition (the global network of over 350 civil society organisations in over 100 countries, committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Mouheb holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Tunis. He was a fellow at the World Affairs Institute and Alumnus at the Young Leaders Visitors Program in the Swedish Institute. In 2011, he interned at the US Congress and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems IFES in Washington DC where he focused on campaign finance monitoring. Mouheb is a trainer in domestic election observation with an extensive experience in project management and fundraising. He also believes in the fight against corruption and advocates for transparency in public and private sectors.
Lukas Straumann is the Executive Director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a Swiss NGO active in the fields of tropical rainforest conservation and anti-corruption. He holds a phD in History from Zurich University and investigated the Swiss pharmaceutical industry’s wartime conduct on behalf of the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War (ICE). Lukas Straumann is the author of Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia (Bergli Books, 2014). He has recently qualified as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Michael Fisher has spent the last five years focusing on international education, particularly in the Middle East. His background is in political science and English-Arabic communication. He currently specializes in research and writing with an emphasis on public policy and political organizing in the United States.
Tomás has a background in Business and Management. Always passionate about the internet and new technologies, he has over 5 years experience in online marketing and in several different online projects for which he volunteers his knowledge.
CiFAR is a member of the following networks:
Our transparency and accountability
We demand transparency and accountability in the asset recovery process. We strive for the same for ourselves.
CiFAR joined the “Transparent Civil Society Initiative” (Initiative Transparente Gesellschaft), through which we committed to publishing 10 pieces of information about our organisation.
CiFAR’s work in 2017 has been funded by the following donors:
CiFAR’s core work in 2016 has been funded by individual donations, for which we are very grateful.
Our projects in 2016 have been funded by the following donors:
Engagement Global / BMZ
Hunting the stolen billions
The UNCAC Coalition / Sigrid Rausing Trust
UNCAC Coalition Accountable Asset Recovery Project