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About us

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 team 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.

Our vision is a is a world where public officials are unable to steal public money and hide it overseas. Our mission is to end cross-border corruption and to ensure transparency and accountability in asset recovery.

Our team

Agatino Camarda | Executive Director & Co-Founder

Agatino Camarda is a founder of CiFAR and leads our organisation. With a background in international relations and a focus on the Middle East and North Africa, since 2010 Agatino has worked to support civil society worldwide on human rights, anti-corruption, migration and asset recovery.

Lucia Cizmaziova | Project Coordinator

Lucia is a Project Coordinator at CiFAR. Her role primarily focusses on sanctions policy, at the EU and national level and support for civil society to become more effective in campaigning for accountabilty and transparency in asset recovery.

Jackson Oldfield | Co-Founder & Chair

Jackson Oldfield is a founder of CiFAR and currently a board member. He has a background in international law and worked for several years in a range of policy and research positions looking at asset recovery and anti-corruption, corporate human rights responsibility and legal reformF

Alexandre Brutelle | Project Coordinator

Alexandre is a Project Coordinator at CiFAR. He is in charge of CiFAR’s second investigative training programme for journalists from the Western Balkans, North Africa and Western Europe. He is also a freelance investigative journalist and reporter, as well as a founder of Politics Watch.

Laila Martin | Co-Founder & Board Member

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. Laila currently works in rights advocacy with undocumented persons.

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 Faculty Member at the Department of Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia (Spain). She holds a PhD in Political Science 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 participated in consultative processes convened by the European Parliament, the United Nations, the European External Action Service, the UK House of Lords, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands and the Asia Europe Foundation. Clara Portela has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe and the University of Innsbruck (Austria), and has held visiting positions with Carleton University (Canada), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (France), and Monash University (Australia), among others.

 Mouheb Garoui

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

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.

Our collaborators

 Michael Fisher

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 Arriaga

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.

Networks

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.

Funding

CiFAR’s work has been funded by the following donors:

2019

2018

89587589

2017

2016

The UNCAC Coalition / Sigrid Rausing Trust