20/05/2020

Our team

Agatino Camarda | Director & Co-Founder

Agatino Camarda is a founder of CiFAR and leads our programmes. 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.

Alexandre Brutelle | Project Coordinator

Alexandre is a Project Coordinator at CiFAR and leads on our work with invesrigative journalism. He has led our second and third investigative training programme, working with journalists from West Africa, North Africa and Europe. He is also a freelance investigative journalist and reporter, as well as a founder of Politics Watch.

Brianna Rock | Intern

Brianna is a Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School. She has a background in education nonprofit work and experience doing anti-trust research. She provides research, communication, and outreach support to the CiFAR team and is an intern with CiFAR for Autumn 2021/Winter 2022.

Jackson Oldfield | Director & Co-Founder

Jackson Oldfield is a founder of CiFAR and leads our research and outreach work. He has a background in international law and has 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 reform.

Rose Wanjiru | Kenya Coordinator

Rose Wanjiru is our expert supporting CiFAR’s work in Kenya. She has a background in business administration and international relations. Rose has worked for many years in public policy analysis and advocacy with civil society and with intergovernmental agencies.

Our board

Our board provides strategic guidance to the leadership of the CiFAR. It helps ensure that we remain true to our mission, helps to promote our work and provides direction for out future development and implementation of our projects.

Laila Martin | Co-Founder & Chair of the Board

Laila Martin is a founder of CiFAR. She has a background in international relations, security, and development. She has worked in the defense of human rights and non-violent movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Laila is currently working on planning strategies of communication and advocacy on the rights of the immigrant and Latino community in the United States. Laila has chaired our board since June 2021.

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Pedro Gomez Pereira | Board Member

Pedro Gomes Pereira brings over 15 years of experience in dealing with anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and asset recovery at the operational and policy levels, both at the national and international levels. During his professional career, he has had the opportunity to work on several high-profile corruption and asset recovery cases in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa and engage with both government and non-government actors on the asset recovery process. He has further interacted and engaged with civil society and other NGOs from different jurisdictions to discuss their participation and engagement in the prevention and combating of corruption in the context of the asset recovery process.

Alice Chambers | Board Member

Alice Chambers graduated with a degree in European Studies from Trinity College in Dublin. She started her career in the non-profit sector at an anti-corruption NGO where she worked on public procurement and grand corruption projects. She then did a Masters at Columbia Journalism School in New York where she was a Stabile Fellow in Investigative Journalism. She now works as a journalist in London specialising in mis- and dis-information and visual verification.

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Youssef Belgacem | Board Member

Youssef Belgacem is the Senior Program Manager of I WATCH organization, the National Chapter of Transparency International in Tunisia. He has been working on the stolen asset recovery portfolio in Tunisia since 2014. He took the lead on I WATCH organization’s advocacy work on asset recovery at the national and international levels. Academically, Youssef holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in law: Good Governance and Anti-corruption. Currently, Youssef is pursuing a master’s programme in Public Administration, with a focus on development and policy making, at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Our advisors

Our advisors support our work through providing guidance in their areas of speciality and supporting us in specific project areas.

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Dr. Clara Portela | Academia

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.

Mouheb Garoui | Civil Society

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).

Dumitru Alaiba | Politics

Dumitru Alaiba is a member of the Moldovan parliament, chairman of the Economy, Budget and Finance Committee. He has dedicated a good part of his career to fighting kleptocracy, investigating financial crimes and recovering the money stolen from the people of Moldova by corrupt officials. As active member of civil society and then as member of parliament, central topics in his work were investigating the massive money laundering schemes, the theft of the billion USD from the Moldovan Central Bank currency reserves, hostile takeovers, fraudulent privatisations, and other corrupt schemes. Dumitru is convinced that corruption, if not fought efficiently, will ultimately lead to the destruction of any democracy, leading to state capture, and Moldova’s recent history is a textbook example. Before being elected to Parliament Dumitru headed CPR Moldova, an anti-corruption NGO he co-founded, established and headed the Prime minister’s Economic Council, and worked in international consultancy.

Lukas Straumann | Civil Society

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.