Two world-leading figures in anti-corruption will join Griffith University as speakers and instructors in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Integrity School to be hosted in March 2020.
The Integrity School is a 5-7-day intensive program operating thanks to a partnership between Transparency International Australia and Griffith University’s Graduate Certificate in Integrity & Anti-Corruption program.
The new program will equip professionals and young people with advanced policy and analytical skills to undertake effective integrity and anti-corruption measures.
Griffith Business School’s Professor A J Brown said he was delighted the Integrity School would be opened by Argentine political integrity expert, Delia Ferreira Rubio.
Now Chair of Transparency International – the global coalition against corruption – Dr Rubio was formerly President of Transparency International’s chapter in Argentina (Poder Ciudadano).
Dr Rubio has also consulted on anti-corruption issues with international organisations and NGOs and has authored numerous publications on democratic culture, political institutions, comparative politics, and public and parliamentary ethics.
Professor Brown said he was also honoured to announce the appointment of His Excellency J C Weliamuna PC to support the Integrity School and Griffith’s wider anti-corruption efforts.
“As a new Distinguished Visiting Fellow in our Public Integrity & Anti-Corruption Research program in 2020, Mr Weliamuna will make an exceptional contribution to regional and global anti-corruption policy.”
A leading human rights and constitutional lawyer, Mr Weliamuna is currently Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia, and was a leading force in establishing the Asian Development Bank/OECD Asia-Pacific Anti-Corruption Initiative.
Mr Weliamuna has recently served as chairman of Sri Lanka’s Special Presidential Task Force on Recovery of Stolen Assets and as founding director of Transparency International Sri Lanka. In 2012 he received the Citizen Peace Award from Sri Lanka’s National Peace Council.
Professor Brown said that Mr Weliamuna’s appointment comes at a crucial and sensitive stage in our region’s political and economic development.
“Mr Weliamuna’s diplomatic and international leadership will not only benefit students and participants in our School, but contribute to high level Australian and global policy-making on anti-corruption,” Professor Brown said.
The first Asia-Pacific Integrity School will run from 19-26 March 2020 at Griffith University’s South Bank campus in Brisbane, opening with a special symposium on the future of anti-corruption in the Asia-Pacific region.
For more information and to register interest, go to: www.griffith.edu.au/conference/asia-pacific-integrity-school.