Ace Award Winners 2017
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Mr. Gherardo Colombo (Italy)

ANTI-CORRUPTION LIFETIME/OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

For more than forty years, Mr. Gherardo Colombo has dedicated his life to anti-corruption, both as a magistrate opposing corruption and white collar crimes, then as an educator for young people, teaching  respect for the law, to protect the rights and  dignity of  people, as well as instilling personal responsibility.

For more than forty years, Mr. Gherardo Colombo has dedicated his life to anti-corruption, both as a magistrate opposing corruption and white collar crimes, then as an educator for young people, teaching  respect for the law, to protect the rights and  dignity of  people, as well as instilling personal responsibility.

As a former Italian magistrate and judge specialised in political corruption cases,he was a member of the Court of Cassation between 2005 and 2007, the highest court of appeal. Among his most notable cases include  the 1979 murder of advocate Giorgio Ambrosoli, the Propaganda Due Freemason lodge, and off the books money at the Instituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale.

Mr. Colombo was also one of the leading prosecutors from Milan in the ‘Mani pulite’ or ‘Clean Hands’ Operation, a nationwide judicial investigation into political corruption in the 1990s. More than 2,000 people were prosecuted for corruption crimes; among them there were several leading figures of Italy’s most relevant political parties and industries.

On June 1st, 2007, he resigned from the Office of Magistrate and became Vice President of Italian publisher “Garzanti Libri,” to further his passion as an advocate against corruption beyond the legal arena. Thanks to this position, and being a speaker in many public conferences and schools, where he has been educating students, he has reinforced the culture of legality, explaining to young and old generations the value of rules and laws. To date he has published more than 16 books and articles.

Mr. Muhyieddeen Touq (Jordan)

ANTI-CORRUPTION LIFETIME/OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Muhyieddeen Touq has devoted his professional career to politics, diplomacy and governance matters. He has served twice as a Minister and twice as an Ambassador to several European countries, UN entities and several international organisations.

Muhyieddeen Touq has devoted his professional career to politics, diplomacy and governance matters. He has served twice as a Minister and twice as an Ambassador to several European countries, UN entities and several international organisations.

As a former Minister in Jordan and anti-corruption expert, Touq chaired the ad-hoc committee for the negotiation of UNCAC that led to its ratification by 183 countries. The UNCAC is the only comprehensive globally binding anti-corruption convention and its robust review of implementation mechanism now covers all state parties to the convention. The UNCAC implementation is a yardstick for governments’ commitment to fight corruption across the world.

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Touq has been active in writing newspaper articles, giving presentations to various conferences and workshops, researching studies and books that promote integrity and fight corruption nationally and regionally.  Touq is the author of several articles on governance and integrity including two books on UNCAC and fighting corruption.

SPAK (Saya Perempuan Anti Korupsi - I am a Woman Against Corruption) (Indonesia)

ANTI-CORRUPTION YOUTH CREATIVITY AND ENGAGEMENT

Saya, Perempuan Anti Korupsi! (SPAK) has strengthened and raised public awareness of Anti-Corruption in the communities of Indonesia. Acting as a positive platform for enabling changes in perception and practices, the movement focuses on promoting anti-corruption through a family-based approach

Saya Perempuan Anti Korupsi! (SPAK) has strengthened and raised public awareness of anti-corruption in the communities of Indonesia. Acting as a positive platform for enabling changes in perception and practices, the movement focuses on promoting anti-corruption through a family-based approach, as well as addressing problems of corruption in daily activities, from bribery to embezzlement.

Since its inception in 2014, the SPAK movement has become a nationwide viral campaign involving more than 1,300 SPAK agents, in partnership with the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice, supporting a public outreach campaign to teach citizens about their rights and obligations under Indonesian law.

The programme was inspired by research that only 4% of parents teach honesty to their children. Not honesty as a definition, but as practice in daily life. The study also showed that women/wives play a significant role in nurturing moral values within the family. SPAK believes corruption prevention measures can start from the home, from the creation of good family values.

With this, Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK), Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, has seen women as a strategic anchor to creating a tangible change in values in Indonesia. SPAK encourages women to say no to corruption and provides confidence in anti-corruption values through training agents and the dissemination of anti-corruption knowledge by those agents. At the centre of all SPAK’s outreach are nine core values; honesty, fairness, cooperation, independence, discipline, responsibility, persistence, courage, and caring. The nine anti-corruption values placed into context of Indonesia's corruption law are translated into various forms of tools, including games. These tools help the SPAK agents share their knowledge to drive change in an easy and fun way.

Working against adversity and sometimes facing segregation from their peers for their passion towards anti-corruption practices, the programme focuses on approaching and aiding change within a wide variety of communities. This can be from government institutions to law enforcement agencies, including; academics, public officials, workers, teachers, house wives, judges, prosecutors, police women, village heads, sub-national legislative members, and NGO members.

IPaidABribe.com (IPAB) - Under Janaagraha Centre For Citizenship And Democracy (India)

ANTI-CORRUPTION INNOVATION

Since its launch on 15 August 2010, I Paid A Bribe (IPAB)’s website has received some 15 million visits, and recorded over 36,000 bribes amounting to approximately $430 million USD, from more than 1,000 cities and towns. It has also been rolled out across Africa, Asia, Europe,  North and South America to an additional 30 countries, with three more countries in the process of launching their own IPAB sites. 

Since its launch on 15 August 2010, I Paid A Bribe (IPAB)’s website has received some 15 million visits, and recorded over 36,000 bribes amounting to approximately $430 million USD, from more than 1,000 cities and towns. It has also been rolled out across Africa, Asia, Europe,  North and South America to an additional 30 countries, with three more countries in the process of launching their own IPAB sites. 

Founded by a not-for-profit organisation in Bangalore called Janaagraha which means "people power," IPAB is a unique initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens. It is now the largest online crowd-sourced anti-corruption platform in the world. Individuals use IPAB to document corruption and connect with other citizens facing similar issues. The site uses this data to campaign for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement and regulation,thereby reducing the scope for corruption in obtaining services from the government.

In India, where the internet has become a hub for mass movements against corruption, IPAB capitalised on this phenomenon to accomplish that which otherwise could not be done on-the-ground. IPAB provides an accessible space for citizens to report their stories and experiences regarding corruption, as not everyone wants to use official channels or government offices.

IPAB has received critical acclaim and recognition from media institutions such as the New York Times, the BBC, Bloomberg, The Hindu, the Economic Times, India Today, and Google. IPAB has transformed into a globally recognised innovation platform in the fight against corruption. Recently (June 2017) IPAB won the Audience Choice Award for Asia Pacific in the CitiBank Technology for Integrity Global Challenge.

Professor Thomas H. Speedy Rice (USA)

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Professor of Practice Thomas H. Speedy Rice has made significant contributions to the growth of knowledge in anti-corruption through education-related work, and has had a significant impact in raising anti-corruption awareness among the academic community in many parts of the world.

Professor of Practice Thomas H. Speedy Rice has made significant contributions to the growth of knowledge in anti-corruption through education-related work, and has had a significant impact in raising anti-corruption awareness among the academic community in many parts of the world.

Focusing on collaborative teaching from Washington & Lee University School of Law, using both live and video linked classrooms, he has inspired semester-long anti-corruption legal education courses with hands-on applications, in Liberia, Albania, Ukraine, and Serbia, and worked to promote and engage in anti-corruption educational activities with small island developing states, focusing on Mauritius and Fiji.

Through these efforts, he has taught teachers how to teach anti-corruption in practical and meaningful ways, and inspired students of many nationalities to combat corruption in the classroom and in their communities. Prof. Rice has been actively engaged in the educational efforts of the UNCAC through the ACAD initiative of UNODC and been a principle coordinator of educational workshops in numerous countries.

Professor Xiumei Wang (People’s Republic of China)

ANTI-CORRUPTION ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Professor Xiumei Wang has played a pivotal role in creating, directing and promoting anti-corruption practices and protocols in her role both as an academic and government advocate. She was the first person in China to get a doctorate in international criminal law; the firs to initiate cooperation between a Chinese university and the UN focusing on anti-corruption; and is recognised for her strong research background and applied experience.

Professor Xiumei Wang has played a pivotal role in creating, directing and promoting anti-corruption practices and protocols in her role both as an academic and government advocate. She was the first person in China to get a doctorate in international criminal law; the firs to initiate cooperation between a Chinese university and the UN focusing on anti-corruption; and is recognised for her strong research background and applied experience.

Wang is a Professor of criminal law at the College for Criminal Law Science of Beijing Normal University (CCLS of BNU) and is executive director of the Research Center on International Cooperation Regarding Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery in G20 Member States (“G20 Centre”), andactively promoted the establishment of the G20 center as a think-tank.

She was also deputy chief prosecutor at People’s Procuratorate of Fang Shan District of Beijing and since 2017 has been a part-time deputy chief judge at Supreme People’s Court of The People’s Republic of China.

Wang has worked for more than 20 years on the internationalisation of national criminal law and has been heavily involved in the amendment of Chinese Criminal Law since 1997. In addition, she has submitted academic suggestions on national implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Since Prof. Wang Xiumei was invited to become a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD), she has worked on the outline of global anti-corruption efforts and promoted awareness of anti-corruption education in China. With her significant efforts, her university, Beijing Normal University (BNU) has signed an MoU with the United Nations to set up a programme at BNU to carry out an anti-corruption course, and  the College for Criminal Law Science of Beijing Normal University has set up a master’s programme and educated students focusing their career on anti-corruption. This programme has educated more than 400 hundred students and is the first Chinese university to incorporate anti-corruption education in the university degree system.