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The Committee consists of six senior anti-corruption experts selected through a nomination process overseen by the international community and the Afghan government. The Chairmanship of the Committee alternates between an Afghan and an international appointee every six months.

Helena Malikyar, has worked on Afghan state building and political development as an  academic, practitioner and participant for over two decades. While her scholarly research was focused on the history of state building and modernization in Afghanistan, her work since 2001 has ranged from center-periphery relations to sub-national public sector capacity building and a number of development projects for international organizations such as the UNDP, UNAMA and USAID. In addition to her earlier works published in scholarly journals, in recent years, Ms.

Malikyar has been writing analytical articles on topics related to Afghanistan’s current affairs for Al-Jazeera, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and a number of other news media websites.  She is an ABD, holding a master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies from New York University. She has a bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Arizona.

Javed Noorani, has been one of the leading civil society activists advocating transparency and accountability on a range of issues in the Afghan mining sector. He has extensive experience in designing large-scale surveys and research assessment projects, and he has a lengthy list of published papers. Mr. Noorani currently is the lead author for the next UNDP Human Development Report. He has worked on major research assignments with different local and international consulting firms in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan in areas such as governance, security, development, conflict and natural resources. He earned a master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Peace-Building and a Diploma in Conflict Analysis and Peace-building, both from the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi.

Barry Salaam

A native of Afghanistan, Barry Salaam was born in 1978. He is a journalist, human rights activist and entrepreneur. Salaam received his BA in Persian literature from Kabul University and has earned his master degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He has been awarded several prestigious communications and leadership fellowships in the US, UK, and Germany.

Mr. Salaam has 19 years of experience in communications, media management, and civil society activism. He served as a News Attaché to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kabul from 1996 to 2001. From 2001-2002, he was communications officer at the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR). He founded Good Morning Afghanistan Radio in 2002, the country’s first public service broadcaster. GMA, in addition to news and current affairs, produced the first direct Q&A program between President Hamid Karzai and the public. His NAW MEDIA production company creates a wide variety of radio programs, television shows, PSAs, commercials, documentaries, and feature films that reflect the challenges of Afghan society and aim to inform and enlighten the public.

Salaam founded 7 TV network in 2010 to promote his nation’s fledgling cinema industry as well as to focus on cross-cultural themes and social issues.

For the last 3 years, Salaam has been the Director of the Organization of Afghan Alumni (OAA), a network of over 500 alumni, including the graduates of Fulbright Master’s Degree Program, and participants of other cultural exchange programs sponsored by the United States government.

As a well-known civil society activist, Mr. Salaam has participated in more than 50 international conferences promoting free media, women’s rights, development and security in Afghanistan. Most Recently, Salaam was elected by his peers to be the civil society speaker in the London Conference on Afghanistan (2104). He had also been the elected civil society speaker at the Bonn Conference in 2011. Salaam has organized and led massive civil society campaigns including the Farkhunda Rally and the demonstrations in defense of victims of Paghman sexual assault. Over the last decade, Salaam has contributed to founding and strengthening numerous major civil society organizations and networks including the 120-member Civil Society & Human Rights Network (CSHRN), Afghan National Journalists Union (ANJU), Journalists Safety Committee, Civil Society Joint Working Group.

Matthew H. Murray, Esq.(New Committee member)
Matthew Murray was appointed by President Ashraf Ghani as the new International Member of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of Afghanistan in December 2017. In January 2017, Mr. Murray completed a 5-year appointment to the Obama Administration, in which he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the Department of Commerce and Senior Advisor on Governance and the Rule of Law at the Agency for International Development.

Throughout his career, Mr. Murray has worked at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy, international law, commerce, and political economy. In 1988, after graduating from Columbia University with a joint degree in law and international affairs, he helped Baker & McKenzie start one of the first commercial legal practices in the Soviet Union and create an office in Moscow. After the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, he started his own company, Sovereign Ventures, Inc., to advise companies, government agencies and multilateral organizations in Russia/Eurasia on how to counter systemic corruption risk.

In 2000, Mr. Murray co-founded the Center for Business Ethics & Corporate Governance, an NGO that engaged Russian and U.S. government agencies, multilateral organizations, and private sector and civil society leaders in public-private initiatives to create building blocks of a market economy. In 2007, he was hired by TNK-BP Management Ltd. (then the third largest oil and gas producer in Russia), in a new role as Corruption Risk Manager to lead a corporate policy initiative to create an anti-corruption compliance system based on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Mr. Murray’s work in the field of political economy includes writing, guest lectures and congressional testimony on how to integrate anti-corruption principles into U.S. national security policy. From 2011-2015, he worked with the Brookings Institution to help launch the World Forum on Governance and co-author a research paper, Freedom from Official Corruption as a Human Right (Published January 2015).

Slagjana Taseva, (Former Committee member) PhD, became a Committee member on November 28, 2015. Dr. Taseva is an expert specializing in financial crimes, corruption and organized crime. She is the Founder and Chair of Transparency International (TI) Macedonia and a Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Austria. Dr. Taseva headed the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) Macedonian delegation (2007-2012). In 2008, she became Dean of the Faculty for Detectives and Criminalists at the European University of the Republic of Macedonia. Dr. Taseva holds a PhD in Law from St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia.

Mark Pyman, (Former Committee member) PhD, joined MEC in November 2015. Since 2004, he has been leading Transparency International’s (TI) global efforts to prevent corruption in the security sector as Director of TI UK’s Defense and Security Program. Separate from his work with TI, Dr. Pyman often advises the UK government on program strategy and management. Prior to his work with TI, he was a senior executive at the energy company Shell International, serving as Chief Financial Officer for Shell in Africa and China. Dr. Pyman holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).



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