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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.

Slagjana Taseva, 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, 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).

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.

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