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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is the Executive Director of CIPE. He is credited with spearheading the development of the Corrosive and Constructive Capital concepts, and advancing global initiatives to improve investment climates by addressing governance gaps. Wilson has published many articles on the subject and is frequently asked to share his expertise with international audiences and government officials in the U.S. and abroad. Wilson has been CIPE’s Executive Director since 2016 and joined the organization in 1996 after working with several development NGOs. Over the years, he has served on numerous international working groups dedicated to political and economic development in transitional societies.

Abdulwahab Alkebsi

Abdulwahab Alkebsi is CIPE’s Managing Director for Programs and a renowned expert on democracy, market reforms, and Middle East politics. Under his supervision, CIPE continues to develop its Corrosive and Constructive Capital programs and efforts to improve corporate and democratic governance in emerging economies. Much of this is achieved through funding from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the National Endowment for Democracy. Alkebsi has also overseen the creation of CIPE’s three Centers of Excellence, including the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center, which provides essential support and resources for the constructive and corrosive capital programs.

Eric Hontz

Eric Hontz leads CIPE’s Center for Accountable Investment which uses the lens of Corrosive and Constructive Capital to examine the impact of investment on democratic and market institutions. The CAI’s work sits at the confluence of corporate governance, the rule of law, and the business and investment climate, with patterns of trade and investment worldwide. Hontz is active in developing the capacity of business organizations to advocate on behalf of member interests and helping these organizations to foster a culture of inclusive business growth. In prior roles, Hontz was an associate at a law firm and a vice president at an investment bank, where he reviewed complex alternative investment products. He is frequently featured in media as an expert on economic reform and policy in Ukraine and other former Soviet states.

Anna Kompanek

Anna Kompanek is CIPE’s Director for Global Programs and an essential voice on the subject of corrosive and constructive capital. Kompanek manages a portfolio of programs focusing on CIPE’s core themes of business advocacy, combating corruption, strengthening entrepreneurship ecosystems, and women’s economic empowerment. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications addressing the challenges of political and economic reform around the world.

John Morrell

John Morrell is CIPE’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific and has been instrumental in developing the Corrosive Capital concept and groundbreaking publications on the subject. Morrell’s team and partners on the ground continue to provide research and data that make CIPE a definitive source of information. Morrell oversees a portfolio of programs in the region aimed at addressing: anti-corruption, corporate compliance, women’s economic empowerment, public and private sector governance reform, and creating political space in closed countries.

Catherine Tai

Catherine Tai is the Deputy Regional Director for Asia at CIPE. She coordinates programming related to the Corrosive and Constructive Capital initiative throughout the region. Tai leads efforts focusing on strengthening the role of the private sector and mobilizing local networks of small and medium enterprises for constructive policy reform. She also manages anti-corruption initiatives that improve the monitoring of public procurement.

Martin A. Friedl

Martin Antonio Friedl is the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at CIPE. In this role, he oversees a team managing entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment and democratic governance projects in Central America and Venezuela. He has over 18 years of experience managing economic development, democracy, and rule of law programs in Latin America. Mr. Friedl is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and economic empowerment issues in the region.

Ritika Singh

Ritika Singh is a CIPE Global Program Officer and oversees cross-regional projects aimed at strengthening trust in democratic and market-oriented institutions and empowering women and youth. Singh also leads the Global team’s new Trust in Business initiative, which includes activities to address Corrosive and Constructive Capital concepts. Before joining CIPE, Singh was a Senior Manager on the Global Government Affairs and Public Policy team at Walmart.

John Kay

John Kay is a Program Manager for CIPE’s Europe and Eurasia team covering the Western Balkans. He coordinates CIPE’s programs in the region and supports CIPE’s cross-regional Corrosive and Constructive Capital Initiative.