Kenyan, John Githongo has been involved in anti-corruption work nationally, regionally and internationally for 23 years. He is currently CEO of Inuka, a non-governmental organisation involved in governance issues broadly defined, corruption specifically. John is also a past Chairman of the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity; current Executive Vice Chair of the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA); Chair and board member of the Africa Center for Open Governance (AFRICOG); and between 2011 and 2015 was a Commissioner of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) of the British government.
Previously, he served as Vice President of World Vision, Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College Oxford; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President in charge of Governance and Ethics of the Kenya Government; Senior Advisor on Governance, Office of the President of South Sudan, board member Transparency International, Berlin, CEO Transparency International Kenya and a board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. In the past he has been a columnist for the EastAfrican, Associate Editor, Executive magazine; and a correspondent for the Economist. He remains a weekly columnist and commentator in a variety of local and international media including the Financial Times, the Guardian and YaleGlobal. In 2004 the German President awarded him the German-Afrika Prize for Leadership. In 2009 he was awarded the Visionary Achievement in Peace and Security Award by the African Center for Security Studies. In 2011 he was selected as one of the world’s 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In 2012 he was short-listed, alongside US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton for the prestigious Tipperary International Peace Award. In October, 2013 he was awarded the OXI! Award by the Washington Oxi Day Foundation that marks heroism and the defense of freedom. In 2015 he was appointed Mimi and Peter E. Haas, Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. He delivered the 2015 Yale University Annual Coca Cola lecture. In 2015 he was also shortlisted for the Peter A. Allard School of Law, at University of British Columbia, Prize for international Integrity.
He holds an honours degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Wales and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University. He is a trustee of OpenCorporates the largest database of publicly available company directorship information in the world. He is the publisher of https://www.theelephant.info which is broadly a governance platform with a readership of 40,000 per week from across the world.
He remains active in the development and anti-corruption sector as an advisor and consultant globally to a range of private companies, governments and development organisations.