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Moscow-born Elena Panifilova was elected as the TI-Vice Chair at the 2014 AMM.
This followed her election in 2011 as a Director of the TI Board where she chaired the Board’s SAFE Committee and was a member of both the Integrity Awards and the Communications Committees.
Elena was active last year when the G20 was in Russia and visited Melbourne during the C20 in June to promote the progression of anti-corruption recommendations to the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November.
Previously, Elena served as Executive Director of TI Russia from 1999 until 2014 when she was elected Chair of the TI Russia Board. In 2008, Elena launched the Laboratory for the Anti-Corruption Policy, a joint project of the State University Higher chool of Economics and TI Russia, serving as Deputy Head of the PUL AP for five years prior to being appointed as its Head in 2014. In parallel she teaches political science and anti-corruption policy in the State University Higher School of Economics and in the Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Elena served as a member of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights from 2008 until 2012. Since then she joined the Governmental Commission on Open Government chaired by Russia's Prime Minister. She currently Chairs the Commision’s working group on anti-corruption.
Elena has published several books, articles and columns on the issues of transparency and anti-corruption, on political corruption and the specifics of anti-corruption policies in Post-Soviet states. She anchored a TV programme on anti-corruption fo the Russian independent TV Rain Channel. In 2014, Elena was ranked 58th of the 100 Most Influential Women in Russia.