Integrity Watch Afghanistan’s Board of Directors is comprised of national and international experts with vast experience in anti-corruption issues. Following are members of the Board of Directors.




Lorenzo Delesgues

Lorenzo Delesgues is a professor at Sciences-Po Paris teaching accountability and transparency in post-conflict environments. He has a master degree in Political Sciences from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris. He founded and directed Integrity Watch Afghanistan until January 2011. He has been working on corruption issue in post-conflict countries since July 2005 and has since published extensively for Tiri, ODI, OSI, WB, and UNDP.

Mr. Delesgues is a political scientist who has lived and worked extensively in Iran, Pakistan, Central Asia, and Afghanistan for the last 10 years. He has been working in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2001 and researched on subjects including political transition, international relations, political sociology, Afghan political economy and civil society. He has also lectured on post-conflict settings at the Central European University.

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Manija Gardizi is a PhD Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She holds a Master of Political Science degree from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität, Bonn, Germany.

She has been working with German International Cooperation (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany/ Trincomalee, Sri Lanka as Component Leader Local Government since February 2012. She has worked with Erfurt School of Public Policy (ESPP), Germany as Program Manager and Lecturer within the ‘Good Governance’ program. She has worked as independent consultant on governance and administration reform for several years. She has also worked with Integrity Watch implementing a corruption study in eight provinces of Afghanistan (Herat, Logar, Nangahar, Badakhshan, Balkh, Baghlan, Bamyan and Kabul); titled: “Afghans’ Experience of Corruption”.





Khwaga Kakar

Khwaga Kakar is a public policy expert with five years of experience in Afghanistan on governance, anti-corruption, state building and human development. She is the Director of the Center for Policy and Human Development at Kabul University since 2008 and is currently leading the preparation of the National Human Development Report 2010. Prior to that, she was part of the team that formulated Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS). She drafted the interim anti-corruption strategy of Afghanistan and was part of the team that drafted Afghanistan’s Anti-corruption Strategy. She has a Master of Public Administration from Indiana School of Public Policy and Environmental Studies. Khwaga has served on the Board of IWA since 2006.




Niamtullah Ibrahimi

Niamtullah Ibrahimi holds a BSc degree Politics and International Relations from the London School of Economics as well as a Masters of Arts in Islamic Studies from Sultan-ul-Afazail/Baluchistan University, Quetta, Pakistan.

He is currently a Research Officer at the Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Kabul. He is member of various civil society organizations in Kabul including Foundation of Open Society Institute Afghanistan and Afghanistan Watch. He is also ICC Project Coordinator at the Afghan Professionals Alliance for Minority Rights (APAMR).





Nils Taxell


Nils Taxell is a political scientist and development practitioner currently serving as Head, Research and Learning with the DFID and EU funded Strengthening Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Response Technical Advisory Facility (SUGAR-TAF). Prior to this, he was a Senior Advisor at the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre providing guidance to development partners on how to better integrate and implement anti-corruption efforts in development cooperation. Nils worked in Afghanistan 2006 to 2009 where he oversaw and led the design and implementation of anti-corruption programmes. Since then he has kept engaged in Afghanistan through various projects and assignments. Nils joined Integrity Watch’s Board of Directors in 2016.
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Jodi Vittori

Jodi Vittori, Research and Policy Manager, Washington, DC at Transparency International Defence & Security and Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Jodi Vittori is an expert on the linkages of corruption, conflict and conflict finance, illicit financial flows, and national security. She is a defense industry research and policy manager for Transparency International’s Defense and Security program and a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She teaches on corruption and governance at Georgetown University and on terrorism finance and organized crime at the National Defense University. Jodi has previously been a Senior Policy Adviser for Global Witness, where she managed educational and advocacy activities on linkages between corruption and national security. Prior to joining Global Witness, Jodi served in the U.S. Air Force, advancing to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; her overseas service included Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, and she was assigned to NATO’s only counter-corruption task force. She is the author of the book Terrorist Financing and Resourcing and a co-author of the handbook Corruption Threats and International Missions: Practical Guidance for Leaders. Jodi graduated from the US Air Force Academy and received her PhD from the University of Denver.
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Mohammad Isaqzadeh


Mohammad Isaqzadeh is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Politics, Princeton University. He has over seven years of experience as a consultant for the World Bank, working on the impact evaluation of NSP, NERAP, UCT and TUP programs in Afghanistan. He worked as an Assistant Professor of Political Science for five years at the American University of Afghanistan. His research focuses on corruption, post-conflict governance, and the role of religion in political mobilization and public goods provision. He has co-authored Policing Afghanistan: The Politics of the Lame Leviathan (Oxford University Press), and “Violence and Risk Preference: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan” (American Economic Review). He holds an MPhil degree in international development from Oxford University and B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley.