Ambassador-at-Large, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
Akaash Maharaj is Ambassador-at-Large for the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). He represents the international alliance of democratically‑elected legislators in its work combatting corruption, strengthening good government, and upholding the rule of law.
In addition to his overall responsibilities, Akaash leads GOPAC’s project on international prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity, its work on reconciliation in post-conflict states, and its efforts to strengthen integrity in the global sport system.
The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration selected him to speak for the world’s legislators in the General Assembly Chamber, on bringing kleptocrats to justice.
Earlier in his career, he was a triple gold medallist at the International Championships of Equestrian Skill-at-Arms. He subsequently led the overall Canadian Equestrian Team and federation as CEO, to the team’s most successful Olympics and Paralympics of all time. He remains a Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.
Akaash earned his MA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and was the first overseas student elected President of the student government in the University’s history. He is a Senior Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Akaash’s personal web site is www.Maharaj.org.
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