Fredrik Galtung

President and Co-Founder

Fredrik Galtung is the president and co-founder of Integrity Action.

Over the past 20 years, Fredrik has consulted on strategic corruption control in more than forty countries, working with governments, international organisations (Council of Europe, World Bank, UN secretariat, UNDP, UNESCO, Unicef, UN Office of Drugs and Crime, etc.), several companies, foundations and governments and development agencies. Fredrik is considered one of the foremost experts on measurements and metrics pertaining to corruption, fraud and organizational integrity. His expertise in this matter and strategic corruption control has been sought by the UN Secretariat, the World Bank, the Offices of the Presidents Nicaragua, Mexico, Benin, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, the Philippines as well as by specialised anti-corruption agencies, civil society groups, academics and development organisations.

Fredrik began his international career as the founding staff member and Head of Research of Transparency International (TI), the world’s first global anti-corruption NGO, with national chapters in some 100 countries. He was responsible for developing the Bribe Payers Index (BPI) in the course of which he interviewed business leaders in a dozen countries about their first-hand experiences with international bribery. Another of his innovations was the Global Corruption Barometer (with Gallup International).

Fredrik is the founder of the Integrity Education Network which started as a joint project with the Central European University. IEN comprises more than 400 universities in 60 countries intent on developing an effective teaching, training and research programme in the field of public integrity. Fredrik has lectured and taught courses at INSEAD, Cambridge, Oxford, London Business School, London School of Economics, University of Sussex, Tel Aviv University, American University in Beirut, Central European University, Harvard, the Free University of Berlin, University of Hawaii, Tsinghua University, Hong Kong University, among others.

He started the Network for Integrity in Reconstruction, a group of NGOs and policy makers from post-war countries who address the integrity and corruption challenges of reconstruction. Fredrik is responsible for international initiatives on corruption in the official arms trade, the corruption dimension of post-war reconstruction and governance in primary healthcare provision. He has edited several volumes and articles on corruption. He is fluent in six languages and is a Norwegian national.

Fredrik is an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of his role as a social entrepreneur.