Eva van der Merwe
Eva is a financial crimes barrister and co-chair of the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition, a common advocacy platform for UK-based economic justice NGOs. She formerly led ILP's Anti-Corruption and Media Defence projects globally. Eva previously worked at Transparency International for several years, as TI UK’s legal counsel and for TI’s global Defence Program, where she managed anti-corruption projects in Ukraine, Georgia, Nigeria, Tunisia and Lebanon, among others. Eva managed the movement’s flagship Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index, TI’s largest ever international assessment, evaluating 136 countries’ governance controls. After the Rose Revolution, she moved to Tbilisi to work for TI’s Rep. of Georgia chapter, where she also served as a member of the Rule of Law Subcommittee at the American Chamber of Commerce, advising on state asset misappropriation and monitoring court proceedings. Previously Eva worked for Goldman Sachs and UBS, advising on anti-money laundering, for the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s market abuse division and for PwC’s Forensic Investigations Team, where she specialised in asset tracing and seizure investigations.
A UK qualified barrister and Middle Temple Scholarship recipient, she worked as a lead researcher for ‘Insider Dealing: Law and Practice’, published by Oxford University Press. She holds a BPTC, a master’s degree in law, and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic and European Studies, with French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arabic.
Special Advisor Public Interest Litigation
Lolan E. Sagoe-Moses is a lawyer with expertise spanning litigation, arbitration, regulatory compliance, and investigations, primarily relating to fraud, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, money laundering as well as ESG issues such as business and human rights. Lolan has worked on disputes, investigations, and regulatory compliance matters for clients as an attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright. He has lived and worked in the US, UK, Middle East and Africa assisting individuals and corporations on navigating complex legal and public policy challenges. He is a founding board member of the Middle East and Africa Compliance Association.
In addition to his legal work, Lolan is an advocate for accountability, open governance and transparency. His groundbreaking case Lolan Kow Sagoe-Moses & 6 others vs The Minister for Transport was the first case to affirm the right to information enshrined in Ghana's constitution. His work has been recognised by the UN Human Rights Council and Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression project. He is the Founding Editor of Africa Accountability Watch, a monthly newsletter on action to advance accountability in Africa. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, African Arguments, the London School of Economics Africa Centre, and My Joy Online, a leading Ghanaian online publication. In 2019, Lolan was named a Future of Ghana Pioneer as well as an Africa 35 under 35 Laureate. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, University of Leeds School of Law, and BPP School of Law.
Programme Director for Tax & Fiscal Reform
John Bush is an established tax expert, he has advised the OECD, the governments of Turkey, Liberia, Angola, and Namibia, as well as USAID, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and IRS on taxation reform. John is a former Partner and Managing Director at KPMG, Global Head of Tax at The Chase Manhattan Bank, and Officer in Charge of International Taxation at Citigroup. He received a JD from Yale Law School, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Master’s in Global Development Policy from Boston University. He’s an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant. John’s consultancies have included advising the IFC on international policies to meet international tax standards imposed by OECD, and reviewing laws and regulations of the 21 Asia Pacific Development Community economies in order to formalise the legal structures of SMEs. John has volunteered with the Advisory Board of Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center to improve policy-oriented research on financial stability, human well-being and environmental sustainability across the globe.
John’s written work includes “Taxing the Digital Economy: Options, Trade Considerations, and a Solution”, published in Tax Notes International 2020, and “Infrastructure Bank: Time for Reconsideration of a U.S. Infrastructure Bank”, on behalf of the American Bar Association, published in Business Law Today.
Steph Muchai is admitted to the Roll of Advocates, at the High Court of Kenya, and is a member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Board and Steering Committee. She is a seasoned governance professional currently serving as the Programme Director Governance and Anticorruption. Steph leads ILP’s work on illicit financial flows, beneficial ownership, access to information, accountability for corruption, access to justice, public procurement integrity and civic space.
Steph regularly provides technical expertise to policy and decision makers, non-state actors and has been engaged in a raft of public interest interventions. She has made several submissions on draft laws, proposed amendments and regulations before Parliament, Executive actors and supported judicial matters. In regional standard setting, she co-drafted the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) and the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms.
Most recently, Steph was the East Africa lead for Hivos’ global open contracting programme and before that she worked at Article 19. Her sphere of expertise includes legal aid, law and policy reform, domestication of international and regional standards, safeguarding constitutionalism, civic education, capacity building, brokering partnerships and managing multi-country programme portfolios.
Maria Cristina Mundin
Senior Projects Manager
Maria Cristina Mundin is a qualified lawyer in the Philippines and holds a Master's degree in Environmental Law (Distinction) at Queen Mary University of London. She leads International Lawyers Project's Environment and Sustainable Development programme. She started her legal career working in the Office of the Solicitor General, where she defended the constitutionality of laws and state policies particularly in energy, natural resources and government infrastructure projects. Later on, she worked as a Court Attorney in the Supreme Court of the Philippines. As a law lecturer, she taught environmental and natural resources law and administrative law.
Maria Cristina's written works include “Access to Environmental Justice: A Closer Look at the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases” and “A Review of Legal Education in the Philippines." She has also served as a research assistant for Dr. Antonio G.M. La Vina, the Philippines' foremost expert in environmental law, and was part of the research and writing team of the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court in the book “Access to Environmental Justice: A Sourcebook on Environmental Rights and Legal Remedies” and “Access to Environmental Justice: A Capacity Assessment on the Pillars of the Justice System.” Prior to earning her Juris Doctor law degree, she was elected as President of the Philippines Chapter of AIESEC, an international youth-run organisation that empowers young leaders to create social impact.
Anti-Corruption Legal Manager
Megan is a qualified lawyer in the Philippines with six years of experience working in the Philippines' Supreme Court where she lectured and managed a number of judiciary reform programs, including on the Code of Conduct for Public Officials. Megan has worked across government, law enforcement, the EU and the private sector to achieve multi-stakeholder collaboration for reforms including the automation of court trials. She has appeared as an expert witness for the Philippines' Congress and Senate on issues including access to justice reform and judicial appointments. As a law lecturer she has taught Criminal law, as well as Legal and Judicial Ethics.
Anti-Corruption Sanctions Legal Officer
Max manages ILP's anti-corruption sanctions work globally and specifically in support of the UK's Anti-Corruption Coalition, helping to organise trainings for civil society and government officials, and support sanctions dossier compilations. A fluent Spanish speaker, Max holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and is currently finishing an MA in Corruption and Governance at the Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex.
Special Advisor Fiscal Reform
Michael Durst is a retired US tax practitioner, an author on international taxation and developing countries, a former government official and a law professor, and a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD). He has worked with various international stakeholders and institutions.
Michael’s written work includes “Taxing Multinational Business in Lower-Income Countries: Economics, Politics and Social Responsibility”, “A Simplified Method for Taxing Multinationals for Developing Countries: Building on the ‘Amount B’ Proposal to Repair the Transactional Net Margin Method”, “Improving the performance of natural resource taxation in developing countries”, and
“A Price-Based Royalty Tax?”, all published in the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICSD).
Senior Content Editor
James edits ILP's blog posts and other content. He studied Law at the University of Oxford, before completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy at King’s College London, with a focus on political philosophy. Alongside his voluntary role at ILP, James works in Policy & Public Affairs at a Children's Social Care charity.
Annette graduated from Strathmore Law School in 2020 where she earned her LLB. Since graduating, she has worked as an Assistant Analyst for the Tanzania Elections Watch (TEW) and a Junior Consultant for The Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN). She has taken part in the McKinsey Forward Program and the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL). Annette is passionate about human rights, election law and policy as well as climate change and sustainability. She is currently waiting to be admitted to the Kenyan Bar.
Joy has recently been Called to the Bar of England and Wales, and holds a Master’s degree in International Business Law (Distinction) from Queen Mary University of London. She also holds certificates in Sovereign Debt and Energy Law from the African Legal Support Facility. She enjoys the broad spectrum of Commercial Law, especially Banking, Finance, and Tax. Joy’s written work includes “The Elusive Quincecare Duty” published in The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn’s Student Law Journal. Having worked with CEDAW People’s Tribunal in Public Policy, Joy is passionate about combining her legal skills and interests to bring about reformative work in the international sphere.
Nick Opoku is a law and policy consultant, with significant consulting experience on policy and governance projects for several local and international organisations. He has competency in legislative drafting, research and political risk analysis. He has conducted the technical review of several legislations considered by Ghana’s Parliament.
Nick has also been involved in legal access and open governance initiatives such as being recently part of a team that drafted the Abridged version of Ghana's Right to Information law. He has experience working on varied public interest and strategic litigation actions. He is currently preparing for admission to the Ghana Bar.
Cakil is a qualified lawyer in Turkey with experience in public law and civil rights litigation. She holds an LLM degree in Public Law from Bahcesehir University and an LLM degree in Transnational Law from King’s College London. She has previously worked as legal intern for the Truth Justice Memory Center in Istanbul and Redress London.
Chris graduated from the Univerity of St Andrews in 2020 with a first-class degree in International Relations. He completed a Legal Fellowship with ILP in the Autumn of 2020, focusing on capacity-building initiatives including tax reform. He also contributed to a submission by the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition which helped to inform the first UK corruption-focused Magnitsky sanctions list. Chris will join Sharpe Pritchard as a Trainee Solicitor next year.
Doreen is a Kenyan lawyer and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has invaluable exposure both from institutional training and practice to arbitration as a form of alternative dispute resolution, health law, environmental law, intellectual property and data protection. Prior to joining ILP, she worked on various environment-related projects with SouthSouthNorth and the Climate Development and Knowledge Network. She has also worked at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
Laura Roberts is a 2nd year JD candidate at Yale Law School in the US. She previously pursued graduate study at the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree at Duke University. Her primary interests include corporate accountability and redress mechanisms for victims of human rights abuses.