Former Executive Director, Transparency International UK
Chandu Krishnan’s major interests are in the fields of anti-corruption, governance and sustainable development. He was a Democracy Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation where he researched issues related to corruption, inequality and democracy. He was also a Fellow (2013-14) at the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where his research on corruption in political party funding was published as a Working Paper of the Center (‘Tackling Corruption in Political Party Financing’). He served as the Executive Director of Transparency International (TI) UK from 2004 to 2012, overseeing the expansion of the organization’s work in several areas, including research on corruption in the UK, reform of UK anti-bribery law, strengthening anti-money laundering regulations and raising ethical standards in the private sector.
Chandu served in various capacities in the intergovernmental Commonwealth Secretariat, London, during the period 1985 to 2004. He led the organisation’s sustainable development programme, co-ordinated a Commonwealth Expert Group on Corruption and was Deputy Director for Strategic Planning. Before joining the Commonwealth, Chandu was a consultant at the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs and UNICEF.
Chandu is a member of the Virtual Expert Advisory Panel of the UN Association of the UK. He was a Director of the UK Crown Agents Foundation Council (2005-2012) and a member of the Diplomatic Excellence External Panel of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2012).