Laurence Cockcroft is a co-founder of Transparency International having joined its initial international Board in 1993 and having initiated its UK Chapter in the same year, serving as its Chairman from 2002-8. He has been continuously active in anti corruption work during the intervening years and particularly in :
• Establishing TI’s ‘Business Principles for Countering Bribery’
• Initiating TI’s work in combatting corruption in the defence sector (now known as the ‘Defence and Security Programme’)
• Advocacy for the UK’s Bribery Act, bringing the UK into line (in 2012) with the OECD Anti Bribery Convention of 1997,
• Assisting with the formation of TI Chapters in several countries
In 2012 his book ‘Global Corruption : Money, Power and Ethics in the Modern World’ was published by IB Tauris in the UK and has now been published in five other countries, including China and India. He is now preparing a book on corruption in Europe and America co-authored with Anne-Christine Wegener.
Cockcroft is a development economist by profession with a degree from Cambridge and has worked extensively in economic development in Africa and elsewhere for governments, development agencies and charitable foundations. His book on the political economy of Africa (Africa’s Way : A Journey from the Past was published by IB Tauris in 1990.