Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is Professor of Democracy Studies at the Hertie School in Berlin and Director of the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS) ( She is the author of A Quest for Good Governance. How Societies Build Control of Corruption (2015) and of Europe’s Burden. Promoting Good Governance across Borders (2019), both with Cambridge University Press. Mungiu-Pippidi has consulted for the World Bank, UNDP, the International Monetary Fund, the European Parliament, the Swedish Government, and others. Her research projects have resulted in commons like,, and She is also the President of the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) and founder of the social media watchdog platform Clean Romania! (