Dukakis Center to co-host discussion on corruption and transparency

The Dukakis Center and Transparency International Greece will co-host a panel discussion on the theme "Corruption, Transparency, and Whistle-blowing," on Friday, September 28, 7 pm, in the Bissell Library, ACT.

Featured speakers will include CIA whistleblower John Kyriakou, investigative journalist Tasos Telloglou (SKAI & Kathimerini), Professor Vassilis Barkoukis (Sports Faculty - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Dr. Anna Damaskou (Chair of the Board, Transparency International Greece and Anatolia College alumna), and Dr. Suelette Dreyfus (Executive Director, Blueprint for Free Speech).

The panel will discuss instances of transparency and whistle-blowing in various domains of public life, from international sport to national security and beyond.

ACT Professor Lambrini Nassis will moderate the discussion.

John Kyriakou is a former CIA analyst and case officer, and the author of Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison (2017). The book is an account of his trial and incarceration for publicly acknowledging in 2007 that the CIA had been using torture in the war on terror and that its use was actually official policy under the administration of President George W Bush.

Australian scholar and activist Suelette Dreyfus has research and teaching expertise in cybersecurity, hacking, digital privacy and anonymity, and integrity systems (including whistle-blowing). She works with civil society not-for-profit NGOs internationally which seek to improve the whistle-blower protection structures in their society, both in law and via the use of technology.

Vassilis Barkouki, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is an esteemed expert in doping in sport. The lead editor of The Psychology of Doping in Sport (Routledge, is the author of numerous publications on the topic. He has collaborated with WADA, the IOC, and the European Commission, and is currently also a track and field coach and physical education teacher at all levels of the sport.

The event will be in English and is open to the general public. A reception will follow.

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