Akaash Maharaj
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Akaash Maharaj is the CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), an international alliance of parliamentarians working to combat corruption, strengthen democracy, and uphold the rule of law. He is a former National Policy Chair of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Outside of his professional life, he captains Canada's Equestrian Skill-at-Arms Team, was a triple gold medallist at the international championships, and serves as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Akaash earned his Master of Arts from Oxford University, in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and was the first overseas student elected President of the student government in the history of the 900 year‑old University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

An active volunteer, he has taught adult literacy, has served as a director on a range of international development and local community boards, and has been particularly involved with UNICEF’s efforts on childhood and maternal welfare.

His personal web site is www.Maharaj.org.

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The IOC And WADA Will Either Save Or Destroy One Another

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 4:00 PM

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrives at the opening of an Olympic Summit on reforming the anti-doping system on Oct. 8, 2016 in Lausanne. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Recently, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a closed-door summit to debate...

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Will The World Anti-Doping Agency Be Allowed To Succeed?

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 5:59 PM

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Current president of the World Anti-Doping Agency Craig Reedie gestures at a press briefing ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Three weeks before the Rio Summer Olympic Games' opening ceremonies, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its...

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David Cameron Must Take A Real Stand On Corruption

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 12:28 PM

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British Prime Minister David Cameron gestures during a panel discussion at the international anti-corruption summit on May 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo: Frank Augstein - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Dear Prime Minister David Cameron,

We are writing on behalf of parliamentarians...

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We Must Learn From The Lessons Of Afghanistan To Extinguish ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 8:03 AM

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Recently, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly invited me to address their Annual Session in Norway, in my capacity as CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). I spoke on what seemed like a distant question:...

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I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 7:27 PM

The following article is adapted from Akaash Maharaj's address to the United Nations.

Your Excellencies, I am grateful for the opportunity to address you in the United Nations General Assembly Chamber on behalf of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, or GOPAC.

Our members come from different...

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Why the Queen Should Stay Mum on Scotland's Independence

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:22 AM

With polls suggesting a nail-biting finish to the referendum on Scottish independence Wednesday, it is unsurprising that so many Westminster MPs pleaded for the Queen to make a clear public declaration in favour of the "No" campaign. The unusually blunt response from Buckingham Palace, however, is far more intriguing, especially...

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The UN Is Thinking of Canadians and the RCMP

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Although I am currently far from home, like all Canadians, I was deeply saddened to read about the deaths of three RCMP officers and the wounding of two more in a shooting in Moncton. My thoughts and sympathies are with their families. I know that it is never easy to...

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Sochi 2014 Wins a Gold Medal in Hypocrisy

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 7:51 AM

In the soaring words of the Olympic Charter, the ultimate purpose of the Olympic movement is "the preservation of human dignity" to the exclusion of "discrimination of any kind". But high words cast a long shadow over low deeds, and much of the global drama around the Sochi Olympics were...

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Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 4:03 PM

At its heart, Canada is a glorious paradox.

We are a warm people, fostered by a cold climate. We take our greatest pride in our reputation for modesty. And we have been at our very best, when the world has confronted us with its very worst.

Canada is possible only...

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Political Corruption Affects Real People

(8) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water.

Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and...

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Is Quebec Fostering Religious Radicalism?

(8) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 1:15 PM

The Parti Québecois government's "Values Charter" certainly breaks new ground in its hypocrisy: the legislation that would ban Quebeckers from wearing "overt and conspicuous" religious items in the public sector will be debated under the shadow of the crucifix that hovers over Quebec's legislative chamber, a crucifix that Premier Pauline...

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How Do We Fight Corruption?

(11) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:30 PM

During our 10-hour flight, my seatmate told me that he was travelling to Brasilia on a pilgrimage to meet the faith healer "John of God," hoping for a cure for his daughter's Parkinson's disease. I replied that I was travelling to address the International Anti-Corruption Conference, hoping to build a...

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Hagia Sofia: Witness to Triumphs and Terrors

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Recently, work took me to Istanbul to meet with the Syrian resistance. We discussed options for the international community to help bring an end to the Syrian war, by destroying the financial networks that enable the Assad regime to purchase weapons and finance assaults against civilians.

As we...

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