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Sir Rt Hon Anand Satyanand

IACC Council
Anand Satyanand is a New Zealander with family links to the Pacific and India. He comes to the IACC after an association with the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International, as a Director and then Patron for three years. He has a long record of contribution to public life and served as the country’s 19th Governor-General between 2006 and 2011. Following that he undertook two roles with an international aspect, first as Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation, the people’s organisation counterpart to the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and secondly as a member of TI’s International Advisory Council. Prior to appointment as Governor-General, he had been one of New Zealand’s Parliamentary Ombudsmen for two terms, each of five years. In New Zealand, the Ombudsman office has jurisdiction for cases involving maladministration as well as freedom of information. Prior to that he worked for 12 years as a judge in the District Court with a specialist warrant for criminal jury trials. In this judicial time, he also worked as a member of the National Parole Board and in developing judicial education programmes in New Zealand. Born and raised in Auckland he studied and then practised law in that city, some of that time with the Crown Solicitor’s Office and some in a regular law firm. Over time, he has been the recipient of a number of awards in New Zealand and elsewhere, for example, being knighted with an award of Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009, and with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the President of India in 2011, membership of the Royal Order of Tonga by King Tupou V, and the Rotary International Award of Honour. Throughout, he has maintained a number of community interests to do with sport and cultural affairs. He and his wife Susan have three adult children and five grandchildren and live in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.