Biographies of ACINET Chairs 

Ashraf RIFI currentlychairs ACINET for the end of its fourth session (2013-2014), in his capacity as Lebanon’s Minister of Justice, a position he holds since February 2014. He entered the military school in 1973 and graduated with the rank of lieutenant in 1976, and has been promoted to the rank of Major General, and was appointed director general of the Internal Security Forces from 2005 to 2013. RIFI holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Sociology from the Lebanese University in 1981 and a BA in Social Sciences from the same university on 1980. 

Chakib CORTBAOUI chaired ACINET during its fourth session (2013-2014), in his capacity as Lebanon’s Minister of Justice, a position he occupied from 2011 until February 2014, before being replaced by Ashraf RIFI. He works as an appeals lawyer since 1970 and established a law firm in the 1980s in which he is still a partner. CORTBAOUI was elected President of the Beirut Bar Association from 1995 to 1997, and a member of the Bar Council from 1989 to 1992. He holds a BA in Law from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon in 1967. 

Abdessalam ABOUDRAR chaired ACINET during its third session (2012-2013) in his capacity as President of the Central Authority for Corruption Prevention (ICPC) in Morocco, a position he holds since 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a civil engineer and occupied several positions in both the public and private sectors. He was appointed member of the Deposit and Management Fund (CDG) in which he held various positions before becoming its Deputy Director-General. He is also active in a number of professional and scientific associations and in civil society organizations such as Transparency Morocco of which he is a founding member, and in the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) in which he held the position of Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission. ABOUDRAR graduated as a civil engineer from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris in 1973 and as an Economist from the University of Rabat in 1980 as he has an MBA from ENPC in Paris in 2000.  

Ahmad AL ANISI chaired ACINET’s during its second session (2010-2011) in his capacity as Chairman of the Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption in Yemen, a position he held from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, he was elected to Parliament for two consecutive terms from 1993 to 2003, and was appointed to several cabinet positions including the Ministry of Education from 1988 to 1990 and the Ministry of Telecommunications from 1990 to 2001. Al ANISI holds a Master’s in Telecommunications Engineering from the International Science and Technology University inKiev in 1967, and a Diploma in Civil Aviation Management and Safety from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1976 and a Bachelor in Communications from the Department of Communications and Post in Taez in 1958.  


Abed EL SHAKHANBEH chaired ACINET’s founding activities in 2008, and was then chosen to be its first Chairman during the first session (2009-2010), in his capacity as Chairman of Jordan’s Anti-Corruption Commission (JACC), a position he held from 2007 to 2010. In late 2013 he was appointed member of the Senate, and is currently a part-time lecturer in a number of Jordanian universities, a barrister in Jordanian courts, and a member of the Civil Service Bureau. Prior to that, he had been appointed Minister of State for Legal Affairs in 2001, 2003 and 2005 and Minister of Justice in 2005 and 2006. EL SHAKHANBEH holds a PhD in Business Law and Commerce from Cairo University in 1992 and a Masters in Law from the University of Jordan in 1988 and a BA in Law from University of Damascus in 1972.