Richard Nash is the Senior Global Advisor for Anti-Corruption for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Director of IFES's Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust based in Washington, D.C.
As Director of the Center, Nash provides thought leadership and strategic direction while overseeing the Center's cutting-edge programming. Under Nash, the Center will continue to be at the forefront of programming that halts the abuse of state resources, supports electoral dispute resolution processes, and improves government transparency and accountability. His expertise will strengthen the Center's unique mission of raising awareness and combatting the threat that corruption poses to global democracy.
Nash has served in various previous roles at the intersections of promoting good governance and anti-corruption. At the World Bank Group, he improved the legal and financial oversight of the financial sector in Afghanistan. He led the response to the Kabul bank collapse, one of the largest fraud schemes in recent history. Nash went on to lead counter-fraud and anti-corruption efforts in Somalia for the U.K. Department of International Development, as well as leading the U.K.'s support for the first elections in 2016 since the collapse of the government in the early 1990s. In that role, he also led donor efforts to support the implementation of the constitutional requirement for a gender quota in Somalia's parliament. He also helped roll out biometric voter registration for the 2017 presidential election. More recently, Nash worked at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), leading its global efforts to counter corruption that undermines biodiversity, natural resources, and climate change responses.
Nash holds a master's degree (LLM) in law and development, a postgraduate diploma in law from the University of London, and a bachelor's degree in History from King's College London.