2021 World Fellow Laura Alonso

Laura Alonso has an extensive and unique cross-sector career promoting democracy, transparency, and citizen participation. She has previously held positions as Head of the Anti-corruption Office in Argentina, twice elected member of the National Congress, and CEO of the domestic chapter of Transparency International. Because of her leadership in integrity and anti-corruption policies, Argentina reached its highest score in the Index of Transparency International in 2020.

Laura co-chaired the G20 Anti-corruption Working Group, and she was chief of the official delegation to the OECD Anti-Bribery Working Group. She has been a British Chevening Scholar, an Eisenhower Fellow, a Draper Hills Fellow at Stanford University, and most recently a Regan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. She became a WEF Young Global Leader in 2012, and she received a global award from Vital Voices in 2008. In 2020, she was portrayed in the book “Vital Voices: 100 Women Using their Power to Empower.” In 2015, she published a book called “Circo Kirchner” and since October 2020 has been writing a weekly newsletter called “Mi Lado B” and a book manuscript about her crossover experience from civil society into electoral politics and policymaking. With hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Facebook followers, she continues to influence the political landscape.