Peter Eigen

Inamori Center to present Transparency International founder Peter Eigen with Inamori Ethics Prize

Lecture and panel discussion free and open to the public, Sept. 8 and 9

Each year, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University gathers the community to honor an international exemplar of ethical leadership with the Inamori Ethics Prize as part of its mission to foster ethical leadership.

Peter Eigen2016 Inamori Ethics Prize winner Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International and pioneer of the global fight against corruption, will receive the award and present a lecture Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple–Tifereth Israel.

The following day, Sept. 9, at 12:30 p.m., Eigen will participate in a panel discussion on his work for the Inamori Ethics Prize Academic Symposium in Severance Hall

Other panelists are: Brian Gran, associate professor of sociology at Case Western Reserve; Katherine Marshall, senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and professor of the practice of development, conflict and religion in the School of Foreign Service; and Chad Jerdee, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Accenture.

Both events, supported by title sponsor, the Callahan Foundation, are free and open to the public. Register online at

“Peter Eigen and Transparency International have been strategic, tenacious and effective in their global efforts to curb corruption, expose abuses of power and teach people how to build and sustain more ethical organizations,” noted Inamori Center Director Shannon E. French. “We are excited to bring Peter to Cleveland to honor and learn from his important work.”

Case Western Reserve has awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage.

Eigen has developed groundbreaking initiatives to improve governance and raise awareness of the devastating effects of corruption on economic growth, social welfare and justice.

Eigen, a lawyer by training, has worked in economic development for several decades. He has seen how abuses of power can undermine the public’s trust and cost people their freedom, health, money and, sometimes, their lives.

Following positions with the World Bank in Latin America and Africa, Eigen founded Transparency International (TI) in 1993. With chapters in more than 100 nations, TI has become the leading non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in development.

TI collaborates with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. The organization’s impact spans the public sector and industries ranging from finance to oil to sport.

Eigen also has served as a board member with a wide range of other organizations advancing sustainable development, including Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel.

The Inamori Center was endowed by a generous gift from Kazuo Inamori, who established Kyocera Corp. and is a global telecommunications leader and founder of the Inamori Foundation, which presents the annual Kyoto Prize in Kyoto, Japan.