Who We Are

Our Mission
The mission of UNISHKA is to understand corruption as a social illness and develop effective remediation tools to reduce its effects on people, society, and the environment.
Our Vision
UNISHKA’s vision is to foster a society that values individual ethics and systems integrity.

Our Core Values

Integrity & Honesty

UNISHKA Associates measure integrity by the ability to act according to shared values, beliefs, and principles in a real world. Integrity is demonstrated by consistent adherence to moral convictions and ethical principles.

Kindness & Compassion

UNISHKA Associates will be kind and demonstrate compassion to the best of their ability. Kindness is a key element of a successful, healthy, and balanced society and life.

Respect & Honor

UNISHKA Associates will show respect in all instances, reflecting their strength of character.

Justice & Courage

UNISHKA Associates will give everyone an equal opportunity and will have the courage to speak up when others will not. Above all, UNISHKA Associates will be fair.

Duty & Loyalty

UNISHKA Associates have a duty to demonstrate personal fidelity to these common principles. By so doing, we demonstrate loyalty to each other, to the organization, and to the cause to which we are dedicated.

Competence & Accountability

UNISHKA Associates will continuously strive to improve their social intelligence, academic knowledge, and technical experiences.

About UNISHKA

UNISHKA Research Service (UNISHKA) is a worldwide alliance dedicated to fostering ethics and integrity in government, business, and society. We began by reaching out to local legal advisors, scholars, and financial experts and inviting them to partner in an information consortium committed to gathering data and knowledge on economic, legal, and political issues relating to corruption. Today, UNISHKA has grown to include more than 80 ideologically invested professionals from across the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe, and Africa who collectively offer our clients unparalleled access to governmental agencies, organizations and businesses at the highest echelons. In accordance with our ideology, UNISHKA expects our clients to be dedicated to the same ideals of ethics and integrity.

In addition to being a social purpose organization, UNISHKA is a registered service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that integrates anti-corruption theory, research, and practical experience to improve transparency, good governance, and public services to people. From our offices in rural Alaska (HUBZone), UNISHKA employs an evidence-based approach to anti-corruption by integrating theory, contextualization, and practical experience to improve transparency and efficiency in the environments in which we work. Our objective is to mitigate corruption and weak internal controls in order to enhance citizen access to public services.

Currently, UNISHKA has 3 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee, 14 active consultants, and 80+ local national associates (includes COVID-related furloughs). We operate under the administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements of 2 C.F.R. 200. In addition, we conduct annual cybersecurity audits and quarterly pen testing. UNISHKA has an ongoing Intern Program in conjunction with Mercyhurst University, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies.

Our Board of Directors

Our Team

President

Jeffrey J. Coonjohn

SME – Gender Equality

Kristin Haffert

SME – Sports and Corruption

Drago Kos

Duncan
SME - Ports and Border Security

Ewan Duncan

SME – Governance and Organizational Change

Andy Tamas

SME - Business Process Management

Rob Ross

SME – Southern Africa

Linda Mluleki Dlamini

SME – Civil Society and Organizational Development

Monalee Teves

SME – Public Financial Management

Edmund N. Ayonga

SME – East Asia

Craig Agena

SME - Organizational Development and Compliance

Kevin Krispin

SME – South Asia and the Pacific Islands

Rukshana Nanayakkara

SME – Anti-Corruption

Muska Dastageer

SME – Elections

Terry Hoverter

SME – Corruption in the Rule of Law

Janette Ryan

Corruption Research Analyst

Cole

SME – South America

Pedro Votruba

President

Jeffrey J. Coonjohn

A native of Alaska, Jeffrey J. Coonjohn is the founder of UNISHKA Research Service and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Operations Officer of the company. His expertise focuses on developing national anti-corruption policies and strategies as well as advising on developing the legal framework and implementation of anti-corruption initiatives in legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Jeff has participated and managed projects in the Middle East, Central Asia, South America, and Africa. Jeff’s previous assignments include: Senior Policy Advisor (Anti-Corruption) for the United Nations; Senior Advisor for Anti-Corruption at the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in Iraq; Stability and Operations Attorney in Kosovo and Macedonia, and United States Foreign Claims Commissioner for the Southern Balkans. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California (UCLA) and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff is a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna, Austria; has authored numerous papers on the study of corruption and the rule-of-law; and teaches at the National University of Ireland-Institute for Human Rights.

SME – Gender Equality

Kristin Haffert

Kristin Haffert provides strategic advice to UNISHKA on the development and execution of initiatives that explore the nexus between gender and corruption, promote gender equality and advance women’s leadership. With experience in more than 75 countries, Kristin has designed, delivered and mobilized resources for initiatives that advance gender equality in every region of the world. As Co-Founder at Mine The Gap, she has consulted Fortune 500 companies, governments, UN agencies, global financial institutions and leading philanthropies and non-profits on diversity, equity and inclusion. Kristin’s thought leadership includes piloting new gender-inclusive approaches in complex scenarios ranging from peace negotiations to diversifying public corporate boards.

Prior to working in the private sector, she served in senior management and initiated the women and gender equality team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) which she directed from 2002-2009. She has advised international leaders on promoting women in the economy and in political and civic life in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and North America. Her award-winning work includes spearheading global gender-related initiatives such as the Madeleine K. Albright Grant, Win with Women and iKNOW Politics.

Kristin holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

SME – Sports and Corruption

Drago Kos

Drago Kos is an anti-corruption expert with specialized understanding of Sports & Corruption, having served 8 years as a professional FIFA and UEFA referee and referee observer. Mr. Kos was instrumental in drafting the Recommendation of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on Manipulation of Sports Results (match fixing) and the Council of Europe Convention against Manipulation of Sports Results. More generally, Mr. Kos was the first chairman of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption in Slovenia and was a founding commissioner in the Joint Independent Monitoring & Evaluation Committee in Afghanistan. He has also served as the Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and as a Co-Chair of European Partners against Corruption, he is also a member of the US COGEL’s Global Affairs Committee. Previous positions include Deputy Director of the Slovenian Criminal Investigation Directorate, Vice-chairman of the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network, and a member of the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on Organised Crime.

SME - Ports and Border Security

Ewan Duncan

Ewan Duncan is a seasoned operator whose compelling leadership credentials have been well-honed in assorted management structures and operational environments. A retired Brigadier and the former Director of the UK Defence Intelligence and Security Agency, Ewan has extensive experience and knowledge in investigations, security, training, and cross-agency engagements. As Head of Security for Associated British Ports, Ewan oversaw security compliance, risk management, and operational audits for 22 of the UK’s largest industrial ports. He also served as the Chair of the Maritime Industry Security & Resilience Working Group. In addition to his direct work in the maritime industry, Ewan served for 6 years as the Head of the Anti-Illicit Trade Intelligence Unit for British American Tobacco. Among his other skills, Ewan is an ISO 9001 lead auditor and a member of the Fellowship of the Security Institute.

SME – Governance and Organizational Change

Andy Tamas

Andy Tamas is a governance and organizational change specialist with a focus on national and sub-national institutional analysis, policy implementation and reform in fragile and conflict-affected states, design and evaluation of development initiatives, civilian-military collaboration, contextually-appropriate institutional design, human resource management, intercultural team building and communication, valuing diversity and gender equality, community development and participatory strategic planning in low-predictability environments. His consulting practice has included diversity and equity related training of trainers for investigators of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and results-based employee performance management and evaluation for Department of Justice managers across Canada.  He has experience in the Middle East (Iraq, Egypt, Qatar, Yemen), Afghanistan, Africa, South America, Asia, Haiti, Ghana, the Canadian north and Alaska.  His education includes Bachelor’s in Integrated Studies (Waterloo) and Bachelors in Social Work (Regina), a Masters in Continuing Education (Saskatchewan), and  a Doctorate in Governance (University College Dublin). His published dissertation  is on Contextually-Appropriate Institutional Development in Fragile States: Lessons from Policy Implementation in Afghanistan.  For more information and samples of his work see his company’s web site:  www.tamas.com.

SME - Business Process Management

Rob Ross

Mr. Ross is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and UNISHKA’s subject matter expert in business process management (BPM). Mr. Ross has served as a senior executive and officer in privately owned and publicly traded companies such as HandySoft Global, Oracle, and Xerox. Similarly, Mr. Ross served as a Partner at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Ross focuses on developing anti-corruption programs, integrating business process execution into corruption monitoring efforts, and strengthening operational and administrative process execution and mitigating business risk exposure. He has worked throughout the US and in 20 countries in Western/Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Asia, and South America on behalf of companies/organizations based in the US, UK, Scandinavia, Africa, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, the United Nations, and USAID. Mr. Ross has his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Purdue University and a Master’s in Management Science from Case-Western University. Mr. Ross is also a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna.

SME – Southern Africa

Linda Mluleki Dlamini

Linda Mluleki Dlamini is a Subject Matter Expert in anti-corruption training and educational programs, fraud, and criminal investigations. He is a key UNISHKA resource in Africa and has been a guest speaker/lecturer/panelist for the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), participating in programs in Vienna, Austria and Marrakesh, Morocco. He has served as a police officer and a paramilitary resource mandated to suppress organized and violent crime. He is an Officer in the Anti-Corruption Commission in Swaziland and has facilitated more than 50 anti-corruption workshops. Linda has supported the Deloitte & Touche Forensic and Advisory Services Practice and is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has earned Diplomas in Law from the University of Swaziland and Journalism from the Institute for Computer Education in South Africa. Linda is also a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy.

SME – Civil Society and Organizational Development

Monalee Teves

Monalee Teves has more than 20 years of significant work experience in the multi-sector settings of private corporations, media, government, and non-governmental organizations in more than 20 countries. She has extensive experience in governance and anti-corruption initiatives. She has served as the Acting Director  for Transparency International-Philippines and as a National Program Advisor for the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin.  She has published more than 15 articles and is fluent in several Malayo-Polynesian languages. Monalee has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of the Philippines and her Masters Degree in Development Practice from the University of Arizona. Monalee is also a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna, Austria.

SME – Public Financial Management

Edmund N. Ayonga

Edmund N. Ayonga has over 34 years’ experience in Financial Sector, including 26 years in Public Financial Management in Eastern and Southern Africa and Central Asia. His PFM expertise includes establishment of internal controls framework and PFM policy framework review, with an emphasis on implementation of zero tolerance anti-corruption financial frameworks and development of policies safeguards to ensure fair distribution of national resources. He has also been instrumental in developing financial planning infrastructures that redress the neglected gender cross-cutting issues as part of the integral national development agenda. Edmund has served as an international auditor covering eleven Eastern Africa seaboard countries from Eritrea and Ethiopia in the north to Botswana in the south and has trained as an in-house ‘forensic auditor’ under the peer review of the then Ernst and Whiney (now Ernst & Young). Mr. Ayonga has been involved in capacity development training for Ministry of Finance staff, CSOs, national and sub-national devolved public institutions.

SME – East Asia

Craig Agena

Craig Agena serves as UNISHKA’s subject matter expert for East Asia. A retired Army Intelligence Colonel, Mr. Agena is a seasoned Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer with three decades of policy experience. He is also a distinguished recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, presented by Japanese Prime Minister Abe in April 2014. During his last active duty assignment as the Director of Security Assistance for Japan, Mr. Agena regularly met with and provided strategic engagement advice to government and industry stakeholders alike. As the Director Political-Military Affairs, Mr. Agena coordinated highly complex weapons and training programs to enhance defense capability and promote deterrence. As the Director of Political-Military Affairs, Mr. Agena was in charge of strategic communications, crisis management, bilateral engagement, and exchange programs with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces. He was the senior on-the-ground adviser to the Japanese task force commander following the worst natural disaster in Japanese history.  He was also charged with coordinating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Northeastern Japan in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe.  Mr Agena also served as the Deputy Director J5 in Baghdad during the height of the Iraq conflict where he was deeply involved in rebuilding Iraqi security forces. Mr. Agena earned his Bachelor of Arts in German from the University of Colorado, his Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Intelligence College and is a graduate of Japan’s National Institute for Defence Studies. Mr. Agena is fluent in Japanese, German and English. He was also a member of the Olympic Judo Team at the XXIIIrd Olympiad in Los Angeles in 1984.

SME - Organizational Development and Compliance

Kevin Krispin

Kevin works as an advisor for UNISHKA in organizational development and compliance. Kevin spent most of his career in management consulting and the technology industry working with both the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced and International Studies and the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering. Kevin lives in Seattle.

SME – South Asia and the Pacific Islands

Rukshana Nanayakkara

An internationally recognized expert in anti-corruption, Rukshana Nanayakkara brings extensive knowledge and experience to the UNISHKA Team, including 10 years with Transparency International (5-years at TI-Sri Lanka and 5-years at the TI- Secretariat in Berlin). Rukshana is UNISHKA’s subject matter expert on the Asia Pacific Region. Some of Rukshana’s previous assignments at TI-S include: Asia Pacific Region, Outreach Manager; Senior South Asia Regional Coordinator; and Subject Matter Expert for the Asia Pacific Region. He also served as the Deputy Executive Director for TI-Sri Lanka. Rukshana has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Master in Laws (Human Rights) from the University of Hong Kong, and a Master in Laws (International Law) from George Washington University. Rukshana also completed a fellowship at the Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. In addition to being a prolific author, Rukshana is a Fulbright Scholar and an occasional Lecturer at the University of Columbo, Faculty of Law.

SME – Anti-Corruption

Muska Dastageer

Muska Dastageer is an anti-corruption expert and a lecturer of peace and conflict resolution, political theory, and gender studies at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is a political scientist, educated at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris in France. She has extensive experience working with several anti-corruption assessment and evaluation methodologies and has conducted dozens of assessments in Afghanistan.

Prior to her work in Afghanistan, she worked on institutional reform and evaluation across active-conflict and post-conflict settings in the Levant and the Middle East. She is the recipient of several research grants and awards, including from Knud Højgaard Foundation, William Demant Foundation and the Ingwersenske Foundation.

SME – Elections

Terry Hoverter

Terry Hoverter is UNISHKA’s subject matter expert on elections. Terry has almost 20 years’ experience in elections and public international law including tours in more than 25 countries and nearly all modern conflict zones. Terry’s expertise includes election monitoring, elections malpractice, constitution drafting, legislation drafting, and policy development. He currently directs rule of law programs and provides legal advice on constitutional processes for Creative Associates’ Electoral Education and Integrity practice area. He has also researched and written on comparative issues and best practices related to electoral reform and constitutional processes. His previous experience includes Senior Associate with Democracy International; Election Field Advisor for USAID; Chief of Party for PILPG; Legal Advisor for UNDP, and Senior Program Manager for NDI.

Terry holds a JD from American University, an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a BA from Fordham University. Terry is a member of the bar in New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

SME – Corruption in the Rule of Law

Janette Ryan

Janette Ryan is UNISHKA’s subject matter expert on corruption in the rule of law. Janette has almost two decades of experience in the rule of law sector including six years in Afghanistan—three years as Chief of Party for the Justice Training Transition Program (JTTP) and an additional three years as Head of the Rule of Law Reform Component for EUPOL. Janette also served two years as Legal Advisor for Equality and Non-Discrimination with OSCE in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH); and Head of Programs for the Danish Refugee Council for the Russian Republics of Ingushetia, Chechnya, North Ossetia, and Dagestan. In Kosovo, Janette led the Civilian Emergency Response Team for UNMIK and directed case field team investigations. She has served time working with both European and Canadian governments in areas of aid development and policy, elections management, legislative development and privacy. Most recently, Janette served as Deputy Director for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, supporting advancement of dialogue among conflict parties.

Janette has earned two master’s degrees: a Master in Law from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and a Master of Arts in Conflict & Development Studies from the European University Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies in Castellon, Spain. Janette was awarded a Professional Diploma in Law from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal

Corruption Research Analyst

Cole

Cole is a recent graduate of Ridge College of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University. In his senior year, Cole participated in UNISHKA’s initial intern program. He subsequently joined the company full-time as a Corruption Research Analyst with secondary duties in Cybersecurity, Social Media, and Website Development. Although Cole is working full-time on corruption related projects, he is also pursuing a master’s in Cybersecurity at Mercyhurst where he is exploring anti-money laundering through cryptocurrencies. Originally from Northern New York, Cole now lives in Juneau.

SME – South America

Pedro Votruba

Pedro Votruba has nearly twenty years of experience in anti-corruption, starting in 1997 as a Consultant of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Ecuador.  In late 1997 Pedro was elevated to the position of Executive Director—a position he held until late 2004. Pedro has served as an Anti-Corruption Consultant in Mozambique, Panama, Honduras, and Guatemala. In the Middle East he served as Senior Anti-Corruption Advisor in Iraq. He has also participated as speaker in many anti-corruption seminars and conferences in several Latin American countries including Colombia, Perú, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Panamá, etc. Pedro has an academic degree in Economics from the Economics Faculty of the Central University of Quito, Ecuador.

Our Staff

Corruption Research Analyst

Cole

Human Resources Manager

Hilary

President

Jeffrey J. Coonjohn

Finance Department Lead

Kris

SME – Civil Society and Organizational Development

Monalee Teves

Corruption Research Analyst

Cole

Cole is a recent graduate of Ridge College of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University. In his senior year, Cole participated in UNISHKA’s initial intern program. He subsequently joined the company full-time as a Corruption Research Analyst with secondary duties in Cybersecurity, Social Media, and Website Development. Although Cole is working full-time on corruption related projects, he is also pursuing a master’s in Cybersecurity at Mercyhurst where he is exploring anti-money laundering through cryptocurrencies. Originally from Northern New York, Cole now lives in Juneau.

Human Resources Manager

Hilary

Hilary is UNISHKA’s Human Resources Manager and supports the Compliance Committee, the Safety Committee and several operational activities as a Project Manager. Hilary also oversights curriculum design and development for UNISHKA’s training initiatives. Hilary has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alaska with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and an Associate in Arts Degree from UAS. Hilary lives in Fairbanks with her dog Williwaw.

President

Jeffrey J. Coonjohn

A native of Alaska, Jeffrey J. Coonjohn is the founder of UNISHKA Research Service and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Operations Officer of the company. His expertise focuses on developing national anti-corruption policies and strategies as well as advising on developing the legal framework and implementation of anti-corruption initiatives in legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Jeff has participated and managed projects in the Middle East, Central Asia, South America, and Africa. Jeff’s previous assignments include: Senior Policy Advisor (Anti-Corruption) for the United Nations; Senior Advisor for Anti-Corruption at the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in Iraq; Stability and Operations Attorney in Kosovo and Macedonia, and United States Foreign Claims Commissioner for the Southern Balkans. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California (UCLA) and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff is a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna, Austria; has authored numerous papers on the study of corruption and the rule-of-law; and teaches at the National University of Ireland-Institute for Human Rights.

Finance Department Lead

Kris

As UNISHKA’s second-longest serving employee, Kris has filled almost every position at one time or another including more than 5 years as Corporate Secretary, a position she still holds. Kris currently leads the Finance Department and oversights project budget implementation. Kris has been a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals for nearly two decades and is a recognized ‘APMP Professional.’ Kris attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and is currently working on a degree in Business Administration from Western Governor’s University.

SME – Civil Society and Organizational Development

Monalee Teves

Monalee Teves has more than 20 years of significant work experience in the multi-sector settings of private corporations, media, government, and non-governmental organizations in more than 20 countries. She has extensive experience in governance and anti-corruption initiatives. She has served as the Acting Director  for Transparency International-Philippines and as a National Program Advisor for the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin.  She has published more than 15 articles and is fluent in several Malayo-Polynesian languages. Monalee has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of the Philippines and her Masters Degree in Development Practice from the University of Arizona. Monalee is also a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) in Vienna, Austria.

Our Interns

Corruption Research Intern

Maxx

Administrative Intern

Liam

Corruption Research Intern

Maxx

Maxx recently completed his final year of studies at Ridge College of Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst University. Maxx originally participated in a academic collaboration between Mercyhurst and UNISHKA, exploring corruption among Afghanistan’s Politically Exposed Persons. After the academic project, Maxx stayed on with UNISHKA as a Corruption Research Intern, continuing his research on PEPs in Afghanistan as well as domestic terrorist threats. Maxx received his Bachelor or Arts degree in Intelligence Studies with a minor in Russian Studies in 2020. Maxx is fluent in Russian, and completed a study abroad program in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Administrative Intern

Liam

Liam is UNISHKA’s youngest and newest intern. Liam is an honors student in the class of 2023 at Manasquan High School, New Jersey. Liam participates in both the Model UN and the Environmental Club as well as the Academy of Finance, a national network that introduces students to career opportunities in the financial sector.

In his free time, Liam is a star player on the soccer and tennis teams with the Manasquan Warriors.