Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna is of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1978 and admitted to the Cameroon Bar in 1982. As a Practising Lawyer, he served two terms as the President (Batonnier) of the Cameroon Bar Association; and subsequently served for a decade as President of Pan-African lawyers Union (3 Terms).
Batonnier Akere Muna was the first ever-elected President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union and has been a member of the High Level Panel on the Audit of the African Union.
A distinguished member of Eminent Persons’ Panel of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM); He later on became the Chairperson
Batonnier Akere Muna’s experience with international financial institutions includes being a consultant for World Bank and also the African Development Bank.
He was a Member of the International Monetary Fund Consultative Group for Sub-Saharan Africa.
He is a civil society activist and fierce defender of civil and political rights. Batonnier Akere Muna is widely recognized for his global leadership as a champion of good governance and anti-corruption. He is currently:
- Chairperson of International Anti-corruption Conference;
- Sanctions Commissioner of the African Development Bank;
- Member of African Union’s High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa;
- Chairperson of the Vetting Panel of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF);
- Managing Partner of Muna and Muna SCP.
"Akere and I go a long, long way and I will say to you how he was extremely helpful to me as President of the African Development Bank in building an architecture for fighting corruption. And even when I left the Bank, he is still there, Chairman of the Sanctions Committee. This is a committee which administers due punishment, financial and otherwise, for companies which have been involved in activities which are related to corruption in the projects and programs of the Bank. So I want to thank you, Akere, for that. But I also want to thank Akere for being a Pan-Africanist, an African born in Cameroon because he has many other responsibilities across the continent. Thank you for being a good Cameroonian and a great African".
"Akere Muna and Don Kaberuka have something in common but that is not common nowadays: it is to have succeeded in their initiatives but to remain just men, men of value. We often associate the ability to succeed in life, professionally or personally, to compromise. While different in temperament, I think that these are the examples that should help many people to understand that one can reconcile the will to succeed with loyalty to a certain number of principles and causes. The cause that led us to cross, Akere and I, is the fight against corruption: this is our common responsibility at Transparency International. Need I say more !"
For many years Cameroon has been particularly close to my heart. I experienced its tremendous opportunities and painful challenges, for many years as a responsible World Bank manager, and later as concerned anti-corruption activist finding Cameroon at the bottom of the annual Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International (TI). We would have given up to bring TI to Cameroon in the face of an angry Government, if Akere Muna had not stepped up courageously to mobilize a powerful coalition of concerned citizens to build a highly committed and competent coalition against corruption. With tremendous energy, charisma, legal competence and social and political skill he built on this coalition one of the most competent National Chapters of TI. [...] Akere Muna’s leadership not only in Cameroon, or on the African continent, but in the worldwide battle against corruption was soon recognized so that he was elected to the Global Board of TI, and within a short period of time he become the Deputy Chairman of the Board.
The TI-movement is very grateful for his contributions to the evolving role of TI. We are also proud of his recognition outside TI, as member of important bodies of the AU, the AfDB, the Pan- African lawyers associations in many fields. TI continues to count on his wisdom and professionalism as member of the TI-Advisory Council and Chair of the International Anti-Corruption Conference. In short: Akere Muna is our hero and friend and a powerful force for better governance worldwide.”