Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is a political scientist, journalist, writer and academic researcher from Romania, serving as the chair of the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State Building and the co-director of the EU’s FP7 project, ANTICORRP. She earned a degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iaşi before earning a doctorate in social psychology. She studied at Harvard as a Fulbright fellow and as a Shorenstein fellow. She is the founder of Romania’s most prolific think tank, the Romanian Academy Society, which has promoted greater freedom of information, flat taxation and methods for achieving European Union membership. She also started an organization that attempts to clean up the pool of political candidates before they can get into office, called the Coalition for a Clean Parliament.