Transparency International

Jeff Lovitt served as Director of Communications at the international secretariat of Transparency International (TI) in Berlin, Germany, from 2000-2005.

Jeff managed a staff of 11 and department budget of € 1.2 million (2004 figures) in the media relations, print publications and online resources departments at the Transparency International (TI) Secretariat, the global headquarters of the leading international non-governmental organisation fighting corruption worldwide. 

Reporting to Chief Executive and Chairman, and deputising for the Chief Executive, responsibilities included: 

  • Developing global advocacy strategies, maintaining public awareness of the issue of corruption, and keeping arguments for good governance and corporate social responsibility at the top of agenda of key global institutions (e.g. leading corporations, World Bank and regional development banks, OECD, UN);
  • Advising Board of Directors on strategic communications and reputation management issues; 
  • implementing reputation management strategies and preparing crisis communications plans; setting advocacy and agenda-setting targets for TI’s regional work and global programmes;
  • Supporting regional departments through drafting of key policy analysis;
  • Preparing submissions for, and securing, Awards for TI: Carl Bertelsmann Prize, September 2002; Media Tenor Agenda-Setting Award 2002; Triple Bottom Line Investing Award 2003;
  • Representing TI at conferences; communicating TI policies to the media and other key stakeholders (governments, corporate sector, other NGOs); organising press conferences in London, Paris, Berlin, Prague; moderating events with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, philanthropist George Soros, heads of government, e.g. President of Mexico Vicente Fox (2001);
  • Writing speeches, letters to the editor, academic journal essays, book chapters, and newspaper articles (including op-eds in the International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, European Voice, and Wall Street Journal);
  • Media training of management, programme staff and TI national chapter representatives.