Giovanni Kessler

Giovanni Kessler – the Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). From 1998 to 1999, he was Deputy Head of the OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission in Pristina, in charge of Police and Justice matters. As judicial expert, he also participated to several evaluation missions of the European Commission and Council of Europe in Eastern Europe.

In 2001, he was elected to the Italian Parliament as independent member. He sat on the Justice Affairs Committee and during his five-year term, he authored numerous bills on the International Criminal Court, the European Convention against corruption, the International Judiciary Cooperation and the European Arrest Warrant. From 2003-2006, he also became Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

From 2006 to 2008 he held the position of Italian High Commissioner to Combat Counterfeiting.