The Chairperson plays a pivotal role within the Initiative’s framework ensuring the permanent coordination of the activities undertaken by the member countries in implementing the commitments endorsed within the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative Strategic Document. In this regard he/she convenes and chairs the Steering Group meetings. The Chairperson also oversees enforcement of the decisions taken by the Steering Group. He/she represents the Initiative in the relations with all international partners and promotes the implementation of RAI’s strategic objectives.

According to the decision made during the 27th RAI Steering Group Meeting, held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 28 May 2018, Mr. Todor Kolarov was elected to be the Chairperson of the organization. Mr. Kolarov took over the Chairmenship of RAI on 1 September 2018 following a takeover meeting that took place at the premises of the RAI Secretariat.



Mr. Todor Kolarov is an anti-corruption expert with 20 years of experience. (D. Sc. in Security Studies; Ph.D. in International and EU Law, LL.M., J.D.) Currently, he is an associate professor in civil litigation (with special focus on in rem asset confiscation) and international law. Mr. Kolarov also served as an anti-corruption consultant focusing on criminal asset confiscation and international cooperation in criminal matters for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2017; Nigeria in 2016; Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in 2015) and the European Union (Croatia in 2012); Further on, he was a Chairperson of the Bulgarian criminal asset confiscation body (2011-2012); legal adviser at the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training of the U.S. Department of Justice in Bulgaria (2004-2011); governance analyst at the World Bank (2001-2003) and staff attorney for the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative (1999-2000).

In 2011, Mr. Kolarov led the Bulgarian rotational presidency of Camden Asset Recovery Inter-agency Network.

He is an author of 2 monographs and over 20 scholarly articles on asset confiscation, lecturer and moderator in international fora organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and EU-ACT (Tajikistan – 2017) UN Office on Drugs and Crime (Nigeria – 2016 and Kazakhstan – 2015) and Dutch and Italian Presidencies of the Council of the EU (Belgium – 2016 and Italy – 2014).


You can reach Mr. Kolarov via telephone 00359887957083 or email


Related documents:

Terms of Reference – Chairperson




Former Chairpersons of the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative

Davor Dubravica (2011 – 2018)

Vesna Ratkovic PhD (2007 – 2011)

Professor Ugo Draetta (2002 – 2007)

Giuseppe di Gennaro (2000 – 2002)