Donald is a Canadian national who has been working in the anti-corruption field since he joined Transparency International as its first Program Officer for the former Soviet Union in 1998. Since leaving TI in 2001, Donald has been providing policy advice on anti-corruption around the globe mostly in the former Soviet Union, Asia but and Africa. This has included assignments as the Prevention Advisor of Sierra Leonean Anti-Corruption Commission, Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP in the former Soviet Union. He has extensive management experience as Team Leader for multi-lateral organisations in such diverse places as: Armenia; Bangladesh; Cambodia; Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan and South Sudan.
He has also served as a senior policy advisor in Afghanistan for the Joint Independent Anti-corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) where he helped to expose some of the largest corruption schemes in the international community as well as the national government. For past 3 years, he has been in Ukraine working on establishment of National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine and working with local authorities in the conflict areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to mitigate corruption especially in the procurement process in reconstruction. Since 2012 he has been active in promoting greater transparency in the natural resources sector in Atlantic Canada.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University in which he had an exchange year at Odessa State University in the USSR and a Masters of Arts from the Central European University in Prague/Budapest and is finalizing a PhD at the University of Melbourne Australia. He speaks fluent German and Russian and a smattering of Czech; Hungarian and Dari/Tajik.