Who we are

The following members of the Institute are actively involved in its programs and research activities.

The Chair

Michelle Bergadaà
University of Geneva, Switzerland

The Chair’s role

To review requests for assistance from individuals and institutions on cases of academic fraud or plagiarism, to determine whether they can be handled by the Institute, and to notify the Board.
To organize the semiannual meetings of the Board, the Scientific Committee, the Country Advisors and their guests.
To organize the biannual international colloquium on research and action.
To supervise and participate in the Institute’s research on integrity and its fight against fraud and plagiarism.
To approve the Institute’s directives before their publication.
To distribute “Intégrité académique,” the French-language newsletter on academic integrity.

The Board

Michelle Bergadaà
Professor, School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Pierre Hoffmeyer
General Secretary, professor emeritus, former chief of surgery, the Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland

Pierre-Jean Benghozi
in charge of certifications, professor, Ecole poly- technique, Paris, France, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Jean Baptiste Soufron
Legal advisor, lawyer, former general secretary of the French Digital Council, Paris, France

The Board’s role

To recruit new members, scientific advisors and country representatives.
To call the ordinary and extraordinary general meetings.
To take decisions regarding the admission of members, their resignation and, should the need arise, their suspension.
To ensure that the organization’s charter is upheld, to draft the Institute’s policies and procedures, and to administer the Institute’s property.
To set up mediation frameworks in accordance with the Institute’s guidelines and notify stakeholders.
To set up academic complaint procedures in accordance with the Institute’s guidelines and notify stakeholders.
To define the investigative priorities for the actions to be taken by the Institute against fraud and plagiarism.

The Scientific Committee

Jacques Hallak
Advisor for International Councils, International Advisor, Paris, France

Hervé Maisonneuve
Advisor for publishing, Consultant on scientific writing, former Associate Professor of Public Health, Paris, France

Martine Peters
Advisor for Bachelor & Master programs , UQO, Canada

Marian Popescu

Advisor for Doctoral Programs, professor, University of Bucharest, Romania.

The Scientific Committee’s role

To address questions related to their area of expertise.
To take part in all collective decisions of the Institute.
To develop and expand on protocols for assessing and taking action against fraud and plagiarism when new cases are submitted for the Institute’s mediation or involvement.
To contribute to the creation of a collaborative platform for the collection of works so that all parties may learn from them.
To contribute to the creation of a website to disseminate educational films, research skills training software and online lectures.
To promote the development of an international reference portal for academic institutions and the publication of articles, books and documents online.

IRAFPA representatives


Philippe-Edwin  Belanger
Director of INRS – CANADA

Paulo Peixoto
Advisor for Portugal, professor, Centre for Social Studies (CES/FEUC), University of Coimbra, PORTUGAL

Marian Popescu
Director of CARFIA, ROMANIA.

The Country Advisors’ role

To recruit institutional members from the countries they represent.

To contribute to the creation of a forum for international, interdisciplinary scientific discussion on fraud and plagiarism.

To facilitate understanding and analysis of the practices, regulations and laws in the countries they represent.

To promote training and provide information on fraud and plagiarism.

To disseminate a methodological protocol with respect to fraud and plagiarism in universities.

Responsible of mission

Cinta Gallent Torres is an associate professor at Universitat de València and Universidad Internacional de Valencia in Spain. *
Cinta Gallent is in charge of individual and institutional memberships in IRAFPA.