08. April 2024

Gretta Fenner (1975–2024): Message from the President

Gretta Fenner

It is with great sadness that we confirm the tragic death of our Managing Director Gretta Fenner in a car accident.

Gretta has been an extraordinary force for change in the fight against corruption – both personally and through the Institute that she lovingly and passionately built and led for so many years. We, and our partners and counterparts around the world, will miss her greatly.

Her family and friends are in our thoughts as we come to terms with this news. We will keep all informed about plans to honour her memory and celebrate her as she deserves.

Peter Maurer, on behalf of the Board and Management Group of the Basel Institute on Governance


It has been heartwarming to receive so many messages of condolence and tributes to Gretta Fenner following her tragic passing. Their depth and breadth are testimony to the extraordinary woman that Gretta was and the passion that she inspired around the world.

Some of them you can now see on a public tribute page to Gretta, together with the story of her career and photos of her at work and play: gretta.baselgovernance.org.