Phil Cooper is a civil society expert with outstanding experience in applying regulations and assessing NGOs in high risk environments.

Phil has 14 years experience delivering projects to improve NPO/NGO regulation in developing countries across South and South-East Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Tasks include advising on fundamental reforms of NGO regulation in Pakistan, Bahrain and Somalia, as well as prodividing advice to numerous other governments.

Phil has particular expertise in the application of regulations to mitigate against the terrorist financing threat to NPOs. For eight years, Phil was an advisor on AML/CFT and NPO issues to APG, and three years as adviser on AML/CFT issues to ESAAMLG (the FATF Style Regional Bodies (FRSB) for the Asia Pacific and East and Southern Africa respectively). He contributed to AML/CFT policy in the NPO sector at the Financial Action Task Force; APG; World Bank; and European Union. He continues to contribute as an expert on the topic to events hosted by various bodies, including the Australian government, the US government and the OSCE.

Phil has also delivered large projects providing Capacity Building Training to the NPO Sector in high risk environments. Projects have provided key skills to NPOs on issues related to accountability, governance, finance and project management. This includes a major two-year project to identify, assess, train, mentor and monitor 4,617 small civil society organisations in Pakistan, as well as training for NGOs in India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the UK and Bangladesh.

Phil specialises in due diligence of NGOs on behalf of donors in Pakistan and India. Whilst working for the UK Charity regulator, Phil undertook regulatory/best practice reviews and audits of UK charities and worked for two years as an investigator.