Speakers, Moderators & Organizers


Elizabeth ACORN

Elizabeth is a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University. She holds a PhD in Government from Cornell University, where she specialized in international law and international relations. Her research examines the governance of global markets, with a particular focus on transnational business and anti-corruption. Elizabeth completed her law degree at the University of Toronto and practiced commercial litigation in New York and Toronto. She also holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria.


Leah Ambler is a Legal Analyst at the Anti-Corruption Division of the OECD where she also manages the OECD Latin America and Caribbean Anti-Corruption Initiative. In her role at the OECD, she supports the Working Group on Bribery’s monitoring of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and related instruments. She authored the OECD Foreign Bribery Report (2014). Leah is also Co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee and a frequent speaker on anti-corruption issues such as whistleblower protection and international cooperation. Prior to joining the OECD, Leah worked for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and for an international law firm in Tokyo, Japan. Leah has a combined Law and Asian Studies degree from the Australian National University and is admitted as both a Barrister and Solicitor.

Jessica ANSART

Jessica is a third year J.D. candidate and Global Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and is currently completing an LLM in Economic Law with a specialization in Global Governance at the Sciences Po Law School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and completed an MSc in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics. Following her masters, Jessica worked with the CEELI Institute in Prague implementing programs focused on advancing the rule of law and combatting corruption in newly democratic countries. She then worked as a Research Fellow with the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) at Sciences Po Paris. While in Paris, Jessica co-founded the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN) that brings together young researchers committed to developing collaborative interdisciplinary research efforts to generate new anti-corruption policies. During her legal studies, she has also completed internships with the District Court of Massachusetts, the SEC, and Latham & Watkins.


Régis Bismuth is Professor of Law at Sciences Po Law School (Paris). His main research and teaching interests lie within public international law, international economic law (trade, investment, monetary and financial regulation), international litigation as well as animal ethics. He is also the author of several books and articles on sovereign wealth funds, sovereign debt, WTO law, international investment law and arbitration, international standards, financial regulation, economic sanctions, anti-corruption, extraterritoriality, and the responsibility of multinational corporations. He is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) and also Director of Studies of the French Branch of the ILA.

Régis Bismuth received a PhD in public international law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2009 and passed the agrégation in public law in 2012. He also graduated from Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2009). His PhD was awarded the « Joseph Hamel » Prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (Académie des sciences morales et politiques – Institut de France).

Jeffrey BOLES

Jeffrey Boles is Associate Professor and Washburn Research Fellow at the Fox School of Business, Temple University where he centers his scholarship on white collar criminal law and domestic and international anti-corruption initiatives. He has practiced law in the private sector, most recently serving as Assistant General Counsel at Dechert LLP, a global law firm. He earned his Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and is a former Fulbright Scholar.


Stéphane Bonifassi specializes in business crime and fraud, corruption, asset recovery, forfeiture and confiscation, as well as transnational enforcement of judgments and internal investigations. Noted as the No. 1 lawyer in France for asset recovery by Who’s Who Legal: France 2018 and as the No. 1 “Thought Leader” in France for Business Crime Defence, he regularly represents individuals or companies accused of corruption in multiple jurisdictions and sovereign states that are victims of corruption or fraud. He’s knowledgeable of the anti-corruption laws of France, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States and similar laws of other countries. Bonifassi is co-founder of The Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, a group of notable public- and private-litigation professionals and academics working with the Basel Institute on Governance to expand access to solutions in economic crime cases worldwide.    


Daniel Bonilla is Associate Professor of Law at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. He holds an LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School and a law degree from Universidad de los Andes. At the moment he is a visiting professor at Sciences Po-Paris. He has been a visiting professor or lecturer at a number of institutions, including Yale Law School, Fordham Law School, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, University of Texas School of Law, University of Brasilia, University of Brescia, Georgia State University College of Law, and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and several awards for excellence in teaching. Among his publications are Constitutionalism in the Americas (ed. with Colin Crawford) (Edward Elgar Publishing: 2018); Abogados y Justicia Social (ed.) (Uniandes-Siglo del Hombre, 2018); Los mandarines del derecho: trasplantes jurídicos, análisis cultural y trabajo pro bono en América Latina (Universidad de los Andes-Siglo del Hombre 2016); Constitutionalism of the Global South (ed.)(Cambridge University Press: 2013); La Función Social de la Propiedad (ed.) (Editorial de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2013); and La Constitución Multicultural (Uniandes-Siglo del Hombre, 2006).


Nicola Bonucci is the Director for Legal Affairs and the coordinator for accession. He joined the OECD in 1993 as a Legal Counselor, served as Deputy Director from 2000 until becoming Director in 2005. He focuses on general public international law issues, participating in the negotiation of international agreements, interpreting the basic texts of the Organisation, and providing legal opinions to the senior management (The Secretary-General and his Deputies), the Council (the governing body of the OECD), and its subsidiary bodies.

He plays an active role in the drafting and the negotiation of the OECD legal instruments. He also deals with personnel matters, including litigation in front of the Administrative Tribunal of the OECD, budgetary issues and contracts. Since 1997 Mr. Bonucci has been closely involved in the monitoring and follow-up of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and is a regular speaker in international conferences on this subject. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Bonucci served as a Legal Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome where he provided developing countries, especially those in Africa, with legal assistance on natural resources law.

Mr. Bonucci holds a DEA in Public International Law from the University of Paris X Nanterre, a DESS in International Administration from the University of Paris II-Assas, and a Master of International and Comparative Law from the University of Notre Dame.


Jonathan Bourguignon is a PhD candidate and researcher in public international law at the Institut des Hautes Études Internationales (Université Paris-2 Panthéon-Assas). He is also a legal consultant for several intergovernmental projects on State cooperation against transnational crime, especially cybercrime. Jonathan's PhD thesis (“State Jurisdiction in International Law and the Fight against Transnational Crime”) aims to offer an in-depth analysis of the legal regime applying to State criminal jurisdiction against transnational offences, with emphasis on specific crimes which substantially benefited from globalization and the evolution of ICTs (terrorism, corruption and cybercrime in particular).


Rachel Brewster is the Jeffrey and Bettysue Hughes Professor of Law at Duke Law School and the co-director of Duke's Center for International and Comparative Law. Her scholarly research and teaching focus on the areas of international economic law, anti-corruption law, and international relations theory. Her recent publications include: "Enforcing the FCPA: Domestic Strategy and International Resonance," 103 Virginia Law Review 1611 (2017); "The Market for Global Anticorruption Enforcement," 80 Law & Contemporary Problems 193 (2017) (with Samuel W. Buell); and "Supplying Compliance: Why and When the United States Complies with WTO Rulings," 39 Yale Journal of International Law (2014) (with Adam Chilton). In 2017-2018, Brewster received support from the Mellon Foundation to convene a year-long interdisciplinary seminar on the Corporation in International Law with Professor Phil Stern (Duke History).

Qingxiu BU

Qingxiu is Associate Professor at Sussex Law School, having previously worked at Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University and Faculty of Law, Queen's University Belfast, during which he taught Transnational Business Law at Centre of Transactional Legal Studies (CTLS), Georgetown University. Qingxiu was a Docent at Institute of Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School in Januarys of 2013, 2014 and 2015. Qingxiu has completed four projects funded by the British Academy, and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and British Council (PMI) during the past years.

Juanita CEESAY

Juanita Ceesay is a Lecturer in Law and final year PhD candidate at Sciences Po University, Paris. Her research areas are on Law and Development, Law and Gender, and the Business Ethics of BRICS member states. Outside of academia, Ms. Ceesay worked for several years in various capacities for international law firms in the U.S., Brazil and in South Africa. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Sc. in Public Law and Policy.


Vera has more than 10 years' experience as a compliance officer. She's the founder of Studio Etica, a boutique consultancy that provides advice on corporate ethics and compliance programs to companies around the world. The entity is based in Milan, Italy. Before moving to a consultancy role, Vera worked at Hilti, Renova and Ernst & Young.

Vera is the author Author of the first and only book on compliance in the Russian language, "Compliance program of an organisation", a hands-on guide for compliance professionals on how to build a first-class compliance program.

Vera is an experienced speaker in the compliance profession and a regular contributor to prominent ethics & compliance blogs, including FCPA Blog, Corporate Compliance Insights, and SCCE Compliance & Ethics Blog. An accomplished compliance professional, in 2011 and 2016 awarded for "Best Compliance officer" at the International Compliance Association in Compliance Awards. Vera is conversant in Russian, English, French, and Italian.

Robert E. CLARK

Robert Clark is the Manager of Legal Research at TRACE International, a globally recognized anti-bribery business organization and leading provider of third party risk management solutions. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. His writings on anti-corruption issues have appeared in publications such as Ethical Boardroom, Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International, Ethikos, and the China Business Law Journal, as well as on the FCPAblog and Global Anticorruption Blog websites. He is the co-editor (with Alexandra Wrage) of What You Should Know About Anti-Bribery Compliance.

Kevin CROW

Kevin Crow is an Assistant Professor of International Law and Ethics at the Asia School of Business and an International Faculty Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on 'judgment' and 'belief' in international law, corporate subjectivity to international law, constructions of the public-private relationship, and the private sector’s role in authoring public international law. His new book project is tentatively titled "International Corporate Personhood: Future Roads" .


Jan Dunin-Wasowicz is an associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed focusing on multi-jurisdictional internal and government investigations, compliance matters, as well as transnational litigation and international arbitration, both commercial and investor-State. Jan has experience designing and auditing compliance programs, performing internal investigations and due diligence reviews on third-party agents and joint-venture partners around the world, including in connection with U.S.. and European regulators, as well as multilateral development bank inquiries. He also has experience investigating and assessing export compliance issues and international trade controls.

Jan is the Vice Chair of the Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University School of Law where he teaches a course on “Global Anti-Corruption Law & CSR in Practice”. Jan is a graduate of Columbia University, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Fully trained in the common law and civil law systems, Jan is a member of the NY, D.C. and Paris bars. He has spoken and been published on subjects related to international law and compliance on both sides of the Atlantic.  


A passionate compliance professional, Cecilia originally trained as an attorney is France and started working on compliance matters in the healthcare industry in 2008. Cecilia has lived and worked in Asia (Vietnam), Africa (Nigeria and Gabon) and the UK. Since November 2017, she is the Secretary General of Le Cercle de la Compliance and Senior Advisor to the Olympic Task Force chaired by Prof. Andrew Spalding. She strongly believes that through a pragmatic and operationalized approach, compliance helps companies be stronger, more profitable and sustainable for good.


Alexis Foucard is a senior associate in Clifford Chance's Paris office and an associate lecturer at Sciences Po Law School. His practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, and cross-border litigation, and he frequently speaks or writes on related issues. He is a co-author of the report on "Arbitrator's Liability" published by the Club des Juristes.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Alexis worked at a large American firm devoted solely to business litigation. He also previously worked in the United Nations' Office of Legal Affairs in New York. His experience encompasses a range of dispute types and business sectors, including energy, construction, aircrafts, telecommunications, and white-collar crime.

Admitted in 2013 to the New York Bar and the Paris Bar, Alexis is a graduate of Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2011) and Sciences Po - University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Master in Global Business Law - Magister Degree in Business Law, 2009).


Laura is a current SPILS fellow at Stanford Law School, where she is conducting research focused on the application of empirical legal methods to assess the compliance and implementation of international anticorruption treaty-based systems by States. Before joining Stanford, she worked in several areas of public international law, including: former international law adviser to the Secretariat of Transparency at the Presidency of Colombia and team member of three international arbitration law firms in Bogotá, London, and Paris. She has assumed other academic positions, such as Adjunct Professor for the classes of Public International Law and International Economic Law at Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. Laura has lectured on legal topics relating primarily to international investment arbitration, environmental litigation, and anticorruption compliance. She earned her LL.B. and minor in Economics from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.


Nuria González is from Argentina. Nuria's transparency and anti-corruption journey includes the private, public and international sectors combined with academia.

During the last years, she has worked in the Ethics & Compliance functions in Latin America for major multinational organizations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Avon Cosmetics, Novartis, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Prior to this corporate path, Nuria served at UNIDROIT, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Italy, the Argentine Ministry of Economy, Buenos Aires City Legislature, and the United Nations Office in Japan.

Since 2011, Nuria is a professor of law at Torcuato Di Tella and San Andrés Universities, both in Buenos Aires. She has been speaker in many international conferences. Nuria graduated cum laude from Austral University School of Law in Buenos Aires. She also holds a Masters in International Law from University of Rome Tor Vergata and an LL.M from University of Illinois.

Kathryn GORDON

Kathryn Gordon is a senior economist in the Anti-Corruption Division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She also has worked on international investment policy, including investment protection, investor state dispute settlement and the relationship between international investment and national security. In earlier positions at the OECD, she dealt with fiscal, tax and regulatory issues. Prior to taking her position at the OECD, Kathryn was a professor at ESSEC, a French business school. She obtained a PHD and an MBA-Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.


Sean Griffith is the T.J. Maloney Chair in Business Law and Director of the Corporate Law Center at Fordham Law School in New York City. He also serves as faculty director of the Fordham LLM in Corporate Compliance and Fordham's Corporate Compliance Institute. Professor Griffith is an expert in corporate and securities law and, in addition to Fordham, has taught at Columbia Law School, the University of Connecticut School of Law, New York University School of Law, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Griffith received his law degree magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. Prior to entering academia, Professor Griffith was an associate at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York.

Branislav HOCK

Branislav Hock is a lecturer in Counter Fraud Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Prior to this Branislav worked as a researcher at the Tilburg Law and Economics Center, where he completed PhD. His researcher focuses on transnational economic crimes, anti-corruption, compliance, and economic governance. Branislav coordinates and teaches several university and professional courses in the area of anti-corruption and compliance. Branislav is a member of the European Compliance Center, helping organisations improve their compliance and integrity.


Tamar Hostovsky Brandes is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Ono Academic College's Faculty of Law, in Israel. She earned her J.S.D and LL.M (cum laude) degrees from Columbia Law School, where she was a Finkelstein Fellow, and her LL.B (magna cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University. She teaches and researches in the areas of international and constitutional law, focusing on the intersection between international law and domestic law, and on the intersection of law and political theory. In fall 2018 she was a Short-Term International Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School. Her latest article, "International Law in Domestic Courts in an Era of Populism" is forthcoming in the International Journal of Constitutional Law.


Prof. Dr. Eduard Ivanov, Senior Research Associate for Collective Action, Compliance and (private sector) Anti-Corruption at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). Eduard Ivanov was a deputy dean and professor of international law at the Faculty of Law of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russian Federation (2006-2016). He also was a visiting professor at the University of Muenster (Germany), the University of Nice (France), and the University DIREITO GV in São Paulo (Brazil). As a representative of the HSE Eduard Ivanov was a chair of the Law Schools Global League's Study Group on Combating Corruption.

From 2005-08 Eduard Ivanov was co-chair of the Working Group on Typologies in the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism. Since 2002 Eduard Ivanov also provided trainings for compliance professionals of leading banks and companies.

He currently conducts comparative study on anti-corruption standards and guidance.


Sean Hagan is Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and was General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department of the IMF since 2004, until his retirement in September 2018. In this capacity, Mr. Hagan advised the Fund’s management, Executive Board and membership on all legal aspects of the Fund’s operations, including its regulatory, advisory and lending functions. Mr. Hagan has published extensively on both the law of the Fund and a broad range of legal issues relating to the prevention and resolution of financial crisis, with a particular emphasis on insolvency and the restructuring of debt, including sovereign debt. Prior to beginning work at the IMF, Mr. Hagan was in private practice, first in New York and subsequently in Tokyo. Mr. Hagan received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and also received a Masters of Science in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


John E. Katsos is Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics at the American University of Sharjah (UAE). John researches business operations in conflict zones. He looks specifically at how businesses can mitigate political risk and enhance peace in conflict and post-conflict zones and how international businesses can limit their legal exposure as a result of foreign operations in conflict and post-conflict zones. His publications have appeared in Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management: Perspectives, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business Horizons, and Corporate Ownership and Control. Prior to his academic career, John worked at Occidental Petroleum, the US Small Business Administration, the New York County District Attorney's Office, and the US State Department. John has his JD and MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and his BA in Religion from Haverford College in Haverford, PA. He is licensed to practice law in New York.


Elitza Katzarova is a visiting researcher at the Chair of International Relations at the University of Brunswick, Germany. She holds a PhD in International relations and Political science from the School of International Studies at the University of Trento, Italy. Her research interests are in the field of corruption and global crime governance. She has carried out research on the OECD and UN anti-corruption efforts at the OECD archives in Paris and the UN archives in New York. Her PhD dissertation was on global anti-corruption governance and her first book "The Social Construction of Global Corruption: From Utopia to Neoliberalism" is to be published by Palgrave Macmillan by the end of 2018. She has given invited lectures on global anti-corruption governance, as well as on European integration and theories of International relations at universities in Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Portugal.


Catherine Kessedjian is Professor Emerita of the University Panthéon-Assas Paris II. She acts as arbitrator and as mediator in French and English. She is a member of, notably, the American Law Institute (ALI) and the Institut de droit international (IDI). For ALI, she presently acts as a member of the International Advisers Committee for the Restatement on Foreign Relations Law. For IDI she is the Rapporteur of Commission I on Investment and Corruption.


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas Kruessmann LL.M. (King's College) is Senior Research Fellow with the University of Kent's Global Europe Centre. As President of the Association of European Studies for the Caucasus, he devotes himself to European Studies in the wider region. Prof. Kruessmann is a German-qualified lawyer with extensive legal practice in one of Vienna's leading law firms. He was founding director of the Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Centre at the University of Graz (2010-2015) and Visiting Professor at Kazan Federal University (2015-16). Beyond the Caucasus, his research interests extend to issues of comparative, European and international criminal law, gender and the law as well as corruption and compliance. He is chair of the Supervisory Board of Higher School of Jurisprudence / Higher School of Economics in Moscow and maintains close relations with a number of leading universities in Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia.

Claire LEGER

Claire Leger is a Legal Analyst at the OECD's Anti-Corruption Division where she assists the Working Group on Bribery in its country monitoring activity and carries out anti-corruption technical assistance programs. Claire previously worked in a business and criminal law firm in Paris and as a law and economics researcher at the School of Law of the University Erasmus of Rotterdam, as a postdoc researcher at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense and as an Amnesty International Delegate. Claire holds a PhD in Law and Economics (2014, University Erasmus of Rotterdam), a Master in Business Law and a Master in Public Economics (2008, 2009, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne). She was qualified as a Maître de conferences in economics (2015, Conseil National des Universités) and admitted to the Paris Bar (2016).

Thomas LEE

Thomas H. Lee is the Leitner Family Professor of International Law and Director of Graduate and International Studies at Fordham University School of Law in New York, and Of Counsel at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He has published many articles and book chapters on international law, international arbitration, U.S. constitutional law, and the U.S. federal courts. His forthcoming book, Justifying War (Oxford), examines the history and logic of legal grounds for war. He holds A.B. (summa cum laude), A.M., and J.D. degrees from Harvard, where he was a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Government. Before his academic career, he clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, and worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. From 1991 to 1995, he served as a U.S. naval cryptology officer aboard warships and submarines and ashore in Korea and Japan and at the National Security Agency. He is a member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and of the American Law Institute.

Lucinda A. LOW

Lucinda A. Low is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where she is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and head of the Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department. Her practice focuses on US and international anti-corruption laws, advising clients on matters ranging from preventive work to representation in internal investigations and enforcement matters worldwide, as well as related civil disputes, and investor-state disputes more generally. She is a widely recognized authority in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international conventions from the OECD, OAS, United Nations, and European Union. Ms. Low graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review. She was an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington College of Law in 1993 and at the University Of Colorado School Of Law in 1987 and 1989. She is a member of the US Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Public International Law, and serves on the ICSID List of Arbitrators (appointed by the President of the World Bank) and List of Conciliators (appointed by the United States), and the immediate past President of the American Society of International Law.

Alexandra MANEA

Alexandra Manea is Counsel in the World Bank's Office of Suspension and Debarment, where she works with the Suspension and Debarment Officer on the review and disposition of sanctions cases against respondents who allegedly engaged in fraud, corruption or collusion in connection with World Bank financing. Previously, she worked for the World Bank's Legal Vice Presidency as a core member of the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA), a project aiming to enhance the transparency of Africa's mining sector, to build local legal capacity and to mainstream anti-corruption and integrity provisions in the mining legislation across the continent. Before joining the World Bank in 2014, Ms. Manea worked as a business law attorney in Romania and as a legal consultant for several European Union-funded governance projects in Eastern Europe. She holds a PhD in International Anti-Corruption Law, completed in a joint program at University "TM" of Bucharest in Romania, Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and American University in Washington DC, US with a Fulbright scholarship. Ms. Manea has published several articles on the topic of transnational anti-corruption in European and North American journals.

Mathilde MESNARD

Mathilde Mesnard is Deputy Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD since November 2016. In this capacity, Ms. Mesnard provides intellectual leadership to the directorate across the different policy areas (anti corruption, corporate governance, competition, financial markets, international investment, insurance and private pensions) and supports the co-ordination and management of its programme of work and its Committees. Ms. Mesnard has extensive experience in the OECD, having been the coordinator of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Initiative since 2013. In this position she supported the development of thirty innovative projects across the Organisation, promoting new approaches and outlining research directions. She led a seminar series on NAEC and contributed to increased collaboration across different work streams. She developed a synthesis report with policy recommendations and directions for in-house analytical improvements. Prior to this, Ms. Mesnard has worked as Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General and Counsellor, supporting the delivery of the Secretary-General Strategic Agenda, including in the preparation of the Ministerial Council Meetings, the advancement of relationship with key partners, and the OECD Accession Process. She also launched and coordinated the CleanGovBiz Project and contributed to the follow up of issues related to financial and enterprise affairs, governance, integrity and gender equality. Ms. Mesnard is a French national and holds a degree in Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in Finance and an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. She received her PhD in Economics from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.


Kotomi Moriguchi is a Japanese PhD researcher in Belgium, affiliated with the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) of Ghent University, and the Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC) Research Group at the Free University of Brussels Her academic interests centre on how anti-corruption laws are enforced, particularly regarding financial crimes. Her PhD project, finalising in early 2019, is on stakeholder identification and the enforcement of international and regional anti-corruption law, in four selected ex-Yugoslavian countries - Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro - from both criminological and legal perspectives, with specific empirical research on public procurement; anti-money-laundering; asset confiscation; and whistle-blower protection. Kotomi has been involved in organising workshops of the Interdisciplinary Anti-Corruption Research Network (ICRN), in Amsterdam (2016), Paris (2017), and Gothenburg (2018). Previously, Kotomi worked in the public sector of Japan, in the areas of development (MOFA), and public utilities (under MLIT). She has done traineeships at OLAF (2016); the UNODC Brussels Liaison Office (2012); the ICC - International Criminal Court (2010); and at a law firm and an NGO.


Patrick Moulette is the Head of the Anti-Corruption Division in the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs. In this role, Mr. Moulette designs and manages the work programme of the 44-country Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, including the evaluation process to monitor the implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and its associated Recommendations. Mr Moulette joined the OECD in 1991 as a member of the Secretariat for the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which safeguards the global financial system against money laundering and terrorist financing. In November 1995, he was promoted to Executive Secretary of the FATF. Previously, he worked for the Department of the Treasury of the French Ministry of Finance. Mr Moulette is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies ("Sciences-Po") and has Master's degrees in Public Law and in Corporate Law.


Philip M. Nichols is the Joseph S. Kolodny Professor of Social Responsibility in Business and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Nichols received his AB from Harvard University and his JD and LLM (international law) from Duke University. Prior to joining the faculty at Wharton, Professor Nichols practiced international law with law firms in Boston and Washington.

Professor Nichols conducts research on corruption, emerging economies, and the institutions of international trade. He has conducted fieldwork in or has worked with organizations in more than thirty countries on issues of corruption control or business development, has served as the Co-Chair of UN/CEFACT LG (the United Nations’ expert committee on trade facilitation), and as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s interest group on Economic Law. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the interest group on Corruption.

Professor Nichols has been given seventeen teaching awards while at the University of Pennsylvania including the Hauck Award, the Wharton School’s highest teaching award, and the Lindback Award, the University’s highest teaching award. Professor Nichols was also awarded the Class of 1940 Bicentennial Reunion Term Chair, given on the basis of extraordinary service to the University.

In addition to his research activities and teaching responsibilities, Professor Nichols serves as Faculty Director of Stouffer College House, where he and his family reside.

Andres ORTIZ

Andres Ortiz is an experienced Ecuadorean attorney, a recent graduate of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at Duke University School of Law, and a candidate for the July 2018 New York Bar exam. Before pursuing his LL.M, Andres worked in anti-corruption and compliance matters for over six years as an In-house Counsel for an international financial firm, and as a Legal Analyst for the Ministry of Justice of Ecuador.

Anna Lorem RAMOS

Anna Lorem Ramos is Counsel at the World Bank Group Sanctions Board Secretariat. She was formerly a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the World Trade Organization Appellate Body, a clerk at the Philippine Supreme Court, and a litigation associate in a law firm in the Philippines.

Gabriela RAMOS

Gabriela Ramos is the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20. Besides supporting the Strategic Agenda of the Secretary General, she is responsible for the contributions of the Organisation to the global agenda, including the G20 and the G7. She leads the Inclusive Growth Initiative and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges and also oversees the work on Education, Employment and Social Affairs (including gender).

Previously, she served as Head of the OECD Office in Mexico and Latin America, co-ordinating several reports on Mexico to advance the health and education reform. She developed the OECD's Mexico Forum and edited and launched the "Getting it Right" flagship publication series.

Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Ramos held several positions in the Mexican Government, including Director of Economic Affairs (and OECD issues) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Technical Secretary at the Office of the Minister for the Budget. She has also held several positions as Professor of International Economy at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Ms Ramos holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright and Ford MacArthur fellow. She was decorated with the Ordre du Merit by the President of France, François Hollande, in 2013.

Jimena REYES

Jimena Reyes is a Paris Bar human rights attorney. As FIDH's director for the Americas since June 2003, she has conducted investigations on human rights in Northern and Latin American countries, particularly on the rule of law, corruption, business and human rights, impunity of international crimes, migration and human rights defenders. She has also litigated before the Inter-American system of human rights and presented communications to the International Criminal Court on Colombia, Honduras and Mexico. She was a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court Trial Division and in 2018, an Eleonor Roosevelt visiting fellow at Harvard Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Law from King's College, a Maîtrise de droit from the Panthéon Sorbonne, and a Master in European studies from the College of Europe.


Denis Saint-Martin is a full professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He completed his doctoral and post-doctoral studies at Carleton University and at Harvard University. He is a specialist in comparative public administration and governance issues, including anti-corruption policies. His numerous articles and books have won various awards, including the Best Book Award from the Academy of Management in the United States (2002) and the Herbert Kaufman Award from the American Political Science Association (1998). He was also Fulbright Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government (2004) and Public Policy Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada (2005). One of his most recent publications is "Systemic Corruption in an Advanced Welfare State: Lessons from the Quebec Charbonneau Inquiry," Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 2016, Vol.53, No 1.

Rachel SCOTT

Rachel Scott has since 2004 practised from Three Raymond Buildings, a leading set of barristers' chambers in London specialising in financial crime, extradition and mutual legal assistance, public and administrative law, and international law. She has notable experience both prosecuting and defending, English barristers in independent practice being briefed on a case-by-case basis either as prosecutors or as defence lawyers. Appointed to the most senior panel of preferred counsel instructed by the UK's Serious Fraud Office, she regularly acts in complex fraud, corruption and cartel cases. She also advises corporations and charities with regard to their anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures. Ongoing instructions include acting for the Serious Fraud Office in its prosecution for bribery offences of a UK subsidiary of the French transport and energy giant Alstom. Rachel is currently working in Paris out of the offices of Bonifassi Avocats.


Colin Scott is Professor of EU Regulation and Governance at University College Dublin where he currently serves as Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Dean of Social Sciences and Principal, UCD College of Social Sciences and Law. He has previously held academic appointments at the Australian National University, the London School of Economics, the College of Europe, Bruges and the University of Warwick His research encompasses issues of regulatory design and accountability, the regulation of government and transnational private regulation. He has held editorial responsibilities for the Modern Law Review, Law & Policy and Legal Studies and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of The Conversation UK. His main field of academic expertise is regulatory governance and he is Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance.


Bryan J. Sillaman is a member of Hughes Hubbard & Reed's Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations practice group and is the Managing Partner of the firm's Paris office. Mr. Sillaman has developed particular experience counseling clients across a range of anti-corruption issues, including the development of policies and procedures, due diligence relating to third-party agents and joint venture partners, and internal reviews following evidence or allegations of improper conduct. Bryan has also spent significant time counseling clients with respect to independent monitorships.

Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Bryan was an attorney in the Division of Enforcement of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he conducted several investigations into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He also participated in the SEC's resolution with a large mortgage association that resulted in the second-largest penalty ever assessed at the time by the SEC for an accounting fraud investigation ($350 million), for which he earned a Division Director Award.


Vishal Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Law in India. His areas of research are humanitarian law, Constitutional law, human rights of marginalized sections of Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. He has authored one book on the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court, and many articles to give voice to the downtrodden people of Kashmir. Currently he is working on the topic of "role of corruption in spreading terrorism and promoting international crimes".

Jamieson SMITH

Jamieson Smith is the Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer for the World Bank. In this role, he decides whether to sanction companies and individuals accused of fraud, corruption and collusion in connection with Bank-financed contracts. Mr. Smith has spoken on multilateral institutions' approach to anti-corruption at various domestic and international conferences, including events in France, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Before joining the Office of Suspension and Debarment in March 2010, Mr. Smith was an attorney in private practice, where he represented corporations and individuals in a wide variety of white collar criminal and regulatory matters, including alleged violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has conducted internal investigations in China, Egypt, Indonesia, Brazil, Croatia, Italy and Czechia, and also advised clients with respect to compliance and corporate governance issues. A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Smith received his A.B., cum laude, from Duke University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University's School of Law, where he was a member of Law & Contemporary Problems. He also earned his M.A. in American Legal History from the University of Virginia.


Andy Spalding is a Professor of Law at the University of Richmond (Virginia, USA), and was the founding chair of the ASIL Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group. He is a regular visiting faculty member at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria and Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog. Prof. Spalding was recently asked to organize and chair the Olympics Compliance Task Force, which is helping design the anti-corruption and human rights compliance framework for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.


Simon St-Georges is a Ph.D. political science student at Université de Montréal and a lawyer with a previous career in litigation. He completed his B.A. with honors in Political Science (2010) and both his civil and common law degrees at McGill University (2013). He then worked at Norton Rose Fulbright between 2012 and 2017, with over two years of practice in commercial law and dispute resolution. His practice in public markets and integrity measures led him to pursue his M.A. in political science with Prof. Saint-Martin, writing his master's thesis on the policy diffusion of new anti-corruption instruments such as DPAs.

Slobodan TOMIC

Slobodan Tomic is a Post-Doctoral Marie Curie Fellow at University College Dublin (UCD), where he is conducting a two-year research project on the interplay between integrity regulators and government. Slobodan holds a PhD in Political Science, from the London School of Economics (LSE), where he had previously obtained an MSc in Public Policy & Administration. Slobodan's academic interests are in the fields of regulation and public policy & administration, with a focus on accountability, integrity policies, and bureaucratic politics.

Camila F. TORT

Camila F. Tort is a Consultant at the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Organization of American States, where she drafts working documents, coordinates meetings, reviews reports, and conducts research on countries' normative frameworks and practices on anti-corruption. Camila holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, with a minor in Law. Prior to joining the Organization of American States, Camila advised governmental agencies, public listed companies and international organizations on the prevention of fraud, corruption, money laundering and the compliance with international standards in the matter.Furthermore, she has lectured on Public International Law at the School of Law of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Her areas of expertise include public international law, anti-corruption, money laundering and transparency.


Charlene Valdez Warner is an Associate at Linklaters LLP in New York where she is primarily involved in dispute resolution matters. She was formerly the Dispute Resolution Manager at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and a Case Counsel at the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. She also worked in the international arbitration group of another magic circle law firm in Paris, France.

Yueming YAN

Yueming Yan is a Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Yueming's doctoral thesis concerns anti-corruption in international investment arbitration. Her research areas also include international commercial arbitration, sustainable development, and alternative dispute settlement. She holds a Master of Law degree at Xiamen University and a bachelor of law degree in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.

At present, Yueming is engaged with a research-Global Anti-Corruption Efforts in a New Era of International Investment Agreements, which is funded by the Jean Monnet Award. She is also working with her supervisor (Professor Andrea Kay Bjorklund) on a SSHRC project-Investment Promotion and Protection in the Canada-UK Trade Relationship.

Yueming is a student member of the Private Justice and the Rule of Law Research Group at McGill Law. During her study at McGill, she has been so far awarded the Chinese State Scholarship, Grad Excellent Award, Law Dean's Graduate Award, MacDonald Chair GR Award, GREAT Award, and the Rose Grad Award.