Who to expect in Bangkok?
At the IACC plenary sessions will involve the audience in a critical and proactive discussion about today’s Global Challenges. World leaders and experts will join the plenary panel to discuss and propose solutions to ensure a sustainable future for all.
Some inspirational speakers include:
Patrick Alley is a Co-founder and Director of Global Witness, which focuses on preventing conflict and corruption arising from the use of natural resources. Mr. Alley focuses on tackling the trade in Conflict Resources (natural resource trade that can cause, perpetuate and fund conflict).
In particular Mr. Alley works on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, and also leads Global Witness’ campaign against industrial logging. He has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe.
Alan L. Boeckmann
Alan L. Boeckmann is chairman of the board and chief excutive officer of Fluor Corporation, one of the world’s leading and largest engineering, procurement,construction and maintenance services companies.Prior to assuming his current position in February 2001,Boeckmann served as president and chief operating officer of Fluor since January 2001.
He has served as president and chief executive officer of Fluor Daniel, the engineering and construction unit of Fluor Corporation, and president of Fluor Daniel’s Energy & Chemicals group, Fluor Daniel’s Chemicals,Plastics & Fibers operating company, and the Chemical Processes & Industrial business group. Prior to that, he served as vice president of the company’s business unit that formed its DuPont alliance and as the functional leader of engineering.
Since joining Fluor in 1974 as an engineer, Boeckmann has held various management positions, including assignments in California, Texas, South
Carolina, South Africa and Venezuela. Active in a variety of business and professional organizations, Boeckmann serves as a director on the boards of BHP Billiton and the National Petroleum Council. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and the World Economic Forum. He also actively supports the United Way and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Manish Bapna joined WRI as its executive vice president and managing director in June 2007. His interests and expertise are in international development with a particular focus on rural poverty and natural resources. He oversees institutional and program strategies, approves new lines of work, and is responsible for WRI’s day-to-day management. Under his leadership, the institute has developed a five-year strategic plan and is in the process of deepening its engagement in both China and India.
Previously, he was the executive director of the nonprofit Bank Information Center (BIC), whose mission is to protect rights and promote sustainability in the projects and policies of international financial institutions. Bapna presided over considerable growth at BIC, including sizable increases in staff, funding and influence, especially in developing countries.
Bapna has also served as a senior economist and task team leader at the World Bank, where he led multidisciplinary teams in designing and implementing community-driven water, watershed, and rural development projects in Asia and Latin America. Several of the projects he helped develop received “excellence awards” by the Bank and were recognized as highly successful by independent observers. For more information, please see his bio on the WRI website, available here.
Mary Boakye, Consultant
Mary is one of the UK’s leading lawyers on African matters. She now heads the Africa Financial Markets group and is a member of the firm’s Africa Committee. At her previous firm, as a joint English solicitor and New York attorney, she was part of the US/International Capital Markets team.
She has extensive experience in international finance and capital markets having acted for a wide variety of clients including investment banks, IFIs, corporates, parastatals and government.
She has particular experience of capital markets transactions in Africa. Mary serves as a member of the Technical Committee for the World Bank/AfDB All-Africa Conference on Law Justice and Development. A former member of the Business Contact Group (Commission for Africa) and former chair of the ABA’s Africa Committee, Mary is a regular speaker on a variety of subjects, including legal aspects of doing business in Africa.
Mary is also founder and co-chair of UNICEF’s Day of the African Child Committee.
Richard A. Boucher
Ambassador Richard A. Boucher was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in November 5, 2009. Ambassador Boucher, a U.S. national, is a senior foreign policy executive who has managed world-wide teams, programs and strategies and brings extensive experience in emerging economies. Over his thirty-year career in foreign policy, he has consistently had challenging assignments and achieved the highest rank in the United States Foreign Service.
From 2006 to 2009, as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Boucher was involved in high-level negotiations throughout the region, from Kazakhstan to India. Prior to this, he was Spokesman and Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for five years, crafting the U.S. public approach on critical world issues for three Secretaries of State. In 1999, he served as the U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation promoting more open trade and an improved investment climate. From 1993 to 1999, he served consecutive terms as the U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus and Consul General in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit the OECD website’s bio, available here.
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona is the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty for the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights since May 2008. Sepulveda is a Chilean lawyer and is currently working as Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy. She holds a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and an LL.M in human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She lectures at several universities in Latin America and has provided technical assistance and training on human rights to NGOs, IGOs and governments. Ms. Sepulveda has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations affiliated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also served as a consultant to the Department of International Protection of UNHCR and more recently to the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia. She was appointed Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty by the Human Rights Council in March 2008 and assumed her functions on 1 May 2008. For more information, visit the website of the UN OHCHR, available here.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States on 21 January 21 2009. Secretary Clinton joined the State Department after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator. She served as Senator of the State of New York from 2001 to 2008 and in 2008, she was appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate, as the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. Secretary Clinton carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States. For more information, please see her page on the US Department of State website, available here. To see her video address to the 14th IACC, please click here.
Paul Collier is a world famous expert on economics and development whose 2007 best selling book The Bottom Billion is regarded as one of the most engaging, provocative and persuasive books on political and economical issues in developing countries. Professor Collier asks in this book why poor countries are still failing to develop despite the international support and financial aid that they receive.
He is a professor of Economics and the Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economics at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow at St. Antony’s College. As mentioned on Professor Collier’s website, his work focuses on “causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid; and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource-rich societies.” His most recent book, Wars, Guns & Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places, highlights poverty and violence in the world’s poorest and smallest economies. His work has been lauded by the New York Times, the Guardian, the Economist, and countless other individuals and publications. His new book, The Plundered Planet: Why We Must and How We Can Manage Nature for Global Prosperity is due to be released in April or May of this year.
Dr. Melinda Crane
Dr. Melinda Crane has given speeches and moderated events and discussions for a wide range of international organizations and firms. She is a frequent guest and commentator on German television and radio and regularly analyzes US policy for the news broadcaster n-tv. An experienced TV anchor, she presents the news program “Journal” and hosts the talk show “Quadriga” on Deutsche Welle-TV.
Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard. She received her PhD in political economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. As International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show “Sabine Christiansen” she produced interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush, among others.
Her journalistic experience includes work for the “New York Times Magazine”, “The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine,” “The Boston Globe,” the “Christian Science Monitor” and German newspapers and magazines. Her areas of expertise include: transatlantic politics; energy, climate and environment; transport and communication; globalization, finance and trade; science and medicine (including pharma); migration, integration and urbanization; women, youth and education; new media and the internet.
Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen is a lawyer by training. He has worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America; from 1988 to 1991 he was the Director of the Regional Mission for Eastern Africa of the World Bank. Under Ford Foundation sponsorship, he provided legal and technical assistance to the governments of Botswana and Namibia.
In 1993 Eigen founded Transparency International (TI), a non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. From 1993 to 2005 he was Chair of TI and is now Chair of the Advisory Council. In 2005, Eigen chaired the International Advisory Group of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and became Chair of EITI in 2006. In 2007 he founded the Berlin Civil Society Center and chairs its Board.
Eigen has taught law and political science at the universities of Frankfurt Main, the John F. Kennedy School of Government/ Harvard, SAIS/ Johns Hopkins, University of Washington and Bruges College of Europe. Since 2002, he is teaching as an Honorary Professor of Political Science at the Freie Universität, Berlin. In 2000, he
was awarded the ‘Honorary Doctor’ degree at the Open University, UK, in 2004, the Readers Digest Award “European of the Year 2004″ and in 2007 the Gustav Heinemann Award.
Eigen is member of the board of the NGOs Kabissa, building the capacity of African non-profits, and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), providing environmental legal services. Since 2007 Eigen is a member of Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel (APP). In 2009 he joined the Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility of the African Development Bank.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AO QC is Chancellor of the Australian National University (since January 2010), an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne (since July 2009), and Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (since June 2008). He is President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (Crisis Group), the independent global independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2000 to June 2009.
Gareth Evans was one of Australia’s longest serving Foreign Ministers, best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, bringing to a conclusion the international Chemical Weapons Convention, founding the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and initiating the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
It was announced in January 2010 that Gareth Evans was the recipient of the 2010 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute/Roosevelt Stichting Four Freedoms Award for Freedom from Fear, citing his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect concept and his contributions to conlfict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament. He was Australian Humanist of the Year in 1990, won the ANZAC Peace Prize in 1994 for his work on Cambodia, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001, and was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Laws by Melbourne University in 2002, Carleton University in 2005 and Sydney University in 2008. In the United States he received in 1995 the $150 000 Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas Improving World Order for his Foreign Policy article “Cooperative Security and Intrastate Conflict”. His other international awards include the Chilean Order of Merit (Grand Cross), given in 1999 primarily for his work in initiating APEC. For more information, please see the bio section of Gareth Evan’s website, available here.
Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi joined UNDP in January 2009 as the Democratic Governance Practice Director in the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP).
She served in the South African Government for over 14 years in various positions, most recently as Minister for Public Service and Administration and Member of the South African Parliament. Prior to this, she was Minister of Welfare and Population Development. She has also served in a number of leadership roles within Parliament, including as Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Rules of the National Assembly of the Parliament of South Africa.
She began her career in politics in 1980 when she left South Africa for Zimbabwe to join the African National Congress in exile where she worked in its political and military structures. During her period in exile, she worked in the areas of administration, communications and development. She returned to South Africa in 1990 to contribute to South Africa’s transition to democracy. She is a Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, has published various works on public administration, and has delivered numerous papers at both national and international conferences. She served on the Cabinet Committees for Economic Affairs, Social Administrative Affairs, Security and Intelligence and the Committee on the Service Conditions of Political Office Bearers. She helped to coordinate the transformation of the Child and Youth Care System and contributed to the work of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Poverty and Inequality. For more information, visit UNDP’s site,available here.
Arvind Ganesan, director of Human Rights Watch’s business and human rights program, is involved in research, advocacy, and policy development for Human Rights Watch on issues involving business and human rights, with a primary focus on the energy industry. Currently, his program focuses on human rights issues related to the extractive industries, labor rights, trade, and the economic interests of militaries. Ganesan has worked on a number of other issues related to corporate responsibility – including the internet and human rights – covering countries such as Azerbaijan, Burma, China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Ganesan worked as a medical researcher. For more information, please visit HRW’s website, available here.
John Githongo is a key figure in the global fight against corruption, known best for his leadership and courage in uncovering corruption in Kenya and more specifically his role in exposing the corruption and collusion of three high level ministers and the Kenyan Vice President in the Anglo Leasing Scandal.
After years of leadership and distinction in the fields of journalism and civil society, Githongo took on the role of Permanent Secretary for Ethics and Governance, in the Office of the President, leading the fight against corruption in Kenya for roughly 18 months. His success was much to the dismay of many in the national government, from bottom to top. As it was hinted that he should not do his job too well, his success in exposing corruption in Kenya led to his need to flee the country in 2005 to the UK. It was from there that he completed his revealing and compelling dossier on the Anglo Leasing scandal.
Mr. Githongo has since taken on a number of roles – he is a Senior Common Room Member at St Antony’s College Oxford, a Senior Advisor Global Advocacy for World Vision International, and a Board Member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, among countless other distinctions. Those interested in reading more on the extraordinary and inspiring career and life of John Githongo are encouraged to read Michela Wrong’s renowned book, Its Our Time to Eat: The Story of Kenyan Whistleblower.
William (Bill) Hughes CBE QPM
Bill Hughes was appointed Director General of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in August 2004. The agency commenced operations in April 2006 as the first UK-wide national and international law enforcement agency. Prior to this he was the Head of the National Crime Squad, operating across England and Wales, during which time he led the organisation in tackling serious and organised crime.
His career in the police service started in 1975 with Thames Valley Police. He served in various uniform, CID and specialist posts, before transferring to become Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) in West Yorkshire Police from 1991 to 1997. Bill then served as Deputy Chief Constable in Hertfordshire from 1997 to 2000 before heading up the National Crime Squad as the Chief Constable/Director General.
He has led the ACPO Crime Committee, and the Joint Working Group in the Police Service on Health and Safety. He has also served on the ACPO Public Order and IT committees. He was the UK Head of Delegation at the European Police Chiefs Task Force between 2000 and 2010, and between 2001 and 2006 he chaired the G8 Lyon Roma Police and Terrorism Group on Policing. In 2010 Bill was invited to become a member of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Durham Law School.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours list and in 2009 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Bill retired in August 2010 after 35 years in police and law enforcement.
Dato’ Sri Idris Jala
Dato’ Sri Idris Jala was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (“ PEMANDU”) on 1st September 2009. PEMANDU oversees the Government Transformation Programme (“GTP”), which aims to transform Malaysia into an advanced, united, safe and just society with a high quality of life for all. In fighting corruption, Idris has lead the Government’s effort to produce a roadmap over the next 3 years, through the ideas of a broad cross-section of civil servants, refined by input from the public. Plans include up to 26 initiatives across areas such as procurement, regulatory and enforcement agencies and grand corruption.
Previously, Idris Jala has been the Managing Director and CEO of Malaysia Airlines in December 2005, in the aftermath of the company’s biggest financial loss in its corporate history. From a 9-month loss of USD400 million in 2005, Idris succeeded in turning around the company in less than 2 years, with the airline achieving a record profit of USD260 million in 2007. In addition to various initiatives to turn the airline’s financial performance around, Idris introduced a whistleblower policy to address corrupt practices. Prior to joining Malaysia Airlines, Idris spent 23 years at Shell. Between 2002 and 2005, Idris was the Managing Director, Shell MDS (Malaysia) and Vice President, Shell Malaysia Gas & Power (Malaysia). Idris successfully led the business turnaround of Shell MDS, the first Gas-to-Liquids commercial plant in the world and also the sole supplier of clean diesel fuel for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In addition, in 2007 Idris was appointed as Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) where he regularly lectures undergraduates and graduates specialising in business and management studies.
Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, joined the World Bank in June 2010. She is responsible for the Bank’s operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, Sri Mulyani oversees other administrative vice-presidencies and functions, including the Information Systems Group, Integrity Vice Presidency and the Office of Evaluation and Suspension.
Prior to joining the Bank Group, Sri Mulyani served as Indonesia’s Minister of Finance, at which time she guided economic policy for one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia, and one of the biggest states in the world, navigating successfully in the midst of the global economic crisis, implementing key reforms, and earning the respect of her peers across the world.
Ms. Indrawati served as State Minister and Chair of the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency prior to her position as Finance Minister, Her earlier positions include Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, faculty member at the University of Indonesia and a visiting professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.
Ms. Indrawati holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois and a BA in Economics from the University of Indonesia. She has received numerous honors and awards, including Euromoney Magazine’s Global Finance Minister of the Year, and Emerging Markets Best Finance Minister in Asia. She has also been regularly on Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women.
Ms. Indrawati is married with three children.
Panthep Klanarongran was appointed President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (NACC) on 22nd September 2006. Prior to his current post,
Mr. Panthep served as Secretary-General of the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board (ORDBP), the principal agency responsible for putting into implementation the royal initiatives of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. He was a Director at the Office of National Economic and Social Development Board and a Commissioner of the Chaipattana Foundation.
Mr. Panthep obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Thammsat University, Thailand, and his Master’s degree in Economics from University of Southern California, United States. He was selected to enroll in several top-management training programs including the Civil Service Executive Development Program. He is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence College.
Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with more than 6,000 participants in over 130 countries. Spanning more than two decades, his career with the United Nations began in 1987 at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
In 1997, Mr. Kell joined the Office of the UN Secretary-General in New York, where he spearheaded the development of new strategies to enhance private sector engagement with the work of the United Nations. As one of the Global Compact’s key architects, he has led the initiative since its launch in 2000, building the most widely recognized global business platform on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Prior to joining the UN System, Mr. Kell worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany and as a financial analyst evaluating multinational companies’ investment portfolios in Asia and Africa. A native of Germany, he holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin. For more information, please visit the UN Global Compact website, available here.
Ashok Khosla is President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Founded in 1948, IUCN is the world’s largest, most representative alliance of conservation agencies and interest groups. Its more than 1000 members include sovereign states, government agencies and civil society form a solid platform for conservation research, action and advocacy with worldwide influence. Its six specialized Commissions with an active network of some 10,000 of the world’s leading scientists provide cutting-edge knowledge and advice on issues of biodiversity, from the local to the global.
In 1983, Ashok founded the Development Alternatives Group and now chairs its Board. Headquartered in New Delhi, the DA Group was among the first civil society organizations set up to address the issues of sustainable development as a whole. It also pioneered the concept of social enterprise, creating business-like approaches for eradicating poverty and conserving the natural resource base. In India, he has served on the National Security Advisory Board, the National Environment Board and the Science Advisory Council to the Cabinet and on the boards of many official, NGO and academic bodies.
At the international level, Ashok has had several official assignments, such as Special Advisor to the Brundtland Commission (WCED), Chair of the ‘92 NGO Forum at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and has served on the Boards of several environment and conservation organizations, including Chair of the Centre for Our Common Future, the Club of Rome and Energy Globe, and member of IISD, Stockholm Environment Institute, ZERI, the Alliance for a New Humanity, EXPO 2000, Toyota Environmental Awards.
Currently, Ashok is also Co-President of the Club of Rome and Co-Chair of UNEP’s Resource Panel. He is an Officer of The Order of the British Empire, a Senior Ashoka Fellow, Patron of LEAD-India and has received the United Nations Sasakawa Environment Prize, the Schwab Foundation Award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneur and the Stockholm Challenge Award. He has a PhD in Experimental Physics from Harvard University and a BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors. Before joining ADB, Mr. Kuroda was Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and a professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.
In a career spanning nearly four decades, Mr. Kuroda has represented Japan’s Ministry of Finance at a number of international monetary conferences as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs.
During his terms as Director-General of the International Bureau and as Vice Minister of Finance between 1997 and 2003, Mr. Kuroda helped design and implement the US$30 billion Miyazawa Initiative – Japan’s response to Asian economies hit by the 1997-1998 financial crisis.
Under his leadership, Japan helped Asian nations establish the Chiang Mai Initiative, a network of currency swap agreements designed to avert another crisis.
He has authored several books on monetary policy, exchange rate, international finance policy coordination, international taxation, and international negotiations. For more information, please see the ADB website’s page on President Kuroda, available here.
Timothy Large is Editor of three news services run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the world’s leading provider of news and information: TrustLaw, a hub of anti-corruption news and free legal assistance; AlertNet, a global humanitarian news network; and the Foundation’s Emergency Information Service for populations affected by natural disasters.
Before joining the Foundation in 2003 he was a correspondent with Reuters News in Tokyo, a staff writer for a Japanese daily newspaper and news editor of a popular online science magazine. He has written widely on humanitarian themes as well as social and governance issues, finance, science, literature and the arts.
His recent projects include the Emmy-nominated Stories of Hope: Surviving the Tsunami and the launch of a TrustLaw pro bono legal initiative to help strengthen Haiti’s laws around sexual violence and provide continuing education for Haitian lawyers.
Huguette Labelle holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Education. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada. She has been awarded honorary degrees from twelve Canadian Universities and has received the Vanier medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the public service of Canada, the McGill Management Achievement Award and l’ordre de la Pleiade.
She has served for a period of nineteen years as Deputy Minister of different Canadian Government departments including Secretary of State, Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission and the Canadian International Development Agency. She has served on more than 20 Boards.
She is currently Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, Chair of the Board of Transparency International, member of the Board of the UN Global Compact, member of the Group of External Advisors on the World bank Governance and Anti-corruption Strategy, member of the Advisory Group to the Asian development Bank on Climate Change and Sustainable Development and member of the Board of CRC Sogema. She also serves on additional national and international Boards. She provides advisory services to national and international organizations.
Karin Lissakers is Director of the Revenue Watch Institute. She has held senior posts in the U.S. government, academia and several think tanks. Lissakers was United States Executive Director on the Board of the International Monetary Fund from 1993 to 2001, representing the Fund’s largest shareholder during a period of turmoil in international markets and a U.S.-led campaign to redesign the international financial architecture and reform the IMF, including opening its policies and practices to public scrutiny.
Lissakers served as deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State and was staff director of the foreign economic policy subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the first woman to hold such a post.
She taught at Columbia University for many years, lecturing on international financial markets, regulation and public policy and heading the international business and banking studies program at the graduate School of International and Public Affairs. Her research and writing have focused on the interplay of international business and U.S. foreign policy. She has been a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a researcher for Nobel economist Gunnar Myrdal.
Lissakers is a frequent public speaker and participant in public policy, business and academic conferences. She is the author of Banks, Borrowers and the Establishment (Basic Books 1991) about the 1980’s international debt crisis. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, the Journal of International Affairs, The New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is married with two children.
Professor Vicha Mahakun
Professor Vicha Mahakun is a Commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (NACC). Prior to his current post, he was the third Vice President of the Constitution Drafting Committee of the 2007 Thailand Constitution, and a member of the 2007 Constitution Drafting Assembly.
Professor Vicha has held various key positions in the Judiciary, including Chief Justice of the Juvenile and Family Division of the Supreme Court, President of the Court of Appeal Region I, President of the Court of Appeal Region II, and Secretary of the Supreme Court.
Professor Vicha earned his graduate and postgraduate degrees from Chulalongkorn University (LL.B. and LL.M.), Thailand. He also holds a Barrister-at-Law from Thai Bar Association, a Master of Political Science from Thammasat University (Thailand), and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Chulalongkorn University. He completed the Advanced Certificate Course in Politics and Governance in Democratic Systems for Executives at King Prajadhipok’s Institute, as well as the Joint-Executive Education Program from Cambridge University and Thammasat University. He is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence College.
Mark F. Mendelsohn
A partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Mark F. Mendelsohn is a member of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Regulatory Defense, and Securities Litigation Practice Groups. Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Mr. Mendelsohn served as the deputy chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and is internationally acknowledged and respected as the architect and key enforcement official of DOJ’s modern Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement program. He is widely known for dramatically increasing the level of sophistication of FCPA enforcement globally and for underscoring the importance of anti-corruption compliance. Prior to joining the Fraud Section, Mr. Mendelsohn was senior counsel in the DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C., and prior to that served for nearly six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Before taking up his position as Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on 1 January 2009, Kunio Mikuriya spent seven years as the Organization’s Deputy Secretary General. In this position he led efforts to coordinate the work of the WCO Secretariat with other international organizations such as the WTO to support the Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations, and the World Bank and other development banks to coordinate Customs reform projects, and with the private sector to develop Customs-Business Partnerships in support of transparency in trade. His current priority is securing and facilitating global trade through setting standards, sharing best practices, and providing assistance for capacity building in Customs. He has actively been championing the fight against corruption in Customs to showcase good governance in the public sector.
Prior to joining the WCO, he worked for Japan’s Ministry of Finance for 25 years. During his career with the Ministry, Kunio Mikuriya occupied a variety of senior posts, which have given him broad experience and knowledge in customs, trade, development, budget, and financial policies. He served as Director of Enforcement where he led efforts to fight illicit trade, then as Director of Research and International Affairs, paving the way for the conclusion of the first regional trade agreement for Japan, and then as a Counsellor in the Tariff and Customs Bureau. He also served as Director of Salaries and Allowances to coordinate remuneration levels for the entire government workforce, and as the Budget Controller for Foreign Affairs, Official Aid, International Trade and Industry, in the Budget Bureau. In addition, he spent time as a Counsellor at the Japanese Mission to the WTO in Geneva and participated in the GATT Uruguay Round trade negotiations.
Homer Moyer, chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee, is regarded as one of the US’s leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) lawyers and has been recognized as a premier lawyer in other international legal fields as well. A political appointee of both political parties, he has also developed and guided pro bono projects that have been hailed for their global impact.
Over the last decade, Mr. Moyer has come to be recognized as an authority on the FCPA and international anti-corruption law, which is now the principal focus of his work. He has written and spoken on the subject extensively, chaired more than 30 national and international conferences, and served as an SEC-appointed Independent Compliance Consultant.
In the area of export controls and economic sanctions, Mr. Moyer’s experience dates from when he served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce during a time of historic foreign policy and national security controls. While in government, he co-authored the Anti-Boycott regulations of the Export Administration Act. In matters of international trade, Mr. Moyer has advised clients on World Trade Organization (WTO) panel and Appellate Body disputes, represented governments in free trade agreement negotiations, and successfully litigated before bi-national panels and “Extraordinary Challenge” tribunals under the NAFTA and CFTA. Mr. Moyer has been counsel in landmark antidumping and countervailing duty cases, in trade and investment disputes before international arbitral bodies, and in federal court proceedings involving issues of international law. In other cases, he has represented clients before all levels of federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. For more information, please see his full bio on Miller and Chevalier’s website, available here.
Barry O’Keefe AM QC, Chair of the International Anti-Corruption Council, is a highly accomplished barrister, arbitrator and former judge. He joined Clayton Utz as a Consultant, having retired from the New South Wales Supreme Court with a distinguished career as an advocate, Chief Judge of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of NSW, an Additional Judge of the Court of Appeal, Independent Commission against Corruption, and as a Judge of the Common Law Division and of the Court of Criminal Appeal.
Barry is available to advise and represent clients on construction industry disputes both nationally and internationally, particularly in national and international arbitration matters and in relation to matters of probity.
Before his appointment to the Bench, Barry appeared on behalf of the Governments of the Commonwealth of Australia, and New South Wales and also for Her Majesty’s Crown Agents (UK) in a number of leading cases. For more information on Justice O’Keefe, please see his full bio on Clayton Utz’s website, available here.
Prof. Pothisiri is presently a Commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) of Thailand, and concurrently serves as Chairman of its International Affairs Sub-Commission. He is the principal Commissioner responsible for the organization of the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC).
Prof. Pothisiri had previously served in various capacities in the Ministry of Public Health. Some of his previous positions include Secretary-General of Thai Food and Drug Administration (2004-2006 and 1995-1997), Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health (2002-2004 and 1997-1999), Director-General of the Department of Health (2001-2002), Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences (1999-2001), and Inspector-General of the Ministry (1991-1995).
Prof. Pothisiri was an active member of a number of international and national organizations. He was appointed a Commissioner of the WHO-Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Health (2004-2006), and Chair (1995-1999) and Vice-Chairman (1991-1995) of FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Between 1974 and 1990, Prof. Pothisiri served as the Chairman of the Jurisprudence Division of the Federation of the Asian Pharmaceutical Association. He was also President of the Pharmacy Council of Thailand, Chairman of the Board of Director of Government Pharmaceutical Organization.
Prof. Pothisiri received his B.Sc (Honors) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, United States. He also holds a B.A. in Law and a D.PH in Public Health Administration. He has been a special lecturer at many universities and was Royally appointed an Adjunct Professor of Chulalongkorn University in 1990. Prof. Pothisiri is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific papers and several textbooks. In 1996, Prof. Pothisiri was awarded “Men of Achievements” from the Association of Thai Society. He was also a recipient of the prestigious “Ebert Prize” for best scientific report published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1975 from the National Academy of Sciences of the US.
Nuhu Ribadu is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. His work at the Center, which began in April 2009, is to draw lessons from his experience for combating corruption worldwide and to provide fresh thinking on the role of international institutions in this fight. Before joining CGD, Nuhu was head of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from 2003 to 2007. He served on several economic and anti-corruption commissions and was a key member of Nigeria’s economic management team that drove wide-ranging public sector reforms. Nuhu was awarded with the World Bank’s Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service in recognition of his efforts. Prior to leading the EFCC, Nuhu spent 18 years in the Nigerian police force. A lawyer by training, he received his Bachelors and Masters in Law from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Nuhu is also a Senior Fellow at St. Anthony’s College at Oxford University in the UK.
Ernesto U. Savona
Ernesto U. Savona is professor of Criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan since 2003 and Director of TRANSCRIME, Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime.
He is also coordinator of the International Ph.D. Programme in Criminology of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in cooperation with other Italian and foreign Universities.
He was also nominated President of the European Society of Criminology for the years 2003/2004.
He has been consultant to the United Nations, Council of Europe (where he was appointed one of the seven members of the Scientific and Criminological Council in 1996), the European Union and various national governments. From 1990 to 1994, he was visiting fellow and project director at the National Institute of Justice, Research Centre of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington D.C, where he was manager of two projects on organised crime and international money laundering. He is today member of the EU Commission experts group on ‘Policy needs for data on crime & criminal justice’. From 2003 he is editor in Chief of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, published by Springer. Speaker at many international conferences he has published several volumes and articles on organised crime, corruption and money laundering. He has been recently appointed (2010) as one of the members of the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime of the World Economic Forum.
Salil Shetty joined Amnesty International as the organization’s eighth Secretary General in July 2010. A renowned expert on human rights and poverty, Salil Shetty leads the movement’s worldwide work to end grave abuses of human rights. He is the organization’s chief political adviser, strategist and spokesperson. Previously, Salil Shetty was the Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010. During his time at the United Nations, he played a pivotal role in building the global advocacy campaign for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – eight goals to fight poverty, illiteracy and disease, agreed at the UN in September 2000, with specific targets to be achieved by 2015. Through the Millennium Campaign, Salil Shetty was able to galvanise strong faith-based, civil society, media, private sector and local government support for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Under his stewardship, the Millennium Campaign succeeded in making governments of developing countries and donors more accountable for meeting their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals. Salil Shetty was instrumental in the formation of the ‘Global Call to Action against Poverty’ and in leading the ‘Stand Up Against Poverty’ initiative on 17 October 2009, which mobilsed over 173 million people across the world. Prior to joining the U.N., Salil Shetty was the Chief Executive of ActionAid, an international development NGO. As Chief Executive, from 1998 to 2003, Salil Shetty led the transformation of ActionAid into a leading global campaigning and advocacy NGO. He rose to the position of Chief Executive after 10 years as director of ActionAid India in Bangalore and then 3 years as Director of ActionAid Kenya in Nairobi. By the time he left, ActionAid had become the third largest international development NGO in the UK and among the foremost poverty-focused NGOs in the world.
Salil Shetty first became involved in campaigning for human rights when growing up in Bangalore, India. With his mother active with women’s groups and his father with the Dalit movement, his home became a hub for local and national activists. From his student days when a state of emergency was declared in 1976, Salil Shetty has been actively campaigning against the curtailment of human rights. An Indian national, Salil Shetty earned a distinction in a Masters of Science in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.
Jorge Hage Sobrinho
Jorge Hage Sobrinho, Minister of State, head of the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil (CGU) since June 2006, was born in Bahia in 1938. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in 1960 and has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California – Los Angeles (1963) and of Public Law from the University of Brasilia – UnB (1998). Please see the website of the CGU for more information, available here.
Ingrid Srinath is the Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which has members and partners that make up an influential global network of organisations at local, national, regional and international levels, dedicated to strengthening civil society throughout the world. She also serves on the board of the IANGO Accountability Charter and on the World Economic Forum NGO Advisory Group
Prior to joining CIVICUS she served as Chief Executive of India’s leading child rights advocacy organisation – Child Rights and You. At CRY, she led a team of over 200 employees in 7 offices based in India and overseas through a process of organisational transformation from a charity orientation to a rights-based approach. Under her leadership, CRY facilitated over 20 NGO alliances including a pan-India national alliance the National Alliance for the Fundamental Right to Education with which has over 3000 NGO members. Among its many achievements was the grassroots mobilisation that led to the amendment of India’s Constitution to make education a fundamental right. While working with CRY’s network of volunteers in over 20 countries she was exposed to the legal environment and constraints that voluntary organisations face across these countries and with the skills necessary to navigate their complexities. To read more about Ingrid Srinath’s background, please see her full bio on the CIVICUS website,available here.
Cobus de Swardt
Dr. Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International, is a South African sociologist whose work experience spans the fields of globalisation, development policy, international relations and multinational business management. His academic experience includes teaching at universities in South Africa, Australia, Japan and Germany. He has also worked for multinational corporations, trade unions and research institutes in managerial and research-related capacities in various countries. During the 1980s and early 1990s he was active in the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa chairing the ANC in Cape Town. In June 2007 he was appointed Managing Director of Transparency International (TI).
Cobus de Swardt is a Board member of the WEF Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI).
Prime Minister Abhisit was born in Newcastle, United Kingdom. He was educated at England’s top public school Eton and went on to Oxford to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) with first-class honours, as only the second of two Thais to have graduated with this distinction, and a Master’s degree in Economics. At Oxford he was always actively engaged in the university’s extra-curricular activities and was elected President of St. John’s College Junior Common Room. Khun Abhisit is also particularly keen in soccer and openly talks about his love for Newcastle United Football club. Khun Abhisit also holds a Bachelor of Law degree and an Honourary Doctorate in Law from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand.
Following brief teaching stints at Thailand’s Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy and Thammasat University, Khun Abhisit decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career in politics. At the age of 27, Abhisit successfully ran for Member of Parliament in Bangkok under the Democrat Party in the 1992 election to become one of the youngest representatives to serve in Parliament. He was re-elected in 1995 and 1996, and was subsequently elected as a Party List parliamentarian in the 2001 and 2005 elections. He also served as Government Spokesperson, Deputy General-Secretary to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Chairman of the House Education Affairs Committee, and Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office. In 2005, Khun Abhisit was voted as Leader of the Democrat Party and was later appointed Opposition Leader in the House of Representatives. In December 2008, Khun Abhisit was voted by the majority of Parliament to become Thailand’s 27th Prime Minister.
Khun Abhisit has been a staunch supporter and advocate of democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency and good governance and has vowed to act on this deeply-held principle to create a better political system in Thailand. He has announced his Government’s priority and determination to restore political normalcy and social harmony amidst the current unprecedented political challenges. As Prime Minister, Khun Abhisit has pledged to bring about positive and substantial changes to Thai politics and society. Khun Abhisit has also brought out the strength and resiliency of the Thai economy and believes that the Thai people have the character and the will to overcome any crisis.
Andrew Wardell, Director Forests & Governance Program, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Dr. Andrew Wardell has over thirty years experience working on natural resource management issues in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa countries. He is currently Director Forests and Governance Program at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), overseeing a portfolio of research projects including the Global Comparative Study on REDD+. Prior to taking up this position he was Regional Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative-Forestry in the Asia-Pacific region supporting the development of seven REDD+ projects in Indonesia and Cambodia.
Michela Wrong, Writer
Michela Wrong has covered the African continent for 16 years, working as a reporter for Reuters, the BBC and the Financial Times before becoming a full-time writer. Her first book, “In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz”, traced the rise and fall of Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko and won the PEN James Sterne Prize for non-fiction. Her second book, “I didn’t do it for you”, was a portrait of the tiny Red Sea state of Eritrea. Her latest book, “It’s Our Turn to Eat”, tells the story of John Githongo, the Kenyan anti-corruption chief who turned whistleblower. Described as reading “like a cross between Le Carré and Solzhenitsyn” it created a furore in Kenya, where booksellers remain too nervous to sell it. This summer she won the James Cameron Prize for journalism combining moral vision and professional integrity.
Daphne Wysham is a Fellow and board member of the Institute for Policy Studies, founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network, a project of IPS , and founder and co-host of Earthbeat Radio, which airs on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington and is being syndicated to other stations nationwide. SEEN conducted the initial research which drew attention to the disproportionate ratio of fossil fuel investments by international financial institutions, including the World Bank. Translated into numerous languages, these studies resulted in: demands for reform from members of the US House and Senate; hearings held in Italian Senate, Dutch Parliament; Italian Prime Minister and former Vice President Al Gore calling for reforms. SEEN launched an international campaign in 1998 that, in 2001, resulted in World Bank President James Wolfensohn calling for an independent study of extractive industries (EIR). The EIR called for the World Bank to phase out of fossil fuels immediately, and rapidly phase in renewable energy. She is a Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam; former editor-in-chief of Greenpeace Magazine; and associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting. She is an energy writer for UPI, a board advisor to the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, a Senior Fellow with the Sierra Club, and a member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice.
Ms. Wysham’s analysis and critiques have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Grist, The Guardian, the Financial Times, and on BBC, NPR, and Marketplace, among others. For more information, please visit http://www.ips-dc.org/staff/daphne
Dimitri Vlassis holds a law degree from the University of Athens (Greece) and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the University of Miami (U.S.A.). He has pursued post-graduate studies in international law at the George Washington University. He is licensed to practice law in Greece and member of the Athens Bar Association. Mr. Vlassis was recruited in 1989 following the successful completion of the United Nations National Competitive
Examination, working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ever since.
From 1998 to 2003, he was Secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Elaboration of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and from 2004 to 2008 the Secretary of the Conference of the Parties to that Convention. From 2001 to 2003, he was Secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Negotiation of a Convention against Corruption. Mr. Vlassis is currently Secretary of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention. As Chief of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, he leads UNODC’s work on action against corruption and other forms of economic crime.