List of Speakers
(Names listed in alphabetical order)
Keynote Speakers

Dr Juan Carlos Botero
Executive Director, The World Justice Project

Dr Botero is the World Justice Project's Executive Director and former Director of the Rule of Law Index, where he has led the development of the Index project and co-authored the report since its inception in 2008. Dr Botero’s previous experience as a researcher at Yale University and consultant for the World Bank focused on comparative legal research and developing cross-country indicators for the World Bank’s Doing Business report. Previous experiences include service as the Director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington DC, Chief International Legal Counsel of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Deputy-Chief Negotiator of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, member of the Advisory Board of the Colombian Antitrust and Consumer Protection Agency, and Judicial Clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court. He has been a professor or guest lecturer in several countries, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Justice. His academic publications focus on the areas of rule of law, access to justice, and labor regulation. A national of Colombia, Dr Botero holds a law degree from Universidad de los Andes, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard University, and a Doctorate of Juridical Science (SJD) from Georgetown University.

The Honourable Mr Justice Joseph Paul Fok
Permanent Judge, Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China

Mr Justice Fok was appointed a Judge of the Court of First Instance on 1 February 2010, a Justice of Appeal on 1 February 2011 and a Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal on 21 October 2013. He obtained his LLB from University College London in 1984 and attended the Inns Court School of Law. He was called to the English Bar in 1985 and the Hong Kong Bar in 1986. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1991. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1997. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1999.

Mr Justice Fok was in private practice at the Bar in Hong Kong from January 1987 and he also practised part-time on an ad hoc basis in Singapore between March 2002 and March 2006. In addition to other public appointments when he was in practice as a barrister, he was a member of the ICAC’s Operations Review Committee. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2006.

Mr FU Kui
Deputy Director General, National Corruption Prevention Bureau, People's Republic of China
Director General, International Cooperation Department, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China

Mr Fu, born in September 1962, is a Han Chinese and native of Jun County, Hebei Province. After graduating from the Philosophy Department of the Beijing Normal University of China in August 1983, he stayed to teach in the University. In 1986, Mr Fu joined the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party and the Ministry of Supervision (MOS) of China. He had since then worked in the Fifth Case Investigation Department, Research Institute, Law Enforcement Supervision Department and General Office. In December 2010, Mr Fu was appointed as Vice Secretary-General of CCDI and Director General of General Office of MOS. In January 2014, Mr Fu was appointed as Deputy Director General of National Corruption Prevention Bureau of China and Director General of International Cooperation Department of CCDI (Vice-Ministerial Level).

Mr David Green, CB, QC
Director, Serious Fraud Office, United Kingdom

After 25 years of prosecuting and defending at the Criminal Bar, Mr Green was appointed the first Director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions in April 2005. He headed the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office from its launch until the department was merged with the Crown Prosecution Service in January 2010.

Mr Green returned to the Bar in April 2011. He was appointed Director of the Serious Fraud Office on 21 April 2012.

Mr Green was called to the Bar in 1979; appointed Recorder in 1996 and took silk in 2000. He was appointed CB in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2011.

Mr GUO Xingwang
Director-General, International Cooperation Department, The Supreme People's Procuratorate, People's Republic of China

Mr Guo earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Philosophy from Beijing Normal University, and his PhD in Law from Peking University. After working in the Research Office and the Research Development Center of the State Council, he began to work in the Supreme People’s Procuratorate from 2005, and took up the temporary appointment as Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Beijing Municipal People’s Procuratorate in 2014. He is now the Director-General of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Head of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office.

Mr Giovanni Kessler
Director-General, European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF

Mr Kessler is an Italian magistrate. His varied career includes experience as a Public Prosecutor, serving in international missions, and as an elected member of the Italian national parliament.

He was a Public Prosecutor at the criminal courts of Trento, Bolzano and at the Anti-Mafia Department in Sicily from 1986 until 1998, dealing with organised crime, corruption and financial crimes.

From 1998 to 1999, Mr Kessler was the Deputy Head in charge of Police and Justice at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Kosovo Verification Mission in Pristina.

As a judicial expert he participated in several European Commission and Council of Europe evaluation missions in Eastern Europe. In 2006, Mr Kessler was appointed by the Italian government as High Commissioner to Combat Counterfeiting and Piracy, where he served for two years.

He served in the Italian Parliament from 2001 until 2006. He authored bills on the International Criminal Court, the European Convention against Corruption, the International Judiciary Cooperation and on the European Arrest Warrant. At the same time he was a member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-President from 2003. He participated in and led International Election Monitoring missions in the USA and in many other OSCE countries.

In 2008, he was elected a member and then the President of the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Trento and in 2010 he was also the President of the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE). He was appointed Director-General of European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF on 14 December 2010. Mr Kessler obtained a master degree with honours in law from the University of Bologna, with a dissertation in constitutional law.

A native of Trento, Italy, Mr Kessler is married with two children. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and trekking.

Mr Leonard Frank McCarthy
Vice President, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank Group

Mr McCarthy is the Integrity Vice President of the World Bank Group, a position he has held since June 2008. The Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) contributes to the World Bank’s core mission of promoting development and reducing poverty by ensuring that funds are used for their intended purposes.

INT’s mandate is to investigate and litigate cases of fraud and corruption in Bank Group-supported activities, as well as address evidence of significant fraud or corruption involving staff.

Mr McCarthy has brought about significant operational and organisational changes in INT that have helped increase the World Bank’s capacity to address fraud and corruption. He was involved in the World Bank’s first settlement, which laid the groundwork for the Bank Group to more expediently deal with companies that admit wrongdoing. Under Mr McCarthy’s leadership, the World Bank also launched the International Corruption Hunters Alliance and brokered a landmark cross-debarment agreement with other multilateral development banks.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Mr McCarthy, a South African national, held the position of Head of South Africa’s Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), overseeing crime analysis, investigation, prosecution, asset forfeiture, and civil litigation. Under Mr McCarthy, the DSO secured convictions in major cases involving corporate offences, organised crime, grand corruption and urban terror; and interdicted record amounts of proceeds of crime, financial assets, drugs and other contraband.

Mr McCarthy also serves as the Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Anti-corruption & Transparency and is an ex-officio member of its Partnering against Corruption Initiative (PACI). He holds the BA, B Juris and LLB degrees.

Ms Natalia Soebagjo
Member, Board of Directors, Transparency International

Ms Soebagjo has been the Chair of TI-Indonesia’s Executive Board since 2011. Before joining the chapter, she worked in the securities and financial industry, as well as in consultancy and the media. She holds an MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and is Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance at the University of Indonesia. She is also a board member of the Perkumpulan Bung Hatta Anti-corruption Award, an Independent Commissioner of PT AIG Insurance Indonesia, previously member of the Independent Team for National Bureaucracy Reform, and member of the Oversight Committee of the Kalibaru Port Project. She was elected to TI’s Board in 2013.

Mr Dimitri Vlassis
Officer-in-Charge, Division for Treaty Affairs and Chief, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Mr Vlassis holds a law degree from the University of Athens (Greece) and an LLM (Master of Laws) from the University of Miami (USA). 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 (UNODC) 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. Mr Vlassis is the Officer-in-Charge of the Division for Treaty Affairs.

Mr Vlassis is married and has two children.

Panel Chairs

Mr Albert AU Siu Cheung, BBS
Chairman of Corruption Prevention Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China

Mr Au is the Chairman of BDO Limited, the Hong Kong member firm of BDO International Limited, a global accountancy network.

Mr Au is the Chairman of the Corruption Prevention Advisory Committee and a member of the Advisory Committee on Corruption, Independent Commission Against Corruption. He serves as a member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, a Council member and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Hong Kong Productivity Council.

He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services Limited, Independent non-executive director of the Hong Kong International Theme Parks Limited, Independent non-executive director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Café de Coral Holdings Limited.

Mr Au was the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2008.

Mr Au is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Practising). He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Society of Chinese Accountants & Auditors.

Mr Martin Kreutner
Dean and Executive Secretary, International Anti-Corruption Academy

Mr Kreutner is Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). He served as Director of the Austrian Federal Bureau for Internal Affairs for nine years and as President of the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC/EACN) network for eight years. He has extensively lectured on anti-corruption, international humanitarian law, and security topics all around the world. He is/was a member of several international boards and a senior reviewer for, e.g., the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the World Bank. Mr Kreutner holds a Master in Law from the University of Innsbruck and a Master in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester.

Mr Y K Pang, SBS, JP
Chairman, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Mr Pang, Chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC), joined HKGCC’s General Committee in 2005. He was elected Vice Chairman and Deputy Chairman in 2010﹣2012 and 2012-2014 respectively.

Mr Pang was appointed Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited on 1 April 2011. He is a Director of Jardine Matheson Limited and Jardine Matheson (China) Limited. He has been Chief Executive of Hongkong Land since April 2007.

In addition to his business pursuits, Mr Pang plays an active role in the business community and in public service in Hong Kong. In 1999, he was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong. He is the Chairman of the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong and Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is also a member of the HKSAR Government Trade and Industry Advisory Board and the Hospital Authority. Between 2004 and 2010, he was a member of the Corruption Prevention Advisory Committee of the ICAC. He was also a member of the Independent Police Complaints Council in 2009-2010.

Dr Eduardo Vetere
Vice President, International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities

Dr Vetere has been Vice President of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) since October 2006. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and a Member of the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD).

Having worked as a Research Officer at the UN Crime and Justice Research Institute (1969-1975) ; Social Affairs Officer with the UN Department of International Economic and Social Affairs (1976-1984) ; and Senior Programme Officer with the UN Fund for Drug Abuse Control (1984 -1987); he headed from 1987 to 1997 the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, which is now an integral part of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and, from 2003 to 2005, he was the Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs of UNODC.

He was also the Provincial Director of Phnom Penh with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia peace-keeping mission and Officer-in-Charge for Public Security responsible for re-establishing Cambodia's criminal justice infrastructure (1992-1993); Director of the Centre for International Crime Prevention (1997-2002); Director of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General in Iraq (1998-1999); Chairman of the Identification Commission of the UN Mission for the Referendum on Western Sahara and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (1999-2001). He has served as Executive Secretary of the Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh UN Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

He received his doctorate in law/jurisprudence at the University of Rome, with specialization in criminal law and criminology at the Universities of Cambridge and Rome. He authored several publications in the fields of human rights in the administration of justice, criminal justice statistics, developmental issues and international cooperation in criminal matters.

Panel Speakers

Ms Maite Masià i Ayala
Deputy Director, Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia, Spain

Ms Ayala (Amposta, 1969) holds a bachelor of law degree from the University of Barcelona. On 1 March 2011, she was appointed the Deputy Director of the Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia by the Institutional Commission of the Parliament.

Before taking office, she was the Director of the Catalan Institute of Energy (ICAEN) under the Department of Enterprise and Labour of the Catalan Government, where she fostered programmes of energy planning, savings, energetic efficiency and promotion of renewable energies.

In 2000, she was appointed Secretary General of a State organisation that brings together all companies of energetic assessment of slurry in cogeneration plants. During these years, she also worked as a legal advisor in the field of electric energy.

Her professional career started in 1990, at the Department of Social Welfare and Family of the Catalan Government, where she, among other responsibilities, worked as a specialist in patrimonial issues and coordinator of the INCAVOL (Catalan Institute of volunteers).

Ms Anna Bossman
Director, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department, African Development Bank

Ms Bossman is the Director of Integrity and Anti-Corruption (IACD) of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). IACD carries out investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption and other malpractices in operations financed by the AfDB. The office also develops preventive measures to proactively reduce the potential for misconduct, fraud or corruption in AfDB financed operations. In March and May 2014, as a result of IACD’s investigations, the AfDB announced negotiated settlements with a number of international firms after these had acknowledged involvement in sanctionable practices. It is the second largest settlement to date by any multilateral development bank.

Prior to the AfDB, Ms Bossman headed Ghana’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice as Acting Chair and Deputy Commissioner in charge of Legal and Investigations. Ms Bossman began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Ghana’s Ministry of Justice and later practised law with the firm Okai Anderson & Co, specialising in company and tax law before a 25-year career at the Houston-based Tenneco Oil Exploration and Production Company’s operations in Gabon, Central Africa. In 1997, she founded Bossman Consultancy Limited, a management consulting firm on legal and business advisory assistance to the public and private sector.

Ms Linda Champion
Manager Fraud & Anti-corruption, Australian Federal Police, Australia

With 27 years’ experience in the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Commander Champion has worked in a range of functions including uniform policing, Townsville Crime Branch, Internal Investigations as well as coordinator of the AFP whistle-blowers Confidant Network. Also working in the AFP Aviation function, Commander Champion’s roles included Coordinator Air Security Officer Program, Coordinator Regional Rapid Deployment Teams, and Canberra Airport Police Commander. Following these positions, Commander Champion has managed the AFP’s Spectrum Program, an information and communications technology programme of work to deliver a new investigations management system and then the AFP’s Special References function – investigation teams responsible for the more politically sensitive referrals.

As the current Manager of AFP Fraud & Anti-Corruption, Commander Champion manages teams across Australia investigating a range of serious and complex fraud, corruption, foreign bribery and identity crime matters. She is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the multi-agency Fraud & Anti-Corruption Centre (FAC Centre) hosted by the AFP and a joint initiative with nine other participating agencies. The FAC Centre delivers a collaborative Commonwealth multi-agency approach to the Australian Government’s law enforcement response to prevent, detect and investigate serious and complex Commonwealth fraud and corruption, and aims to deliver greater protection over Commonwealth revenues and minimise loss of funds.

Commander Champion has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management through the Australian Institute of Police Management, and an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration through the Australian National University.

Ms Shelley Finlayson
Chief of Staff and Program Counsel, United States Office of Government Ethics, United States of America

Ms Finlayson serves as Chief of Staff and Program Counsel for the United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE). OGE’s mission is to provide overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics programme designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest. As Chief of Staff, she directs OGE’s overall operations. As Program Counsel, Ms Finlayson’s responsibilities include strategic planning, monitoring ethics programme performance, supporting agency ethics offices through OGE’s Desk Officer programme, overseeing the training of thousands of ethics officials, ensuring OGE’s legal compliance, developing and implementing OGE’s external communication strategy, managing OGE’s congressional affairs, and spearheading strategic initiatives, including the development of an executive branch-wide electronic filing system for public financial disclosures.

Before coming to OGE in 2006, Ms Finlayson developed expertise through positions with local, state, and federal governments, and in private legal practice. Her experience includes serving at the Congressional Budget Office, the Maryland General Assembly, the government of the District of Columbia, and the DLA Piper law firm.

Ms Finlayson earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science from the University of California.

Mr Mark Gough
Regional Head Asia Australia, Compliance Case Handling, Siemens Pte Limited

Mr Gough has over 30 years of professional investigation experience at both national and international levels within the public sector, and more recently, international experience in the private sector. He has helped establish new investigation structures at Siemens AG Headquarters in Munich, Germany, in 2008, and the United Nations Secretariat in 1996.

Upon joining Siemens in 2008, Mr Gough was the Deputy Head of Compliance Investigations (Global) and managed the Europe/Middle East/Africa investigation team from the Munich headquarters. In October 2014, Mr Gough was appointed as the Regional Head, Case Handling Asia Australia (within the newly created Legal and Compliance - Regulatory Governance structure in Siemens AG), based in Singapore and with a regional office in Beijing.

From 1996 to 2008, Mr Gough worked in the Investigations Division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services at the United Nations (UN) in New York (postings to Kenya and Austria) and rose to the position of Deputy Director.

From 1984 to 1996, Mr Gough was a counterterrorism investigator with the Australian Federal Attorney-General’s Department.

Mr Gough has served on many anti-corruption policy committees, including the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC); the Interpol Group of Experts on Corruption (and as Chairman); advised numerous public sector institutions (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Programme) on best practices required for sustainable investigation programmes; and since joining the private sector, helped establish the Corporate Investigations Council (Fortune 100 companies); and an offshoot of that group, the Business Integrity Council (Asian based companies) seeking to benchmark investigative practices.

Ms Gretchen Jonker
Head, Anti-Corruption and Illicit Finance, World Economic Forum

Ms Jonker began her 12-year career as a government official at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) working on trade issues and inspections. After the creation of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), she joined US Customs and Border Protection. She served on various task forces and special operations teams dealing with illicit trade, counterfeiting, and agro/bio terrorism. Ms Jonker returned to the USDA in 2005 as the primary liaison for the US Congressional House Committee to investigate importation and management of agriculture products into US ports of entry. This investigation spurred Congress to mandate a Partnership Council between the DHS and the USDA which she coordinated and served as the secretary. In Washington, she also worked with the US Department of Justice as a subject matter expert. In 2007 she was appointed Area Director at the US Embassy in several countries around the world. During her tenure under the USDA and the State Department, she worked on international negotiations for various trade programmes. Ms Jonker served as Head of Global Trade Affairs splitting time between compliance and industry/government relations. Ms Jonker worked for Glaxo Smith Kline as the Senior Compliance Manager responsible for Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Data Privacy, and Procurement Compliance. Today she is the Head of Anti-Corruption and Illicit Finance at the World Economic Forum.

Mr George "Ren" McEachern
Acting Unit Chief, International Corruption Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States of America

Supervisory Special Agent McEachern has worked in law enforcement since 1995 and entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2005. Mr McEachern has been assigned to the Tampa Division and later the Boston Division, where he conducted various investigations to include counterterrorism, public corruption, and violent gangs.

In 2011, Mr McEachern was promoted to the Director’s Officer, located at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. While assigned to the Director’s Office, he served as the FBI liaison to the United States Congress working with the Senate Select Intelligence Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

In 2013, Mr McEachern was selected for the FBI’s International Corruption Unit to manage the global programme for all FBI Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and created the newly formed FBI International Corruption Squads based in Washington, Los Angeles and New York.

Currently, Mr McEachern is the Acting Unit Chief of the International Corruption Unit with oversight over FCPA, Kleptocracy, Antitrust, International Corruption of Federal Public Officials, International Fraud Against the Government, and International Money Laundering Investigations. Additionally, Mr McEachern manages FBI teams located in ten different countries dedicated to international corruption matters. He is a certified subject matter expert in international corruption and the FCPA.

Tan Sri Haji Abu Kassim bin Mohamed
Chief Commissioner, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Malaysia

Mr Abu Kassim is the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). He joined the civil service in September 1984 upon completing his degree in Social Sciences from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang. Upon entry into the civil service, he was posted to the then Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), as an Investigation Officer. In 1989, he furthered his studies by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the Michigan State University, United States of America (USA). He made his way up from an Investigation Officer in 1984 to the Director of the Planning and Policy Coordination Division in 1999. He moved on to become the Director of ACA for the state of Perak in 2000 and state of Penang in 2003. In 2005 he was appointed as the Director of the newly established Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) till March 2006 before taking up the post as Chief Integrity Officer at Amanah Raya Berhad. Mr Abu Kassim took office as the Deputy Director General I of ACA in 2007 and consequently as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the MACC in 2009 when the Agency was converted to be a fully fledged Commission in 2009. He was sworn in as the Chief Commissioner of the MACC on 1 January 2010.

Mr Abu Kassim was nominated to be the Member of the Academic Advisory Board of International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), before again being nominated by the Government of Malaysia to be elected as the Member of the Board of Governors of IACA in November 2012. Through the nomination by the State Parties, Mr Abu Kassim was afterwards appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of IACA for a term of six years.

Mr Marin Mrčela
President, Group of States Against Corruption, Council of Europe Justice, Criminal Law Department, Supreme Court, Croatia

Mr Justice Mrčela is the Deputy President of the Association of Croatian Judges and a Council of Europe Expert in the field of Criminal Law (corruption, organised crime, criminal procedures, etc.). Mr Justice Mrčela has his PhD (Criminal Law science) from the Zagreb Law Faculty, University of Zagreb. He is an Associate Teacher at both the Zagreb Law Faculty and Zagreb Medical Faculty. Since 2011, Mr Justice Mrčela has been the President of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). He is also an associate member to the Croatian Academy of the Legal Science and a member of the Administrative Board of the Croatian Association for European Criminal Law.

Between 2000 and 2001, Mr Justice Mrčela was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the American University, Washington, DC.

Mr Raymond NG Kwok Ming
Acting Director of Community Relations, ICAC, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China

Mr Ng joined the Community Relations Department (CRD) of ICAC in 1984. He was cross-posted to the Corruption Prevention Department and became Assistant Director in 2010. He then served as Assistant Director of CRD in 2011. Before acting in the current post this year to head CRD’s preventive education and publicity initiatives, he was Secretary to Commissioner of ICAC, leading the Administration Branch to oversee human and financial resources management, media communications, anti-corruption studies, etc.

Over the 31 years of services, Mr Ng had worked in a variety of posts such as the Executive Director of Hong Kong Ethics Development Centre to promulgate business ethics; Regional Officer to disseminate anti-corruption messages to different strata of the community; Programme Coordinator (Youth) to promote positive values to youngsters; and Principal Corruption Prevention Officer to assist clients to improve work procedures. Mr Ng was awarded the Director of Community Relations’ Commendation and the Commissioner’s Commendation for organising a regional Youth Summit in 2003 and a Directors’ Forum in 2007 respectively.

Mr Ng holds degrees in Bachelor of Social Science (First Class Honours) in Government and Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Master of Public Administration from the University of Hong Kong.

Mr Bob Pickard
Chairman for Asia-Pacific, The Huntsworth Group

Having built communications consulting businesses based in the United States, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Canada, Mr Pickard is one of the best known executives in the international public relations industry. Now the Asia-Pacific Chairman of Huntsworth plc, he has more than two decades of experience focused on providing PR counsel and creating communications campaigns for senior business leaders.

Winner of the ‘PR Agency Head of The Year’ at the PR Week awards in 2012, two years earlier Mr Pickard joined Burson-Marsteller as its Asia-Pacific CEO where he led a 38-office network of offices across 16 markets. Through 2008, as Edelman’s North Asia President, he founded the agency’s entry into the Japan market, opening its Tokyo office. Mr Pickard joined the firm as Managing Director of Korea in 2002. Earlier in his career, he was Executive Vice President of Environics Communications, a leading Canadian PR firm that he co-founded in 1994. In 1996, Mr Pickard opened the firm’s New York-area office.

A member of the Canadian government delegation to the UN Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in 1992, Mr Pickard is deeply involved with sustainability issues such as climate change and has been a speaker on corporate social responsibility at APEC, Economist Intelligence Unit, and World Economic Forum conferences.

Ms Julie Read
Chief Executive and Director, Serious Fraud Office, New Zealand

Ms Read joined the Serious Fraud Office in New Zealand in October 2013. Ms Read is a lawyer who studied at the University of Tasmania in Australia. Ms Read spent approximately seven years in private practice and then joined the Australian Government Solicitor in 1989 which office then conducted Commonwealth prosecutions on behalf of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). Ms Read was appointed Manager of the criminal practice in 1992 and transferred to the CDPP as Assistant Director in 1997 when the CDPP established its own office in Tasmania. In 2002, she accepted a statutory appointment as Regional Commissioner for Tasmania for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). In addition to her role as Regional Commissioner, she held a number of other senior executive roles with ASIC including Special Counsel, Litigation responsible for the conduct of major litigation for ASIC and prior to that Senior Executive, Major Fraud and International. Ms Read has wide experience in relation to international criminal law and represented ASIC on the International Organisation of Securities Commissions Standing Committee 4 on Cooperation and Enforcement.

Ms Read is married and has brought her husband and two dogs with her to live in New Zealand.

Mr Wayne Rideout
Assistant Commissioner of Criminal Operations for Investigative Services and Organized Crime (ISOC) - "E" Div., Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada

Mr Rideout, Assistant Commissioner, has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for 33 years. Since 2011, he has served as the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations for Investigative Services and Organized Crime (ISOC) for the RCMP in British Columbia, Canada (“E” Division). The position includes oversight of a wide variety of specialized investigative units within Federal Serious and Organised Crime, Covert Operations, Support Services, Criminal Intelligence, the National Security Enforcement Team, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, and the Provincial Major Crime Unit. The ISOC portfolio facilitates vertical and horizontal integration of specialized resources from Federal, Provincial and Municipal policing partners. ISOC alignment with national, provincial and local targeting models provides prioritization of organised crime investigations and a synergistic approach to organised crime enforcement, disruption and tactical prevention operations.

Prior to this appointment he was the Deputy Criminal Operations Officer (Contract) for RCMP “E” Division, and had oversight of the Provincial policing operations for British Columbia including Major Crime.

Mr Rideout is a graduate of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism program (LinCT). He is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces.

Mr Donald Steel
Reputation and Crisis Management Expert
Former Chief Media Spokesman, British Broadcasting Corporation, United Kingdom

Mr Steel is a specialist in reputation, media relations and crisis management. Born in Scotland, he began his media career as a journalist and presenter before moving into public relations. He was for 11 years the chief media spokesman at the British Broadcasting Corporation, where he handled some of the biggest media stories of the last decade. He stepped down 4 years ago to work with high profile individuals and corporate clients in the UK, Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Based in London, he is a regular guest lecturer at the London School of Economics and the China Media Centre in London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008. He is also an associate director of crisis communications at Kenyon International Emergency Services, the world’s largest responder to incidents involving death or injury and of Johnston Associates, a leading aviation PR company based at London Heathrow. His interests range from traditional media skills to the use of social media to reach citizens and consumers. Recent assignments include workshops at the Government of Sharjah's International Media Forum and President Ivanov's School for Young Leaders in Lake Ochrid, Macedonia, a project personally supervised by the President.

Mr TSE Man Shing, BBS, JP
Director of Corruption Prevention, ICAC, Hong Kong, China

Mr Tse is the Director of Corruption Prevention of the ICAC in Hong Kong. Since he joined the Government in 1977, he has worked in various government bureaux and departments including the Civil Service Bureau, Social Welfare Department, then Urban Services Department, then Regional Services Department, then Regional Council, Department of Health, Home Affairs Department and Education Bureau. Mr Tse’s major duties and responsibilities included human resource management, planning and development of community facilities, departmental administration, law enforcement in connection with medical and paramedical professions and fight against corruption.

Mr Tse graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1977 with first class honours, major in Finance. In 1980, he obtained his professional qualification as an Associate of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He completed his post-graduate studies in London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London and Monash Mt Elisa Business School, Monash University, Australia. In 2004, Mr Tse attended the Leadership Enhancement and Development Programme run by John F Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

In 2008, Mr Tse was appointed the Justice of the Peace. In 2014, Mr Tse was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for his exemplary service with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Mr WONG Hong Kuan
Director, Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore

Mr Wong was appointed Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in October 2013 to lead the Bureau in the anti-corruption fight in Singapore. He is responsible for spearheading CPIB’s mission to combat corruption through swift and sure, firm but fair action.

Mr Wong graduated with a First Class Honours in Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University on a Singapore Government Local Merit Scholarship and joined the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in 1995. He was appointed as a Foreign Fellow under the Fulbright Programme in 2003 and graduated from the Harvard Business School with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2005.

Mr Wong held many appointments within the public service since he started his career 16 years ago. His last appointment was the Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Agency, which is responsible to lead, drive and champion workforce development, enhancing the employability and competitiveness of Singapore's workforce.

Mr Wong also held many key appointments during his stint in the SPF such as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Policy), Director of Operations, Commander of Bedok Police Division and Commander of Police Training Command. He had also served as Assistant Director (Infrastructure & Economy) in the Ministry of Finance.

Today, Mr Wong actively contributes to the community through his involvement with the Board of Singapore Land Authority.

Mr Ryan WONG Sai Chiu, IDS
Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations, ICAC, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China

Mr Wong joined the Operations Department, ICAC in June 1977 as an Investigator and rose through the ranks to Assistant Director in March 1996. He has conducted and supervised corruption investigation in all major areas including the public sector, private sector and elections. He was appointed Director of Investigation (Government Sector) in February 2006 responsible for the direction and supervision of corruption investigation concerning the public sector as well as intelligence and support including witness protection. In July 2012, he was appointed to be the Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations in charge of the Operations Department.

Mr Wong has a Bachelor of Science’s Degree in Biochemistry of Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Law Degree of London University.

In 2000, Mr Wong was awarded by the Chief Executive, HKSAR, an ICAC Distinguished Service Medal.

Mr Stephen Zimmermann
Director of Operations, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank Group

Mr Zimmermann is the Director of Operations for the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency (INT). Mr Zimmermann directs a multi-disciplinary team of more than 60 lawyers, investigators, forensic accountants, analysts and anti-corruption experts charged with detecting, investigating, sanctioning and preventing fraud and corruption in Bank-financed activities around the world. Since assuming his position, he has had a leading role in developing and implementing an expanded strategy for the World Bank’s integrity agenda, including the introduction of negotiated resolutions of investigations, reforms to the World Bank’s sanctions process, expansion of joint investigations with national authorities, introduction of restitution and enhancements to the Voluntary Disclosure Program. In addition, he led efforts to reach a historic cross-debarment agreement signed by the World Bank and four leading regional multilateral development banks for mutual enforcement of sanctions decisions. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Mr Zimmermann was the first Chief of the Office of Institutional Integrity for the Inter-American Development Bank. He also has served as the interim Chief of Staff for the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil for Food Program. Mr Zimmermann has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Department of Justice and as an attorney with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.






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