Robert J. Abernethy
Robert J. Abernethy is President of American Standard Development Company and Self-Storage Management Company. He is both a trustee and member Emeritus of the Advisory Council of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Atlantic Council, the executive committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a member of the Chairman’s Forum of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Mr. Abernethy is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Brookings Institution as well as the Advisory Board for The Truman National Security Project. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the RAND Center for Global Risk & Security and the New Leaders Council. Mr. Abernethy received a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Emil Bolongaita is a Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the head of CMU Australia. He teaches a course on Grand Corruption and Rule of Law. He received his PhD in Government and International Relations and a Masters in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University.
As a student leader in college, Dr Bolongaita helped mobilize fellow students in a democratization movement against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, which culminated in the People Power revolution that ousted the dictator in 1986. In 1998, while an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, he co-led the World Bank’s Global Distance Learning Project on Making National Anti-Corruption Policies and Programs in the Asia-Pacific More Effective. He co-edited and co-authored the project’s Challenging Corruption in Asia: Case Studies and a Framework for Action (World Bank 2002). In 2001, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) commissioned Dr Bolongaita to do a study of the Philippines’ anti-corruption institutions. Recommending that the Philippines adopt a deterrence-driven strategy to make corruption a high-risk and low-reward activity, he managed USAID Philippines Rule of Law Project to help the Ombudsman reorganize and train its investigators and prosecutors, which saw the organization increase its conviction rate from 6% in 2001 to about 35% in 2005.
In 2006, USAID engaged Dr Bolongaita to lead its Enhancing Government Effectiveness Project, which provided technical assistance on governance to government agencies in Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, the West Bank, Vietnam and Indonesia. In 2010, the Asian Development Bank appointed Dr Bolongaita as a Public Management Specialist and later as Unit Head of its Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program. He led the team that designed ADB’s Strengthening Public Management project in Nepal, which aimed to reform the country’s public financial management system and anti-corruption institutions. He also developed a technical assistance project to support the institutionalization of Bhutan’s Anti-Corruption Commission. In 2010, Dr Bolongaita, with funding from the U4 Anti-Corruption Research Centre in Norway, conducted a comparative study of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Philippines’ Ombudsman. This seminal study has shown how anti-corruption agencies can be effective in highly corrupt environments. In 2016, Dr Bolongaita conducted a pioneering study of the implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and found that its implementation was more honored in the breach than in compliance, with only a handful of the 41 signatories effectively enforcing laws against foreign bribery, and therefore significantly contributing to grand corruption in many developing countries.
Landon Butler was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Carter Administration from 1977-1981. In that capacity, he facilitated communication across a broad array of Administration-wide task forces that were formed to support Carter-Mondale initiatives, and he had lead roles in the Panama Canal Treaty and SALT II ratification efforts.
In 1981, he co-founded the Multi-Employer Property Trust, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate commingled funds, serving US, Canadian and European pension plans. He was also a founder of the first private venture capital fund in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
He has many non-profit interests, and served for ten years as Board Chair of Shakespeare Theatre Company, a Tony Award-winning regional theatre company in Washington, DC. Recently retired, he and his wife, Carol, divide their time between Washington and their farm in northern Virginia.
He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and Harvard Business School, and served as an officer in the US Marine Corps.
Geoffrey Cowan is currently the president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and Professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership, and directs the Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. He was previously Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Prior to becoming Dean, Mr. Cowan served as the 22nd director of the Voice of America and as Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau. He also served as chairman of the commission that wrote the Los Angeles' ethics and campaign finance law. Mr. Cowan is also an author and has just published his latest book entitled "Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary." Mr. Cowan chairs the California HealthCare Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the boards of Common Sense Media, Human Rights Watch, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Mr. Cowan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Richard J. Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a Justice of the Constitutional Court. Since retiring from the bench he has taught as a visiting professor in a number of United States Law Schools. From August 1994 to September 1996 he was the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He is an honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple, London and an honorary fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. He is an honorary member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an honorary life member of the International Bar Association and Honorary President of its Human Rights Institute.
Nicco Mele is the new director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Mele is also the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and a Senior Fellow at USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP). He was previously a senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Mele was webmaster for Governor Howard Dean's 2004 presidential bid. Mr. Mele and the campaign team popularized the use of technology and social media, which revolutionized political fundraising. He also ran Internet strategy for Barack Obama's successful 2004 campaign for U.S. Senate.
From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Mele served on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching courses on the Internet and politics. In the spring of 2009, he was the visiting Edward R. Murrow Lecturer at the Shorenstein Center, and in the fall of 2008 he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, he taught graduate courses in communications at Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Mele also serves on a number of private and nonprofit boards, including the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He co-founded the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and in 2014 he co-produced a documentary about the poet W.S. Merwin, "Even Though The Whole World Is Burning."
Mr. Mele holds a Bachelor's degree in Government from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Farid Rohani is the immediate past Chair of the Laurier Institution, a Canadian non-partisan organization dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge about the economic and social implications of diversity. During a 12-year tenure on the Laurier board, Rohani established the Ethics and Human Rights Lecture Series (University of British Columbia) and expanded the M.K. Wong Lecture Series on multicultural issues (CBC Radio) now in its 11th year. He also established Canada’s first Indigenous speaker series at Vancouver Island University. As former Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (Vancouver), he organized the first Citizenship Ceremony on a First Nations Reserve.
Rohani has served on the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (E-Division) Diversity Advisory Committee, the Scouts Canada Diversity Committee and on the Steering Committee of the Vancouver Dialogues Project. He has been honored with the British Columbia Multicultural Award (2011), the British Columbia Regiment Commanding Officer’s Commendation (2014), and has been recognized as a Georgia Straight Cultural Navigator (2013).
An Iranian-born Canadian, Rohani publishes widely on immigration, multiculturalism, diversity and ethics, and is a guest commentator on these issues on CBC radio and television. He also manages his family’s Vancouver-based development and real estate holding company.
Prof. Robert I. Rotberg
Prof. Robert I. Rotberg is the Founding Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Intrastate Conflict, President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and sometime Academic Vice-President of Tufts University and President of Lafayette College. He currently serves as the Fulbright Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the University of Sao Paulo. He has published a number of books and articles. His latest, The Corruption Cure: How Leaders and Citizens Can Combat Graft, is published by Princeton University Press in early 2017.
Jill A. Schuker, a Senior Strategic Partner and Advisor to Global Communicators LLC, is also President of JAS International, a governance, strategic communications and policy planning firm. For the previous six years she was Head of Center for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Washington Center, one of four global centers outside of its Paris HQ. She has served as Special Assistant to the President (Clinton) for National Security Affairs and Senior Director at the National Security Council, Deputy Communications Director at the White House, head of Press and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Counselor for Press and Public Affairs/USUN, and Deputy Spokeswoman at the State Department. On Capitol Hill, she was Executive Director of the New England Congressional Caucus working with Speaker Thomas (Tip) P. O’Neill Jr.. She has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, American University and George Washington University. She also was a European Community Fellow, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and a non-resident Fellow at the University of Southern California. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Council Member of the Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Founding Member of the Women’s Refugee Commission, a Board member of Integrity Initiatives International (III), and a Board member and Head of the Governance Committee of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She has written a number of published Op Eds on national security policy and public diplomacy and spoken at a range of global and national forums, including attending Davos. Ms. Schuker has a B.A. degree from Skidmore College and is the recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award, and an M.A. degree from Tufts University with the coordination and direction of her thesis at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Dawn L. Smalls is a partner in the New York City office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, crisis management and government response, and health care. Ms. Smalls has represented clients in high-profile, complex cases, including defending Barclays in bankruptcy proceedings against the Lehman Brothers. She was previously at the Ford Foundation and has substantial experience in government, politics, and philanthropy. This includes roles as Executive Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant to White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, Special Assistant in the Office of Management and Budget, and New York State Political Director for the 2008 Obama for America campaign and assistant director of delegate selection. Prior to that role, Ms. Smalls served as Assistant Director of Delegate Selection and Regional Political Director for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Ms. Smalls holds a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
José Ugaz most recently served as Chair of Transparency International from 2014 2017. Prior to becoming chair, Mr. Ugaz served as president of Proetica, Transparency International’s chapter in Peru. He became an individual member of Transparency International in 2008, and has served on its board since 2011. Mr. Ugaz was also an official at the World Bank’s anti-corruption unit from 2004 – 2006.
He is a world-renowned lawyer, having served as ad-hoc state attorney for Peru in one of the biggest corruption cases in Latin American history against the criminal network of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. From 2000 – 2002 Ugaz’s office opened more than 200 cases against 1500 government officials and associates of Fujimori. Under Mr. Ugaz’s mandate, $205 million USD in assets were frozen abroad, and $75 million USD were recovered.
Mr. Ugaz also taught criminal law at the Law School of Pontifical Catholic University of Peru from 1987 to 2011. He has spoken on corruption and money laundering in several countries, including: the United States, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Japan, South Korea, Greece, and Thailand.
Daniel H Weintraub
Daniel H. Weintraub is Managing Director and General Counsel of Audax Group. Previously, he was a corporate associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. Prior to Ropes & Gray, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mark L. Wolf. Mr. Weintraub received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
The Honorable Mark L. Wolf
The Chair of Integrity Initiatives International, Mark L. Wolf, is a Senior United States District Judge, and the former Chief Judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment in 1985, among other things, Judge Wolf served as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States after Watergate and as the Deputy United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. In 1984, he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for exceptional success in prosecuting public corruption in Massachusetts.
Judge Wolf has served as the Chair of the Committee of District Judges of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and on the Judicial Conference Committees on Criminal Law, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Codes of Conduct. Among other honors, Judge Wolf has received Citations for Judicial Excellence from the Federal, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations.
In a 2011 editorial, "The Judge Who Cracked the Bulger Case," The New York Times commended Judge Wolf for exposing the corrupt relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Top Echelon Organized Crime informant James "Whitey" Bulger. The editorial stated that: "Judges are supposed to dispense justice but rarely root out crimes. As a result of Judge Wolf's courage and persistence, there were "high profile hearings in Congress on the F.B.I.'s Use of Murderers as Informants," an F.B.I. agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and "the government paid more than $100 million in claims to families of people murdered by informants shielded by the F.B.I."
A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Judge Wolf is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches a seminar on Combatting Corruption Internationally. In addition, Judge Wolf is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has frequently spoken on the role of the judge in a democracy, human rights issues, and combatting corruption in foreign countries, including Russia, China, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Egypt, Cyprus, and Panama.
In 2014, Judge Wolf published a Brookings Institution article and a Washington Post Op-Ed piece advocating the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court to combat grand corruption -- the abuse of public office for private gain by a nation's leaders. The proposal quickly gained the support of, among others, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Transparency International, Human Rights Watch, leading international prosecutors, and courageous young people throughout the world. In 2016, Judge Wolf, Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa, and other colleagues created Integrity Initiatives International: to advocate for the creation of the International Anti-Corruption Court; to develop and strengthen other measures to combat grand corruption; and to forge a network of young people dedicated to combatting corruption in their own countries and around the world.