Speakers

Yuriy Lutsenko, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine

Pavlo Petrenko

Pavlo Petrenko is the Minister of Justice of Ukraine, PhD. Before taking office of the Minister, he was engaged in private law practice, he has over 10 years of experience as attorney. Currently he is leading the comprehensive reform of the legal system. His priorities are reform of advocacy, reform of registration, executive and prison services, as well as the opening of public registers and lustration

Hugues Mingarelli, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine

Guillaume Scheurer

Mr. Guillaume Scheurer received his Law degree from the University of Neuchâtel and has a lawyer license issued by the same canton. Following graduation he used to work in private sector of the Swiss economy. After joining diplomatic service at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland in 1992, he completed internship in Bern, South Africa and Geneva, where in 1994 he got a diploma from the Geneva Institute of International and Development Studies with a specialty on international security policy. In the same year, he started working at the Policy and Studies Division, Direction for Development and Cooperation (DEZA). In 1995, he switched to the Task Force for the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 1996. In 1997, Mr. Scheurer was appointed Deputy Head of the OSCE Section in Bern and the “Partnership for Peace” at Political Section of the FDFA. In 1998, he was sent for service to the Swiss Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna. In 2001, Mr. Scheurer was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the Swiss Embassy in Iran. After returning back to Bern in 2005, he used to work Deputy Head of the Political Division for Human Security, and between 2009 and 2013 Deputy Head of the Swiss Embassy in the United States of America. In 2013, he was sent to Vienna for the post of Deputy Head of Delegation to the Swiss Mission to the OSCE during preparation for the Swiss Chairmanship in this organization. In 2015, Mr. Scheurer took up his new position as Ambassador of Switzerland to Ukraine and Moldova with Residence in Kyiv (Ukraine).

Marie L. Yovanovitch

Marie Yovanovitch is the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. She previously served as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008). She most recently served as the Dean of the School of Language Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. Previously she was the International Advisor and Deputy Commandant at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University. Earlier she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and before that as the bureau’s Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for issues related to the Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries. In 2003-2004, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Within the Department of State, Ambassador Yovanovitch has worked on the Russia desk, the Office of European Security Affairs, and the Operations Center. She has also worked overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow, London, Ottawa, and Mogadishu.

Karen Greenaway

Supervisory Special Agent Karen A. Greenway has been a case investigator, supervisor, and case manager for the FBI, since 1996.  Over the course of her career, she has investigated almost exclusively transnational organized crime and corruption cases, involving subjects from all over the world.  Currently, she is assigned to the FBI’s International Corruption Unit where she focuses on foreign corruption investigations involving violations of anti-money laundering laws.  For more than two years, she has been leading a team of U.S.investigators who have been trying to recover assets stolen from Ukraine.  She is also a licensed attorney.

Pedro Gomes Pereira, ICAR/Basel Institute of Governance

Pedro Gomes Pereira, Brazilian lawyer, holds a post-graduate degree in Constitutional Law and has over 10 years’ experience in the field of asset recovery and in preventing and combating corruption, organized crime and money laundering. He is currently working on cases in East Europe, among other regions in the world. He provides legal expertise to countries and supranational organizations to identify their current practices, structures and legal mechanisms in the prevention and combating of corruption and money laundering, specializing in MLA, extradition and international legal and investigative strategies. He has worked with the European Parliament, Portuguese speaking countries, Eastern Europe, Central and South East Asia, South America and Southern Africa. He lectures on corruption, organized crime, money laundering, international co-operation and asset recovery.

Yaroslav Yurchyshyn

Yaroslav Yurchyshyn (executive director of TI Ukraine) has an extensive experience in organization of campaigns for public lobbying, political expertise and policy analysis. He graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (teacher of history, historian, archeologist); National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Department for Social Sciences and Technologies, Master of political science, specialization – European studies). Since 2013 he is the Head of Council (Plast National Council) of Plast – a national scout organization of Ukraine. On a voluntary basis he was an Advisor to the Secretary of the Council of the National Security and Defense of Ukraine; an advising assistant to a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament L.Orobets. Ya. Yurchyshyn is a Head of the department for preparation and discussion of the reforms at the Reforms Center of the Institute of Social Innovations Development.

Artem Sytnyk

Artem Sytnyk is the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. From 2001 to 2011 he worked at the investigative positions in the prosecution offices. In particular he specialized in corruption cases. Later he had his own legal practice. In March 2014, through the open competition he was elected as the first Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

Nazar Kholodnitskiy

The Ukrainian prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine – Head of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecution of Ukraine. In 2006 graduated from the Law Department of the Lviv National Ivan Franko University. Immediately afterwards started working at the Kyiv oblast Prosecution at different positions, including assistant, senior assistant and senior prosecutor of the Kyiv-Sviatoshyn district Prosecution. In 2014, served as Senior Assistant First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the Deputy Prosecutor of the AR of Crimea, which after the Russian occupation had been relocated to the Kyiv city. In 2015, won the open competition and was appointed to the position of the Head of the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecution.

Olesia Batryn

Olesia Batryn is PhD, the Judge of Pechersk District Court of Kyiv city. She was appointed to the position of the judge in 2002. In 2010 she was transferred to the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv city. As an investigating judge she was giving judgements on a number of high-profile criminal cases involving grand political corruption. She has a number of publications relating to matters of civil and criminal proceedings.

Sevgil Musaeva, Chief Editor at Ukrainska Pravda

Vitaliy Kasko

Vitaliy Kasko, the Head of the Board of TI Ukraine, former Deputy General Prosecutor of Ukraine. Vitalia has an extensive experience of work at a law enforcement and of private practice of law. Since 2004 he has been a consultant to the Council of Europe and other international organizations in the field of criminal justice and human rights, in particular on the European Court of Human Rights. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on issues of return of criminal assets, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, combating torture and other forms of abuse, trafficking, protection of witnesses and others.

Juta Strike, Deputy director on corruption prevention matters, Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau

Brian Campbell

Brian currently serves as Legal Advisor to the “Cotton Campaign”, a coalition of over 25 NGOs, trade unions, private foundations, investors, business associations, and individual companies from around the world who have joined forces in a global campaign to end  state-sponsored forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.  He also serves as legal advisor to several grass-roots, community-based organizations in Africa and Asia and has represented victims of human rights abuses in legal and administrative proceedings in U.S. courts, before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of State’s OECD National Contact Point for Multi-National Enterprises as well as before National Independent Commissions on Human Rights, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and other UN bodies. Brian is a member of the Steering Committee and Legal Advisor of the U.S.-based Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines (EANP), which is a network of U.S. faith-based organizations, environmental activists, labor activists, anti-corruption activists, and Filipino-American activists formed in 2007to work in collaboration with grassroots partners in the Philippines to advocate for, and annually monitor implementation of, human rights measures concerning U.S. military aid to the Philippines. He is also advisor to the U.S.-based International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) located in Washington, D.C.

Elena Panfilova

Elena was elected to Transparency International’s International Board of Directors for the first time in 2011. She is also the chair of the Center for Anti-corruption Research and Initiative Transparency International, TI’s Russian chapter, which she founded in 1999. She served as its Executive Director until July 2014, when she became the Chapter’s Chair. She has been an academic, consultant and activist, held positions in the OECD and the Institute for Economy in Transition, and became a member of the Russian Governmental Commission on Open Government. In August 2014, she became head of the Laboratory for Anti-Corruption Policy (which she founded in 2008), working to promote transparency and civil society. Since 2007, she has taught anti-corruption at the State University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Anton Yanchuk, the Director of the National Agency for the Detection, Tracing and Management of Assets Derived from Corruption and Other Crimes.

Cornel Calinescu (TBC), the Head of Romanian ARO\AMO

Burkhard Mühl, Senior Specialist, Financial Intelligence, Europol Criminal Assets Bureau & CARIN Secretariat

Jan Knobbe, Asset Manager, Dutch Asset Management Office

Kenneth Hurwitz

Kenneth Hurwitz is senior legal officer on anticorruption with the Open Society Justice Initiative, based in New York. Hurwitz’s work targets high level corruption, particularly corruption fueled by trade in natural resources, using the law to challenge those who exploit the complex structures of the global economy for illicit ends – those who pay or receive bribes in exchange for illegal access to resource wealth, and those who assist by hiding the proceeds of corrupt dealing.  Ken’s anticorruption work also addresses the commercial trading in resources that fuels conflict around the world, including developing and supporting litigation that would revive the prosecution of business actors for the war crime of pillage, for the first time since the aftermath of the Second World War. Hurwitz was previously a senior associate at Human Rights First (formerly, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), where he worked to help ensure legal accountability for serious human rights violations in international and national fora, including efforts to curtail abusive practices in the detention and treatment of alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and within the United States. Hurwitz began his career as a corporate and commercial attorney at the New York law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, and later served as associate general counsel for a New York–based international banking and shipping group. Андрій

Andrii Kukharuk

Andrii Kukharuk is a project manager at the Secretariat of the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) in the Anti-Corruption Division at the OECD. He joined the ACN team as a local advisor of the OECD country specific project to support Ukraine in the area of anti-corruption in December 2014 and moved to the OECD Headquarters in July 2016.  For most of his career, Mr Kukharuk has specialized in different aspects of anti-corruption activities: policy, prevention, prosecutions. Prior to joining the ACN, Mr Kukharuk since 2008 worked in anti-corruption divisions of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, where dealt with issues of development and implementation of anti-corruption policy, international cooperation in this area. He was member of delegation of Ukraine to GRECO and a national coordinator for the ACN, was involved as an expert to the UNCAC review of implementation, GRECO monitoring and the OECD Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan monitoring. From 2004 to 2008 Mr Kukharuk served as a prosecutor in the Khmelnitsky regional prosecutor’s office where among other things was responsible for detection and prosecution of corruption offences. Andrii Kukharuk is a lawyer, graduated from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law Academy of Ukraine in 2004. He is co-author of a number of anti-corruption laws of Ukraine, including those adopted in the framework of the 2014 anti-corruption reform as well as reforming the system of stolen assets’ recovery and management in 2015.

Emmanuel Mathias

Emmanuel Mathias is a senior financial sector expert in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at its headquarters in Washington DC, where he coordinates the work on financial integrity issues in the context of Fund surveillance and lending. Prior to joining the IMF in 2005, Emmanuel served as a researcher in economics at the University of Paris – Pantheon Sorbonne, was trained as a Customs special agent, and worked for the French financial intelligence unit. In this capacity he led investigations of several high profile international cases of laundering of proceeds of drug trafficking, arms smuggling, corruption and human being trafficking.  Emmanuel holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Paris – Pantheon Sorbonne. He graduated from the Institute of political studies of Strasbourg, and was admitted to the French national school of administration (ENA).

Dovydas Vitkauskas,

Dovydas Vitkauskas is leading an EU-funded Project to Support Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine. Qualified in Lithuanian and English law, he also benefits from the experience of 10 years as a senior lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights, and author of the official manual of the Council of Europe for legal practitioners on Article 6 ECHR.

Olena Scherban, Head of the Legal Practice at AntAC

Sara Browne, Serious Fraud Office, UK,

Roger Clarke, Serious Fraud Office, UK

Lejla Camdzic, Program Manager Investigative Dashboard, OCCRP Sarajevo

Dr Clara Portela, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Singapore Management University

Aleksi Pursiainen

Aleksi Pursiainen is Head of Trade Compliance at Nokia Corporation, advising Nokia’s senior leadership and other functions on legal and policy issues related to EU, US and UN sanctions, export controls and other regulation of international trade. Before joining Nokia, Mr Pursiainen worked for several years in various legal roles within the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, most recently as the head of the Ministry’s sanctions team and a member of Finland’s delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Darya Kaleniuk

Darya Kaleniuk is co-founder and Executive director of Anti-corruption Action Centre, Ukraine. She has expertize in international legal mechanisms for anti-corruption actions, particularly in stolen assets recovery and anti-money laundering initiatives. During Euromaidan protests she was running yanukovich.info campaign aimed at freezing assets of Yanukovych and his associates kept in Western jurisdictions. Ms. Kaleniuk holds a Master’s degree  in Financial Services Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She was a Fulbright Program student in 2010-2011.

Oleksandr Danyliuk, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine

Oleg Zamorskiy, Head of the Legal Department of the Head of the National Bank of Ukraine

Kostiantyn Vorushylin, The Head of the State Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine

Brian Bonner, editor in chief, Kyivpost

Jean Pierre Brun

Jean Pierre Brun worked in France as a Prosecutor and Investigative Judge specializing in corruption, fraud, illegal financing of political campaigns, money laundering and organized crime, and as an auditor in the public and the private sector. Jean Pierre was also a Director for Forensic and Fraud investigations at Deloitte Finance and joined the World Bank in 2008 where he  specializes on Anti Money Laundering,Stolen Asset Recovery and Terrorist Financing, providing technical assistance and training to investigators, prosecutors and judges dealing with financial crime. He is the lead author of various World Bank publications, including the Asset Recovery Handbook and Public wrongs, Private actions.

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker is an English Barrister and Jersey Advocate. He is senior partner at Baker & Partners. He specialises in asset recovery actions, particularly those involving political corruption and the unravelling of offshore structures. He is the Jersey representative of FraudNet, the fraud prevention network of the ICC Commercial Crime Services.

Zoë Newman

Zoë Newman is a Managing Director in Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the London office. Zoë is responsible for financial investigations across the EMEA region. She has extensive experience in leading complex, cross-border frensic investigations into matters of fraud, corruption, and potential regulatory breaches, including those relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act. She also advises clients on how to best implement controls to mitigate these risks. Since joining Kroll in 2000, Zoë has developed particular expertise in advising governments and corporates in emerging and frontier markets in the investigation of corruption and related asset recovery. This has expanded to include the detection of financial crime and fraud risk within the banking sector on behalf of central banks and other supervisory functions in such markets. Zoë’s broad range of investigative expertise spans forensic accounting, data analysis, and asset tracing across complex corporate structures and multiple jurisdictions. She has spent significant periods of time working across Eastern Europe and the CIS, as well as in the Middle East.

Stéphane Bonifassi, Attorney at the Bonifassi Avocats law firm

Bonifassi Avocats is a boutique law firm serving clients with complex business crime, fraud, regulatory and international litigation. With more than 25 years of criminal court experience, Bonifassi has developed unique investigative tactics that he uses with strategic litigation tools to track, locate and recover misappropriated or hidden assets. He regularly represents liquidators and receivers in an international context for the purpose or recovering assets. He represents a French defeasance bank in the recovery of assets in a case where assets are hidden in several jurisdictions including offshore jurisdictions and where the debt exceeds $200M. Most recently, he lent his expertise to broadcast and written debates in English and in French about the “Panama Papers” leak and their impending impact on worldwide regulation of offshore corporations. As executive director and exclusive French member of ICC FraudNet, the world’s leading asset recovery legal network, Bonifassi specialises in business crime and fraud, corruption, asset recovery, forfeiture and confiscation cases, transnational enforcement of judgments and internal investigations.

Kateryna Mysnyk, The Head of Investigative Department, the State Deposit Guarantee Fund

Arsen Marinushkin

Arsen Marynushkin, human rights lawyer, Deputy Head and Chief Coordinator on Investors’ Issues at the Public Control over Banks (NGO), representative of the initiative group of failed banks` investors, Head of the Independent Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NGO).

Lilia Carasciuc, the Executive Director Transparency International Moldova

Max Heywood

Max is a programme coordinator of Global advocacy and policy Department at Transparency International. His responsibilities include global policy and financial transparency. Max joined the Transparency International’s Americas Department in 2009 and has worked on a range of projects including National Integrity System assessments in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Bolivia, and the Economic Equality in Latin America (EELA) project. He also coordinates the chapter development project in Paraguay. Before TI he worked as a researcher for the Economics Institute of the Cordoba Exchange. He holds a BSc in Economics from Utrecht University and an MSc in Public Policy in Latin America from Oxford University.

Susan Hawley

Susan Hawley is Policy Director of Corruption Watch, a UK based anti-corruption organisation that focuses on ending corporate impunity for grand corruption. She is also on the coordinating committee of the UNCAC Coalition. She leads the work at Corruption Watch in monitoring anti-corruption in the UK and on looking at how victims of corruption can be represented in enforcement actions.

Allison Gill

Allison Gill is an independent human rights researcher and advocate with regional expertise in countries of the former Soviet Union. She conducts projects for Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Open Society Foundations, the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights, and Physicians for Human Rights. She served as director of Human Rights Watch in Russia from 2006-2010 and as Uzbekistan researcher for Human Rights Watch in Tashkent from 2003-2005. She has a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College.

Dr Kristian Lasslett

Dr Kristian Lasslett is Director of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences, he is also Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Dr Lasslett has developed a range of forensic tools and digitally enhanced methodologies, which he has applied to generate investigative data-sets on different forms of state crime and corporate crime, including grand corruption, war crimes, land-grabbing, and mass forced evictions. This has involved fieldwork in diverse regions, including, Papua New Guinea, Uzbekistan, Turkey, France, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Dr Lasslett co-founded the International State Crime Initiative – a multi-disciplinary international initiative to collate, analyse and disseminate research-based knowledge about criminal state practices and resistance to them.

Fatima Kanji

Fatima Kanji is Research and Policy Manager at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI’s) and sits on ISCI’s Executive Board. She is currently also an Open Society funded Research Assistant through their Eurasia program. She holds an MA in International Peace and Security (War Studies), Department of War Studies, King’s College London and has previously conducted field research in: Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Uzbekistan, United States, United Kingdom and France.

Olivier Longchamp

Olivier Longchamp has been head of the finance and taxation department at the Berne Declaration (BD) since 2009. Here, he works on subjects relating to fiscal policy, the Swiss financial sector and corruption. Prior to this position, he taught at the University of Lausanne and EPFL. Olivier holds a PhD in Economic History, which focussed on Swiss financial policy following World War II. Between 2007 and 2009, he also participated in publishing Swiss diplomatic documents and, in 2011, he co-authored the Berne Declaration’s book on commodity trading, Swiss Trading SA.

Jackson Oldfield

Policy and Advocacy, Civil Forum for Asset Recovery. Jackson Oldfield has a background in international law. For the past five years he has been working in a range of policy and research positions looking at asset recovery and anti-corruption, corporate human rights responsibility and legal reform. At CiFAR he looks after our policy and advocacy work, supporting CiFAR and other organisations to push for stronger laws and policies at the national and international levels.