Collective Action Conference 2018

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Venue: Volkshaus Basel, Rebgasse 12-14, 4058 Basel, Switzerland. Website. Google Map.

Agenda available for download as PDF

Conference highlights available for download as PDF

Additional session on Tainted Assets (background information)

Day 1: Wednesday, 14th November

08:30 – 09:00Registration and coffee
09:00 – 09:10Welcome address: Professor Mark Pieth, President of the Board, Basel Institute
09:10 – 10:40

Private Sector and Law Enforcement: Constructive Engagement to Counter Corruption – “Take 2”

Moderator: Jennifer Arlen, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law


  • Andreas Hoffmann, General Counsel, Siemens A.G.
  • Ephraim (Fry) Wernick, Assistant Chief, FCPA Unit, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • Emmanuel Farhat, Senior International Affairs Officer, Agence Française Anticorruption
  • Tina Søreide, Professor of Law and Economics, Norwegian School of Economics 
  • Kevin Abikoff, Partner, Deputy Chair, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed 
10:40 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00

Quo Vadis Collective Action?

Moderator: Gemma Aiolfi; Head of Compliance & Collective Action, Basel Institute


  • Lisa K. Miller, Head, Integrity Compliance Unit, World Bank
  • Giorgio Melega, Chief Legal Officer, Tenova (Techint Group)
  • Hugh Bigwood, Chief Compliance Officer, Rio Tinto
  • Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer, SNC-Lavalin 
  • Robin Hodess, Director, Governance Transparency, The B Team
12:00 – 12:30

Erik Fyrwald, CEO Syngenta interviewed by Gretta Fenner, Managing Director, Basel Institute

12:30 – 13:40

Lunch Break

13:40 - 14:40 

From Island of Integrity to Integrity Pacts - and back again?

Moderator: Claudia Baez, Head of Governance Research, Basel Institute


  • Robert Klitgaard, Professor, Claremont Graduate University, USA
  • Heather Marquette, Professor, Birmingham University, UK
  • Daniel Bühr, Partner, LALIVE 
  • Esteban Arribas Reyes, Senior Researcher, TI Spain
  • Claire Martin, Project Leader- Public Accountability, Transparency International
14:40 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30Breakout sessions: Three parallel sessions, free choice:
Session 1:

Collective Action in e-government, blockchain and digital solutions

Discussion leader: Candice Welsch, Chief, Implementation Support, UNODC


  • Anastasia Mazurok, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, TI Ukraine
  • Beauty Narteh, Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption Agency, Ghana
Session 2:

Behavioural Ethics and Collective Action: New ideas to incentivize stakeholders?

Discussion leader: Isabel Cane, Project Lead, World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative


  • Claudia Baez, Head of Governance Research, Basel Institute
  • Mary Katherine Brink, Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Philip Morris International
  • Vera Cherepanova, Founder, Studio Etica
Session 3:

Certification in Collective Action: Pros and Cons

Discussion leader: Virna J. Di Palma, Senior Director, Global Strategy & Communications TRACE International 


  • Armin Toifl, Austrian Standards Expert on ISO 37001, ISO 19000 
  • Tetiana Kheruvimova, Investigator, Business Ombudsman Council, Ukraine
  • Dennis Wolf, Chief Compliance Officer, KBA
16:30 – 17:30

Converging Risk Management: Human Rights and Corruption in the SDGs and Collective Action

Moderator: Mirna Adjami, Project Manager, Basel Institute


  • Enrique Rueda, Chief Compliance Officer, Nestlé 
  • Shabnam Siddiqui, Director, Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency, UN Global Compact Network, India
  • Elaine Ryan, Senior Analyst on Anti-Corruption and Human Rights, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
17:30 – 18:00

Demonstration of new tools: 

Basel Open Intelligence: Peter Huppertz, Team Leader IT and eLearning, Basel Institute

AI Integrity Tool: Darren Edge, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research and Steve Zimmermann, Senior Adviser Governance, Global Practice Group, World Bank

18:10 – 19:00Apéro at the venue

Day 2: Thursday, 15th November

08:30 – 09:00Coffee and registration
09:00 – 10:30

Compliance and Collective Action in Emerging Markets

Moderator: Michael Silverman, Special Counsel, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed


  • Guan Fu, General Manager, Legal & Compliance, China Communications Construction Company International
  • Shikhar Jain, Principal Counsellor, Confederation of Indian Industries
  • Soji Apampa, CEO, Convention on Business Integrity
  • Liu Yuyang, Beijing New-Century Academy on Transnational Corporations, China
  • Steve Zimmermann, Senior Adviser to the Governance Global Practice Group, World Bank
10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:30

High Level Reporting Mechanisms: Reflections on progress

Moderator: Nicola Bonucci, Director for Legal Affairs, OECD


  • Algirdas Šemeta, Business Ombudsman, Ukraine
  • Erica Pedruzzi, Director, Centre for Anticorruption Studies, University San Andrés, Argentina         
11:30 – 12:45

Collective Action: Are there success factors? Lessons from Integrity Partner Workshops

Moderator: Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance & Collective Action, Basel Institute


  • Maria Gabriela Eiras de Almeida, UN Global Compact Network, Brazil
  • Suran Lee, Manager, UN Global Compact Network Korea
  • Deon Roussow, CEO, Ethics Institute South Africa
  • Qusay Salama, Project Director, Integrity Network Initiative, Egyptian Junior Business Association
  • Susanne Friedrich, Director, Alliance for Integrity
12:45 – 13:00Evolution to Revolution – what does the future hold for Collective Action? Gretta Fenner, Managing Director, Basel Institute
13:00 - 14:30Light Lunch for those staying for the optional afternoon session (All are welcome!)  
14:30 – 16:00

Official Launch of the Tainted Assets Initiative 

Moderator: Karina Litvack, Non-Executive Director 


  • Jason Hungerford, Partner, Mayer Brown  
  • Nathaniel Edmonds, Partner, Paul Hastings
  • Christopher Wright, Chief Compliance Officer, LafargeHolcim
  • Toby Duthie, Founding Partner, Forensic Risk Alliance
  • Robin Hodess, Director Governance, Transparency, BTeam 

Close of event