Keynote speakers

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Prof. Robert Klitgaard

Claremont Graduate University
United States of America

Robert Klitgaard is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, where he served as President from 2005 to 2009.

Professor Klitgaard advises countries around the world on government reform and economic strategy. His recent international partners range from environmental nonprofits to Supreme Audit Authorities; from the World Bank to the OECD; from the Government of Sonora, Mexico, to the Institute of Directors in Thailand; from the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria to the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies in Bhutan. He has participated in the World Economic Forum as a faculty member and as a member of the Global Agenda Council. 

He has been the Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, America’s leading Ph.D. program in policy analysis, where he was also the Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development and Security; the Lester Crown Visiting Professor of Economics at Yale’s School of Management; and an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

His ten books include Addressing Corruption Together (available for free).


Ms Lisa Osofsky

Director, Serious Fraud Office
United Kingdom

Lisa Osofsky became the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on 28 August 2018. In this role, she is responsible for all investigations and prosecutions for some of the UK’s most serious and complex fraud and bribery. Before joining the SFO, Ms Osofsky served as Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Chair based in Exiger’s London office. In this role, she served as the EMEA lead on the Anti-Money-Laundering and Sanctions monitorship of HSBC Bank, as well as other monitorship work centred in Europe.

Previously she was the Regulatory Advisor at Control Risks. Prior to that Ms Osofsky was the Executive Director of the Business Intelligence Group and the Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Goldman Sachs International, London. Preceding her time with Goldman Sachs, Ms Osofsky served as the Deputy General Counsel (DGC) and Ethics Officer for the FBI. Ms Osofsky was also a Special Attorney in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and stationed at the SFO in London. Ms Osofsky began her career in Chicago as a law clerk to federal judge James B. Moran; she then served as an Assistant US Attorney. Before becoming DGC of the FBI, Ms Osofsky served in DOJ’s Office of International Affairs. Ms Osofsky received her BA, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Photo credit: Kaveh Sardari

Photo credit: Kaveh Sardari

Ms Sarah Chayes [via video link]

Author of the prize-winning book, THIEVES OF STATE: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, and the forthcoming KLEPTOCRACY IN AMERICA (Knopf, 2020)
United States of America

Sarah Chayes's remarkable trajectory has led her from reporting from Paris for National Public Radio and covering the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan to running a soap factory in downtown Kandahar in the midst of a reigniting insurgency. She went on to advise the topmost levels of the US military, serving as special adviser to two commanders of the international forces in Kabul and then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen. She left the Pentagon for a five-year stint at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she extracted the broadly relevant core from those experiences.

Internationally recognized for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications, she has uncovered the unrecognized reality that severe and structured corruption can prompt international crises, such as revolutions and other uprisings, violent insurgency, and environmental devastation. Corruption of this sort is the operating system of sophisticated networks, which weave together government officials, business magnates and private charities, and out and out criminals, and represents, in Ms Chayes’s view, the primary threat to democracy in our lifetimes.  

Author of the prize-winning book, THIEVES OF STATE: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, and the forthcoming KLEPTOCRACY IN AMERICA (Knopf, 2020).

She lives in Paris and Paw Paw, West Virginia.