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).


The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO

Former Judge of the Family Court of Australia, Royal Commissioner, and Officer of the Order of Australia

Justice Coate is a former Judge of the Family Court of Australia. She served as a Commissioner on the five-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Prior to this, she held a number of appointments, including:

  • Judge of the County Court of Victoria

  • State Coroner of Victoria

  • the inaugural President of the Children’s Court of Victoria

  • Senior Magistrate of the Children’s Court of Victoria

  • Magistrate and Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate’s Court of Victoria.

Justice Coate has also worked as a part-time Law Reform Commissioner, a solicitor in private practice, a solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria, and in policy and research for the Victorian Government.

In 2019 she was awarded an Order of Australia and became an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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.


Dr Laode M Syarif

Commissioner, Corruption Eradication Commission, Republic of Indonesia

Prior to his appointment as the Commissioner of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in December 2015, Dr Laode M Syarif was a senior lecturer at Hasanuddin University Law School in Makassar, and had also lectured at other Law Schools. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree at the Law Faculty of Hasanuddin University, received his Master of Law degree from the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from Sydney University, School of Law specialising in International Environmental Law.

Dr Syarif has worked for many national and international anti-corruption and environmental law organisations, including the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law.

He was instrumental in the development of anti-corruption, good governance, judicial reform and environmental law enforcement programs in Indonesia for the:

  • Indonesian National Police

  • Attorney General Office

  • National Planning Agency

  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Dr Syarif continues to teach judicial code of ethics, environmental law, and anti-corruption law at the Training Center of the Supreme Court of Indonesia.