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Latin America's Battle against Corruption: What Comes Next

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

March 2, 2018
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What are the true lessons from Lava Jato, La Línea, and other successful Latin American anti-corruption investigations? What practices within the public and private sectors need to change once and for all? Americas Society/Council of the Americas convened Latin America’s top corruption fighters and corporate leaders for the first time in a groundbreaking conference, "Latin America’s Battle against Corruption: What Comes Next." The half-day event offered be a frank discussion on the region’s historic crackdown on graft, what to expect in coming months, and what further changes are necessary to build a more transparent business climate.

Speakers:

  • Sérgio Moro, Federal Judge, Brazil
  • Néstor Humberto Martínez, Attorney General, Colombia
  • Iván Velásquez, Commissioner, Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG) @Ivan_Velasquez_
  • Thelma Aldana, Attorney General, Guatemala
  • Rodrigo Janot, Professor, Universidad de los Andes; former Attorney General, Brazil @Rodrigo_Janot
  • Claudio X. González, President and Co-Founder, Mexicanos contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad @ClaudioXGG
  • José Ugaz, Former Chair, Transparency International @JoseUgazSM
  • Eduardo Engel, Professor of Economics, University of Chile; Former Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council on Conflicts of Interest, Influence Peddling, and Corruption in the Bachelet administration
  • Alan Clutterbuck, President and Co-founder, Fundación Red de Acción Política
  • Geert Aalbers, Senior Partner, Control Risks
  • Shannon K. O’Neil, Vice President, Senior fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (moderator) @shannonkoneil
  • Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, AS/COA; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly (moderator) @BrazilBrian

The webcast is available to all, and does not require registration.
In-person attendance is reserved for COA corporate members, AS and COA Board, CIAC, and President's Circle members.
Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Leani García Torres | lgarcia@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8380
Individual Membership Information: Beckie Bintrim | bbintrim@as-coa.org | 212-277-8342
COA Membership Information:  Natalia Williamson |  nwilliamson@as-coa.org  | 212-277-8374
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.

Sérgio Moro

Brazilian Federal Judge

Sérgio Moro is a Brazilian federal judge and professor of criminal procedure at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil. He is currently the trial judge of the bribery and money laundering cases involving the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras in Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato). Moro is the author of the books Crime de lavagem de dinheiro and Jurisdição constitucional como democracia. He became a federal judge in 1996 and served as an auxiliary judge in the Mensalão case.

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Néstor Humberto Martínez

Attorney General, Colombia

Néstor Humberto Martínez is the attorney general of Colombia. Prior to his role as attorney general, he served as an undergraduate and graduate professor in the law schools of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Universidad del Rosario, and the Universidad de los Andes. Martínez was the director of the specialization program in commercial law from 2007 to 2014 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and he also served as the director of the financial law department and director of the corporate law graduate program from 1987 to 1992.

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Iván Velásquez

Commissioner, International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala

Iván Velásquez is commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a post he has held since September 2013. In November 2012, the Association of German Judges awarded him its Human Rights Award, and in 2011, the International Bar Association awarded Velásquez its own similar award.

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Thelma Aldana

Attorney General, Guatemala

Thelma Aldana is the attorney general of Guatemala. She was elected president of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Vienna in November 2017 and was awarded the Anti-Corruption Lifetime Achievement Award from Qatar’s Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center in 2016. Aldana is also the author of the book Los Retos de la Esperanza, published in 2013. Prior to this, she served as the president of the Guatemalan Supreme Court from 2011 to 2012.

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Rodrigo Janot

Professor, Universidad de los Andes

Rodrigo Janot is a professor at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and at the Centro Universitário de Brasília. Prior to this, he served as attorney general of Brazil from 2013 to 2017, where he led investigations into Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato) and opened 137 investigations at the Federal Supreme Court. Janot was included in the “challengers” category in Foreign Policy’s list of 100 Global Thinkers in 2015 and served as president of the Asociación Ibero Americana de Ministerios Públicos from 2013 to 2014.

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Claudio X. González

Co-founder and President, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad

Claudio X. González is co-founder and president of both Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad, a citizen initiative to combat corruption and impunity in Mexico, and its strategic litigation arm, Despacho de Investigación y Litigio Estratégico. González is also the co-founder and president of Mexicanos Primero, a citizen initiative that advocates to improve public education in Mexico, and its strategic litigation arm, Aprender Primero.

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José Ugaz

Professor of Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

José Ugaz is a professor of law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and serves as part of the Accountability Panel at the Wildlife Justice Commission. Prior to this, he served as chair of the board of Transparency International from 2014 to 2017. Ugaz is the author of the 2014 book Caiga quien caiga. He was elected to the Transparency International Board in 2011, having previously served as an individual member in 2008 and president of PROETICA, Transparency International’s national chapter in Peru, in 2002.

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Eduardo Engel

Professor of Economics, University of Chile

Eduardo Engel is a professor of economics at the University of Chile and director of the Anti-Corruption Program at Espacio Público, a Chilean think tank. He also serves as a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Transparency to the president of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to this, Engel chaired Chile’s Presidential Advisory Council on Conflicts of Interest, Influence Peddling, and Corruption in 2015 and was a professor of economics at Yale University from 2001 to 2012.

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Alan Clutterbuck

Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO, Fundación Red de Acción Política

Alan Clutterbuck is co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Fundación Red de Acción Política, a nonpartisan NGO whose mission includes cultivating a culture of integrity and transparency in Argentina. He is also co-founder and partner of Poliarquia Consultores, a political analysis and public opinion consulting firm. Among his other roles, Clutterbuck previously served as a board and executive committee member at the Techint Group, Alpargatas Cámara de Sociedades Anónima, and Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresario en Argentina.

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Geert Aalbers

Senior Partner, Control Risks

Geert Aalbers is a senior partner at Control Risks where he heads its Brazil and Southern Cone business and manages complex investigations into fraud, corruption, and other ethics breaches. Aalbers is also a lecturer in compliance and risk management at Insper business school in São Paulo. He is a certified compliance and ethics professional (SCCE), a member of the International Bar Association, and has served as an expert on panels advising the OECD, World Bank, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Shannon K. O’Neil

Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations

Shannon K. O’Neil is vice president, deputy director of studies, and senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Latin America, U.S.-Mexico relations, global trade, corruption, democracy, and immigration and the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013). O’Neil also serves as a member of the board of directors of Rassini Sab de CV and the Tinker Foundation.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and vice president of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, columnist, and analyst, he is a leading expert on Latin America and a frequent speaker for international media, events, and conferences. Based in New York City since 2015, Winter has led the relaunch of Americas Quarterly, tripling its online readership and expanding its coverage of politics, business, and culture in the Western Hemisphere.

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Download a PDF of the agenda.

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Registration and Reception

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. — Opening Remarks

  • Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, AS/COA; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. — How Did We Get Here?

  • Sérgio Moro, Federal Judge, Brazil
  • Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, AS/COA; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — What’s Happening? An Overview of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Latin America

  • Eduardo Engel, Professor of Economics, University of Chile; Former Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council on Conflicts of Interest, Influence Peddling, and Corruption in the Bachelet administration
  • Néstor Humberto Martínez, Attorney General, Colombia
  • Rodrigo Janot, Professor, Universidad de los Andes; former Attorney General, Brazil
  • Iván Velásquez, Commissioner, Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG)
  • José Ugaz, Former Chair, Transparency International
  • Shannon K. O’Neil, Vice President, Senior fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (moderator)

10:30 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. — Coffee Break

10:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. — What’s Next? The Future of Latin America’s Anti-Corruption Wave

  • Geert Aalbers, Senior Partner, Control Risks
  • Thelma Aldana, Attorney General, Guatemala
  • Alan Clutterbuck, President and Co-founder, Fundación Red de Acción Política
  • Claudio X. González, President and Co-Founder, Mexicanos contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad
  • Sérgio Moro, Federal Judge, Brazil
  • Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, AS/COA; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly (moderator)

12:10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks