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The State of Anti-Corruption in Brazil: A View from the CCC Index

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 24, 2020


Long seen as one of the most promising stories in the fight against corruption in Latin America, Brazil is going through a critical moment. The 2020 Capacity to Combat Corruption (CCC) Index, co-developed by AS/COA and Control Risks, shows that Brazil continues to demonstrate relatively solid anti-corruption credentials compared to others in the region. However, the country has experienced serious setbacks in the past year – from new questions regarding enforcement agencies’ independence under the Jair Bolsonaro administration to controversial judicial decisions – leading to a 10% drop in its overall score since 2019. Is Brazil facing a temporary turbulence or a longer-term downward trajectory? How can these changes shape Brazil’s business and political environment?


  • Geert Aalbers, Partner, Control Risks @Control_Risks
  • Marcelo Ribeiro de Oliveira, Federal Prosecutor
  • Alana Rizzo, Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group @ASG
  • Roberto Simon, Senior Director and Head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, AS/COA @robertosimon (moderator)

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Geert Aalbers

Partner, Control Risks

Geert Aalbers is a 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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Marcelo Ribeiro de Oliveira

Federal Prosecutor

Marcelo Ribeiro de Oliveira is a Brazilian federal prosecutor, a position he has held since 2006. He has carried out several complex investigations and prosecutions related to corruption and money laundering. Currently, Ribeiro de Oliveira is part of the Car Wash Task Force in Curitiba and the Money Laundering Group of the Federal Prosecution Service. He is a member of the Brazilian delegation in the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery and is a peer reviewer in the Phase 4 evaluation of Mexico and the Phase 1 evaluation of Peru.

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Alana Rizzo

Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Alana Rizzo is an advisor with Albright Stonebridge Group’s Americas practice. Based in Brazil, she provides clients with in-depth political analysis and supports in developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies in Brazil and across the region. Before joining ASG, Rizzo spent over a decade as an investigative journalist at several of Brazil’s leading media outlets, where she covered politics and economics, with a focus on the relationship between business and government.

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Roberto Simon

Senior Director for Policy and Head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, AS/COA

Roberto Simon is the senior director for policy and head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the politics editor for Americas Quarterly. Previously, Simon served as the lead Latin America analyst at FTI Consulting’s Geopolitical Intelligence practice, advising global businesses on key political, economic, and policy challenges in the region.

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