Alexandra Wrage is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business produced by NBC. Ms. Wrage has written three compliance guidebooks and is a guest blogger for Forbes and Corporate Counsel. She speaks frequently on topics of international law, anti-corruption initiatives and the hidden costs of corruption.
Ms. Wrage has held numerous committee positions, including Chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the ABA’s International Section and Chair of the International Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She has participated in anti-bribery working groups with the OECD and the UN Global Compact. Ms. Wrage was named one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe and Mail and received a Women in Compliance “Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry."
Prior to founding TRACE, Ms. Wrage was international counsel at Northrop Grumman where she was responsible for managing and improving the company’s FCPA program.
Ms. Wrage, a Canadian, studied law at Kings College, Cambridge University. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bar associations.
Virna Di Palma
Senior Director, Global Strategy and Communications
Virna Di Palma is a communications expert who has been working with the private sector for more than eight years to raise awareness of anti-bribery compliance worldwide. As Senior Director of Global Strategy and Communications, Virna plays a key role in advancing the TRACE mission and expanding TRACE’s global footprint. Virna manages TRACE’s team of regional experts for the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America and India as well as TRACE’s foreign offices in Dubai and Manila. Virna also drives all outreach initiatives, marketing, brand management, partnerships and TRACE events and workshops. Additionally, she manages the TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation (TASA) program, with responsibility for program development and expansion. Virna also contributes to various corporate sustainability and collective action projects and has conducted in-house anti-bribery trainings on behalf of TRACE.
Prior to joining TRACE, Virna was a senior program director specializing in international trade and anti-bribery compliance for the American Conference Institute where she produced over fifty compliance programs in the US and around the world. Notable is her experience launching and producing the first anti-corruption conferences in Russia, India, Brazil and the Middle East.
Virna holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in International Peace and Security from King’s College in London. While at King’s College, Virna worked as a global security researcher for the London-based think tank Demos, where she was a primary contributor to the publication, “Bringing it Home; Community-based approaches to counter-terrorism.”
Virna is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, serves on the Steering Committee of the Basel Institute’s International Center for Collective Action (ICCA) and speaks fluent Spanish. She is based in New York City and is originally from Uruguay.
Senior Director, Due Diligence
In this capacity Ms. Vining assists multinational companies with selecting and executing the appropriate due diligence solution. Her team of multilingual due diligence analysts and lawyers has completed reviews on thousands of commercial intermediaries in most countries and across all industries.
Prior to joining TRACE, Ms. Vining was a litigation specialist in the tax department of Miller & Chevalier. She graduated from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, and holds an LL.M. degree from The George Washington University Law School. She speaks Finnish and Swedish.
Ms. Vining is a member of the New York bar association.
Director, Advisory Services
Eileen Radford has extensive experience as an attorney specializing in anti-corruption enforcement and compliance. She most recently worked as an Investigator for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the "Global Fund"), focused mainly on investigations in West Africa. She has managed all aspects of investigations into high-level African government officials and agencies accused of corruption, money laundering, and fraud. She has also represented the Global Fund on joint missions with the US Government and international organizations. Prior to joining the Global Fund, Eileen worked for several years as an attorney at Miller & Chevalier, where she counseled clients on compliance with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and other international anti-bribery regulations. She also conducted FCPA-related investigations and assisted in representing clients before the US Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the US Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Prior to her legal career, Eileen was a journalist in Poland and in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and also holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
She is a member of the New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. bar associations.
As Director of Operations, Ms. Smith oversees the operations of TRACE, including the accounting, IT and Human Resources departments. As an experienced attorney, Ms. Smith is also responsible for many legal functions, including contract review and negotiations with both vendors and customers, as well as advising management on any legal matters.
Prior to joining TRACE, Ms. Smith was a litigator for over seven years, working in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Smith’s practice at McAfee & Taft included general business litigation and employment law where she represented businesses of all sizes across many industries. Ms. Smith also represented the U.S. Postal service in employment matters. Ms. Smith attended Loyola College in Maryland and received her law degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law.
Ms. Smith is a member of the Maryland Bar Association.
Manager, Advisory Services
As Manager of Advisory Services at TRACE, Mr. Wirz specializes in tailored anti-bribery compliance solutions for multinational, corporate clients. He has helped to draft compliance program policies and procedures, worked on a broad range anti-bribery risk assessments, and conducted focused, due diligence reviews for M&A and joint venture deals. He is also a frequent speaker on anti-bribery compliance for live training events around the world. Before joining TRACE, he was an associate in the litigation department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a New York City-based law firm, where he specialized in international commercial disputes, corporate bankruptcy as well as government investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He is the co-editor of the book, How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes (2014), and is a contributing author for the upcoming treatise Practicing Under the U.S. Anti-Corruption Laws (2014) (Aspen). Mr. Wirz graduated from Cornell Law School and Columbia University and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar associations. He speaks fluent French.
Anupama Jha is TRACE’s regional expert for India. She brings more than 22 years of work experience in the field of anti-bribery to TRACE with extensive knowledge in issues of Governance, Politics and Development. Prior to joining TRACE, Anupama was the Executive Director of Transparency International India, developing and conducting research on anti-bribery, working with anti-corruption agencies and providing training to grassroots NGOs, women and youth groups on Right to Information and Social Audit. Anupama has practical experience working closely with the Central Vigilance Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General of India as well as the Central Bureau of Investigation. She was also involved in the drafting of National Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Government of India. She has worked on diverse assignments, from training employees of state owned companies to building constructive relationships with external stakeholders, including government, private sector, auditors and donors. Her areas of expertise span across the areas of policy and programme design, risk management and evaluation.
She holds a Masters in Economics from India and a degree in Health Communications from Johns Hopkins University.
As Regional Consultant for the Asia Pacific, Michelle regularly advises multinationals and SMEs on anti-bribery compliance solutions and other regulatory matters, utilizing her extensive experience in government service, corporate law, & litigation. Prior to joining TRACE, Michelle was the General Counsel of the Araneta Group of Companies, a diverse group of corporations anchored on food, leisure, real estate and property development. She also worked at the Romulo Law Office, specializing in compliance issues, domestic and international arbitration, cross-border transactions, capital markets, and commercial litigation. She served briefly at the Philippines’ executive and judicial departments, and was Chief of Staff at a high profile congressional campaign, giving her unique insight into corruption challenges in the region.
Michelle earned her J.D. from the Ateneo de Manila School of Law and her LL.M. in International Law (Hugo Grotius Scholar) from the NYU School of Law.