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.
Senior Director, Compliance Services
Michael Ward is both a former federal prosecutor and an experienced chief compliance officer who has built and led award winning compliance programs at Fortune 500 companies. As Senior Director of Compliance Solutions, Mr. Ward leads TRACE’s Advisory Services Practice and provides strategic compliance guidance to members and clients. Most recently, Mr. Ward was Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance Systems and Investigations with Cisco Systems in San Jose, California. Before joining Cisco, he was the Chief Compliance Officer at Adobe Systems and he had previously established and directed ethics and compliance programs at McKesson Corporation and Target Corporation. As a chief compliance officer, he has built risk-based programs that help senior management prioritize their attention and limited program resources on the most significant risks through enterprise compliance risk assessments and other proactive tools. He has led internal investigations in Russia, China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and South Africa and other jurisdictions.
For over 16 years, Mr. Ward was an Assistant US Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in the prosecution of fraud, public corruption, insider trading, money laundering, price fixing and other white-collar crimes. Before entering public service, he was an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in both New York and San Francisco. He was judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He graduated from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Business and Economics.
Mr. Ward is based in San Francisco, California.
Director, International Business Development
David Ireland has specialized in international business development throughout his 25-year career, first as a Canadian diplomat serving five years in Tokyo and then with private companies as Director of International Business Development in Toronto, Boston and Ottawa as well as with the Australian trade development agency AUSTRADE where he provided tailored consultancy services to Australian firms seeking to export to the Andean region. David has managed customer accounts and led business development activities in Latin America, West Africa, Western Europe and Japan.
Fluent in five languages and familiar with many cultures and business environments, David has extensive business-to-government experience in emerging markets; he worked with TRACE to ensure compliance of third party agents for his previous employer, a TRACE member.
David was born and educated in Canada: he pursued his graduate studies in International Political Economy at the Norman Paterson School in Ottawa following completion of his BA in Economics from Queen’s University. David is based in Paris and will support TRACE member companies and clients in Europe.
David Ireland est spécialiste en développement des affaires internationales depuis 25 ans. Il a commencé sa carrière en tant que diplomat canadien, dont 5 années à l’Ambassade du Canada à Tokio, suivi de postes de Directeur du Développement des affaires internationales chez des société privées à Toronto, Boston et Ottawa ainsi qu’à l’Agence austalienne de développement du commerce international AUSTRADE où il a fourni des services de consultant aux entreprises australiennes cherchant à exporter à la région andine. David a géré des comptes-clients et a dirigé des activités de promotion du commerce international en Amérique latine, l’Afrique de l’ouest, l’Europe occidentale et au Japon.
Maitrisant cinq langues avec une bonne compréhension de nombreuses cultures et milieux d’affaires, David a une grande expérience B2G (du privé auprès des gouvernements) dans les pays en voie de développement. David a collaboré avec TRACE afin d’assurer la conformité des agents tierces de son employeur précédent, un membre de TRACE.
David est né et a été éduqué au Canada: il a entammé ses études de maitrise en Economie Politique Internationale à l’Ecole Norman Paterson à Ottawa suite à ses études de premier cycle (BA) en sciences économiques à l’Université Queen’s (Kingston, Canada). David est basé à Paris, et appuie les membres de TRACE et les clients en Europe.
Director, Member Services and Advocacy
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.
Director, Advisory Services
As Director of Advisory Services, Severin specializes in tailored anti-bribery compliance solutions for multinational, corporate clients. Among the engagements he has worked on are: an international clothing retailer’s compliance program policies and procedures; an enterprise-wide, anti-bribery risk assessment for a Fortune 100 financial services company; in-person, employee training for a U.S.-based multinational’s European subsidiaries; on-the-ground due diligence and training of numerous potential joint venture partners, including ones located in Latin America and Africa; and merger and acquisition FCPA due diligence of an Israeli company for a U.S.-based Fortune 500 multinational.
Severin is also a frequent speaker on anti-bribery compliance for live events around the world.
Before joining TRACE, he practiced in the litigation department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a New York City-based law firm. There, he specialized in international commercial disputes, corporate bankruptcy as well as government investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including the negotiation of a favorable $54.6 million FCPA settlement with the Department of Justice.
Severin 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 treatise Practicing Under the U.S. Anti-Corruption Laws (2014) (Aspen). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School. Mr. Wirz speaks proficient French and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar associations.
Latin America Regional Manager
Martha Mallory is a Mexican trained attorney specialized in white collar crime, internal investigations and anti-corruption and with a special focus on Latin America. She has over seven years of experience working for the Mexican government in the areas of law enforcement, international criminal law, financial assistance, project coordination and tax litigation. As Latin America Regional Manager, Martha provides regional compliance teams of TRACE member companies with additional support and in-depth local knowledge. With a strong focus on expanding TRACE’s reach in Latin America, Martha works with both multinational and national companies to deliver tailored solutions that fit the needs of the market.
Prior to joining TRACE, Martha worked at the Legal Attaché Office of the General Attorney’s Office at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. specializing in mutual legal assistance, anti-corruption, white collar crime, U.S. congressional investigations, sting operations and anti-money laundering practices.
Martha studied law at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, and holds an LL.M. in General Studies from Georgetown University Law Center with a focus on white collar, anti-corruption and internal investigations.
Martha is a member of the American Bar Association; Hispanic National Bar Association; Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and The Washington Foreign Law Society. She is a native Spanish speaker and speaks fluent English. She is based in Annapolis and originally from Mexico.
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.
Lianne Labossiere Worden
Associate, Advisory Services
Ms. Worden is an FCPA attorney with significant experience advising multinational companies on developing and enhancing their anti-bribery compliance programs. She specializes in the Financial Services/Private Equity and Manufacturing/Service Providers industries in particular. Recent engagements include: conducting an enterprise-wide, anti-bribery risk assessment for a Fortune 100 financial services company and providing in-person, anti-bribery training for employees of a U.S.-based retailer; enhancing third party policies and procedures for an engineering and construction company; and performing an in-depth due diligence review of a potential business partner for a multinational manufacturer.
Prior to joining TRACE, Ms. Worden gained significant experience advising companies on anti-bribery compliance and internal investigations as a Litigation Associate at the law firm Paul Hastings, LLP. During her time at the firm, she conducted several internal investigations regarding compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, both company-initiated and in response to inquiries from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In conjunction with internal investigations, Ms. Worden resolved third-party due diligence red flags, advised on internal anti-bribery audits, and recommended compliance program enhancements to address gaps identified during the course of internal reviews.
Ms. Worden graduated from Stanford Law School and Yale University. She is a member of both the New York State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.