President and Founder
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 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 & Mail and received the 2014 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 seasoned communications expert with a distinguished career in the field of anti-bribery compliance. She has worked with the private sector for nearly a decade to raise awareness of anti-bribery worldwide. As Senior Director of Global Strategy and Communications, Virna plays a key role in advancing the TRACE mission and expanding the organization’s global footprint. Virna manages a team of regional experts for the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, India and Europe and also drives all outreach initiatives, marketing, brand management, partnerships and TRACE events. Additionally, she contributes to various 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 UN Global Compact Anti-Corruption Working Group, 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 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 of Operations
As Director of Operations, Ms. Thornton is responsible for managing the Human Resources, Information Technology, and Accounting departments. She provides leadership for the organization’s day to day functions, as well as contributing to organizational strategies, policies, and practices.
Prior to joining TRACE, she was a Vice President at American Management Systems, Inc., a computer consulting firm. She initially ran their Data Center Operations and then created a new approach for managing risk and improving business results for their large-scale application development projects. She became their senior project management expert responsible for advising large project teams on improving the quality of their client relationships and delivery processes.
Ms. Thornton has an M.B.A. in Information Technology from George Washington University.
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.
Danielle Rowland Lindahl
Associate, Member Services and Advocacy
As Associate of Member Services and Advocacy, Ms. Rowland Lindahl assists companies in developing and supporting their anti-bribery compliance programs, including through managing and supporting resources for TRACE member companies. Prior to joining TRACE, Ms. Rowland Lindahl was a litigator in New York, with a practice that included shareholder derivative actions and inspection demands focused on corporate governance, executive compensation and anti-corruption.
Associate, Member Services and Advocacy
Katya Lysova is a Russian trained lawyer with a background in fraud and corruption investigations focused on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has several years of experience working for the Russian government in the Far Eastern Region conducting internal investigations of corruption and other misconduct by public officials. She also advised and trained journalists investigating government and corporate corruption in Russia for over three years under a USAID-funded program. As an associate in TRACE’s Member Services and Advocacy department, Katya assists companies in developing and supporting their anti-bribery compliance programs, including through managing and supporting resources for TRACE member companies.
Prior to joining TRACE, Katya worked at the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) specializing in prevention and investigations of fraud and corruption in Bank-funded projects worldwide, as well as political economy analysis.
Katya received her Ph.D. in law at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok and holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a focus on international political development and anti-corruption. She is a native Russian speaker and speaks fluent English and German.
Associate, Member and Advisory Services
As Associate of Member and Advisory Services, Anne-Marie assists multinational corporations in developing and supporting their anti-bribery compliance programs and advises on tailored anti-bribery compliance solutions. She is an experienced anti-bribery and compliance attorney with a special focus on the retail industry.
Prior to joining TRACE, Anne-Marie served as in-house counsel to the U.S. subsidiary of a large, multinational grocery retailer where she oversaw the development of compliance policies and procedures. Anne-Marie also worked in the legal department of a multinational online clothing retailer while in Germany on a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship.
Earlier in her career, Anne-Marie was an attorney in the litigation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. There, she specialized in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other government enforcement matters, working on a broad range of government investigations, enforcement actions, internal investigations, and white collar criminal investigations and litigation.
Anne-Marie received her Juris Doctor from the William & Mary School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. She is proficient in German and is a member of both the Virginia and District of Columbia bar associations.
As Counsel, Ms. Smith has primary responsibility for legal functions, including drafting and reviewing contracts with both vendors and customers, regulatory compliance and 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.
Business Development Consultant, Europe
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.
Business Development Consultant, APAC
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.
Business Development Manager, Latin America
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 is originally from Mexico.
Strategic Advisor – Maritime Initiatives
Jake is a Strategic Advisor to TRACE on their maritime initiatives.
Prior to joining TRACE Jake was Chief Risk Officer for Gearbulk, which is an international ship owning and operating company that trades vessels globally, as well as being Vice-Chairman of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN).
Jake has over 25 years’ experience of the shipping industry. Prior to joining Gearbulk, Jake was the CFO for Inchcape Shipping services UK a global port agency group, and before that he worked for Hill Samuel Merchant Bank, where he was first introduced to the maritime industry; working for Wallems, Escombe Lambert, Lambert Brothers, Lavino Shipping and the Wescol group.
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“An anticorruption campaign sweeping China since 2013 has taken down scores of executives at state-run companies and government agencies across the country. Outside China, the Beijing government’s ongoing campaign has helped focus international attention on the pervasiveness of illegal gift-giving and bribery in the business world, including the project cargo ...
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“Employees should know more than just “why” compliance is important. They should know who presents risks of improper payments (like government officials), what kinds of requests are inappropriate, where the company faces the most risk, when to involve others in ...