TRACE International is a 501c(6) non-profit business association founded in 2001 to provide multinational companies and their commercial intermediaries with anti-bribery compliance support.
TRACE is financed by its members and does not accept any government funding. It leverages a shared-cost model whereby membership dues are pooled to develop anti-bribery compliance tools, services and resources.
TRACE Incorporated is a leading provider of third party risk management solutions.
Founded in 2007 to meet compliance demands that did not fall within the scope of the shared-cost membership model, TRACE Inc. provides both members and non-members with customizable risk-based due diligence and has conducted over 500,000 due diligence reviews worldwide.
Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She 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 What You Should Know about Anti-Bribery Compliance and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC.
Ms. Wrage hosts the popular weekly podcast: Bribe, Swindle or Steal. She is a guest blogger for Forbes and speaks frequently on topics of transparency, good governance and the hidden costs of corruption.
She was a member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee and has served for four years on the B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations to G20 leaders to consider in their global economic policies.
Ms. Wrage was named one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe & Mail and one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by The Maryland Daily Record. She has been awarded the Women in Compliance “Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry.”
Raised in Canada and living now in the United States, Ms. Wrage studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University. She has provided anti-bribery consulting or training in over 130 countries.
Virna Di Palma is an accomplished marketing, business development and communications professional who has worked in the field of anti-bribery compliance for over a decade. As Senior Director of Global Strategy and Communications, Virna oversees all business development and marketing efforts for TRACE, including program management, member acquisition and retention, public relations, event production, brand awareness, partnership development and multi-stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining TRACE, Virna was a senior program director for the American Conference Institute where she specialized in international trade and anti-bribery compliance and launched the first-ever anti-corruption conferences in Russia, India, Brazil and the Middle East. She started her career 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 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. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Basel Institute’s International Center for Collective Action (ICCA) and is a frequent speaker on topics related to collective action initiatives and anti-bribery. Virna is originally from Uruguay and speaks fluent Spanish. She is based in New York City.
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. She helps develop customized, best practices third party management programs for TRACE members and customers.
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.
Trained to think like a lawyer but with the business acumen of a compliance professional, Sunny has worked at the intersection of regulation, compliance, market trends and business for the past decade. As Director, Compliance Training & Accreditation, Sunny oversees both the training and the TASA Accreditation Program: TRACE’s Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation®, the only accreditation program of its kind, exclusively dedicated to anti-bribery compliance.
Prior to joining TRACE, Sunny held the position of Vice President, Content & Operations at Momentum, where she oversaw the development of 25+ solutions-oriented, legal, compliance and regulatory-focused corporate training programs per year specifically targeted for Fortune 500 organizations. Additionally, Sunny oversaw all corporate operations for the company including oversight over staff training and development, employee engagement and conduct, process improvement, contractor and third-party relationships. Prior to Momentum, Sunny held the position of Industry Manager, FCPA & International Trade Division at the American Conference Institute where she oversaw a product portfolio that included one of most widely-known events in the FCPA community, The International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Sunny possesses specialized subject matter expertise in global compliance topics including anti-corruption/anti-bribery law, international trade and sanctions, as well as other areas including intellectual property and litigation.
Sunny holds both a J.D. and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate Law, Global Compliance & Ethics from Widener University’s Delaware Law School. She is based in Philadelphia where she resides with her husband and two daughters.