New Directions in Anti-Kleptocracy Forum

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World Room at Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University

2950 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

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On April 2nd, the New Directions in Anti-Kleptocracy Forum will identify emerging issue areas relating to kleptocracy. The Forum aims to stimulate in-depth discussion among academics and professionals and generate systemic and innovative solutions to counter the rise of kleptocracy. Panelists will explore topics of law enforcement and FCPA expansion, beneficial ownership and the luxury art market, and the challenges of investigating and researching oligarchs. The event will feature leading U.S. experts and scholars from law enforcement, academia, journalism, and finance.


9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcome Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Alexander Cooley (Director of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College)

9:45 - 11:15 AM

Panel I: Expanding the Anti-Corruption Enforcement Paradigm

The current international and U.S. legal architecture for enforcing and regulating anti-corruption has significant gaps and is not working as intended to punish official corruption or protect the victims. To prioritize and strengthen anti-corruption enforcement as a matter of policy requires systemic change. Leading experts on anti-corruption enforcement and regulation will discuss innovative approaches, including legislative proposals to amend the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and heighten disclosure of beneficial ownership.


Berit Berger (Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, Columbia University)
Thomas Firestone (Baker & McKenzie LLP)
Gary Kalman (Executive Director, Fact Coalition)

Moderated by Matthew Murray, Esq. (Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University)

11:15 - 11:30 AM Break

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Panel II: Art Market as a Node of Kleptocracy

Ownership of fine art and antiquities has in recent decades become a site of finance and investment activity for wealthy individuals, above and beyond its traditional aesthetic value. This has generated growing concern among AML experts that markets for fine art objects may be used to launder illicitly sourced assets. The relative elasticity of valuation for individual pieces of art, their portability, and the culture of confidentiality that buyers, sellers, and intermediaries in these markets, for many legitimate reasons, have come to expect all contribute to this concern. This panel assembles three experts on how different actors and institutions on the front line of fine art and antiquities transactions assess this threat, and whether regulatory changes are needed to address it.


Peter D. Hardy (Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP)
Jane A. Levine (Chief Global Compliance Counsel and Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Sotheby's)
Andrew Schoelkopf (President, Art Dealers Association of America)

Moderated by Tonya Putnam (Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia University)

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Luncheon and Q&A with Paul Massaro (U.S. Helsinki Commission)

2:30 - 4:00 PM

Panel III: Challenges of Investigating and Researching Oligarchs

The term “oligarch” is increasingly used to refer to wealthy individuals who are connected to state power either through their own businesses or through exerting influence on top-level government officials. At the same time, we have seen that many oligarchs from regions like the former Soviet Union “globalize” their lives, as they collect multiple citizenships and residencies, employ international PR agents, advisors and lawyers, and engage in transnational philanthropic activities designed to soften their images. On this panel, we bring together three leading professionals from the areas of law enforcement, journalism and civil society, each experienced in investigating the activities of oligarchs who have been implicated in grand corruption networks. Each panelist will discuss some of the breakthroughs and innovative techniques that they have developed in their anti-corruption work over the last decade.


Thomas Mayne
George “Ren” McEachern (Managing Director, Exiger; former Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, International Corruption Squad)
Casey Michel (ThinkProgress)

Moderated by Alexander Cooley (Director of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College)

4:00 - 4:15 PM

Concluding Remarks


Where at Columbia is Pulitzer Hall?

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Pulitzer Hall can be accessed by entering the main Columbia gates at 116th Street and Broadway and walking down the set of steps to the right. Once at the bottom of the steps take the next right and walk to the entrance of Pulitzer Hall, which is on the right, too.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Aleksandra Turek at with any questions about the event.

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World Room at Pulitzer Hall, Columbia University

2950 Broadway

New York, NY 10027

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