Ownership Transparency Experts

Tutu Alicante

Executive Director, EG Justice

Tutu Alicante is from Annobón, Equatorial Guinea. Before founding EG Justice, Tutu worked as a legal consultant with international NGOs, promoting legal accountability and transparency in the extractive industry. In 2007, he received a fellowship from Echoing Green to establish EG Justice. Prior to that, he worked as an employment attorney with the Southern Migrant Legal Services, where he represented migrant farm-workers. Tutu holds a Masters in Law degree from Columbia Law School and a law degree from the University of Tennessee.

Raymond Baker

Founding President, Global Financial Integrity

Raymond Baker is the Founding President of Global Financial Integrity and the author of Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System, published by John Wiley & Sons and cited by the Financial Times as one of the “best business books of 2005.” He has for many years been an internationally respected authority on corruption, money laundering, growth, and foreign policy issues, particularly as they concern emerging market and developing countries and impact western economic and foreign interests. He has written and spoken extensively, testified often before legislative committees in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, been quoted worldwide, and has commented frequently on television and radio in the the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia on legislative matters and policy questions, including appearances on ABC News’ Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg TV, the CBS Evening News, CNN, NPR, PBS, and Four Corners (ABC1 in Australia), among others.

Mr. Baker founded Global Financial Integrity in 2006, and the GFI team has produced more than 25 economic analyses of resource transfers affecting countries, regions, and the world. GFI has led in securing the terminology and the reality of illicit financial flows onto the global political-economy agenda. He also serves on the Policy Advisory Board of Transparency International-USA and on the Advisory Board of the Ethical Research Institute.

In 1996 he received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a project entitled, “Flight Capital, Poverty and Free-Market Economics.” He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy. He traveled to 23 countries to interview 335 central bankers, commercial bankers, government officials, economists, lawyers, tax collectors, security officers, and sociologists on the relationships between bribery, commercial tax evasion, money laundering, and economic growth. From 1985 to 1996 Mr. Baker provided confidential economic advisory services at the presidential level for developing country governments. Activities focused principally on issues surrounding anti-corruption strategies, international terms of trade, and developing country debt. Research was conducted with 550 business owners and managers in eleven countries, concerning import and export mispricing and movement of tax-evading capital, and money laundering.

From 1976 to 1985 Mr. Baker conducted extensive trading activities throughout Latin America and in ten Asian countries including the People’s Republic of China. An affiliated company in London handled transactions in Europe. From 1961 to 1976 he lived in Nigeria and established and managed an investment company which set up and acquired manufacturing and financing ventures, the subject of two Harvard Business School case studies. Educated at Harvard Business School and Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Baker is the author of “The Biggest Loophole in the Free-Market System,” “Illegal Flight Capital; Dangers for Global Stability,” “How Dirty Money Binds the Poor,” and other works published in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Elise Bean

Former Staff Director and Chief Counsel, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

From 1985 to 2014, Elise Bean worked for Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) conducting investigations, including 15 years at the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI). Appointed his PSI staff director and chief counsel in 2003, Ms. Bean handled investigations, hearings, and legislation on matters involving shell companies with hidden owners, money laundering, offshore tax abuse, corruption, and corporate misconduct. After Senator Levin retired in 2015, she helped establish the Levin Center at Wayne Law in his honor, and now works for the Center to help strengthen legislative capacities at the national, state, and international levels to conduct oversight investigations. In 2018, she became a published author of a book entitled, Financial Exposure: Carl Levin’s Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse.

Ms. Bean graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and received a law degree from the University of Michigan. She clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court, and worked for two years at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2018, Ms. Bean was recognized as a leader in tax justice matters by Global Witness. In 2016 and 2015, she was included in the Global Tax 50, a list compiled by the International Tax Review of the year’s top 50 individuals and organizations influencing tax policy and practice. In 2013 and 2011, the Washingtonian magazine named her one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women.  In 2010, the National Law Journal selected her as one of Washington’s most influential women lawyers.

Kaisa de Bel

Policy Analyst, Global Financial Integrity

Kaisa de Bel is a Policy Analyst with Global Financial Integrity (GFI), focusing on illicit financial flows, (trade-based) money laundering and beneficial ownership. Prior to joining GFI, she conducted and published research on the connection between human rights and the financial housing market, and worked on projects related to human rights for the government of the Netherlands. Ms. de Bel graduated from Leiden University with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in International Relations and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). She also earned a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Amsterdam, with a Certificate in International Criminal Law from Columbia Law School, as well as a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University.

Brad Brooks-Rubin

Managing Director, The Sentry/Enough Project

Brad serves as the Managing Director at Enough. Brad joined Enough from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where he served as the first Director, Global Development and Beneficiation. In this role, he worked to support GIA’s efforts to contribute to economic development projects in gem and jewelry producing countries. He also advised GIA on issues related to responsible sourcing in the gem and jewelry sectors.

From 2009-2013, Brad served as the Special Adviser for Conflict Diamonds at the United States Department of State. In this capacity, he provided working level representation for the United States in the Kimberley Process (KP), serving as the U.S. focal point for the work of the KP’s Working Group on Monitoring and the Committee on KPCS Review. At the Department of State, Brad also contributed to U.S. efforts related to conflict minerals in eastern Congo, particularly in the area of corporate due diligence and on a range of issues related to artisanal mining.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Brad served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Treasury Department’s Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), where he provided advice on a range of economic sanctions issues related to Sudan, the former Liberian regime of Charles Taylor, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and counter-terrorism.

Brad worked as an associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P. before joining Treasury and as Counsel in the Trade Controls practice at Holland & Hart, L.L.P. from mid-2013 to mid-2014.

Brad is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Georgetown University Law Center.

Tom Cardamone

President and CEO, Global Financial Integrity

Tom Cardamone is the President and CEO of Global Financial Integrity (GFI). Mr. Cardamone is responsible for the strategic planning and promotion of organizational goals and policy positions to key audiences, including high-level government officials and multilateral institutions. He also leads promotion of GFI’s trade risk-assessment database GFTrade, which enables developing country customs officials to better detect instances of trade misinvoicing in order to capture more domestic resources.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cardamone has served as an analyst, consultant, project director and executive director to several non-profit organizations. He has advocated numerous policy positions related to increasing global financial security and transparency through appearances on CNN, CNBC, Canadian Broadcasting, as well as the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Washington Post. He has delivered remarks on various policy issues to the UN, the OECD and has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

John Cassara

Special Agent - Retired, U.S. Treasury

John Cassara began his 26 year U.S. government career as an intelligence officer during the Cold War.  He later served as a Treasury Special Agent in both the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service where he investigated money laundering, trade fraud and international smuggling.  He was an undercover arms dealer for two years.  Assigned overseas, he developed expertise in Middle East money laundering, value transfer and underground financial systems.  Concerned about trade-based money laundering, he invented the concept of Trade Transparency Units (TTUs).  He also worked six years for Treasury’s FinCEN and was detailed to the Department of State.  Mr. Cassara’s final assignment was with Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI).  Since his retirement, he has lectured in the United States and around the world on a variety transnational crime issues.   He is also a consultant for government and industry and is on the Board of Directors of Global Financial Integrity.  He has testified numerous times as an expert witness before Congressional committees.  Mr. Cassara has authored numerous articles and five books, including Trade-Based Money Laundering: The Next Frontier in International Money Laundering Enforcement.

Chuck Collins

Director, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, and Co-Editor, Inequality.org, Institute for Policy Studies

Chuck Collins is the Director the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. 

He is author of the forthcoming book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Billions (Polity Press), about the wealth defense industry.  He is an expert on tax policy, illicit finance, dynasty trusts, family offices, and solutions to individual and corporate wealth hiding. He has written numerous articles about the Panama Papers, illicit finance in real estate, the Luanda Leaks, the wealth defense industry, and how lack of transparency contributes to economic inequality.

He is author of a number of studies examining anonymous shell companies and luxury real estate including Towering Excess: The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians and Who is Buying Seattle?

Collins is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base (Chelsea Green) and Is Inequality in America Irreversible? is published by the Oxford, UK-based Polity Press. He is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is a board member of the Patriotic Millionaires and launched a global call in January 2020, at the Davos World Economic Forum, for millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes and stop global tax evasion.

Scott Greytak

Advocacy Director, Transparency International, U.S. Office

Scott Greytak is the Advocacy Director for the U.S. office of Transparency International (“TI”), the world’s oldest and largest anti-corruption network. He manages the U.S. office’s federal legislative agenda, which includes issues impacting political integrity, illicit finance, corporate transparency, and whistleblower protection. Greytak has helped lead legislative, legal, and ballot measure initiatives on campaign finance, voting, foreign influence, gerrymandering, and ethics, and is a nationally recognized expert on judicial corruption. He’s written extensively on democracy and civil rights issues in popular and scholarly publications, and authored anti-corruption laws in Florida, Nevada, Alaska, and the Dakotas, among other jurisdictions. Before joining TI, Greytak helped pass over 20 state and local anti-corruption reforms as Senior Counsel for RepresentUs, the largest grassroots anti-corruption organization in the U.S. Before that, he designed legal challenges to cases such as Citizens United v. FEC as Counsel for Free Speech For People, and authored the leading report on judicial corruption in the U.S. as Senior Policy Counsel for Justice at Stake. He chairs the Legislative Committee of the ACLU of D.C. and was the 2018 American Constitution Society Lawyer Chapter President of the Year. He holds Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Ohio State University.

Erica Hanichak

Government Affairs Director, FACT Coalition

Erica Hanichak is the government affairs director at the FACT Coalition, where she leads the group’s engagement with federal policymakers. 

Erica is an advocacy professional dedicated to ending global corruption and the abuses it perpetuates. Before joining FACT, Erica spent five years working with U.S.-based nonprofits focused on advancing transparent governance, accountability, and rule of law in the Middle East. From 2017-2020, Erica served as government relations director at Americans for a Free Syria, where she partnered with lawmakers, administration officials, and other grassroots nonprofit organizations to pass and implement bipartisan legislation targeting the networks that fuel mass human rights violations in Syria and the region. She likewise campaigned to augment counterterror financing measures and prevent the diversion and abuse of U.S. humanitarian aid. She previously worked as an analyst of U.S.-Turkish relations in Washington, D.C. 

Erica has appeared on Fox News, CBN News, and international television media, and her work and comments have been featured in The Hill, The Daily Beast, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, among others. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in International Politics, with a focus on International Security and Eurasian Studies. 

Susan Harley

Deputy Director, Congress Watch Division, Public Citizen

Susan is the deputy director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where she helps coordinate all aspects of the division’s advocacy across multiple issue campaigns, specializing in financial reform, international tax issues and open government initiatives. Susan received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and received her J.D., cum laude in public law and regulation from MSU’s College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Prior to joining Public Citizen, she worked as the Michigan policy director of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund.

Media Appearances: Susan has been quoted or published in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Roll Call, The Hill, American Banker, The Nation, TIME, Consumerist, Detroit News, Huffington Post and ValueWalk among other media. Susan has appeared on C-SPAN, Boom Bust, America’s Workforce Radio, The Union Edge, Uprising with Sonali, Living Room, Saturday Morning Talkies, KBOO/Portland and other broadcast media outlets.

Lakshmi Kumar

Policy Director, Global Financial Integrity

Lakshmi Kumar is the Policy Director at Global Financial Integrity with several years of experience working on issues of financial policy, securities investigation, regulatory governance, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering/terrorist financing.

Prior to joining GFI, Ms. Kumar was a lawyer and policy professional in India, working with governments and regulatory agencies across South Asia, East Africa, and Eurasia to investigate money laundering and terrorist financing risks to their financial systems. Her prior work includes drafting legislation to identify beneficial ownership for the financial sector in India, assessing and evaluating the robustness of the securities market in the Eurasian region for the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering (EAG), and conducting investigations on sovereign wealth funds, procurement procedures, and other off-shore investment entities for fraud and terrorist financing risks. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A, LL.B from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India. Lakshmi Kumar is the Policy Director at Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, D.C. based think tank specializing in research, advocacy, and advisory services. Ms. Kumar works on issues of illicit finance and trade, and the vehicles, systems and institutions that facilitate movement of illicit money across borders. She has spoken as a subject matter expert on issues including trade-based money laundering, kleptocracies, the abuse of anonymous shell companies, and the integrity risks of Sovereign Wealth Funds. Ms. Kumar has spoken publicly on these subjects at Capitol Hill, and various other think thanks in D.C., as well as venues in Africa and South America. Prior to joining GFI, Ms. Kumar was a lawyer and policy professional in India, working with governments and regulatory agencies across South Asia, East Africa, and Eurasia to investigate money laundering and terrorist financing risks to their financial systems. Her prior work includes drafting legislation to identify beneficial ownership for the financial sector in India, assessing and evaluating the robustness of the securities market in the Eurasian region for the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering (EAG), and conducting investigations on sovereign wealth funds, procurement procedures, and other off-shore investment entities for fraud and terrorist financing risks. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A, LL.B from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India.

Eric LeCompte

Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network

Eric LeCompte is the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network and represents a coalition of 75 US member organizations and 400 faith communities that works with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA Network wins critical global financial reforms and won more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world’s poorest people.

Eric leads a network that includes relief, labor, environmental, human rights and religious organizations and he advocates for policies that will eliminate extreme poverty. His member network includes American Jewish World Service,  the leadership of Catholic Religious Orders and the Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran, Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ Churches.

He serves on expert working groups to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights. He consulted UNCTAD on the creation of the recently released road map for sovereign bankruptcy. Eric has more than 16 years of experience working with faith-based organizations to impact global policy on poverty, conflict and human rights.

Eric serves on several boards of faith-based and antipoverty organizations as well as institutions that work for greater financial transparency, including the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, where he serves on the executive board.

Eric is a regularly featured commentator in mainstream and financial sector media outlets. His views on debt, tax, trade and finance regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, McClatchy News Service, National Public Radio, Agence-France Presse, Market Place, CNN Money,the Financial Times, the Inter Press Serviceand more.

Nathan Proctor

National Campaign Director, U.S. PIRG

Nathan Proctor helped coordinate campaigns to close corporate tax loopholes for multiple organizations, and is the author of Anonymity Overdose, which connects the use of anonymous shell companies to the opioid epidemic. He now leads U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s (PIRG) Right to Repair campaign, working to pass legislation that will prevent companies from blocking consumers’ ability to fix their own electronics. A member of the Grist 50 “list of emerging leaders from across the U.S. who are working on fresh, real-world solutions to our world’s biggest challenges,” Nathan lives in Arlington, Mass. with his wife and two children.

Zoe Reiter

Director of Civic Engagement, Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

Zoe Reiter is Director of Civic Engagement for POGO, where she leads a new line of work to engage stakeholders and communities affected by corruption to push for better laws and practices from our federal government. Prior to coming on board at POGO, Zoë worked as the International Secretariat of Transparency International, responsible for development and implementation of numerous international initiatives with anticorruption activists and reformers from around the world to tackle the mechanisms that foster national and international corruption, including anonymous shell companies.

Zoe is an expert in the role that BO and AML plays in undermining national and international corruption, undue influence, trafficking, and abuse of power.

Tim Stretton

Policy Analyst, Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

Tim is a Policy Analyst at POGO. He works on POGO’s policy team, developing reform recommendations and advocating for them on Capitol Hill. At POGO, Tim conducts legislative analysis and develops policy recommendations on various issues ranging from financial services and appropriations to public lands and the Food and Drug Administration.

Before coming to POGO, Tim worked for six years for U.S. Senator Susan Collins and the Senate Aging Committee. While in the Senate, Tim worked on policy issues that included telecommunications, postal, financial services, government oversight and reform, federal employees, elder justice, and consumer protection. Tim helped develop several pieces of legislation that became law to prevent seniors from becoming victims of fraud and financial exploitation and to better protect taxpayers from falling victim to tax identity theft. A direct referral Tim made from the Committee’s Fraud Hotline led to the arrest of 15 criminals accused of posing as government agents and defrauding more than 8,000 victims out of $9 million. He also helped lead a bipartisan investigation into prescription drug pricing.

Tim is passionate about international affairs and has spoken before the United Nations on human rights violations. Tim earned his M.A. in Diplomacy at Norwich University. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine, where his thesis on the cohesion of EU foreign policy was selected for publication by the European Union Center of California at Scripps College, one of the most prestigious centers of EU studies in the United States.

Jodi Vittori

Research and Policy Manager, Transparency International, Defense and Security

Jodi Vittori is an expert on the linkages of corruption, state fragility, illicit finance, and US national security. She is a non-resident fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the US Research and Policy Manager for Transparency International’s Defense and Security Program, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She is also a founder and co-moderator of the Anti-Corruption Advocacy Network (ACAN), which facilitates information exchange on corruption-related issues amongst over 450 participating individuals and organizations. Before joining Transparency International, Jodi was a senior policy adviser for Global Witness, where she managed educational and advocacy activities on linkages between corruption and national security. Prior to that, Jodi served in the U.S. Air Force, advancing to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; her overseas service included Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, and she was assigned to NATO’s only counter-corruption task force. She was an Assistant Professor and military faculty at the US Air Force Academy and the National Defense University.  Jodi has published on conflict finance and illicit financial flows and she is the author of the book Terrorist Financing and Resourcing and a co-author of the handbook Corruption Threats and International Missions: Practical Guidance for Leaders.  She is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver.