Michael T. Cornacchia, Esq.

Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York l View Bio

Michael graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, cum laude, and the Fordham University School of Law. He concentrates his Manhattan-based law practice in criminal defense in federal and state courts, and representation in corporate, grand jury and regulatory investigations.

Prior to starting his firm, Michael served as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the Independent Inquiry Committee commonly referred to as the Volcker Commission. Led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker, the Commission investigated allegations of corruption in the United Nation’s Oil-For-Food Programme which permitted Saddam Hussein to sell Iraq’s oil, under UN supervision, in order to purchase food and humanitarian goods. Operating from offices in Bagdad, Manhattan and Paris, Michael’s 100 person staff secured evidence of bribery of UN officials and kickbacks from oil companies by which Hussein secretly received approximately $10 Billion. The Commission’s efforts resulted in the indictment and conviction by federal prosecutors of UN officials for the first time in U. S. courts and the recovery of hundreds of millions dollars.

Michael left a law firm partnership upon his appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. There, he handled white collar crime investigations and trials, serving as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and, thereafter, the Senior Litigation Counsel for the Business and Securities Fraud Section.

Michael began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County, N.Y., serving in the Major Offense Bureau and Special Investigations Unit where he investigated and tried homicide and public corruption cases.

Paul Johnson

Managing Director l ethiXbase l View Bio

Paul Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Texas State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  He has lived and travelled extensively in Asia and Central America where he launched and managed operations in support of due diligence investigations, pre-employment screening and international risk management.

While the Vice President of Integrated Screening Partners, a Texas based pre-employment screening company, Paul opened offices and launched operations in El Salvador and the Philippines as well as several locations in the United States. Paul then went on to launch IntegraScreen Group’s Latin American operations in Panama. Following this Paul moved to Malaysia where he managed global operations for the due diligence side of the business.

Prior to his 12-year career in the risk management field, Paul served in the United States Marine Corps.  Paul now splits his time between Penang, Malaysia and Austin, Texas.

Jim McWeeney

International Due Diligence and Anti-corruption Expert | View Bio

Jim has more than 20 years of management experience in the compliance, risk management and security consulting industries.  He is a highly effective leader and subject matter expert in the areas of risk and compliance, background screening, research and intelligence gathering operations, enhanced due diligence, safety and security, and kidnap, ransom and extortion incidents.

Jim was previously co-founder and CEO of Corporate Risk International (CRI), a global risk management and research and intelligence gathering business.  CRI was successfully sold in February 2010 and soon thereafter merged with Kroll, Inc, where Jim served as the Global Head for the firm’s Risk & Compliance practice.

Martha Stolley

Partner l Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP l View Bio

Corporate and individual clients regularly turn to Martha when they need representation before the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York State Attorney General’s Office, various District Attorneys’ and US Attorneys’ Offices, and other federal and state regulatory agencies.

Her clients include Fortune 500 companies in the technology, retail pharmacy, and food services sectors, as well as organizations engaged in healthcare, construction, and education. Martha also represents individuals, including a man serving a life sentence for a quadruple murder in Austin, Texas, for whom she obtained an order securing that prisoner’s release from jail and dismissal of all charges.

During the eight years she spent with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Martha presented hundreds of cases to grand juries and successfully prosecuted more than 30 jury trials. Those cases encompassed serious charges including attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics trafficking, rape, sexual assault, felony assault, weapons possession, bank robbery, witness tampering, burglary patterns, robbery, criminal contempt, and vehicular homicide. In addition to her trial duties, Martha served in the Sex Crimes, Asian Gang, and Domestic Violence Units. While at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, she also participated in the trial advocacy program, which helped many young lawyers hone their courtroom skills.

Martha serves as chair of the New York Office’s Pro Bono Committee.

Amit Sharma

Co-Founder | Empowerment Capital | View Bio

Amit Sharma is co-founder of Empowerment Capital, which advises companies in social enterprise development, corporate “impact” strategy, and risk management. He is also a founding team member of Verdigris, a US-based community banking platform to service the un-/under-banked, de-risked, remittances, and low/middle income customer segments.  Previously, he was an Advisor to RANE—Risk Assistance Network and Exchange, a technology based platform that provides multi-disciplinary risk management solutions across 200+ risk categories.  Prior to that, he led Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services (CGS), where he managed a team of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals in the recovery of stolen sovereign assets and strengthening of financial regulatory systems.  Prior to CGS, he was Chief of Staff and Head of New Products for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, USA, and also Head of Project Management to the firm’s International Business Unit.  In Washington DC, Amit served at the US Department of the Treasury, first in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence—developing and implementing tools to combat transnational threats and financial crime—and later as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and part of Treasury’s senior team under Secretary Henry Paulson.  Amit serves on several working groups, advisory councils and boards, including: the Center for Global Development (CGD), the Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF),  Middlebury’s Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, and makes Guilford, Vermont his home where he enjoys farming and making hard cider.  Amit holds an MBA and MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Mark Sagrans

Corporate Counsel l DuPont | View Bio

Mark has almost 30 years of experience in trade compliance with an emphasis in export controls. While most of those years have been in the private sector, he has also worked briefly at the Office of Export Enforcement in Directorate of Defense Trade Controls within the Department of State and in the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Department Commerce. Mark originally began his career in trade controls as a policy wonk and consultant but later became an attorney and lobbyist. He has represented a variety of industries including aerospace, chemicals, computers, energy and manufacturing on issues that touch not only on export controls but also anti-boycott, anti-bribery, anti-dumping, customs, embargoes and sanctions.

Scott McCleskey

Compliance and Regulation Advisor | View Bio

Scott McCleskey has 25 years of professional experience in compliance and regulation. Over that period he has developed expertise through senior level positions covering the broker-dealer, exchange, and rating agency sectors as well as with self-regulatory organizations and compliance vendors. He has led and executed advisory engagements with clients worldwide, ranging from the establishment of an alternative dispute resolution system for the Romanian market to the identification of metrics to measure ethics on behalf of a leading ethics institute. He has worked in the U.S., Belgium and the UK and has advised government agencies worldwide.

Scott’s previous roles include managing the enterprise-wide compliance risk program for Charles Schwab; Chief Compliance Officer for Moody’s; and Global Head of Regulatory Intelligence at Thomson Reuters. His earlier roles include regulatory policy and market surveillance roles for stock exchanges in Europe, market supervision roles with the NASD and compliance oversight at a broker-dealer.

Scott is a published author and columnist on issues of compliance, regulation and ethics. His publications include two books, several articles and an editorial column which won a national award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He has spoken before Congress, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the London School of Economics and the European Central Bank as well as numerous professional conferences.

Scott holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Financial Regulation and Compliance Management from London Guildhall University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the College of William and Mary.

Lynne Johnston

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Consultant | View Bio

Lynne Johnston is an independent consultant specializing in anti-bribery / anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and compliance risk governance.  She was previously a Managing Director and Head of Compliance Americas for Commerzbank AG, the US Head of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for RBC Capital Markets, and the Global Head of Money Laundering Prevention Compliance for Lehman Brothers.  She has also held the roles of Global Head of Compliance Policies and Training Governance for Barclays Capital, and was also Regulatory Counsel for Lehman Brothers.   Ms. Johnston spent eight years as an attorney for the Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and focused on cases involving financial reporting fraud, investment adviser fraud, and insider trading.  She began her career as a litigator for Davis, Markel & Edwards.  She is a graduate of Centre College where she received a B.A. in Government.  She obtained her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Kevin Ford

Independent Consultant | View Bio

Kevin Ford is an independent consultant with extensive experience in the GRC field. He had a distinguished 26-year career in law enforcement as a detective in San Francisco (1974 -1981) and then New York City (1982 – 1998), where he served as an Inspector General and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in that Office’s Official Corruption Unit. He was responsible for numerous major RICO investigations and prosecutions. His law enforcement career culminated in five years of service as the Deputy Commissioner of Investigation for New York City by appointment of Mayor Giuliani. In this role he participated in major prosecutions and reform initiatives that decimated organized crime influence over several major industries, returning significant tax revenue to the City while freeing several thousand private sector jobs from mob control.

While serving the City, Mr. Ford helped to organize the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) series in 1983. He was an original member of the Council for the IACC, serving as Chairman of the Conferences in Lima, Peru (1997), Durban, South Africa (1999) and Prague, Czech Republic (2001)

In 1998, Mr. Ford joined the legal department of Goldman Sachs as Senior Counsel in the firm’s London office for five years where he served as the firm’s first U.K. Money Laundering Reporting Officer while managing major due diligence projects for Goldman in the Europe, the Middle East and Asia. After returning to New York he spent five more years managing global special due diligence projects for Goldman. He was an original member of the Wolfsberg Group, chairman of Interpol’s First Conference on Corruption and a member of Interpol’s Group of Experts on Corruption for more than a decade. He has been a member of Transparency International since 1995. He has managed numerous global internal FCPA investigations and advised major corporations and financial institutions on GRC management issues.