Building A Defensible Global Supply Chain Program: Managing Third-Party Risk in Times of Crisis

There’s no question that the pandemic has forced business owners and leaders to make tough decisions. As the world adapts to not just the physical change in the way we do business, but also the flow on impact of how this relates to business relationships.


In the context of third-party risk, given the complexity of the supply chain ecosystem, it’s not surprising that some businesses deprioritize their focus in this area. For some, the risk is worth taking, particularly as budgets are tight. But where is the defence should things go wrong?


Key topics covered in this panel discussion:

  • The challenges organisations face in dealing with supply chains, and how to manage third party on-boarding and due diligence cost-effectively and efficiently.
  • What are the vulnerabilities in our supply chains that can expose people, teams and organisations to unnecessary if not catastrophic reputational and regulatory risk?
  • How do you strengthen your supply-chain compliance and smart management controls in this tough and volatile market conditions.

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Richard Bistrong

CEO | Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC
Richard Bistrong spent his career as an international sales executive and currently consults, writes and speaks on foreign bribery and compliance issues from that front-line perspective. Richard was the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded Defense supplier, which included residing and working in the UK. In 2007, as part of a cooperation agreement with the US Department of Justice and subsequent Immunity from Prosecution in the UK, Richard assisted the US, UK, and other governments in their understanding of how FCPA, bribery and other export violations occurred and operated in international sales. In 2012, Richard was sentenced as part of his own Plea Agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a Federal Prison Camp.


Richard now blogs at about current front-line anti-bribery and compliance issues. Abstracts on Richard’s compliance practice can be found on his website.

Leas Bachatene

Chief Executive Officer | ethiXbase
Leas Bachatene is a proven business leader with over 15 years of experience, having established and led commercial organisations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Leas joined Complinet Group in 2004, a leading provider of compliance solutions for the financial services industry. He went on to found their operations in both the Middle East and Asia. Within 4 years of inception these operations contributed to over 15% of the group’s revenue.

Complinet was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010 to form the cornerstone of their Governance, Risk and Compliance business. Following the acquisition Leas served as Managing Director of Thomson Reuters’ GRC division in Asia Pacific where the business saw double digit growth year-on-year during his five-year tenure. During this period Leas spear headed the acquisition of a major e-learning provider and was key to the successful integration of the GRC businesses with the broader Financial and Risk division.

Alex Pillow

EMEA Channels & Partnerships | Regulatory DataCorp, Inc. (RDC)
Alex is the EMEA lead for the Channels & Partnership function for Regulatory DataCorp, Inc. (RDC), a data and SaaS company that helps regulated businesses assess their clients and third-party risk. His experience in data has given him insight into how both practitioners, and vendors are using technology to make their operations scalable.


Martin Money

Managing Director, Asia Pacific | ethiXbase
Martin joined ethiXbase as Managing Director, Asia Pacific in September 2019, bringing a wealth of experience in software sales and marketing. An established governance, risk and compliance solutions professional, Martin formerly led the Thomson Reuters’ Australia and New Zealand’s Risk division as well as the GRC team for SAI Global across Asia Pacific.

Martin established deep relationships with clients and industry thought leaders building a solid reputation for providing straightforward support and advice.

During Martin’s tenure, the ANZ business within the Risk division of Thomson Reuters achieved significant growth and established a leadership ranking by top analyst firms.

Prior to that, Martin has held senior leadership positions in a variety of technology start-ups with a primary focus in fintech including Complinet and Total Compliance.
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