Born in Mexico City on April 19, 1965, Ambassador Alicia Buenrostro Massieu has been a career diplomat since 1990. She has the rank of Ambassador since April 2012. She was the Consul General of Mexico in Hong Kong and Macao SAR of the People’s Republic of China, from August 2011 until May 2016. Since May 22nd, 2016, she acts as the Ambassador of Mexico in Austria, with concurrent accreditation to Slovenia and Slovakia.
Ambassador Buenrostro Massieu has previously served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Mexico to Spain; Press Councillor at the Embassy to the United States, and Head of the Political Section at the Embassy to the United Kingdom.
Within the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Buenrostro Massieu has served as Deputy Director General for Africa and the Middle East and as Advisor to the Deputy Foreign Minister, among other positions. She was Foreign Press Spokesperson to the President of Mexico and has also held positions within the Mexican Ministry of Tourism.
Ambassador Buenrostro Massieu completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana; and holds a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds certificates and specializations from Georgetown University and Mexico’s ITAM.
She co-authored with Mexican Ambassador Andrés Rozental the chapter on “Bilateral Diplomacy” of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2013). She has published several articles on foreign policy in Mexican and international journals and newspapers.
Ambassador Buenrostro Massieu is a member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) and of the board of the International Women’s Forum, Hong Kong Chapter. She is fluent in English and French.
Having worked as a Research Officer at the UN Crime and Justice Research Institute (1969 - 1975) ; Social Affairs Officer with the UN Department of International Economic and Social Affairs (1976 - 1984) ; and Senior Programme Officer with the UN Fund for Drug Abuse Control (1984 - 1987); he headed from 1987 to 1997 the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, which is now an integral part of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and, from 2003 to 2005, he was the Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs of UNODC.
He was also the Provincial Director of Phnom Penh with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia peace-keeping mission and Officer-in-Charge for Public Security responsible for re-establishing Cambodia's criminal justice infrastructure (1992 - 1993); Director of the Centre for International Crime Prevention (1997 - 2002); Director of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General in Iraq (1998 - 1999); Chairman of the Identification Commission of the UN Mission for the Referendum on Western Sahara and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (1999 - 2001). He has served as Executive Secretary of the Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh UN Congresses on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
He received his doctorate in law/jurisprudence at the University of Rome, with specialization in criminal law and criminology at the Universities of Cambridge and Rome. He authored several publications in the fields of human rights in the administration of justice, criminal justice statistics, developmental issues and international cooperation in criminal matters.
Dr. Edward Gamaya Hoseah has worked in the public sector for more than 35 years. He retired from public service and resumed his legal practice at Hoseah & Co Advocates in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He holds a PhD (Law) from the University of Dar es Salaam (2007) focusing on law of Evidence. He finished his Masters Degree in Law from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario in Canada (1989) and he attained his LL.B (Hons) from University of Dar es Salaam (1985). Hoseah attended trainings/courses in Governance, Ethics and Anti-Corruption at different Institutions where special courses were offered to Chief Executives of the Organizations. These Institutions that he attended include: University of Passau, Germany (2007), University of Birmingham (2003), World Bank Institute (1998), and at the School of International and Foreign Relations in Tanzania where he was awarded a certificate on Conflict Resolution and Management (1997).
Dr. Hoseah has a distinguished career in the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Tanzania, East Africa, SADC region and Africa where he served as the Director General of the Bureau, the President of East Africa Anti-Corruption Authorities (2008-2010, 2014-15), the SADC (SAFAC) Anti-Corruption Authorities as their Chairperson (2010/11), and Chair of the AU Board on Corruption (2011/12).
WORK EXPERIENCE: He served as Director General for the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau in Tanzania (26/11/2006 – 5/12/2015), He was
Ag. Director General of the Bureau (6/11/2006 – 26/11/2006) and worked with the Bureau as Director of Investigations (22/7/1995 – 5/11/2006).
Dr. Hoseah worked with Judiciary in Tanzania and served as District Registrar of the High Court (1994 – 1995), he was Senior Resident Magistrate (1990 – 1995), Chief of Training, Research and Statistics Officer (1987 – 1990), Legal Secretary to Chief Justice (1990 – 1994) and Resident Magistrate (1986 – 1995).
PROFESSIONAL BODIES: He is a member of professional bodies as follows: Advocate of the High Court and Courts Subordinate (1998 – To date), Member, East Africa Law Society (1998 – To date), Chairperson, Deceased Advocates Trust Fund (1998 – 2001), Chairperson, Tanzania Conflict Resolution Centre, (1997 – To date), Part time Lecturer in Law, School of International and Foreign Relations, (1995 – 2006), and University of Dar es Salaam, Faculty of law (2004 – 2006), Board Member, International Society For the Reform of Criminal Law (1996 – To date), Chairperson, Training Committee, Southern Africa Forum Against Corruption (1998 – 2006), Member, UN Group of Experts on developing an Anti- corruption legislation Model (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1997), Board Member, Transparency International, Tanzania Chapter (1997 – 2006).
He is also a Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University, Law School, Chicago, Illinois (2004, 2006, 2013), Visiting Scholar, Duke Law School, North Carolina (2011), He was a Consultant for the Government of Zambia (ACC) on governance and corruption (2005/06), Member, UN Group of Experts on preparing a Technical Guide for the Implementation of UNCAC, Vienna, Austria, (2006), Consultant, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Deepening the Effectiveness of Judiciary in Africa (2006/2007), Associate Member of Rutgers Institute on Corruption Studies (RICS), Centre for Law and Justice, Newark, NJ (2009 – To date), Board Member, Advisory Board of UNDP Global Programme on Anti-Corruption For Development Effectiveness (PACDE) 2008 – 2011, Board Member, African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (2011/14), Head of Tanzania Delegation, Conference of States Parties, UNCAC (2010-2015), Vice President, International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), (2013-2015); Board Member, International Association of Law of Evidence and Forensic Science (2013-Todate)
Mr Abu Kassim began his career as Investigation Officer at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) in 1984. He made his way up to the Director of the Planning and Policy Coordination Division in 1999, and the Director of ACA for the states of Perak and Penang respectively in 2000 and 2003. He was appointed Director of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Academy (MACA) in 2005; Chief Integrity Officer at Amanah Raya Berhad in March 2006, and Deputy Director General I of ACA in 2007. Mr Abu Kassim took responsibility as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2009, and was appointed Chief Commissioner of MACC on 1 January 2010.
He has been a member of the Interpol Group of Experts on Corruption since 1997, and is a member of the Executive Committee of International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities. He presented numerous working papers relating to the fight against corruption, inter alia "The Fight Against Corruption: A Collaborative Approach Between MACC and MACA in Combating Corruption" which was introduced at the 78th Interpol General Assembly Session in Singapore in 2009.
Mr Abu Kassim is currently an Adjunct Professor to the Education and Social Sciences Faculty at the University Industry Selangor. He is also a member of the International Academic Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy of Vienna; the Board of Director of the Institute Integrity of Malaysia, and the Advisory Panel for Malaysia Company Commission Training Academy.
Franҫois Ameli focuses on international contract law, litigation and arbitration, international insolvency and international labor law. Mr. Ameli frequently drafts and negotiates cross-border commercial contracts for a wide variety of industries and new technologies and services. He counsels foreign businesses seeking to take over French companies. He also provides clients with broad-based guidance on all aspects of their business from marketing and financing techniques to the hiring of transnational staff and customs issues.
Mr. Ameli brings a breadth of experience in international commercial arbitration, with a focus on contractual disputes arising in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. He has handled a number of multi-jurisdictional litigation cases involving oil and gas, port activity, maritime transportation, international fraud and represents commercial clients in enforcement actions.
Mr. Ameli’s well-developed labor law practice, representing both individual cases and collective disputes, allows him to advise both companies and employees. He integrates this expertise to help businesses structure their employment plans and draft transaction documents.
Mr. Ameli is a member of the French Committee on Private International Law and a founding member of the International Association of Business Lawyers. In addition to his extensive private practice, Mr. Ameli has been a Professor of the Sorbonne Law School and other reputable institutions for 25 years, teaching civil law, international contracts, international trade law and international commercial arbitration in the Middle East. Mr. Ameli is the Head of the Chair of Ethics and Financial Norms at the Sorbonne Law School.
Mr. Ameli earned his doctorate of law degree from the Sorbonne Law School and has a certificate specializing in international Trade Law from the Paris Bar Association.
Mr. Ameli is a founding partner of BEA Avocats.
He is fluent in French, English and Persian.
Currently President of FTM Global Recovery LLC
Suzanne Hayden has spent thirty years in public service and law enforcement, serving as a senior advisor to members of the US government (Justice, State, Treasury and Defense) and to International Organizations including International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Anti-corruption Academy (IACA).
Ms. Hayden has provided guidance and training in the areas of anti-corruption, financial crime and integrity building for the public and private sectors throughout the world. She has designed and delivered training on anti-corruption and financial crime for the Anticorruption units for the governments of Thailand and S. Korea, developed best practices in combatting corruption, codes of conduct and integrity building for the International Ombudsmen Institute, was a key speaker at the World Forum on Anticorruption in Amman, Jordan, the Interpol Global Conference on Integrity in Sports and co-organized Peru’s Third Annual Anti-corruption conference in Lima, Peru. Recognized as an expert within Transparency International and the Risk Assistance Network & Exchange in the US, Ms. Hayden served as a legal expert in long-term Court-ordered monitoring of a US corporation.
During her career as a Senior Prosecutor for the US Department of Justice, Ms. Hayden served as lead prosecutor on over complex organized crime cases and developed a strategy for investigating and prosecuting global kleptocrats. She was DOJ’s representative to the Financial Action Task Force, the global standard setter on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, and worked throughout the world providing technical assistance and legislative drafting as a senior prosecutor in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. Ms. Hayden was DOJ’s first National Security Coordinator and was a resident legal advisor in Russia and Turkey prior to joining the UN in The Hague, Netherlands. As a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Ms. Hayden established the UN’s first financial investigation unit and led the financial investigation of Slobodan Milosevic. Following her career as a federal prosecutor, she became a senior advisor to the Director of the National Counter-proliferation Center, addressing transnational organized crime and weapons of mass destruction. Upon leaving government service she served a senior advisor at the Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna, Austria, developing and delivering anti-corruption training and consultations and ultimately started her own consulting business.
Ms. Hayden has served as an advisor to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) on narcotic trafficking legal framework issues in Nigeria and the US Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance, providing international partners with expertise on financial crimes, integrity building and anti-corruption.
Ms. Hayden currently provides advice and training to the public and private sectors on countering corruption, anti-money laundering, integrity building and combatting illicit trade.
Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva
Born on 2 August 1950 in Belgrade, Serbia, Ambassador Zvekic holds a law degree (LL.B), MA and PhD in sociology/law. He was a Fulbright Scholar (1973-75) and then worked in the Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research in Belgrade from 1976 till 1984 when he joined the United Nations Crime and Drug programme. Until 1999 he was a Deputy Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) based in Italy. From 1999 till 2004 he was a Deputy Representative heading the anti-crime programme of the UN regional office for Southern Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa. Till his retirement from the UN in October 2009, he was a Head of the Strategic Plannin at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. From 2009 to April 2013 Ambassador Zvekic was the Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia at the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Within the UN system in Geneva, Ambassador Zvekic was elected for two prominent positions:
He has published extensively on crime and development, and reform of criminal justice system from the perspective of human rights and international standards. He was teaching in many academic institutions worldwide.
Currently, he is the Adjunct Professor at the Law School, University of Belgrade; the Law School, University Rome Tre and the School of Government, LUISS, Rome, Italy; Senior Advisor, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, Geneva, Switzerland; UNODC/UNITAR consultant. He has been awarded the Transparency Award for 2017 by the European Public Law Organization.