Gretta Fenner is the Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance, where she also holds the position of Director of the Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery. She has already held these positions from 2005 to 2008, during the founding years of the Institute, and has joined the Institute again in late 2011 after three years in Australia and Oxford, UK.
During these intermittent years, she primarily worked as freelance consultant advising governments, donors, international organisations and multinational corporations from around the world in governance and anti-corruption related topics as well as organisational change and development processes and policy design. Prior to joining the Basel Institute, from 2000 to 2005, Gretta worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris as the organisation’s manager for anti-corruption programmes in the Asia-Pacific region where she played a key role in establishing the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific.
Gretta Fenner is a political scientist by training and holds bachelor and master degrees from the Otto-Suhr-Institute at the Free University Berlin, Germany, and the Paris Institute for Political Science ("Sciences Po Paris"), France. In 2010, she further completed an MBA at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business, Australia.
Phyllis has been an Advocate of the High Court in South Africa since 1981, and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. As Head of Training at the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR), she is responsible for providing technical assistance to developing and transitional countries through the design, development and delivery of interactive, practical and participant-based training workshops on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, financial investigations and asset recovery. These workshops aim at enhancing the capacity of anti-corruption investigators, prosecutors, judiciary and other key law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting international money laundering and/or corruption cases and recovering stolen assets.
Prior to joining the ICAR on 1 June 2009, Phyllis was employed at the Deloitte Forensic & Dispute Services office in Cape Town, South Africa where she held the position of Principal. She played a national role in the Forensic Team, driving growth in cross-border services, including anti-money laundering and anti-corruption training initiatives, amongst others. Whilst with Deloitte, Phyllis also played the lead role in a USAID-funded project spanning 8 months involving the establishment of a Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in Tanzania during 2008, to investigate or report cases of suspicious or unusual financial transactions.
Before joining Deloitte in July 2004, Phyllis held the position of Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions at the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) – also known as the Scorpions – in South Africa. Phyllis spent 23 years as a Public Prosecutor, 5 years of which were served as an advocate in the former Office of the Attorney General (now known as the Director of Public Prosecutions) and 12 years with the Office for Serious Economic Offences (OSEO), later merged with the Scorpions. She was the first woman to join the ranks of the professional staff in the Office of the Attorney General in 1987 after a period of 14 years without women in such positions.
Phyllis, a Certified Fraud Examiner, has been involved in numerous high profile commercial crime investigations and prosecutions over the years. Her expert knowledge of and extensive experience in the field of international mutual legal assistance has strengthened her network with foreign jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom Central Authority, the Attorney General of the Isle of Man and the Federal Department of Justice and Police, Switzerland. She has been actively involved in training for many years, and a guest speaker at a number of conferences on a broad range of topics including anti-money laundering, mutual legal assistance, investigative methodology and interviewing skills.
Virgil joined the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) as Investigation Specialist in May 2018.
Virgil began his career with the South African Police Service, where he had various positions including commercial crime and fraud investigator to Commander of the Crime Prevention Unit. During his career in the South African Police Services Virgil was responsible for establishing the Crime Intelligence Unit at precinct level with the objective of gathering intelligence within the notorious gangland of the Cape Peninsula. Due to his in-depth knowledge, Virgil regularly provided expert testimony as a gang violence specialist in criminal court proceedings involving high profile gangsters and related parties. He has also worked as an economic crimes investigator for Interpol NCB Pretoria during which he played an integral part in establishing mutual relations with other global law enforcement agencies; inter alia: United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, United States of America and Philippine National Police to name a few. A career highlight within Interpol was when Virgil was selected as part of a team of specialist investigators to draft a best practice manual for Interpol investigators on the methodology to investigate Advance Fee Fraud (commonly known as Nigerian 419 Scam).
Prior to the establishment of the now defunct Scorpions, Virgil was a Commercial Crime and Fraud Investigator with the National Directorate: Office for Serious Economic Offences. The unit operated in a Multi-Disciplinary approach investigating complex economic crimes involving politicians and other high profile individuals. Virgil soon ventured into the private sector and worked with Deloitte & Touche and EY on forensic investigations. His latest tenure was as the Deputy Director of forensic investigations for the Government of Western Cape where his focus was investigating complex procurement related matters that involved corruption on a grand scale.
Margarida Bandeira de Lima joined the Basel Institute on Governance and International Centre for Asset Recovery in December 2018 as Senior Asset Recovery Consultant, responsible for leading a programme of work in Mozambique.
Margarida has a law degree from the Universidade Clássica in Lisbon, and brings over 30 years of experience in public prosecution in the area of organised and complex crime. She also brings vast experience in developing countries, particularly lusophone countries, among others in Macau, Timor Leste and as resident legal advisor in Mozambique for UNODC.
After gaining initial multidisciplinary experience in civil, criminal, family, minors and homicide cases, she specialised in criminal investigations and led several complex investigations into trafficking in narcotic drugs. Between 2008 and 2011, she worked as the Public Prosecutor for DCIAP, an organ of the Office of the Prosecutor General specialising in investigating and preventing violent, highly organised or especially complex criminality.
Between 2012 and 2014, she served as the Senior Legal Advisor at Casals & Associates’ FOTI initiative, a technical cooperation programme sponsored by the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID. She was responsible for providing training and technical support to strengthen the legal framework against corruption in Timor-Leste and to enhance the capacity of the Office of the Prosecutor General and others to more effectively investigate and prosecute financial crimes. It was also her duty to advise the National Parliament on legislative mechanisms to fight corruption, related offenses and money laundering. She worked with two legislative committees in revamping Timor Leste’s anti-money laundering law and advised the Council of Ministers on the creation of a Financial Intelligence Unit.
Between 2014 and 2015, she worked in Macau to build capacity among key public authorities in the prevention and repression of money laundering, organised crime and asset recovery. Between May 2015 and December 2016, she served as UNODC Resident Legal Adviser in Mozambique for the Office of the Attorney General and the Central Office for Combating Corruption.
During her stay in Timor-Leste and Mozambique, she wrote two handbooks on the legislation of money laundering and corruption of these two countries.
Phillip Jones joined the Basel Institute on Governance in November 2018. He is a former Officer of the UK National Crime Agency.
Over his 31-year career in policing, Phillip has specialised in the investigation of serious and organised crime and terrorism both in the UK and internationally. He has extensive expertise in most areas of covert operations, including source handling, intelligence, surveillance and investigation/case building. More recently, he has focused on financial investigation, investigating money laundering offences and confiscating the proceeds of crime through domestic and international courts.
In his most recent posting, he served as Financial Investigator in the context of a joint commitment by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and National Crime Agency to provide international law enforcement support and liaison in Tanzania.
Simon Marsh holds a Master of Arts degree in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security from Coventry University in which he focused on Organised Crime in Sub Saharan Africa. He spent over thirteen years as a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police in London where he was selected in 2004 as Detective Sergeant and in 2010 for the rank of Detective Inspector. Since 2006 Simon has been specialising in asset recovery, money laundering and corruption, leading some of the most high profile, groundbreaking and successful investigations undertaken in that field.
He has worked in numerous parts of the world in recent years, conducting investigations and assisting developing countries with organised crime and grand corruption investigations. Commended for detective ability and leadership, Simon lectures on money laundering and organised crime at Coventry University and provided significant input to the recently published book 'Narcomania' by Max Daly (2012).
Stefan Mbiyavanga joined the Basel Institute’s Peru country office in February 2019 as a Legal Specialist for Latin America. In his function, he develops and coordinates research projects and supports training and case advisory work.
Stefan graduated with a Master (MLaw) in International Economic Law from the University of Basel in 2019. While studying, Stefan worked as an academic assistant at the Chair for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure of Professor Mark Pieth for four years.
In addition to working at the Peru country office, Stefan is writing a PhD on Mutual Legal Assistance under the supervision of Professor Mark Pieth.
Shane joins us from the United Kingdom Crown Prosecution Service. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having served as a Prosecutor for 15 years. He began his legal career upon his admission as a Barrister in England and Wales in 1994. Shortly thereafter, he gained admission as an Advocate and Solicitor in 1995 to the High Court of Malaya and in July 1999 he was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.
He developed his civil litigation expertise specialising in commercial and banking litigation both in the UK and Malaysia prior to joining the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2001 as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Being one of the few Prosecutors with a civil litigation background in the specialist national Central Confiscation Branch, Shane drew upon his experience to develop and enhance the role of Restraint and Confiscation Specialists within the CPS. Shane’s key areas of expertise is in Financial Crime, Restraint, Confiscation and Mutual Legal Cooperation having been responsible for advising, securing and preserving assets in complex UK and international cases as well as providing advice to foreign jurisdictions seeking restraint and legal assistance.
In January 2011, Shane was appointed as the first UK Liaison Prosecutor to the United Arab Emirates. During his time (2011-15) as the Liaison Prosecutor, Shane secured a series of firsts in relation to Extraditions between the UK/UAE, restraint of criminal assets and the repatriation of criminal proceeds held in the UAE. Upon his return to the UK in 2015, Shane was appointed as the Head of the Civil Recovery Unit at the CPS and since April 2016 he has been appointed as the first (UK) CPS Gulf Criminal Justice Advisor with responsibility for CPS Gulf Strategy and coordination across UK Law Enforcement. In the recent months, his portfolio and responsibilities extended to manage CPS engagements in Baghdad, South Africa, Jamaica, Eastern Caribbean, Washington, Paris, Rome, Madrid and a roving European Asset Recovery role.
Shane is an accredited CPS Proceeds of Crime Trainer and has supported developmental programmes run by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central Asia and the Far East since 2005. More recently he has participated in the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery (AFAR) since 2012 and presented a paper at the G7 Meeting at AFAR III in Geneva on methods of Developing Asset Recovery Strategies.
In recognition of his work with the CPS, his time in the UAE and wider contributions to law and order representing the UK, in particular in relation to international cooperation, Shane was recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and accordingly he was awarded the Member the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Honours Lists of June 2015.
Oscar Solorzano is a lawyer by training and an Asset Recovery Specialist within the Legal and Case Consultancy division of the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) which he joined in 2012. In his current position Oscar primarily works on corruption cases involving Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) in the South American region. He assists requesting countries in developing and executing strategies supporting enterprise-wide operations including working with judicial, prosecutorial and law enforcement authorities on tracing illicit assets laundered to foreign jurisdictions, first and foremost in terms of seizing and confiscating such proceeds of crime; in particular he gives advice on the application of non-conviction based forfeiture (NCBF) laws as strategies for the international recovery of assets. He also provides legal advice to requesting States pertaining to Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters and regularly represents the Basel Institute as speaker at international seminars and conferences on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, international co-operation and Asset Recovery.
Prior to joining the Basel Institute, Oscar was working as a research fellow and as a teaching staff for a course on economic criminal law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. While working in Geneva, he was involved in several publications and research projects concerning the corruption of public officials, Asset Recovery, Money Laundering, confiscation and Corporate Liability of legal entities. This exposure led him to subsequently undertake a doctoral thesis in 2009 entitled “The international asset recovery of illicit assets of high-ranking public officials” at the University of Geneva.
He holds a BA in Political Science and Law from the National University of Trujillo (Peru) and a law degree from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He also earned a Master of Law in International Relations from the University of Fribourg. He is currently finalizing his doctoral thesis.
Nick Staite read Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and trained as a Solicitor in London. After practising for a few years in medical negligence and personal injury law, he moved to a firm in rural Oxfordshire and dealt with all types of litigation, developing an inclination towards advocacy.
Thereafter he soon began a long career in public prosecution, joining the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at its inception and leaving it 28 years later. After performing the role of Branch Crown Prosecutor (lawyer/manager) for 12 years, he qualified as Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts - Criminal) and resumed as full-time lawyer leading a Special Casework Unit before taking a post in the Complex Casework Unit for the East of England.
Nick has a wealth of experience in advising the police before and after charge in large-scale investigations, then managing the prosecution of them in the Crown Court. He handled serious homicides, drug trafficking, frauds, money laundering, conspiracies and people smuggling. Many of his cases involved, at home and abroad, urgent restraint of assets, pre-charge; and confiscation of assets after conviction.
As a CPS trainer, Nick delivered vocational and practical training to colleagues and police on Homicide, Fraud, Hi-Tech Crime, Mutual Legal Assistance and the statutory provisions for the Disclosure of Unused Material. He also mentored aspiring Crown Court advocates and provided advice and guidance on covert policing techniques, the use in evidence of call data from Communication Service Providers and the management of complex, multi-faceted, multi-jurisdiction cases.
Called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1997, Leam has worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, a number of UK Government regulatory and enforcement authorities, for global accounting networks and various foreign governments on recovering the proceeds of crime since 1999.
Leam is currently working on the DFID-funded Strengthening Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR) Technical Advisory Facility (TAF), where she is leading the Asset Recovery intervention. Leam has worked exclusively in the Proceeds of Crime arena for the past 18 years, beginning with secondments from Chambers to the Securities & Futures Authority (forerunner to the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority), the Crown Prosecution Service’s Central Confiscation Branch and later Revenue & Customs’ Asset Recovery Unit.
The UN Office on Drugs & Crime then appointed Leam their Asset Forfeiture Consultant to Southern Africa, where she worked in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions on the implementation of South Africa’s new Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Regimes, on both policy and case specific levels concentrating on constitutional challenge, international co-operation and effective asset management.
Leam returned to the UK to assist with the introduction of Civil Recovery provisions. Operating in the private sector on financial investigation and asset management, she worked closely with UK prosecuting authorities and law enforcement on recovering the proceeds of a diverse range of criminality. Leam played both advisory and active roles during this period, participating in entry, search and seizure operations and successfully co-ordinating numerous national and international recovery operations.
Throughout this period Leam continued to provide support to emerging asset recovery regimes in particular in the Balkans and Eastern and Southern Africa, where she has now returned to work on recovering the proceeds of corruption in Uganda.
Daniel joined the Basel Institute in July 2018 to assume the role of Programme Coordinator in Lilongwe, Malawi. In his function, Daniel is primarily responsible for overall coordination and administration of the DFID-funded "Tackling Serious and Organised Corruption programme”.
Prior to joining the Institute, Daniel gained work experience at the Africa Department of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, the German Development Agency in Mexico and the United Nations in Vienna, where he focused on the relationship between violence and poverty, in addition to programme management tasks.
Daniel holds a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews/United Kingdom, and recently completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Policy from the German Development Institute (DIE). During his time at DIE, he analysed the role of civil society in Southern Africa and completed field work in various countries across the region.
Andrew Dornbierer is an Asset Recovery Specialist for the Basel Institute on Governance. A qualified lawyer in Australia, Andrew has worked with the Legal & Case Consultancy team within the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) since 2012. Andrew graduated from the University of Western Australia, and holds degrees in both Law and International Relations. He has completed internships at several international NGOs, including the United Nations Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin, Italy.
Peter Huppertz graduated from the University of Applied Science, Mittweida with a Diploma in Media Technology (2003). Working at the University of Education in Freiburg he took part in the post graduate course Educational Media provided by the University Duisburg-Essen and finished with a Master of Arts in Educational Media.
Prior to joining the ICAR Peter was working as a Research Assistant at the University of Education in Freiburg. There he conducted training courses on creating and using media in educational scenarios, developed software environments to support learning and worked on a research project involving the use of interactive video for teacher trainings. During his studies Peter worked for several IT companies, advertising agencies and movie post production companies.
At the ICAR Peter is responsible for designing and developing e-learning solutions to enhance ICAR’s asset recovery training and assistance programs. He works in close cooperation with training experts and governance advisors to meet the learning needs and challenges for a variety of audiences ranging from developing country law enforcement officials to corporate compliance departments and knowledge management authorities. Peter has also been developing the user interface for the website of the ICAR’s Knowledge Centre on Asset Recovery as well as e-learning modules for the asset recovery training and assistance programs. Furthermore he created the necessary infrastructure required to operate and manage the institute’s websites. More recently, Peter has also been responsible for developing the Asset Recovery Experts Network, a web-based social network for participants of the ICAR’s trainings.
Federico Paesano graduated from the Military Academy of the Guardia di Finanza in L’Aquila (Italy) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Università degli studi del Molise (Italy). For fourteen years, he worked for the Italian Financial Police, ending his career as Chief Investigator, leading and conducting judicial and financial investigations, focusing in particular on economic crimes such as corruption and money laundering.
Since July 2009, he was seconded by the Italian Government to the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) as Mentor to the Minister of Interior on Anticorruption: as part of a group of experts, he provided technical advice on transparency and accountability measures to the Minister of Interior as well as advice on the development of national and sector policies, collaborating closely with the AGO, the High Office of Oversight, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and other external partners.
Federico joined the International Centre for Asset Recovery as Senior Financial Investigations Specialist in 2010, delivering technical training programmes on financial investigations and asset recovery in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Steve is a Senior Investigation Specialist within ICAR having joined the Institute in August 2015. Most recently he has been working for the Royal Cayman Islands Police and was in charge of their financial crime and intelligence departments. He co-chaired the group, which wrote the money-laundering risk assessment in advance of the FATF inspection due in 2017.
Prior to this he was a police officer in the UK’s Metropolitan Police for 31 years where most recently he was a senior officer within the serious and organized crime division between 2007-2014. His work specialized in targeting nationally and internationally significant criminals who had amassed sizeable criminal assets and therefore required a detailed, complex and sustained investigative response.
After the terrorist attacks of September 2001 he was responsible for creating the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU) based in Scotland Yard. This multi-agency and multi-disciplinary body was responsible for the investigation of terrorist financing; the creation of training courses and their delivery nationally and internationally and the mainstreaming of financial investigation into pro-active terrorist investigations.
Steve holds a Master of Studies degree from the University of Cambridge in Applied Criminology and Management.
Thierry, a judicial officer from Madagascar, joined the Training Division of the Basel Institute’s International Centre of Asset Recovery (ICAR) in 2015. He is responsible for developing and delivering technical training programs in financial investigations and asset recovery for developing and transition countries.
He obtained his Masters in Law from the French University of Reunion Island and was afterwards admitted to the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature et des Greffes in Antananarivo, Madagascar where he obtained his diploma of aptitude for the profession of magistrate, qualifying him to be a judge or a prosecutor.
He was first appointed as a deputy public prosecutor in the First Instance Court of Antananarivo and specialized in anti-corruption by joining the newly formed Anti Corruption Judiciary Unit. He was in charge of the investigation and prosecution of high scale corruption cases and other economic and financial crimes and attended various relevant training courses offered by different international institutions.
After 5 years working as a prosecutor, Thierry was appointed as the head of the legal department of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Madagascar. Leading a team of analysts and intelligence officers, he conducted the gathering of information and intelligence analysis to unveil possible money laundering and terrorist financing activities and wrote intelligence reports that were sent to the public prosecutor for further investigation. He was personally in charge of the analysis of complex and sensitive cases. Part of his assignment was to provide training and technical assistance to AML/CFT national stakeholders especially to key law enforcement agencies and judicial officers and contributed largely to the writing of a handbook on anti-money laundering for prosecutors and judges. He was also in charge of international co-operation working closely with the judiciary and law enforcement agencies of partner countries.
Jonathan joined the Basel Institute on Governance and the International Centre for Asset Recovery as Senior Asset Recovery Specialist in October 2017. He is a barrister specialised in asset recovery, financial crime and international co-operation.
Between 1997 and 2014, Jonathan was at the independent Bar prosecuting and defending in cases involving serious and organized crime, fraud, money laundering and the proceeds of crime. In 2011 he was recognised in the Legal 500 as being a leading junior in criminal work that “calmly and patiently deals with substantial matters clearly and with an eye for detail”. He was appointed by the Crown Prosecution Service as a specialist advocate in serious and organized crime, fraud and proceeds of crime at the highest level.
He joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a Specialist Prosecutor and Crown Advocate in 2014. Working in the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division, he pioneered a new roving role in international asset recovery, primarily focussed on European jurisdictions. Within this role he provided advice to domestic and overseas prosecutors on securing the freezing of criminal assets and subsequent confiscation in international cases. Having developed networks of judicial, prosecutorial and law enforcement contacts across Europe and through the promotion of using video conferencing technology, more assets were recovered from overseas and an increase in requests for assistance from overseas authorities.
Jonathan represented the UK and the CPS at international conferences speaking on international cooperation and asset recovery, as well as attending EU ARO and CARIN steering group meetings. His experience includes cases involving assets frozen under the EU misappropriations sanctions and he latterly covered the CPS liaison prosecutor role for the United Arab Emirates.
Jonathan is a contributing editor to a leading textbook on consumer and trading standards law where he edits the chapter on criminal enforcement including asset recovery
Hoa Truong joined the Basel Institute in November 2014 as Web/e-learning Designer. She is in charge of developing and administering the Institute’s various online information platforms and websites as well as supporting the expansion of the Institute’s e-learning products and other online learning tools in support of the Institute’s capacity building and training activities.
Most recently, prior to joining the Institute, Hoa was living in San Francisco (USA) where she was working as a mental health counsellor and community educator for Richmond Area Multi-Services Inc. (RAMS). And prior to moving to San Francisco, Hoa was living and working in her home country Vietnam, conducting work for Prudential plc. as a legal and PR publishing coordinator and subsequently as a motivational trainer.
Hoa holds a Bachelor degree in Administration Law from the University of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and a Master degree in Adult Education from San Francisco University (USA).