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Wednesday, October 24 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Azerbaijani Laundromat: A Case Study in Journalists and Advocates Partnering to Accelerate Impact in the Global Fight Against Corruption

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This session will profile the work of the unprecedented partnership between journalists and civil society activists in the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium (GACC) spearheaded by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Transparency International (TI). We will spotlight a major investigation in the consortium’s first year that underpins crucial advocacy efforts today: the Azerbaijani Laundromat, by Berlingske and OCCRP, looks into a complex $2.9 billion money and reputational laundering operation via four shell companies registered in the UK. Our aim is to show how global corruption fuels the repression of human rights, the impact achieved through bridging this non-traditional divide, and challenges and lessons learned on the mechanics of this kind of unique collaboration as a model for others embarking on similar partnerships. We will also highlight investigations beyond the GACC, raising similar questions about and opportunities for journalists and advocates partnering on cases of grand corruption. Through this discussion, we hope to identify and engage potential new partners and session participants in hurdles to avoid and ways these alliances can work, while illustrating why they are worth the effort.

Session Rapporteur: Conny Abel

Moderators
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Camille Eiss

Director of Partnerships, OCCRP Washington
Camille Eiss is based in Washington, D.C. Her career spans 15 years working at the cross-section of human rights, democracy strengthening, and government accountability. From 2012-2017, Camille served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor for Anti-corruption in the U.S. State... Read More →

Speakers
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Khadija Ismayilova

Regional Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
Khadija Ismayilova is an award-winning investigative reporter from Azerbaijan and a regional editor for OCCRP. In the past decade, her investigative reporting has exposed corrupt and lucrative business deals involving President Aliyev’s family members. She has provided irrefutable... Read More →
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Casey Kelso

Advocacy Director, Transparency International
Casey Kelso is Advocacy Director at Transparency International (TI) Secretariat. Casey joined the TI Secretariat as the Director for the Africa and the Middle East Department in October 2005 until his appointment as Advocacy Director in 2016. Prior to that, he was the chief executive... Read More →
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Paul Radu

Executive Director and Investigative Reporter, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
Paul Radu is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard, Visual investigative Scenarios (VIS) visualization software and a co-founder of RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters... Read More →
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Ilia Shumanov

deputy director, Transparency International - Russia
Ilia Shumanov is deputy director of Transparency International Russia. He participated in developing amendments to Russian federal law on contracting systems and also on law enforcement. Mr. Shumanov conducted a number of journalistic and civic anti-corruption investigations focusing... Read More →

Workshop Coordinators
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Stella Roque

Chief Communications Officer, OCCRP
Stella Roque is Chief Communications Officer for OCCRP and Transparency International's Global Anti-Corruption Consortium. Prior to joining OCCRP, she did a stint with RFI English Service and was an English-language editor for quarterly African affairs journal Géopolitique Africaine... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Workshop Room 5
  • Organiser the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium (GACC)

Attendees (55)