Access StAR Day sessions through this link on December 12th, 9am - 6.30PM ET

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

9:00 - 6:30PM ET

New York Room [A411 - A412]

* All times are in US time [GMT - 5]

** Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish

*** The event will be streamed online. Virtual platform for online participation and simultaneous interpretation will be provided by Interprefy

















High-Level Opening Session





Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) Action Series



Launch of the New StAR Asset Recovery Watch Database



GFAR Announcements




GFAR Principles Presentation




Mr John Brandolino, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC

Mr Mouhamadou Diagne, Vice President of Integrity, World Bank


Moderator: Mr Emile Van Der Does, Coordinator, StAR Initiative           


Ms Solvej Krause, Financial Sector Specialist, StAR Initiative, World Bank


Interventions by GFAR Co-Hosts (United States of America, France and United Kingdom), Focus Countries and Partners (IACCC and ICAR)


Rev. David Ugolor, Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ); Vice Chair, UNCAC Coalition

Mr  Lateef Fagbemi, Attorney and Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Nigeria

Ms Alexandra Baumann, Ambassador, Head of the Prosperity and Sustainability Division at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland



Engaging Civil Society in Asset Recovery and Return

What elements need to be in place for GFAR principles 4 and 10 to be a reality? The session will explore the range of contributions that civil society can make to preventing and countering corruption through asset recovery and the resources needed to empower these groups to effectively play this role.







Co-organized by StAR; African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery and Sustainable Development; and Royal United Services Institute

Moderator: Ms Roberta Solis, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, StAR Secretariat, UNODC

Ms Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, Doctoral Research Student, University of Sussex, Founder, African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery and Sustainable Development

Mr Daniel Claman, Principal Deputy Chief, International Unit, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Department of Justice, United States of America

Ms Sara Brimbeuf, Head, Illicit Financial Flows Programme, Transparency International France











To Catch a Thief: A conversation about Tax and Corruption

How can tax authorities and anti-corruption authorities better cooperate and support each other? The session will explore how a whole of government approach and greater cooperation and information exchange between tax, customs, law- enforcement and anti-corruption authorities could support better results in asset recovery.





Co-organized by StAR, Norway and UNDP

*Additional interpretation to Portuguese provided by the Office of the Attorney General of Brazil

Moderator: Ms Yara Esquivel, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) - World Bank

Ms Mona Ransedokken, Policy Director, Ministry of Justice, Norway

Mr Jorge Messias, Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Brazil

Mr Renson Ingonga, Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kenya

Mr Paul Brereton, Commissioner, National Anti-Corruption Commission, Australia


Lunch Break














Victims of corruption: Back for Payback

Anti-Corruption efforts would be incomplete if the damages arising from corrupt acts remain unaddressed. Corruption has far-reaching consequences, affecting not only individuals, legal persons and States, but also communities and entire societies. The side event will focus on the need for and challenges to repairing the harm to victims of corruption, including communities and entire societies.

The session will also mark the launch of the new StAR publication on damages and the standing of victims of corruption.






Co-organized by StAR; Colombia; Asset Recovery Committee of the International Bar Association; Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia; Derechos Humanos y Litigio Estratégico Mexicano; UNCAC Coalition; Transparency International; and Transparency International France

Moderator: Mr Felipe Freitas Falconi, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Anti-Corruption Hub for South America, UNODC

Ms Diana Giselle Osorio Rozo, Group of Transparency Policy, Access to Information, Secretariat of Transparency, Colombia

Ms Helen Taylor, Senior Legal Researcher, Spotlight on Corruption

Ms Clara Lucarella, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), Argentina

Mr Stephen Baker, English barrister and Jersey advocate, Asset Recovery Committee of the International Bar Association

Mr Carlos G. Guerrero Orozco, Co-Founder and President, Derechos Humanos y Litigio Estrategico Mexicano













Good Practices in Asset Management

Asset management is a key, but in practice often neglected part of the asset recovery process. Ensuring that the suspected proceeds of corruption are managed to maintain their value while proceedings are ongoing and, post-confiscation, in a manner that allows for the maximum benefit of the confiscated assets to be returned to the victims of corruption, is however essential to fulfilling the aims of the UNCAC.

The session will also mark the launch of the new StAR handbook on asset management.




Co-organized by StAR; Kenya; and Civil Forum for Asset Recovery

Moderator:  Mr Jackson Oldfield, Director, Civil Forum for Asset Recovery (CifAR)

Mr Abdi Mohamud, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Kenya

Mr Edson Cortez, Director, Centro de Integridade Pública, Mozambique

Ms Lisa Botswick, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) - World Bank

Mr T.J. Abernathy III, StAR Consultant




Unlocking the Treasure Chest: Leveraging Beneficial Ownership Transparency for Asset Recovery

How can beneficial ownership transparency support the asset recovery process? By identifying the true, “beneficial” owner behind otherwise anonymous legal entities, law enforcement and national security officials have additional means to investigate and prosecute corruption, as well as to recover and return its illicit proceeds. Speakers will discuss the successes and challenges in implementing  directories of beneficial ownership information, and address how these directories may aid in global efforts around asset recovery.



Co-organized by StAR; Nigeria; UNODC Nigeria; and The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition

Moderator: Mr Emile Van Der Does, Coordinator, StAR Initiative

Mr Olakunle Tosin Akinsola, Assistant Director, Proceed of Crime Department,  Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Nigeria

Ms Zenobia Barry, Acting Director, Financial Intelligence Unit, Namibia

Mr Young Lee, Government Affairs Director, Financial Transparency and Regulatory Policy, Department of the Treasury, United States of America

Ms Erica Hanichak, Government Affairs Director, Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition



Asset Recovery in the MENA Region - A Perspective from Iraq

In the framework of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) priority areas, particularly chapter IV on International Cooperation and chapter V on Asset recovery, the side event will identify the experience of a MENA country in the asset recovery process of stolen assets. 



Co-organized by StAR; Iraq; and UNODC ROMENA

Moderator: Ms Mona Salem, Regional Programme Coordinator, UNODC Regional Office for the MENA Region

Mr Ayman Dawood Salman, General Director of Recovery department, Commission of Federal Integrity, Iraq

Mr Mohamed Mahmoud Khalaf, Director of the International Cooperation and Human Rights Department, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Egypt



Righting the Wrong: Tools for Asset Recovery in Global Corruption Cases

How can enforcement of global corruption cases, including sanctions, strengthen the fight against corruption and enhance asset recovery? This session will explore legal avenues to recover assess, and compensate for, damages arising out of transnational bribery cases, and how anti-corruption sanctions can be part of an asset recovery strategy.






Co-organized by StAR; United Kingdom; Basel Institute on Governance; OECD; Civil Forum for Asset Recovery; and Royal United Services Institute

Moderator: Ms Gretta Fenner, Managing Director, Basel Institute on Governance

Ms Sarah Zelkha, Head of International and Operational Asset Recovery Policy, Criminal Finances and Asset Recovery Unit, Home Office, United Kingdom

Mr Sam Hickey, London School of Economics

Ms Elena Varta, Economy and Business Climate specialist and Programme Director, Centre for Policies and Reforms (CPR), Moldova

Ms Maria Nizzero, Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), United Kingdom



Illicit Financial Flows and African Regional Mechanisms for Asset Recovery

The panel will discuss regional mechanisms and experiences to improve cooperation among governmental actors and between governments and civil society to fight illicit financial flows and support the recovery of the proceeds of corruption, in particular the experience of the Common African Position on Asset Recovery. 




Co-organized by StAR; Malawi; Nigeria; African Union Advisory Board against Corruption; HEDA Resource Centre; and Civil Forum for Asset Recovery

Moderator: Mr Oliver Stolpe, Representative, UNODC Office in Nigeria

Mr Ola Olukoyede, Executive Chairperson, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria

Ms Seynabou Ndiaye Diakhate, Chairperson, African Union Advisory Board against Corruption (AUABC)

Mr Donald Deya, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU)

Mr Lewis Kundai, Research Officer, Civil Forum for Asset Recovery (CiFAR)



The Role of Academia and Research in Denying Safe Havens for Corruption

The panel will discuss how academic institutions and research about corruption can support the asset recovery process and countries in denying safe havens for the proceeds of corruption. International cooperation to deny safe haven for corruption, in particular in the area of asset recovery, needs to be based on accurate and objective data and analysis. Academia and research play a very important role in this context. The panel will address this important topic by discussing research work done by academia, governments and international organizations in this complex and dynamic area and ways to support it.





Co-organized by StAR and the Beijing Normal University

Moderator: Mr Vladimir Kozin, Regional Anti-Corruption Advisor UNODC/StAR Initiative

Mr Edson Fabio Garutti Moreira, Head, Institutional Cooperation Unit, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Brazil

Dr. Wang Xiumei, Director, G20 Research Center on Cooperation Regarding Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery in G20 Member States, Beijing Normal University, China

Ms Rositsa Zaharieva, Coordinator, GlobE Network Secretariat, UNODC

Ms Yao Deng, Counsel, Governance and Anti-Corruption Division, Legal Department, International Monetary Fund

Dr. Nasser Abaalkhail, Assistant to the President for International Collaboration, NAZAHA, Saudi Arabia