Speakers' Bio

Paul H. Delaney, III


Kyle House Group

John I. Forry

School of Law

University of San Diego

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek

Sarah K. Rathke


Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Gang Xu

Assoc. General Counsel

The Hershey Company

Reagan R. Demas


Baker & McKenzie LLP

Larry Kivett


Forensics & Investigations

Deloitte Advisory

Yohan John Balan is based in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker & McKenzie. He has over eight years of experience in conducting anti-corruption and compliance investigations, and advising clients on structuring operations to reduce regulatory and compliance risks in emerging markets, particularly India. Companies with which he has worked include several in substantially regulated sectors such as the alco-bev, pharma, logistics and the defense industry. Yohan was involved in orchestrating one of the largest compliance check and overhaul exercises in Asia with a major consumer goods company, requiring extensive diligence, testing and re-structuring of the supply chains and routes-to-consumers in various markets across Asia. Yohan is a qualified lawyer in India.

Christopher Burkett has expertise in litigation & disputes, internal investigations, and regulatory compliance. He has appeared on behalf of his clients before a variety of tribunals, at all levels of trial court, and courts of appeal. He has also practiced in the Firm's London office and conducted internal investigations of anti-corruption and human rights compliance issues for multinational corporations and their subsidiaries across many jurisdictions. He holds a LLM from the London School of Economics with a focus on international human rights, where he wrote his dissertation on the UN Guiding Principles and Corporate Responsibility in the Supply Chain. He has been published extensively and often speaks at conferences regarding business & human rights. Chris currently advises multinational corporations on their global human rights policies and procedures. 

Rosemary Coates is the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consultancy. She is also the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, a 501c3 Non-Profit collaboration with the University of San Diego. She has been a management consultant for 25 years, with an impressive list of over 80 global supply chain clients. She is an Amazon.com Best Selling author with 5 books: “42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China,” “42 Rules for Superior Field Service,” “Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers,” “The Reshoring Guidebook,” and “Legal Blacksmith – How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.” Ms. Coates serves as an Expert Witness in global supply chain matters, particularly with respect to sourcing and manufacturing in China. She is passionate about bringing manufacturing back to America.


Kari Crowley has sixteen years of research and investigative experience across a broad range of engagements spanning both the commercial and federal government sectors. Kari develops intelligence on individuals, entities, and business ecosystems from a variety of domestic and foreign sources.  Her experience includes gathering information in the context of fraud investigations, whistleblower allegations, open source intelligence, supply chain and pre-transaction due diligence, asset tracing, and international compliance of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Additionally, she is proficient using over 20 online investigative databases, has been trained in i2 Investigative Link Analysis Software, and has completed the Advanced Seminar on the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation. Kari also holds a TS/SCI clearance.

Paul H. Delaney, III joined the firm in the summer of 2013 and brings over 10 years of private sector and public service experience working on international economic, policy, political and business issues.  He leads the firm’s international commercial counseling and advocacy efforts.  Paul spearheads many of KHG’s coalition, trade and development, and partnership projects.  He specializes in international trade, investment, tax, supply chain, regulatory and customs advocacy.  Paul has worked extensively with Executive branch agencies, two Administrations, Congress, foreign governments, business associations, non-profit groups and a wide range of companies and sectors.  His diverse professional background and experience offers KHG clients a broad set of advising and advocacy services.

Reagan R. Demas focuses his practice at Baker & McKenzie on anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and white collar litigation, and has significant experience working on behalf of companies and investors conducting business in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Mr. Demas’ experience in Africa includes evaluating business opportunities with greater clarity, providing advice on FCPA compliance and business operations (including solutions on issues of taxation, investment, entity registration, security, risk management and expatriate employment), and conducting investigations, training and due diligence on behalf of clients in Africa. He has extensive contacts and expertise on local law questions in Africa and other developing jurisdictions and knowledge of regional dispute resolution mechanisms. In addition to his practice, Mr. Demas has written and spoken extensively on corruption, compliance, and doing business in Africa.


Thomas Firestone is a partner in the Washington office of Baker & McKenzie. Since joining in 2012, he has worked in the Moscow and London offices and remains a member of London’s Compliance and Risk Management Group. He previously worked at the US Department of Justice, first as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York handling transnational organized crime, and then as Resident Legal Adviser and, intermittently, Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Section at the US Embassy in Moscow. In the latter capacity, he twice won the US State Department Superior Honor Award for his work on US-Russian law enforcement cooperation and promotion of the rule of law. He also won a special award from the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service for promoting US-Russian cooperation in combating transnational criminal cartels.

John M. Foote is an associate in the Firm's International Trade, Compliance and Customs Practice group in Washington, DC. Mr. Foote’s U.S. customs practice involves advising clients on how to achieve and maintain duty savings, including through valuation- and classification-based strategies, and how to take advantage of preferential rates of duty under free trade agreements and related programs. He also counsels clients on matters related to customs and trade compliance, including country of origin marking requirements, reducing exposure to antidumping and countervailing duties, and import-related regulatory requirements imposed by various government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). 


John I. Forry teaches graduate law courses in international finance and taxation at the University of San Diego. He also practices law with Seltzer Caplan Mc Mahon & Vitek, and previously was with Ernst & Young and a senior partner with law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He has served on the advisory group to the U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue and currently divides his academic efforts among several U.S. and foreign law and business schools, as well as counseling private clients on international activities.

Eric Jowett is an Assistant Vice President in the Credit & Political Risk practice for Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., where he has underwritten a variety of emerging market risks since 2010. Prior to joining Zurich, Eric was a Senior Underwriter for political risk insurance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. Eric also spent several years providing technical assistance under Democracy, Human Rights & Governance programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Larry Kivett is a partner in Deloitte Advisory and is the Energy & Resources industry leader for the Forensics & Investigations practice. In this capacity, he focuses on delivering a variety of forensic investigation, FCPA consulting, forensic accounting, supply chain forensic, and anti-fraud/anti- corruption related services to U.S. and international companies. Larry has more than 20 years of consulting experience, including leading investigation of issues involving accounting improprieties, employee defalcations, vendor kickbacks and FCPA related issues. He also has extensive experience with supply chain forensics procedures on third party vendors involving analysis of appropriate billings, compliance with contractual terms and related matters.​

Alexandre Lamy advises clients on compliance with US export controls, trade and economic sanctions, and antiboycott controls. He counsels on and prepares filings to submit to the US Government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) with respect to the acquisition of US enterprises by non-US interests. Moreover, Mr. Lamy advises US and non-US companies in the context of licensing, enforcement actions, internal investigations, compliance audits, mergers and acquisitions and other cross-border transactions, and the design, implementation, and administration of compliance programs.


Philip Langford has broad experience in emerging and frontier markets partnering with host countries to strengthen justice system capacity to restrain and deter criminal violence and exploitation against vulnerable populations.  Currently, as IJM’s Vice President of Operations for Southeast Asia, Philip leads IJM’s partnerships with governments in Southeast Asia to combat human trafficking for labor, prostitution and online sexual exploitation as well as other forms of violent exploitation of the poor.  During his 10 years at IJM, Philip has also served as IJM’s Vice President of Operations for Africa, where he led IJM’s programs in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa to strengthen justice and social services systems to protect the poor from human trafficking, sexual violence, police abuse and illegal land seizure. 

David C. Lashway leads Baker & McKenzie’s global cybersecurity practice and is located in Washington, D.C. He
focuses his practice in the areas of crisis management, internal investigations, and complex criminal, civil and
administrative litigation, and has significant experience advising clients with respect to various aspects of
cybersecurity related matters. He is a sought-after lawyer who advises the Fortune 100 on the full lifecycle of
enterprise risks associated with information security, including before, during and after a network breach, as well
as federal regulatory and criminal matters. He regularly conducts global investigations around the theft or
compromise of confidential data, and is repeatedly called upon to litigate post-data breach issues.


Susan Lau is SVP, Assistant General Counsel and head of eTIGS (eCommerce, Technology, Information & Global Services) in the Wells Fargo Law Department. Susan joined Wells Fargo in 2006. She and the team have global and enterprise legal responsibility for Wells Fargo’s cybersecurity, privacy, data management, technology, eCommerce and mobile channels, records management, and non-U.S. work forces in IT, operations, and knowledge analytics. Before coming to Wells Fargo, Susan was EVP, Associate General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer at Providian National Bank where she was primarily responsible for cobranded-card products and business development.  Susan also was Chief Counsel, BankCards, at Bank of America.

Sarah K. Rathke is a partner at Squire, Patton, Boggs, where she is a trial lawyer specializing in manufacturing litigation, particularly complex supply chain disputes. She has argued and tried cases on behalf of manufacturers in forums throughout the US. Her clients include foreign, domestic, and multinational manufacturing entities. Her skills include a deep understanding of the process of bringing highly engineered products to market and conveying that understanding to judges and juries. Sarah has litigated supply chain disputes involving automotive, aerospace, medical, construction and office products. She has also litigated trade secret disputes involving manufactured products and cases involving the purchase and sale of manufacturing entities.


Kieran Stack is the Managing Director of Operations & Strategy (COO) for AGRC Risk Consulting America, a part of Aon Global Risk Consulting, providing risk advisory services to multinationals and large corporates with a focus on optimization of cost of risk. He has responsibility for Operations & Strategy across Aon's Risk Consulting actives within our Actuarial, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Continuity Risk Management, Risk Finance and Outsourced Risk Management practice groups. Kieran has more than 20 years of experience as a risk professional from an in-house corporate risk management, broking, captive servicing and alternative risk finance perspective.


Nick Wildgoose is currently leading the rollout of innovative and award winning supply chain risk products for Zurich Insurance Group. He is a qualified accountant and supply chain professional and has held a variety of senior global financial, supply chain and commercial positions in a number of industry sectors, working for companies such as PWC, BOC Group, and The Virgin Group. Nick has spoken and written on a number of topics related to business intelligence and value chain management. He served on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply which if the biggest professional body in the world with around 110,000 members. He has also served as a specialist advisor to the World Economic Forum on the topic of systemic supply chain risk and as Chairman of the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council a select group of multinational companies looking to improve supply chain risk and still serves on the Board.

Robert Tashima, with a background in political economy and international trade, joined Oxford Business Group (OBG) in early 2007 as an Editorial Manager, serving in the Middle East and North Africa. As Africa Managing Editor since 2008, he is in charge of OBG's field research across the continent, and is responsible for directing the company's Africa-focused digital and print editorial content. Robert has helped oversee an expansion of OBG's research to many of the continent's largest emerging markets, including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Kenya. During this time, he has also initiated field studies on sub-national and local economies and worked alongside key domestic stakeholders to identify new opportunities for potential foreign investors.


Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC. Ms. Wrage has written three compliance guidebooks and is a guest blogger for Corporate Counsel. She speaks frequently on topics of international law, anti-corruption initiatives and the hidden costs of corruption. Ms. Wrage is a former member of FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee and served on the 2015 B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, which drafted recommendations to G20 leaders for consideration in their global economic policies.


Gang Xu, based in Hershey, PA, is the Associate General Counsel of The Hershey Company in support of its global supply chain, information services and global shared services. Gang joined The Hershey Company in 2013 with a diverse international legal background. He served as the General Counsel and Vice President of McDonald's (China) Co. Ltd., and the Legal Director and Associate General Counsel of Walmart (China) Investment Co., Ltd. in charge of its legal work for M&A, e-commerce and disputes resolution. Prior to his in-house legal experiences, Gang was a transactional attorney practicing in the United States and Asia with international law firms such as Morrison & Foerster LLP, Bracewell LLP, Freshfields Bruckhouse Deringer, and Debevoise & Plimpton. Mr.Xu has worked upon a variety of corporate, project finance, entertainment and international transactions since 1994.

Thomas Firestone


Baker & McKenzie LLP

Alexandra Wrage

 President and Founder


Robert Tashima

Managing Editor, Africa

Oxford Business Group

Alexandre Lamy


Baker & McKenzie LLP

Kieran Stack

Chief Commercial Officer

Aon Global Risk Consulting,

Aon Risk Solutions

David C. Lashway


Baker & McKenzie

Global Cybersecurity Practice

Philip Langford

Vice President for Regional Operations - Southeast Asia

International Justice Mission

John Foote


Baker & McKenzie LLP

Kari Crowley

Senior Manager

Business Intelligence Services

Deloitte Advisory

Rosemary Coates


Blue Silk Consulting

Susan Lau

SVP, Asst. General Counsel

Wells Fargo & Company

Yohan John Balan

 Foreign Legal Specialist

Baker & McKenzie

Eric Jowett

Assistant Vice President Credit & Political Risk

Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

 Nick Wildgoose

Global Supply Chain

Product Leader

Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

Christopher Burkett


Baker & McKenzie LLP

Supply Chain Risks & Rewards in Emerging Markets

Focus on Regulatory and Best Practices Issues

October 13, 2016 – Washington, DC



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