Fighting Transnational Crime Together
38th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference
15th - 18th October 2017
Hilton Hotel, Panama City, Panama

Overview of speakers conference 2017

Marissa Lasso de la Vega Ferrari

Marissa Lasso de la Vega Ferrari is partner at the Panamanian Law Firm ALFARO, FERRER & RAMIREZ (AFRA). She heads the firm’s Intellectual Property Department (Trademarks, Patents, Designs, Domain, Copyright: prosecution /litigations) and the Consumer Protection practice group.
Lasso de la Vega Ferrari is the President of Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property (APADEPI); and the Chair of the Panamanian Alliance against Illicit Trade (public and private alliance against smuggle, piracy and counterfeiting).

Judith A. Fernandez Zebede

Judith A. Fernandez Zebede is the Regional Director of Legal Affairs, Latin America for the ASW Group – Exclusive Distributors of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein for Latin-American and the Caribbean.

A lawyer with 20 years IP practice, Judith has been responsible for brand protection of Tommy Hilfiger since 2007 and Calvin Klein since 2014. Specifically, she is responsible for identifying and investigating criminal activity relating to intellectual property and trademark violations for the brands in and Latin America & the Caribbean.

Steven Shapiro

Steven Shapiro serves as a Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI’s Intellectual Property and Criminal/Cyber Integration Unit (IP/CCIU), where his team provides guidance and support to investigators engaged in Theft of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) criminal cases. SSA Shapiro also participates in IPR training and outreach activities to international, federal, state, local, and private sector partners designed to disrupt and dismantle the sale of counterfeit goods. He is also an active member of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (NIPRCC). SSA Shapiro began his FBI career in 2010 working complex financial crime, public corruption, and violent crime matters in the Oklahoma City Field Office, Lawton Resident Agency.

Ulrika Bonnier

Ulrika Bonnier is a Director of the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT). She is an international policy expert on corruption, illicit trade and human trafficking. She is the author of several books on anti-corruption and public-sector integrity issues, most recently Trafficking in Persons and Corruption: Breaking the Chain, published by the OECD in December 2016. Ulrika Bonnier joins TRACIT from the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, where she advised governments on policy development and implementation in the areas of public sector integrity, anti-corruption and illicit trade.

Nicolas Otte

Nicolas Otte is Director Illicit Trade Strategies & Prevention – Latin America & Canada for Philip Morris International (PMI), based in New York.

Nicolas has dedicated almost his entire professional career to the fight against illicit trade. He joined PMI in 2004 and was previously based in Switzerland, Morocco and Hong Kong. He assumed his current role in May 2016 and works closely with government agencies, international institutions, business partners and the civil society in tackling the significant challenges generated by the trafficking of illicit goods, including from regulatory, enforcement or communications perspectives.

Gillian Murray

Gillian Murray is UNODC’s Deputy Director of the Division for Policy Analysis, and Chief of the Public Affairs and Policy Support Branch.  Her responsibilities cover the 2030 Agenda, Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency matters, Co-financing and Partnership building, and Public Affairs and Advocacy.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Murray was Chief in the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, where she also acted as UNODC’s Senior Focal Point for Cybercrime.

Nick Pailthorpe

Nick Pailthorpe is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is helping to build and lead UBER’s EMEA Law Enforcement Outreach and investigation function in conjunction with the global head office in the USA. His primary role is to build relationships with all levels of law enforcement across the region to ensure transparency, safety and security. He is currently managing the roll out of Uber’s new Law Enforcement Response Portal to various forces across Europe.

John Padgett

John Padgett is Government Affairs Manager: Tax, Trade and Anti-Illicit Trade in British American Tobacco Caribbean and Central America, and oversees all the company initiatives against illicit trade in the region.

Debra Mims

Debra Mims is currently serving as the Illicit Trade and Finance (ITF), Senior Intelligence Officer/Branch Chief, Strategic Intelligence and Analysis Division, Office of Intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP). ITF is tasked with analyzing the production, trade, and distribution of illicit goods entering the U.S. that are unsanctioned by trade regulations and standards; placing special emphasis on the role of transnational criminal organizations and their exploitation of this illicit activity.

Major (Ret’d) Johanna Lewin JP

Major (Ret’d) Johanna Lewin JP, is the current Commissioner and Principal Director of the Revenue Protection Division (RPD), Ministry of Finance & Planning, Jamaica. In this role, she has the responsibility of implementing and overseeing strategies to address different public-sector risks and in particular those associated with the Revenue Services, financial crimes, fraud and corruption.

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