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Illicit Financial Flows: The Most Damaging Economic Problem Facing the Developing World

A Free Two-Day GFI Conference in Washington, DC

Based on a forthcoming book by GFI, this event will cover the nature of illicit financial flows (IFFs), country-level perspectives, and policy actions.

Event Details

Date: September 21, 2015 –
September 22, 2015
Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm (Reception from 4:00pm to 6:00pm) and 9:00am-5:00pm
Address: 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC
Cost: Free
Questions: Channing May
+1 202 293 0740 ext. 271
Press Contact: Christine Clough
+1 202 293 0740 ext. 231


A Free Two-Day GFI Conference in Washington, DC

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Please join Global Financial Integrity (GFI) for a two-day conference on September 21 and 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Based on a forthcoming book by GFI, this event will include discussions and keynote remarks from experts on the nature of illicit financial flows (IFFs), country-level perspectives, and how and why curtailing these IFFs should be a priority for the global community.


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September 21, 2015

11:30-12:00 Registration and Light Lunch
12:00-12:20 Welcome and Introduction
12:20-12:40 Historical Overview of the Illicit Flows Issue in the Global Political and Economic Agenda
12:40-1:10 A Philosophical Perspective on Illicit Financial Flows
Download Mr. Pogge's PowerPointDownload PowerPoint
1:10-1:55 Emerging Issues in Illicit Financial Flows: Trade-Based Money Laundering
Download Mr. Cassara's PowerPointDownload PowerPoint
Download Mr. Siberski's PowerPointDownload PowerPoint
1:55-2:15Coffee break
2:15-2:45 A Global Perspective: Illicit Flows and Financing for Development
2:45-3:45 A Conversation on Government Trade and Balance of Payments Data
Download Mr. Agerskov's PowerPointDownload PowerPoint
Download Mr. Kar's PowerPointDownload PowerPoint
3:45-4:00 Summation
4:00-6:00 Reception Fourth Estate Room

September 22, 2015

9:00-9:15 Opening Keynote Remarks
9:15-10:00 Emerging Issues in Illicit Financial Flows: Wildlife Trafficking
Download Mr. Miller's PowerPointDownload PowerPoint
Download Ms. Peter's PowerPointDownload PowerPoint
10:00-11:00 A Conversation on IFFs from India
11:00-11:20Coffee Break
11:20-12:20 A Conversation on IFFs from Russia
12:20-1:20 A Conversation on IFFs from Mexico
2:20-3:20 A Conversation on IFFs from the Philipines
3:20-3:40Coffee Break
3:40-4:40 A Conversation on IFFs from Brazil


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Date: September 21-22, 2015

Venue: National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor| Washington, DC USA

Please note that conference attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.


The conference will be held at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC.  Below is a list of a few nearby hotels:

Getting to the Conference

Public Transportation

We recommend that participants utilize DC’s metro system for getting to and from the event. The Press Club is located within easy walking distance of the Metro Center Station, through which 4 of the city’s 6 metro lines run: Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver.

At Metro Center, take the 13th Street Exit, take escalator to 13th Street; you should be at the corner of 13th and G Streets. Walk one block south to F Street. Turn right (West) and walk one block to 14th Street. Turn left and walk downhill to the National Press Building lobby.


Taxis and Uber offer additional options for getting to and from the event. Rates will vary depending on your start and end point.


There are many parking garages in the downtown area as well as metered street parking. Please visit the National Press Club’s website for more information about nearby parking locations or to reserve parking in advance.

Conference Fees and Costs

There is no fee to attend the conference. Complimentary lunch and coffee breaks will be served.

Global Financial Integrity is unable to provide funding for travel, accommodation, or per diems for the conference. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Please send any questions to Channing May at / +1 202 293 0740 ext. 271.

Press Inquiries

Please direct all press inquiries about the event (and/or about GFI’s forthcoming report on Brazil’s illicit financial flows) to Christine Clough at / +1 202 293 0740 ext. 231.


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Panelists and speakers will include:

  • Anders Agerskov, Head, Preventive Services Unit, World Bank
  • Dr. Anders Åslund, Resident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
  • Raymond Baker, President, Global Financial Integrity
  • Dr. Leonardo Burlamaqui, Professor of Economics, State University of Rio de Janeiro
  • John Cassara, AML/CFT and TBML Specialist
  • Hector X. Colón,Unit Chief/Director, National Targeting Center-Investigations and Trade Transparency Unit, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States
  • Clark Gascoigne, Deputy Director, FACT Coalition
  • Peter E. Harrell, Founder and Principal, Prospect Global Strategies
  • Dr. Huguette Labelle, Former Chair, Transparency International
  • Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA
  • Heather Lowe, Legal Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Global Financial Integrity
  • Dr. Lester A. Myers, President, Center of Concern
  • Dr. Dev Kar, Chief Economist, Global Financial Integrity
  • Porter McConnell, Financial Transparency Coalition
  • Jackson Miller, Analyst, C4ADS
  • Dr. Irfan Nooruddin, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Gretchen Peters, Executive Director, Satao Project
  • Dr. Thomas Pogge, Leitner Profesor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University
  • Sarah Pray, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations
  • Adriana de Queiroz, A2 Global Trade
  • Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Former Ambassador of South Africa to the United States; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Al Waleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
  • Tamara Razin, International Monetary Fund
  • Jean Ross, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
  • Robert S. Siberski, Special Agent (Retired), U.S. Customs Service
  • Dr. Rogerio Studart, Distinguished Fellow, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils
  • Dr. Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Dr. Concepcion Verdugo Yepes, Specialized Economist, International Monetary Fund


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Photos from the conference are available below as well as on our Facebook page.

All photos were taken by Nathan Mitchell of Samuel Hurd Photography.


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All panels and speeches from the conference are available for viewing in English.


The playlist above cycles through all videos from the event in chronological order. To choose a specific panel or speech to watch, select the “Playlist” menu drop-down in the top left corner of the video frame, and then click on the video of your choosing.
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