Kleptocrats, Coronavirus, & How to Combat Them


Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Virtual Webinar (Registration Required)

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic will prove a bonanza for corrupt leaders who have historically robbed their countries of funds needed for the health and welfare of their citizens as trillions of dollars are disbursed without even the usual, ineffective safeguards. The panelists will discuss the immediate need to enhance transparency and accountability with existing resources, and the ultimate need for an International Anti-Corruption Court to punish and deter the shameless kleptocrats that the pandemic will eventually expose.


  • Judge Mark Wolf | Chair, Integrity Initiatives International; Senior Fellow, Carr Center
  • Brad Brooks-Rubin | Managing Director, The Sentry
  • Zorka Milin | Senior Legal Advisor, Global Witness
  • Sushma Raman (Moderator) | Executive Director, Carr Center

Judge Mark Wolf was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1985, served as the Chief Judge from 2006 - 2012, and is now a Senior Judge. He previously served in the Department of Justice as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Deputy U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and Chief of the Public Corruption Unit. Judge Wolf is Chair of Integrity Initiatives International and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching a seminar on combatting corruption internationally. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Brad Brooks-Rubin is the Managing Director at The Sentry and former Policy Director. Prior to joining The Sentry, Brooks-Rubin was the first Director for Global Development and Beneficiation at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). From 2009-2013, he served as the Special Adviser for Conflict Diamonds at the United States Department of State. In this capacity, he provided working level representation for the United States in the Kimberly Process. Brooks-Rubin also contributed to the U.S. efforts related to conflict minerals in eastern Congo, particularly in the area of corporate due diligence and a range of issues related to artistanal mining. He served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Treasury Department's Office of the Chielf Counsel (Foreign Assets Control). Brooks-Rubin is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Georgetown University Law Center. 

Zorka Milin is a Senior Legal Advisor with the non-profit organization Global Witness working to tackle corruption and improve transparency in the extraction of natural resources. She previously practiced international tax law with two major global law firms. Milin frequently speaks on transparency, grand corruption, and tax justice and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, BBC, Guardian, Bloomberg, AFP, among others. Originally from Serbia, Milin holds a BA in mathematics from Grinnell College, JD and LLM from Cornell Law School, and MA in international relations from Yale University.

Sushma Raman is Carr Center's Executive Director. Sushma brings a rich and diverse background in philanthropy, human rights and social justice through her work in the U.S. and globally with the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, as well as her experience leading human rights programs, philanthropic collaboratives, and social justice foundations. Sushma’s upcoming book, co-authored with Bill Schulz, The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights, looks at the coming changes to the human rights landscape and argues that rights must adapt to new technological and scientific realities or risk being consigned to irrelevance.

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

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