Senior Advisor on Conflict & Critical Minerals and U.S. Representative to the Kimberley Process
Office of Threat Finance and Countermeasures (EB/TFS/TFC) Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs U.S. Department of State
Pamela Fierst-Walsh has focused on critical foreign policy and national security issues throughout her career, including counterterrorism, atrocities prevention, and humanitarian assistance. Pamela advises senior U.S. officials and private sector figures on responsible mineral sourcing. Her team works closely with consumer electronic companies, automobile manufacturers, and jewelers to develop coherent public-private approaches to vexing supply chain issues.
Pamela appears in the Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influencers in 2019, according to data management company Assent Compliance. She played a key role in shaping the 2019 U.S. Federal Strategy on Critical Minerals to improve U.S. competitiveness for clean energy and technological advancement. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the National Defense University’s National War College.
Deputy Director of Policy, The Sentry
Sasha Lezhnev is Deputy Director of Policy at the Sentry, where he focuses on conflict, governance, and corruption issues in central Africa. The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. He is a founding member of the Public-Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA). Sasha is also Founding Director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, an organization that runs projects with former child soldiers in northern Uganda. He previously worked at Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace on U.S. policy issues on conflict resources, extractive industries transparency, and peace processes in Africa.
He was based in Uganda for 2 1/2 years as Senior Program Officer with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative and advisor to the chief mediator of the peace process with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). He is author of the book Crafting Peace: Strategies to Deal with Warlords in Collapsing States. He holds a Master's in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
LBMA Executive Board Director & General Counsel
In her role as General Counsel of the London Bullion Market Association and also an Executive member of the LBMA Board, Sakhila has been involved in, and taken the lead on a number of projects of the Association. This has included, but not limited to: working closely with the CEO on the strategic direction of the LBMA; transitioning all of the four precious metals benchmarks onto electronic platforms by working with the service providers as well as regulators; leading the draft and launch of the Precious Metals Code; working with external service provider to enhance transparency in the precious metals market by launching the LBMA trade reporting initiative; and providing for lobbying efforts on behalf of members on a number of issues, for example EU Conflicts Minerals regulation, Net Stable Funding Ratio amongst other regulations.
In addition to this, Sakhila takes responsibility for all the legal and regulatory work of the Association and that of London Precious Metals Clearing Limited (LPMCL). She is involved in setting policies and leading the incident management process within the LBMA by working with various external stakeholders to help with decision making. She has also focused on meeting and building relationships with governmental officials and regulators and continues to educate all such stakeholders on the dynamics of the bullion market and all the work undertaken by the LBMA.
Sakhila brings with her a wealth of experience having previously worked in the energy and commodities industry where she dealt with compliance, legal and regulatory matters. Sakhila read law at the London School of Economics and went onto qualify as a solicitor.
Dr Mark Pieth
Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel
Dr Mark Pieth is since 1993 Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He has served twice as Dean of the Basel Law School. In 2014 he has been presented with an honorary doctorate by Sussex University, UK. As an academic he has published extensively in the areas of economic crime, criminal law, criminal procedure and sanctioning.
From 1989 to 1993, Mark Pieth was Head of Section on Economic and Organised Crime at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice. During this time he was a Member of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF). From 1990 to 2013 he chaired the OECD Working Group on Bribery. In 2004 and 2005 he was a Member of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN’s Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq (“Volcker Committee”). From autumn 2008 to summer 2014 he was a Member of the Independent Advisory Board of The World Bank Group (IAB). Mark Pieth has from November 2011 until the end of 2013 chaired the Independent Governance Committee (IGC) to oversee the reform process of FIFA. From 2013 to 2016 he was Chairman of the Sanction Appeals Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB). He was member of the Independent Committee to revise the practices of the legal and financial industry in Panama. As of spring 2017 he is a Member of the Vetting Panel of the IAAF and he has been asked to join the Expert Advisory Group on Transparency of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB/BID).
Mark Pieth is the founder and Chair of the Basel Institute on Governance (BIG). In this capacity he has co-initiated several collective actions, including the Wolfsberg Banking Group and the WEF’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI).