Agenda:

 


9:00 – 9:30am: Registration, Refreshments & Networking

9:30 – 9:45am: Welcome & Introductions

Richard Young, Freelance Journalist

9:45 – 10:15am: Fighting Bribery & Corruption on the Global Stage

Alex Wilkinson, NAVEX Global
Third party consultant, Alex Wilkinson, will discuss the key issues surrounding bribery and corruption that continue to populate the headlines and the concerns of ethics and compliance practitioners across Europe and around the world. New regulations, international agency cooperation, politically motivated purges, and increased market complexity are some of this year’s themes. Alex will look at these, and other issues, and explain the key factors that continue to challenge global compliance and ethics officers in developing robust international ABC programmes.

10:15 – 10:45am: Bribery & Corruption Trends from the Netherlands

Geert Vermeulen, Ethics & Compliance Management & Consulting (ECMC)
Bribery and corruption expert, Geert Vermeulen will review how these global ABC trends are impacting organisations operating in the Netherlands. Geert will provide an update on some of the latest enforcement actions happening within the Netherlands and explain how these current cases may require ethics and compliance officers to consider additional factors to protect their organisations against regulatory and reputational risk.

10:45 – 11:00am: Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00pm: Panel Session: ‘Implementing ABC Programmes’

Panelists: Yvonne Hilst, VEON; Sascha Kramer, SBM Offshore; Roeland de Wit, AkzoNobel
Hear real-world best practices from leading compliance practitioners discussing the common challenges in developing and implementing Anti-Bribery and Corruption programmes. Join us to learn from Dutch compliance experts on the lessons they’ve learnt to improve their ABC compliance programmes. There will be an opportunity for you to ask your own questions.

12:00 – 13:00pm: Light Lunch & Networking

Optional Workshop

13:00 – 13:45pm: Identifying Third Party Red Flags: a current Dutch Case Study

Geert Vermeulen, ECMC
Choose to finish the event by joining Geert for an informal workshop where we will take a closer look at the Vestia bribery/corruption case, currently in the Dutch courts, and discussing the new issues it raises from a third party due diligence perspective. Vestia suffered a EUR 2 billion loss, was bailed out by other social housing corporations and all housing corporations were forced to sell part of their real estate portfolio. In this interactive session we will discuss the reasons why this went so wrong, what red flags were missed and how they could have been identified and resolved earlier. We will wrap up by looking at the measures to be taken to help prevent this from happening in other industries.

Learn from subject matter experts

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Network & ask questions

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Practical advice from compliance officers

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The Venue:

 

Royal Industrieele Groote Club

Dam 27, 1012 JS Amsterdam,
Netherlands

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Featured Speaker:

 
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Geert Vermeulen

CEO, Ethics & Compliance Management & Consulting

Geert Vermeulen is a seasoned compliance professional, specialised in establishing and improving ethics and compliance programmes, especially in respect of anti-bribery and corruption and trade restrictions. Other specialties include corporate governance, compliance risk assessments and whistleblowing systems and procedures. On January 1, 2016 Geert started his own company, Ethics & Compliance Management & Consulting (ECMC). His mission is to help organisations conduct business in an ethical way and make the world a slightly better place. Through ECMC Geert provides compliance training, compliance consulting and interim ethics & compliance management.
 
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    Geert Vermeulen

    CEO, Ethics & Compliance Management & Consulting Geert Vermeulen is a seasoned compliance professional, specialised in establishing and improving ethics and compliance programmes, especially in respect of anti-bribery and corruption and trade restrictions. Other specialties include corporate governance, compliance risk assessments and whistleblowing systems and procedures. On January 1, 2016 Geert started his own company, Ethics & Compliance Management & Consulting (ECMC). His mission is to help organisations conduct business in an ethical way and make the world a slightly better place. Through ECMC Geert provides compliance training, compliance consulting and interim ethics & compliance management.

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    Richard Young

    Freelance Writer, Editor, Trainer and Presenter Richard has been writing about business, finance and regulation for 22 years. He was deputy, then acting editor of Financial Director magazine.

    In 2001, Richard launched Real Finance, a new magazine for CFOs. Since 2006 he’s written for a wide variety of organisations including the ICAEW, MetLife, the Mayor of London, Tata Group, and the European Patent Office in addition to many media outlets. Richard also chairs conferences and events, including a KPMG round table on the SMCR, the Audit Quality Forum and a live Financial News webcast on MiFID II. In addition, he also advises on communications strategy and runs a one day workshop for executives, Better Business Writing.

Confirmed Speakers & Panelists:

 
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    Yvonne Hilst

    Compliance Officer, VEON Yvonne Hilst is a Compliance Officer with VEON, an Amsterdam headquartered digital and telecommunications business.

    She is a U.S. qualified attorney with more than 20 years’ experience primarily as outside and in-house regulatory/administrative counsel focused on anti-bribery, corruption, and ethics; international trade (import/export); internal investigations; data privacy; anti-money laundering and economic sanctions; anti-boycott; due diligence (M&A & 3rd party); and compliance programme development.

    Outside the U.S., Yvonne has lived and worked in Amsterdam, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. She has traveled extensively across the Middle East, Africa, and Asian sub-continent conducting training and investigations, reviewing concerns, and advising on compliance matters.





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    Sascha Kramer

    Group Compliance Manager,
    SBM Offshore
    Sascha is Group Compliance Manager with SBM Offshore N.V., an oil & gas company headquartered and listed in Amsterdam with offices in Monaco, Brazil, Malaysia and Switzerland.

    Sascha has a legal and economic background, starting his career at the Dutch financial regulator AFM and then at the Dutch subsidiary of an international financial conglomerate where he worked in Risk & Compliance.

    At SBM Offshore, he divides his time between the Amsterdam headquarters and the Swiss office focusing on integrity management and the development and implementation of global compliance programmes. His responsibilities include developing compliance training, financial compliance controls (e.g. third party payments), market abuse regulation, conducting internal investigations and advising management on compliance matters.




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    Roeland de Wit

    Director Investigations & Compliance Business Operation, AkzoNobel Roeland is a Senior Legal Executive serving as Director Investigations & Compliance Business Operations for Akzo Nobel, a Netherlands-based leading global paints and coatings company and major producer of specialty chemicals.
    His responsibilities include managing over 300 internal and external investigations annually; ensuring adherence to AkzoNobel's Code of Conduct and compliance with external legal and regulatory requirements. Trusted legal advisor to senior management on compliance and corporate governance he has particular experience in the areas of corporate governance, litigation and dispute resolution, commercial contracting, compliance management and employment law.
    Prior to joining AkzoNobel, Roeland served as associate with HVG Law LLP and Donahue & Partners LLP and is admitted to practice law in the Netherlands.
 
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    Alex Wilkinson

    Advisor, Third Party Risk Management

    Alex heads NAVEX Global’s third party risk management division outside of North America. His career has included commercial roles focusing on risk management and trade sanctions, within the maritime, oil & gas, and ethics & compliance sectors.

    Prior to NAVEX Global, he devised the idea to integrate sanctions content alongside other industry-specific data, to produce an automated sanctions screening platform. The resultant innovative product helped its customers move from reactively searching for third party risks, to proactively using that knowledge to drive better commercial activity. Alex holds a degree in Criminal Psychology from Southampton University.
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    Richard Young

    Freelance Writer, Editor, Trainer and Presenter Richard has been writing about business, finance and regulation for 22 years. He was deputy, then acting editor of Financial Director magazine.

    In 2001, Richard launched Real Finance, a new magazine for CFOs. Since 2006 he’s written for a wide variety of organisations including the ICAEW, MetLife, the Mayor of London, Tata Group, and the European Patent Office in addition to many media outlets. Richard also chairs conferences and events, including a KPMG round table on the SMCR, the Audit Quality Forum and a live Financial News webcast on MiFID II. In addition, he also advises on communications strategy and runs a one day workshop for executives, Better Business Writing.



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