Australian Public Sector
Anti-Corruption Conference
Independent Commission Against Corruption, New South Wales Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland

Program

The APSACC 2017 program has three keynote plenary sessions and 20 sessions delivered in four concurrent streams. Speakers and panel members comprise leading practitioners, legal officers, social commentators and academics in anti-corruption and related fields.

Keynote speakers

  • Honourable Mark L Wolf

    United States District Judge
    District of Massachusetts and
    Chair, Integrity Initiatives International

    The Chair of Integrity Initiatives International, Mark L. Wolf, is a Senior United States District Judge, and the former Chief Judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment in 1985, among other things, Judge Wolf served as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States after Watergate and as the Deputy United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. In 1984, he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for exceptional success in prosecuting public corruption in Massachusetts.

    Judge Wolf has served as the Chair of the Committee of District Judges of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and on the Judicial Conference Committees on Criminal Law, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Codes of Conduct. Among other honors, Judge Wolf has received Citations for Judicial Excellence from the Federal, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations. View more.

    In a 2011 editorial, "The Judge Who Cracked the Bulger Case," The New York Times commended Judge Wolf's for exposing the corrupt relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Top Echelon Organized Crime informant James "Whitey" Bulger. The editorial stated that: "Judges are supposed to dispense justice but rarely root out crimes. As a result of Judge Wolf's courage and persistence, there were "high profile hearings in Congress on the F.B.I.'s Use of Murderers as Informants," an F.B.I. agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and "the government paid more than $100 million in claims to families of people murdered by informants shielded by the F.B.I."

    A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, Judge Wolf is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches a seminar on Combating Corruption Internationally. In addition, Judge Wolf is a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has frequently spoken on the role of the judge in a democracy, human rights issues, and combating corruption in foreign countries including Russia, China, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Egypt, Cyprus, and Panama.

    In 2014, Judge Wolf published a Brookings Institution article and a Washington Post Op-Ed piece advocating the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court to combat grand corruption -- the abuse of public office for private gain by a nation's leaders. The proposal quickly gained the support of, among others, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Transparency International, Human Rights Watch, leading international prosecutors, and courageous young people throughout the world. In 2016, Judge Wolf, Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa, and other colleagues created Integrity Initiatives International to advocate for the creation of the International Anti-Corruption Court; to develop and strengthen other measures to combat grand corruption; and to forge a network of young people dedicated to combating corruption in their own countries and around the world.

  • Esther George LLB (Hons) LLM

    Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Consultant
    United Kingdom

    Esther George is an independent cybercrime, cybersecurity and digital evidence consultant. Ms George is the lead cybercrime consultant for the Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network (GPEN) which is part of the International Association of Prosecutors. Ms George is also an Honorary Researcher at the University of Lancaster Law School.

    From January to May 2016 Ms George was Director, Cybercrime and Prevention at 8 MAN. 8 MAN is an access rights management consultancy which specialises in protecting companies from unauthorised data access.

    Since April 2014, Ms George has worked as a consultant with organisations such as the United Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat and the European Union. Ms George is a Council of Europe cybercrime expert and regularly travels abroad to train judges, prosecutors and law enforcement personnel. View more.

    From 2008 to April 2014 Ms George was a Senior Policy Adviser and Senior Prosecutor based at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) HQ Policy Directorate, London, UK. Ms George specialised in internet and computer enabled crime, digital evidence, intellectual property crime and data protection. Ms George advised prosecutors at all levels within HQ and Area CPS offices, police and other Government bodies. She also acted as a consultant to other prosecutors in cybercrime cases.

    From January 2002 to 2012 Ms George was the project manager for the CPS High-Tec Crime Project. She developed and designed the CPS national high-tech crime training course for prosecutors as a result the CPS presently has over 200 cybercrime specialists. Ms George also designed an advanced prosecutor’s course and taught a course for caseworkers. Ms George also organised a number of conferences and seminars for CPS cybercrime specialists. She has spoken on cybercrime issues on behalf of the CPS at conferences and training sessions nationally and internationally. Ms George has spoken at events in a number of countries including Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Brussels, China, France, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

    Ms George initiated and designed the Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network (GPEN) which enables cybercrime prosecutors around the world to learn and benefit from sharing information, experiences, and strategies with each other, resulting in enhanced international cooperation. She designed and was one of the tutors on GPEN’s first e-crime training seminar involving 16 Caribbean countries held in Bermuda in August 2009. In 2010 Ms George received a Certificate of Merit from the International Association of Prosecutors for being the Architect of GPEN.

  • Chris Currie

    Director, Emergency Management; National Preparedness; and
    Critical Infrastructure Protection
    Government Accountability Office (GAO)
    United States of America

    Chris Currie is a Director in the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). He leads GAO’s work on national preparedness, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, and other Department of Homeland Security management and terrorism related issues. In this role, Mr Currie and his teams of GAO auditors evaluate DHS efforts and programs to prevent, plan for, and respond to natural and man-made disasters and terrorist attacks and protect critical infrastructure. View more.

    Chris Currie has been working on DHS issues since the department was created and led numerous audits and assessments of DHS programs related to transportation security, research and development of new technologies, and the Department’s efforts to test and evaluate large acquisition programs and technologies. Prior to this, Mr Currie was an Acting Director in GAO’s Defense team where he led reviews of Department of Defense programs, including those related to military housing, military aircraft, and counter-piracy efforts.

    Mr Currie has been the recipient of several honor awards at GAO, including the Meritorious Service Award in 2008, Results through Teamwork award, and an award for institutional stewardship. Prior to joining GAO in 2002, he worked for the State of Georgia in the Secretary of State’s Office and for the State Legislature. Chris Currie has an M. A. in Public Administration from Georgia State University and a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia.

  • Special Agent George Bokelberg

    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    New Orleans Division
    United States of America

    Special Agent George Bokelberg is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University several years before becoming a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    After joining the FBI and working as a criminal investigator in Washington DC, Special Agent Bokelberg was promoted to FBI Headquarters where he served for several years as the FBI undercover program’s chief psychologist. In that role, Special Agent Bokelberg represented the FBI at the annual conferences of the International Working Group on Undercover Operations Management, as well as at the Australian Institute of Police Management during their National Policing Priority Workshop in 2003. View more.

    In 2006, Special Agent Bokelberg transferred to New Orleans where he resumed his work as a criminal investigator, and as such has investigated a variety of white collar crimes with a special emphasis on public corruption.

    Special Agent Bokelberg has received the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from the Metropolitan Crime Commission on three separate occasions, and was the lead investigator on the team which was awarded, by the United States Attorney General, the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team, from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, for the team’s successful conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Until the Conference!

Call for Speakers

Key Dates

  • Call for speakers deadline Monday 20 March 2017
  • Pre-conference workshops Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Conference Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017